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Vanilla Chai Latte Smoothie (a vegan and gluten free recipe)
It’s starting to warm up and really feel like Spring. That means it’s time to ditch the hot drinks and bring out the cold ones! Smoothies, that is. Or Vietnamese Iced Coffee (healthified slightly!). Or Copycat Orange Julius (healthified a lot!).
Consider this a good Spring transition drink. You’ve been enjoying your Winter Chai lattes and still have some concentrate left in the fridge. But you’re ready to move on and embrace the Spring. This smoothie is an edible way to bridge the seasons.
This smoothie is silky smooth, earthy, spicy, and creamy. Not to mention… amazing, fantastic, and deee-licious! (in the words of my toddler!).
why it’s a smart choice
Cashews are loaded with healthy diet essentials: fibre, protein, monounsaturated fats, anti-oxidants, and minerals such as magnesium and zinc. Nuts are a staple in the Mediterranean diet, a pattern of eating that has been shown to have numerous benefits, especially for heart health.
The almond milk keeps the calories low. But if you want to boost the protein in this smoothie, swap out for dairy milk or fortified soy milk. You’ll add about 3g more protein to each serving.
If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day brighter.
Vanilla Chai Latte Smoothie
- 1 banana frozen
- 4 cubes of frozen chai concentrate
- ¾ cup vanilla almond milk or regular almond milk and ¼ tsp vanilla powder
- ¼ cup cashews
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- Place all ingredients in blender. Start on low speed then slowly turn up to high.
- Blend until smooth.
231 calories | 10.5g fat | 33.5g carbs | 3g fibre | 20.5g sugar | 4.5g protein
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