Wednesday, January 23, 2013

0 Recipe #335: Iced Coconut Chai Smoothie (Iced Coconut Chai)

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Chai is a traditional Indian tea typically made by boiling tea leaves with milk, sugar, and spices, and is one of my favorite beverages. This recipe has been inspired by that beverage, but instead has been revamped into a Paleo-friendly version for the upcoming fitness and nutritional lifestyle book, Paleo Fitness, by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, and Jason Warner, with recipes and meal plan by moi. :)
All of the essential spices in this recipe are exactly the same as you'd find in a traditional chai. However, other than that, this smoothie version completely turns that concept on its head. I substituted coconut milk for the cow's milk and left out the refined sugar and the tea. It's even creamier than regular chai, because it's made with coconut milk. And that makes it extra DE-LICIOUS! Not to mention you get the energizing, fat-burning benefits of its medium-chain triglycerides too. :)

Of course, if you like, you can add some tea to this recipe, but you'll most likely have to adjust the amounts of the other ingredients to the proper ratio to accommodate the changes. I haven't made it this way yet, but you could easily turn it into an iced tea recipe if you so chose.

Chai typically has a hint of sweetness to it, but this recipe still tastes good without refined sugar. However, if you'd like to add a touch of sweetness, I've included a modification for non-Paleo people as well. :)

Iced Coconut Chai Smoothie (Iced Coconut Chai)

1 c. coconut milk*
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground clove
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
2 c. ice cubes
1 Tbsp. honey, or to taste (omit if you're Paleo)

Directions: Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until frothy and smooth. (Drink should have the consistency of a slushie.) Serve immediately.

Yield: 2 c.

Chef's Notes:
*To reap the maximum benefits of coconut milk's medium chain triglycerides, use the full-fat version. For a list of some of those benefits, please visit this link.

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