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Chai Smoothie

This Chai Smoothie is ultra filling, loaded with good-for-you ingredients, mega creamy, and super flavorful with notes of cinnamon and cardamom. This smoothie can be made dairy-free and vegan, depending on the ingredients used!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegetarian
Keyword chai smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 -2 smoothies
Calories 266kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $1.21


  • 1 cup milk Note 1
  • 1 cup frozen banana coins Note 2
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons dry roasted and lightly salted almond butter Note 3
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla protein powder Note 4
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH: ground ginger, ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/16 teaspoon (tiny pinch) ground cloves
  • Very tiny pinch of fine sea salt
  • 8 large ice cubes (~1 cup)


  • COMBINE: Add all of the ingredients in the order listed into a high-powered blender.
  • BLEND: Blend until smooth. If needed, stop the blender and stir around with a spoon and begin blending again. Taste and add additional spices or add sweetener if desired. Enjoy immediately! This shake doesn't sit/store well.



Note 1: Any milk works, but we prefer plant-based milk in this smoothie. Macadamia nut milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk are both favorites in this drink. 
Note 2: Remove the peel, slice the banana into coins, place in freezer-safe containers or bags, and freeze overnight. Honestly, having a completely frozen banana (as opposed to an unfrozen one) is what makes this smoothie. (I like to prep the bananas right after the grocery store so I don’t forget! A lot of stores also now sell already frozen banana chunks -- found with other frozen berries and fruit. These work great if you prefer that option.
Note 3: I recommend a slow-roasted and lightly salted almond butter you enjoy eating straight from the jar. If it's not a tasty almond butter on its own, it won't add a whole lot to this smoothie.
Note 4: The protein powder contributes to the sweetness and vanilla flavoring of the smoothie. I highly recommend a stevia-sweetened protein powder -- this will sweeten everything so you don't need to add additional sugar. I like using Orgain or Truvani's vanilla protein in this smoothie (not sponsored). If you leave out the protein, you'll likely want to add some type of sweetener to the smoothie. Note that we are using only 3 tablespoons, not an entire scoop.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.1g | Protein: 10.1g | Fat: 10.8g | Cholesterol: 0.9mg | Sodium: 122mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 14.7g