Iced Chai Tea

Allergen Information: Contains tree nuts (substitution given).  Gluten-free & dairy free

Special Equipment: High Powered Blender

Iced Chai Latte 2I know it’ll be hard to believe both of these statements can inhabit the same sentence, but they’re true….I used to have a Starbucks addiction AND I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my life.

I will smell it, cheer for you when you drink it, burn a coffee candle, but will NOT drink it…..

Two reasons.  I really just don’t want it (my thought about beer, too!) and I don’t need anything else to “need.”  Chocolate already does enough for that vice!

So when Starbucks was the new thing, I wanted to tag along, too–except mine manifested itself in anything NOT coffee. Venti was the only size for me and the Iced Chai Tea Latte was the culprit.

At the beginning of my “eat clean” journey, I just used self control to stay away from things like this, and like many of you, believed that eating “healthy” meant giving up everything I love.  It took me almost a year to understand that I wasn’t giving up foods I loved, I was just changing them. And in essence, changing them back to their original state….

In the process, I found that this “real food” I was eating tasted MUCH better, and this drink is no different.  Instead of tasting some low-fat milk and a concentrated syrup (with some bad-for-me ingredients), the interesting flavor of cardamom and bite that the ginger brings makes this drink sweet, spicy, and beautiful.

What else is beautiful? Saving money!  You can buy these ingredients, save them in your pantry, and make your own CHAI LATTE over and over without spending $4 a day.

The two spices that are vying for your attention in this drink are the cardamom and ginger–both very unique and strong flavors, but also both with healing powers.  You can read about some benefits of cardamom here and ginger here.

Give this one a try, and get ready for a very strong and flavorful start to your morning!

Iced Chai Tea
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
  • ¾ t ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • ¾ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t cardamom
  • ½ t vanilla extract
  • 1 T Agave (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • small pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (except almond milk) in blender. Pour milk over & blend on high until well combined. Serve over ice (or blend in the ice for a frozen treat!)

 

 

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