11 September 2015

Date and Masala Chai Smoothie

Date and Masala Chai Smoothie

Back to school this month, so we're back to smoothies to kick start the day.

The base tends to be the same - an almond and coconut milk, banana and chai spices mix.  To this, I add flax seeds, almond butter or tahini, then some superfood like acai  or maca powder.  For sweetener, I like maple syrup, with honey or agave as alternatives.

Date and Masala Chai Smoothie Date and Masala Chai Smoothie

Recently though, I have switched to using dates instead of those sweeteners.  I like it - the smoothie comes out tasting less obviously sweet plus it adds in some fibre.

I do accept the arguments against dates as an alternative to sugar, but I am using them here as a source of sugar so I think it's fine.

Is it better than the other sugar alternatives - probably no.  If you want a low sugar version drop the banana and dates, then add some vanilla powder. The sugar-free version is delicious as well, but not as sweet.

Date and Masala Chai Smoothie

100ml almond milk

100ml coconut milk

1 chopped banana

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tbsp flax seeds

½-1 tsp chai masala spices

1 tsp maca powder

2-3 dates, ideally Medjool

Simple combine all the ingredients into a blender.  Whizz until smooth, then enjoy.