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Banana Chai Smoothie

After a long workout, I always look for something to cool me off without weighing me down.  I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect snack for a while, and I think I’ve finally found it.

This smoothie is packed with potassium to ease your sore muscles, calcium for your bones, carbs to reboost your energy level, and a unique spicy twist to keep your taste buds interested. Mix in some Vanilla Whey powder for an energy boost after an especially tough gym session, or throw in some extra ice cubes to chill out after your afternoon Bikram.  A twist on the traditional Banana Chai Smoothie, this recipe incorporates Trader Joe’s delicious “Spicy Chai Mix,” so you can still get that exotic Indian taste without a kettle!

Banana Chai Smoothie Ingredients


  • 1 large-sized banana
  • 1 scoop Trader Joe’s Spicy Chai Mix
  • 1 cup (8 oz) Almond Milk, Soymilk, or regular milk
  • 1/4 cup instant oatmeal
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey Powder (optional)

Toss ingredients in a blender and mix until incorporated.  Pour into a glass and if you wish, top off with a dash of cinnamon! Now towel off that sweat, put your feet up, and enjoy!


How to Make the Perfect Chai

from left to right: cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, crystallized ginger

The best cup of chai I’ve ever had was in Half Moon Bay.  If you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to stop by Raman’s Coffee & Chai to grab a cup. Inspired by his dreamy concoction, I’ve spent some time experimenting with various recipes and different proportions, and I think the following is a pretty close second to Raman’s.


Pour milk into saucepan. Add tea leaves and sugar. Heat on medium-high, stirring frequently, for approximately 8 minutes, or until the mixture begins to foam into a soft boil.

While the milk is warming up, make the Chai Masala (see recipe below) by grinding the four spices together. Once the milk begins to foam, toss the spices and the crystallized ginger into the milk. Let it simmer on low heat for 4-5 additional minutes.

Hold a strainer over your cup, and pour the mixture from a foot above to create a foamy layer.

Chai Masala Recipe:

  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 2 cloves

*You may prefer to use shavings of fresh ginger.