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Coconut Chai Milkshakes

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coconut chai

A few years ago, after drinking a coconut chai shake at Bonobos, I created my own version of the delicious spicy-sweet shake. I’m re-posting an updated version of the recipe today, because the old one was a little hard to follow.

coconut drink

Put on a lei, close your eyes, and pretend you’re lounging under a palm tree in Hawaii.

Coconut Chai Shakes

  • Meat and juice of one Thai coconut (or 1 can full-fat coconut milk plus 1 cup coconut water)
  • 1 tbsp Indian chai masala (Or 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves, dash pepper and cardamom. Or omit completely for a plain-jane coconut shake.)
  • Sweetener (I like it without, but for a taste like Bonobos’, add 2-3 tsp agave or other sweetener to taste.)
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling on top, if desired

Blend all of your ingredients together (I use a Magic Bullet). You can also try freezing this and then re-blend in your Vita-Mix for an amazing ice cream!

See the following link if you’d prefer a coconut-free version: Vanilla Chai Breakfast Shakes.

coconut splash

Don’t cry over spilled coconut milkshake.

NYC Recap Continued…

Neither my friend, Jess, nor I were impressed with our food at The Organic Grill. It was mediocre and bland. We quickly paid our bill and moved on to yummier things. Yummier things such as chocolate-strawberry cheesecake from Whole Earth Bakery. (I ordered two, to-go. They’re sitting in my fridge right now, and I can’t say I haven’t been dreaming about them!)

We spent a few hours exploring after our lunch and bakery stop. In NYC, you really don’t need to have a jam-packed itinerary, filled with trips to museums and tourist attractions. Just walking around is entertainment enough!

Hot and thirsty, we arrived just in time for snack at Bonobos.

I went straight for the coconut chai, which they gladly blended up for me sans sweetener. Jess ordered the gingerade. Our drinks offered the perfect antidote to the summer heat, and they totally made up for our less-than-stellar lunch experience!

What are some of your favorite spices?

My favorites are probably cinnamon and ginger. Oh, and oregano and basil. And my least favorites are nutmeg and cilantro!

For more milkshakes, see: Healthy Milkshake Recipes.

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Published on July 21, 2011

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  1. Sara says

    You are SO gorgeous!

    I just stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago, and I’m so glad I did. I already made three things and all were gobbled up by me and my roommates. I’ll try this shake for sure!


  2. Emma says

    Mmmmm I tried Bonobos coconut chai once, last year, after reading about it on your blog actually! It really was delicious. But expensive! Thanks for this recipe so I can try making my own. Oh, and you look so pretty in the last photo :).

    My favorite spices are cinnamon and cinnamon and cinnamon!

  3. Lindsey @ Why Just Eat says

    I am a cinnamon addict. I’ve been trying to find out if I can grow a cinnamon tree here in Colorado. I’m sure it isn’t actually called a cinnamon tree, but you know what I mean. I put it in everything. The McCormick cinnamon grinder is my best friend.

    Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake sounds amazing!

  4. Sarahishealthy says

    I am a HUGE cinnamon addict, and I LOVE chai tea. I also love coconut of course, so I WILL be trying this. Only question is how soon. Hopefully today ;).

  5. judy says

    I absolutely love your blog! I am trying to gain weight the healthy way because I am underweight due to an E.D. so this site really has some good recipes, I like the way the recipes give options, depending on your daily fat/calorie needs. Keep it up 🙂

  6. VEGirl says

    Oh, my favorites are your least favored I guess! Freshly grated nutmeg and cilantro are a couple of my favorite flavors (although not together. hmmmm….. *light bulb*). I also love basil , which goes very well with chocolate! I LOVE fresh herbs! And does chocolate count as a spice? Cocoa powder gets sprinkled on a lot of my food (although NOT cilantro! Ooohhhh…. *another light bulb*)

  7. Ragnhild says

    Ola-la, pretty lady ! 😉 I love your outfit! And thanks for sharing this recipe! Sounds delicious, and I have half a can of coconut milk sitting in my fridge- I hope I get around to make this tomorrow!
    Favorit spice: Fresh basil , and cinnamon! But I cant stand fresh cilantro :S (I like it dried though!)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      LOL I wish! I’ve been coming every summer since I was a baby, though. My parents both grew up on Long Island and in NYC, so they know the area really well and have imparted some of that knowledge onto me… but I am nowhere near as knowledgeable as they are. Sometimes I’ll call my mom up and ask the best way to get to a certain place, or for recommendations of things to do in an area or how long it will take to get from place to place. 🙂

  8. Alyssa says

    (Did you know that some people have a gene that makes cilantro leave a bad taste in their mouths? Same with pine nuts. The human body is fascinating!)
    It’s funny, I’m reading your post and “Groove is in the Heart” by Dee-Lite, from 20 years ago, is on the radio. That song came out during my senior year of college in New York, and always makes me think of walking around the West Village.
    Thanks for the memories!!!!!

  9. Heidi says

    Well of course you must recycle outfits… how else does one fit in a Magic Bullet on Vay-Cay? LOLz LOVE IT!!

  10. Lyza says

    Chai sounds so wonderful, but coupled with coconut sounds like a drink from the heavens 🙂 I need to get on making this one day soon! 🙂

  11. PBnJ Fam says

    Hi Katie!! I recently stumbled across you *by accident* if I must confess… but I can’t thank my lucky stars enough that I found you!!!! I am so inspired by you and in awe of your talent and drive!! So, on to my question… I would LOVE to make this recipe… but not sure about the Chai ingredient… is that a powder, loose tea leaves, or a tea that has already been made?? I actually have a masala chai in loose tea leaves, but am not sure what is the best way to add it to the recipe?? (maybe brewing up a small amount of concentrated tea??) Would love to hear your input! And again, you are such a wonderful talented woman, thank you for taking the time to share with all of us out here!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Awww thank you so much for your sweet comment! I found the Chai Masala (which is one spice, all together) at an Indian grocery store. But it is hard to find, which is why I gave the alternative in my recipe. It’s just as good with the substitution :).

      I wish I could help you with your tea-leaf question, but I really don’t ever use tea leaves, and so I wouldn’t know how to use them in this recipe at all. LOL if I gave you directions, you’d probably end up with grainy pieces of floating tea leaves in your shake! 😕

  12. L. says

    I’ve never been to Bonobos. What a funny name for a restaurant! But it sounds fun, and that drink looks heavenly. I love your NYC posts, Katie :).

  13. Lisa says

    hahah totally ok to recycle outfits! leaves room to buy stuff on vacation in the suitcase 😉

    my fav spice is cinnamon. Im really not a spice kind of girl, so when I use cinnamon, its usuualy for sweet things!! 🙂

  14. Abby says

    As yummy as that coconut chai sounds, I’m even more intrigued by your friend’s gingeraid. It sounds like something that would be right up my ally :).

    Great picture of you too 🙂

  15. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    youa re TOO CUTE! and is it just me or are there more photos of you on your blog lately? I LOVE it! and i love seeing your pretty face!
    I LOVEEEE coconut! never had it with that chai spice! my fav spice is cinnamon!

  16. Jenny says

    I think I love all spices and herbs… I can’t think of one that I DON’T like! Cinnamon is my absolute favourite spice, followed by ginger. Cilantro is my favourite herb, followed by basil, and then dill. 🙂 About cilantro (or coriander) – I always hear that people either love it or hate it! And I’ve yet to actually meet someone who’s indifferent about it… Interesting how that is!

    Of course, I also love spicy things, so Indian spices along with crushed and/or powdered peppers are also favourites while cooking!

    Thanks for adapting the recipe so that those of us who can’t (or don’t like to?) consume coconut can enjoy something similar! Love how you always offer ways to alter your recipes to cater to different tastes or dietary needs. So considerate!

  17. Amber K says

    I LOVE cilantro! And cinnamon, but not together 😉

    Thanks for the non-coconut version of the milkshake. I wish I liked more of the good-for-you stuff, but I just can’t stand the taste of coconut.

  18. Lilly says

    love it! ohhh and recycling outfits is totally fine, you got to bring a magic bullet instead 🙂 i think it was a good choice!!! 😀

  19. Mellie says

    Oh, I’m sooo jealous of your NYC vacation! I love coconut but I’ve never had chai, because I don’t usually like tea, but I’m open to trying new things.

  20. Sarah says

    Wow, I live in NYC and have never even heard of Bonobos! I should check it out sometime. The coconut chai sounds too good to pass up. Thanks Katie!

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