Hello dear readers,
Chaitea is one of my favourite drinks.
The first time I tasted it, was at a neighbour, 20 years ago! Back then it was not really known as a common drink.
When I lived in New Zealand I learnt a recipe for home-brewed chai.
It was a recipe for chai syrup, witch we mixed with hot steamed milk. So good!!!
Now a days you can buy chai in many coffee-houses. There are a lot of different kinds. You can get pre made chai powders, syrups and concentrated chaimix from a bottle.
My new addiction is an iced chai, with loads of crushed ice!
Chai is a mixture of; cloves, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, black tea and cardamom.
In the pre made mixtures there is almost always sugar, but this is not suppose to be in the original recipe.
For this recipe I left out the black pepper.
For sweetness I used dates, with give the smoothie a nice taste and texture.
The recipe is dairy free, instead of milk I used almond milk.
This recipe makes a smoothie for two persons.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
600 ml almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 teabag or tsp black tea
1/2 tsp cardamom
10 fresh dates
I used a blender for this recipe.
Take the stones out of the dates.
Put all the ingredients in to the blender, and blend for 2 minutes on medium speed.
Now you will have to sift the smoothie, to get all the small bits and tea leafs out of the smoothie.
Do not wait to long! The tea will make the smoothie taste stronger, the longer you wait.
If the smoothie is getting stuck in the sift, use a spoon and stir. This will help.
Poor the smoothie in to two large glasses and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.
Note: this recipe is also really good with crushed ice added! Please try!