This decadent fall smoothie will have you leaping out of bed in the morning and bypassing your regular cup of joe. It’s packed with the flavours of chai tea and pumpkin pie and loaded up with protein, calcium, and vitamin A. This is one powerhouse breakfast that tastes like dessert!
Hello from Toronto! I’ve only been here a couple days, but I can already attest to this being one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited. Autumn is in full force here. The trees are gorgeous shades of orange, yellow, and red, and I’ve found myself kicking more than my share of fallen leaves. The air has gotten rather crisp over the past couple days, but it’s no match for my fluffy scarves and autumn boots. I can see why so many people love this city; I’m learning to love it as well. Why did I wait so long to travel across my own country? I should know by now that there’s really no place like home.
Despite the beauty of this city, I’ve been stuck indoors for most of my time here thus far. A business trip is a business trip after all, and work must be done. Le sigh.
Oh well. Enough of my dribble. Let me get you up to speed on today’s recipe. For the past few weeks, I’ve been on a smoothie kick. I think this happens to everyone once in a while. You think you aren’t eating healthy enough or you find yourself low on time to cook yourself breakfast or lunch, so you start whizzing yourself up a smoothie as a supplement. At least that’s how it happened for me. Smoothies take basically no time at all to mix up, and they can be a full meal replacement as long as you have a good source of protein. This can be anything from a banana to Greek yogurt to a couple scoops of protein powder.
For this Pumpkin Chai Smoothie, I’ve chosen to use Greek yogurt. The yogurt adds protein while making it thick and adding a touch of richness. You also get a full serving of veggies in this smoothie — yay! I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to eat 7–8 servings of vegetables and fruit in a day. I feel like apples and carrots are all I would eat if I tried to do that! Thankfully, this smoothie has you covered for at least one of those servings, and it’s one of the best vegetables around this time of year: pumpkin.
This smoothie truly tastes like you’re drinking pumpkin pie. I know for some of you that seems a little strange (trust me, I had my share of doubt as well). Why would you want to drink your pumpkin pie when you can eat it? For me, it feels naughty. I feel like I’m having dessert for breakfast, but it’s actually very good for me! #morningwin
If you’re still not sold, allow me to give you one more reason to try this smoothie. Are you the type of person who wakes up, throws on the kettle, and has a cup of tea before they do anything else in the morning? Do you like chai tea? If you do, you need to try this smoothie! I’ve mixed in a couple teaspoons of chai tea for that little extra zip of spice and caffeine. Personally, I can’t function properly without a cup (or two… or three) of coffee first thing in the morning. Instead of having an extra cup of coffee or tea, I found the chai in this smoothie helped curb that edge.
I hope you give this smoothie a go at some point today. If not for breakfast, then perhaps as a mid-afternoon snack? I actually found this smoothie tasted better in the afternoon as the tea had some extra time to infuse and the flavours really developed!
- 2 tsp loose leaf chai tea (I used DavidsTea Pumpkin Chai, but regular chai tea will work fine)
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 small handful ice cubes
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt*
- ¾ cup pumpkin purée
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Blitz the tea leaves in a small food processor or bash them up with a mortar and pestle until they're a fine dust. Measure out the almond milk in a glass measuring cup, add the chai dust and stir. Allow to sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the smoothie.
- To a blender (I used my Magic Bullet), add the ice, yogurt, pumpkin purée, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Pour in the steeped milk, leaves and all, and blend everything until smooth.
- This smoothie is best consumed the day it's made.
If you have some extra time, make this smoothie in the morning and drink it as an afternoon snack. Allowing the smoothie to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours brings out the chai and pumpkin flavours more fully.