Spicy Chai & Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Spicy Chai & Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Hello Everyone! We’re kicking off the Year on Amcarmen’s Kitchen, and for the month of February, with sumptuous recipes that pays tribute to one of the most popular health foods on Earth. Known, as the Banana, the curved yellow fruit is one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reason. Other than its ability to aid in regulating blood pressure due to the amount of potassium present in bananas, they are also known for helping with asthma, reducing the risk of developing childhood leukemia and help combat cancer, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood glucose levels and improve blood sugar, and many more health benefits that can be found over on Medical News Today.

I stumbled upon tonight’s recipe while I was browsing through Pinterest, in search for creative and innovative recipes to test out myself for the upcoming year for Amcarmen’s Kitchen. What initially attracted me to this recipe is the idea of adding chai tea leaves to an already delicious Banana & Cinnamon Smoothie. The original recipe can be found over on Gimme Some Oven, where the author Ali talked about why choose between having tea or a smoothie when you can have both? A brilliant idea by the way as my Banana & Cinnamon Smoothie definitely amped up in taste and flavour with the addition of Spicy Chai tea leaves from Twinings. Our local grocers didn’t have regular chai tea so I had to go for the spicy chai – nonetheless it was just as flavoursome as regular chai with an added kick to it to really boost the overall taste of the smoothie. I’m definitely keeping this recipe up my sleeve whenever I feel like a hit of protein to my breakfast/brunch mornings.

Spicy Chai & Banana Cinnamon Smoothie Ingredients

PREP TIME 5 MINS | COOKING TIME  | SERVES 3

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large bananas, peeled and broken into thirds or quarters
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tea bag Twinings Spicy Chai tea leaves

Optional:

  • 1 tsp maple syrup (if you’d like a sweeter smoothie)

Note: Feel free to make this smoothie completely vegan-friendly by substituting the milk out for almond milk and omitting the plain yoghurt out by adding an extra quarter cup of almond milk.

METHOD

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately, topped with a few extra slices of banana if desired and some ground cinnamon.

Spicy Chai & Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

BON APPÉTIT

– Ally xx

myTaste.com

Masala Chai Tea with Soy Milk Ingredients

Masala Chai Tea with Soy Milk

Hello Everyone! So on Tuesday I posted a recipe for homemade soy milk. The first thing I thought after making having made the soy milk was what other things could I do with it to make another delicious drink. So today’s recipe uses the soy milk that I made to make a masala chai tea. I mean, you can always use store bought soy milk, or any other milk for that matter.

Masala Chai (literally translated: ‘mixed-spice tea’) is basically a flavoured tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Nowadays, it is a very popular and feature drink in many coffee and tea houses. Chai is traditionally prepared by brewing green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn together with black tea leaves. Most retail versions of this tea includes tea bags for infusion, instant powdered mixtures, and concentrates. I used tea bags for mine only because I could not find any loose black tea leaves in stores.

I love chai tea. In fact, I ordered it almost every time I went to a café, aside from a café latte that is. I was surprised that it was that easy to make when I came across a recipe online on how to make you own chai tea.

Masala Chai Tea with Soy Milk Ingredients

PREP TIME 5 MINS | COOKING TIME 10-15 MINS | SERVES 4-5

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup homemade soy milk (or any other type of milk)
  • 1/4 cup loose black tea leaves (or about 5 tea bags)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 inch of ginger root, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Several peppercorns

Other optional spices that you can add to your chair tea inlaced: vanilla, almond, nutmeg, bay leaves, star anise, or fennel and allspice; I added star anise to mine.

METHOD

  1. Combine the water, spices, and tea in a medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let it boil for a further 5 minutes and then turn the heat off. Let the mixture steep for at least 10-15 minutes.
  2. Strain the tea mixture and discard the spices. Add the soy milk and sugar to the strained tea mixture and stir well. Then reheat the tea until piping hot.
  3. Enjoy! Serves about 4 cups of tea.

Masala Chai Tea with Soy Milk

BON APPÉTIT

– Ally xx

myTaste.com