7.16.2010

Week 26 Bonus Recipe: Banana Chai Smoothie

1 1/2 cups water
2 bags of chai-spiced tea*
2 green cardamom pods
1 banana
2 pints french vanilla ice cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 generous pinch of nutmeg
1 tbsp. cinnamon

Bring water almost to a boil, add cardamom pods, steep tea bags for 5 minutes.  Cool tea.  Remove cardamom.  Add tea and remaining ingredients to a blender and combine.  Pour into a glass, sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Results: Next time I'll use milk instead of water to make the tea so the smoothie stays creamier.  I made this one up as I went along.  The vanilla extract and cinnamon are key to this smoothie's flavor.  It's a bit flat without.  Yum!

*Chai means tea but what Americans think of as chai is a sweet spiced tea (usually with sugar, cardamom, cinnamon & pepper).

2 comments:

GorgeousPuddin said...

This sounds yummy I think using milk would make it creamier too. So if chai means tea and the box says chai tea it's just saying tea tea?

Jameil said...

Yep!! LOLOL. When my Pakistani friend told me that I was like............... really?? Lol