Raw Coconut Banana Chai Spiced “Shake” (Vegan, Raw)

I love healthy smoothies. and I’ve been tooling around for years coming up with all different flavors and ingredients.  I thought I would share my new favorite.

My two favorite thickeners are coconut “cubes” (just coconut milk frozen in an ice cube tray) and frozen banana slices.   I also like to have the following items in my freezer at all times, frozen pureed fruit, almond milk, coconut milk, chicken stock, tomato purees, and wine (yes I even freeze leftover wine to make cubes for sautes).

The frozen coconut cubes and the bananas both give a really creamy depth that can make almost any  smoothie taste like a “real” shake made with ice cream.  When I am craving something sweet like soft serve ice cream I pop  a bunch of frozen and unfrozen banana slices with cinnamon and nutmeg into the high speed blender to make a bowl of  creamy goodness, which you would swear is made with real cream.

So imagine my “I can’t believe I didn’t think of this” moment a couple of weeks ago when “The Diva Dish”  blogger posted a recipe for a “Coconut Vanilla Chai Milkshake” , containing lots of ingredients I usually use in smoothies.  I embedded the link to “The Diva Dish”  recipe as well, but posted my own version with a few alterations here.  Thanks Diva!

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (regular or low calorie… I used low calorie)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 coconut milk ices cubes
  • 1 tsp ginger (fresh or powdered)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp allspice or pumpkin pie spice

Optional Add Ins or Exchanges:

  • For a much richer and creamier shake use 1 cup coconut milk instead of almond milk
  • For a healthier drink with protein add in 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. I use Tera’s Whey from Whole Foods
  • For more  Omega 3’s and antioxidants 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds or White Chia Seeds
  • To make a little sweeter add some  liquid stevia, powdered stevia or certified organic agave nectar
  • Reduce  coconut/almond milk or add more bananas for a thicker shake, or add more coconut/almond milk for a less thick shake

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender or Vita Mix until creamy.  Sprinkle with Cinnamon and Enjoy


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