Chocolate Chai Tea Latte Milkshake
i bring you a wannabe milkshake stuffed with chai tea-ness.
Are you sick of me talking about chai tea yet? I am. But all my life I’ve had this tendency to go through phases of fascination with particular foods. Ask my best friend. She’d tell you all about it. There was a kit kat phase, then a chocolate covered raisins phase and then (fortunately) the phases got healthier as I realized that nutrient-rich foods could be super fun too. Specifically, overnight oats. That fascination is still in full swing. It’s like pudding for breakfast. YES. And lately this overnight oats recipe has been getting a lot of pinterest action, which I think is silly because the pictures are from when I first started blogging and aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing.
Currently I’m waist-deep in a chai tea latte obsession. I honestly blame by dad. He drinks them. So I think I subconsciously drink them because they make me think of my childhood. And, as was already stated, Christmas. So you see, this drink is like childhood Christmas when Santa was still real. Is there anything happier than the idea of Santa…no.
Back in the day (2 months ago), the drink used to be too spicy for me. But something changed with my taste buds and now I’m a chai tea lover and a spicy margarita lover. Bring me all the spicy drinks. Except anything spicy licorice-ish because licorice is eww gross. And also don’t bring any Bloody Marys…for the same reason I don’t want any licorice.
I’m slightly concerned because I don’t love hot chai tea lattes. I like iced chai tea lattes. What will I do with myself when the weather turns cold? What will be my go to drink? Maybe I’ll become the girl who drinks hot chai tea lattes and pretends everyday is Christmas because you can’t drink chai tea without thinking, “oh i love this christmas in a cup drink.” Maybe. Or maybe I’ll default back to classic lattes. I tend to like chai tea lattes over coffee lattes because they don’t leave you with the coffee-y breath.
Also, why did the chia seed popularity have to coincide with my chai tea latte obsession? I can’t tell you the number of times I have mistyped chai as chia. It’s a confusing thing for someone (me) who can’t spell.
So this recipe is like a summer and fall fusion. It’s chai (which is fall-like), but cold and frosty (which is summer-like). I can’t decide what I want. Warm summer weather or cold winter temperatures. Houston is 95 degrees+ everyday. That’s hot. But I spent the weekend and am spending the next 2 days in New York, Vermont & Maine where it’s like 50 degrees. That’s too cold. I don’t do cold. I can’t handle it.
This creamy drink is practically a smoothie meets a milkshake. A love story of cold things you drink through a straw. I think we all now know the wonder frozen bananas bring to smoothies. Holy smokes creaminess. Except minus the smokes because this is cold, not hot.
So for this drink, you blend the frozen bananas with chai tea concentrate. Then we have to make the drink a latte so you add some milk too. I went with 2%, but I’m dreaming of making this with almond milk or coconut milk. Oh yeassss coconut milk. And then topping it with some coconut whipped cream. Oh that would be a-okay. Then you add in some cocoa (or chocolate protein powder) because chocolate is the mark of all things good.
Then boom…you’ve got a glass full of a chocolate chai tea latte milkshake<3.
- 1/3 cup chai concentrate
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (or 1 scoop chocolate protein powder)
- 4 ice cubes (optional, but I like the texture they add)
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.