A super creamy drink (no cream needed), delicious both served cold or hot
Let me introduce you to one of the recipes I’m most proud of: avocado chai latte smoothie. This creamy chai smoothie is a deliciously decadent treat without refined sugar nor cream. Look no further for your next comfort beverage! This tasty drink also works well served either warm or chilled and is super easy to make too.
Avocado with chai spice
Who doesn’t like the richness of a good old chai latte?
Well, this chai-latte smoothie tastes even better than a normal chai latte because the avocado makes it so creamy. Plus, you’ll be getting a bunch of nutrients from it.
Avocado matches so great in this recipe for another reason- it doesn’t matter if the avocado gets browner because the chai latte color covers that. This also means you can use slightly overripe or frozen avocados.
To top off this nutritious beverage, you won’t need to add any refined sugar because some vanilla extract, cinnamon and dates makes this smoothie sweet enough. A naturally sweet smoothie that isn’t a banana smoothie! (I do love banana in smoothies, but sometimes it’s a good thing to have alternatives).
Nutrients you’ll get with this smoothie
This healthy beverage is a great choice to start your morning or to replace other not-so-good-for-you treats. While it is quite calorie rich, it’s very satisfying and packs in nutrition:
- Avocado is a nutrient-dense food that provides potassium, magnesium (19.5 mg), vitamin A, C, E, K1, folate, vitamin B-6, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, choline, lutein/zeaxanthin, phytosterols, healthy fats, lots of fiber and very little sugar. Some studies suggest that eating avocado helps support cardiovascular health and healthy aging.
- Dates are great sweeteners as they contain nutrients and a significant amount of fiber. Dates may also be good for blood sugar control, brain health, and your bones.
- Chai spices may help improve digestion, regulate blood sugar levels and reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This blend of spices is usually warming.
- Black tea is an excellent source of antioxidants that may protect against chronic diseases, may help prevent cancer cell survival, and improve your gut and overall health. Also, black tea contains caffeine, that may improve alertness and L-theanine, which increases alpha activity in the brain, making you feel more relaxed and focused.
- Milk or plant-based alternative: this avocado chai smoothie tastes great both with cow’s milk or plant based drinks like unsweetened almond milk. Depending on your milk of choice, you can make this drink richer in calcium or proteins.
Can I drink this avocado smoothie warm?
Actually, I struggled to think of a name for this drink, since it didn’t feel like a smoothie, but rather a very creamy chai latte.
In the end, I chose “smoothie” because there is blended fruit in it (dates and avocado).
But you can also warm up the blended avocado chai in the microwave; it’s as good as served cool!
How to make a perfect avocado chai smoothie
Making this drink is quite simple, but it gets to a whole new level if you take care of some small details:
- Don’t oversleep the tea; on this recipe, the tea taste is quite decent. If you’d like a more strong tea flavor, add one more bag, rather than steeping for longer (that won’t make your drink more intense, but bitter)
- Don’t squeeze the tea bags then removing them; that would release these tannins and make your chai more bitter and sourer.
- You can theoretically blend the dates as it, but I recommend letting them soak in the hot tea for at least 30 minutes: it’s easier to blend them and to get a creamier texture.
- This smoothie tastes great when served iced, warm or cold. However, I would avoid using ice since that would dilute the creaminess of this drink.
- I personally prefer using regular black tea and then add chai spices to it, but if you have some chai teabags you love, you can use them instead (and then skip the spices from the recipe). I’ve listed the spices separately so you can make this chai from scratch, but feel free to substitute them with a premade chai mix as well.
- Try using a ripe avocado: it will be easier to cut the avocado in a clean way and blend it. Since you won’t eat it as a whole, a slightly overripe one will also work. If you have never cut an avocado before, this video will show how to do so quickly and easily:
- Want to make this recipe caffeine-free? No problem! That’s the beauty in not using chai teabags: just swap the black tea for decaf black tea or for rooibos tea.
- Avocado gives a special touch to this recipe, but if you really don’t have any or don’t want to use it, you can swap it for unsweetened nut butter, like almond or peanut butter. You’ll need around 2 tablespoons per serving.
Chai latte smoothie drink
- Water boiler
- Blender or hand mixer
- 4 bags black tea
- 1 and half cups boiling water (around 350 ml.)
- 12 dates
- 1 avocado
- 4 cups milk or alternative (like unsweetened almond drink)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 vanilla powder
- Cover the tea bags with boiling water. Let it steep for 3 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and throw the dates in the liquid tea. Let the tea cool with the dates in, so they become soft. It takes around 2 hours; you can also leave them overnight.
- Add the spices.
- Add the avocado, milk and blend.
- Serve cold or warm. This chai spiced avocado smoothie can be stored for up to 2 days in the fridge.
- If you use a chai tea bag instead of regular tea, skip the spices.
- When using an already made spices mix like this homemade chai spices mix, use 2-3 teaspoons for this quantity (about 1/2 to 2/3 teaspoon per serving).
- Here is an easy way to cut and peel avocados.
- You can swap the avocado for nut butter.
- For a caffeine-free version, switch to rooibos tea.
How did you like this chai-latte smoothie? Try this great drink to replace any other comfort food, while making you stay full for hours and providing you lots of healthy nutrients!