Chai Latte Protein Smoothie is a delicious blend of spices and nutrients that makes for a yummy breakfast or snack! Tons of flavor and nutrients are packed into one glass, and a great on-the-go meal for busy mornings!
Today I am sharing with you something I eat almost on a daily basis. My favorite protein smoothie! I have never been a “drink your meal” kind of gal, but that was before I discovered this smoothie and my love for plant based protein powders. There are tons of really bad protein powders on the market, and only a few that I actually enjoy the taste and approve of the ingredients! My favorite is Life’s Abundance Pea Protein Powder which makes the most deliciously creamy protein shakes you can ever imagine. I have always eaten an egg or 2 for breakfast, but have changed my ways with this drink. So has my husband!! We both enjoy this just about every day. It’s so easy to prep, and gets us out the door feeling totally satisfied. Here is what I love about this smoothie:
-Almost 20 g of protein
-About 15 g of healthy fats (including Omega 3’s, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats)
-Keeps me satisfied for several hours
-I can drink it in the car on my way to work or to drop my kids off at school
And most importantly, it’s really really really good. I feel like I need to tell you, I would NEVER drink something in place of a meal if it didn’t taste totally delicious. I love food you guys. I love my eggs, and I love breakfast. I will still drink this for breakfast and be very happy. Other times I use it as an mid-morning or afternoon snack in between meals. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
I am not a coffee person, very much a tea girl, and I love the way the chai spices work in this drink! Cinnamon and ginger are also both anti-inflammatories that boost the nutritious value of this smoothie. If coffee is more of your thing, instant coffee in place of the spices would also be pretty delicious. You can also adapt other parts of this recipe. I use flax milk as my favorite dairy-free milk, but almond, cashew, or your favorite milk would also work well. My husband and I both love cashew butter, but feel free to substitute with your favorite nut butter. It is definitely a must! It helps to balance out the sweetness of the banana.
- 2 cups flax milk or your favorite dairy-free milk (unsweetened)
- 1 small - medium sized banana
- 6 tbsp hemp protein or pea protein powder*
- 2 tbsp hemp or chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cashew butter*
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp cloves
- Mix together all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
- Serve immediately!
*Any nut butter can be used in place of cashew butter.