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Chai Banana Smoothie with Kéfir

BT Vancouver | posted Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015

Quantity: 2

Preparing time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients

Chai Spice Blend:

• 2 tbsp (30 mL) ground cinnamon

• 2 tsp (10 mL) ground ginger

• 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cardamom

• 1 tsp (5 mL) ground allspice

• 1 tsp (5 mL) finely crushed fennel seeds

• 1 tsp (5 mL) ground nutmeg

• 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) ground cloves

• 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) freshly ground black pepper

 

Smoothie:

• 1 cup (250 mL) Liberté Plain Kéfir

• 3 tbsp (45 mL) chia seeds

• 2 large frozen bananas

• 1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup

• 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract

 

Preparation

Chai Spice Blend:

1. Stir cinnamon with ginger, cardamom, allspice, fennel, nutmeg, cloves and pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

 

Smoothie:

1. Place kéfir and chia seeds in a blender; let stand for 5 minutes.

2. Add banana, maple syrup, 1 tsp (5 mL) Chai Spice Blend and vanilla; purée until smooth.

3. Pour into 2 glasses. Garnish with a pinch of the spice blend.

 

Notes:

• Making a large batch of the spice blend makes it faster to prepare smoothies and it can also be used to flavour granola, rice pudding or toss with fruit.

 

• Peel, chop and arrange ripe bananas in an even layer and freeze until firm then transfer to an airtight container to have on hand for smoothies.