Chai Tai smoothie recipe from my new use-it-everyday cookbook.

July 16, 2015

The Blender Girl Smoothies cookbook review: Chai Tai recipe | One Hungry Mama

Do you guys remember a little while back when I was freaking out about a smoothie recipe app that I can’t live without? Well, The Blender Girl Smoothies is now a book. And, yes, even though it’s a new release, my copy has found a permanent spot on the kitchen counter, already dogeared and splattered.

We drink smoothies on a nearly daily basis in my house and the author of The Blender Girl Smoothies, Tess Masters of The Blender Girl blog, has become our smoothie guru. Now we have a smoothie bible with 100 deliciously unique recipes. And if you’re worried that this book is going to tell you to blend a strawberry with a banana and some orange juice, think again. The blends that Tess has come up with go wayyyy beyond that.

The Blender Girl Smoothies cookbook | review and Chai Tai recipe at One Hungry Mama

What I love most about the recipes in this book—and also the ones on The Blender Girl smoothie app—is that they are nutrient dense without tasting nutrient dense. Because, lets be honest, nobody wants a kale smoothie that tastes like kale.

Sorry not sorry.

Tess has come up with smoothie combinations using fruits, veggies, greens, herbs, spices, milks, and even oils that have phenomenal flavor. Sometimes the flavors are savory and surprising, which may not be for everyone. The older hungry boy is an intrepid eater, but even he still expects—and only accepts—smoothies that are sweet. I, on the other hand, love that this book isn’t all about sweet smoothies.

 

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The flavor variation of the smoothies in this book, from tangy to floral to spicy, is exciting and, honestly, not something that I’d normally explore on my own. Like this Pomegranate Slam It smoothie: It pairs strawberries and red pepper! If I’d ever thought to pair those ingredients, well, lets just say that it would not taste nearly as amazing as this. (It’s so good!)

That said, many of the smoothies in this book are deliciously sweet in a way that everyone, especially my kids love. And, with help from Tess, even the sweet smoothies are packed with nutrition instead of just sugar.

Each recipe comes with three optional boosters to ramp up nutrition and/or flavor. As with the app, some of these are harder-to-find ingredients that you probably only have on hand if you’re a hardcore natural food junkie, but the suggestions are helpful even when I don’t have the boosters on hand. They give me new ingredients to look up and consider experimenting with. If you might enjoy doing the same, you’ll also love that Tess has included a comprehensive list of pantry of ingredients and tips that help readers pair flavors to make their own amazing blends.

The book also includes another one of my favorite features from The Blender Girl Smoothies app: Each recipe has icons flagging health goals or dietary preferences with smoothies that are low-fat, low-carb, high protein, alkaline, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, paleo, unsweetened, great for weight loss, detox, and more.

The press release for this book says that these recipes “will change the way you think about smoothies.” By now you know that I don’t parrot press releases, especially for things that I’m not genuinely excited about. In this case, though, the release is on point. These smoothies are other level.

 

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This is a version of my Smoothie Breakfast Bowl made with Tess’s Sweet-and-Sour Straw-Nana recipe. It’s one of our favorite morning starters packed with vitamin C and probiotics. When I have homemade almond milk on hand, it’s sublime. Another favorite is the Chai Tai. My boys love, love, love warm chai spices and this is loaded with them. We also love dates, which are included, both for their taste and also their sweetness. With them in the blend, you don’t need any other added sugar. Try it. Love it. Grab the book.

 

Chai Tai
(can be shared with kids 6+ mos)*

If the world were ending, I’d make this decadent treat my finale. The incredible creaminess and blend of warm spices will make you weak in the knees. The boosters add an injection of protein and omega-3s—so you may feel a tad less cheeky as you head to heaven. -Tess

Serves 2

1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk or other nut, grain, or seed milk (strained if homemade)
1 cup (240ml) coconut water
1/4 cup (43g) chopped pitted dates (soaked, if using a conventional blender)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of natural salt (optional, to bring out flavors)
2 medium frozen sliced bananas
1 cup (125g) ice cubes (optional)

1. Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.

Boosters:
1 tablespoon blanched raw almonds, soaked
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil

*Note from One Hungry Mama: This is a wonderful smoothie to share with even beginner eaters. If you share this with a child who isn’t already safely eating nuts, use a grain or seed milk. Never use smoothies as a substitute for breast milk and/or formula or meals for little ones. Also, children under 12-months-old don’t typically need drinks in addition to their breast milk and/or formal. Instead of treating this as a drink, think of it as a healthy, super tasty snack.

If you love this recipe, want to know more about Tess (or maybe give her a big, fat congratulations on her awesome new book), you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and Google +

In addition to my Amazon affiliate, you can also find The Blender Girl Smoothies at Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Google Books, and iBooks.

Recipe text and all images except the lead image:
Reprinted from THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES Copyright © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Author photo: Copyright © 2014 Anson Smart

2 Responses

  1. Jolene Yeo says:

    Chai tai have amazing taste as well as it is very nutritive it is prepared by different mixtures of ingredients and without chai my day never starts by having a cup of tea in early morning we fell energetic and enthusiastic .

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