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Vanilla Chai Breakfast Shakes

Thick, creamy vanilla chai breakfast shakes…

A super healthy way to start your morning: 1 cup milk of choice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup... Full Recipe: @choccoveredkt


Have you ever tried chai tea?

My college roommate got me hooked on chai sophomore year, and the spicy beverage helped me through many a winter’s bike ride to class. I invested in a stainless-steel travel mug, which I’d fill with hot tea and stuff into the side pocket of my backpack. Today’s recipe is a milkshake version of that comforting chai.

(P.S. To anyone who currently attends SMU: buy a cheap bike. In the years I was there, two of my bicycles were stolen—locks and all!)

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A thick, creamy, and secretly healthy milkshake with sweet chai spices.

Perfect for a post-workout drink or a late-night snack…

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Or even for breakfast!

Readers voted this the top post-workout shake of the year! You'd swear it's full of fat and empty calories, but surprisingly it's not at all! Recipe here:

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Vanilla Chai Breakfast Shakes

Vanilla Chai Breakfast Shakes

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Vanilla Chai Breakfast Shakes


  • 1 cup milk of choice, or less for a thicker shake
  • 1 very ripe frozen banana (Banana-Free Version Here)
  • 1/2 tsp each cinnamon and powdered ginger
  • Tiny dash each: pepper, cardamom, ground cloves, and nutmeg (You can omit any or all if desired. Or omit all the spices and simply brew your milk with a chai tea bag, then chill before blending)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional sweetener if desired


Crazy-simple directions: Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve cold, or gently heat if a hot drink is desired instead. (Side note: I bet if you make a bigger serving and tweak the recipe a bit, it could make a good ice cream. I might have to work on that!)

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Published on April 27, 2012

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  1. TeriN says

    I was disappointed to read the, “I detest pepper” comment. My Indian friends taught me to make chai using white pepper. It gives a wonderfully mysterious “bite” to the chai experience. Taste is completely different than black pepper….try it!

  2. Natasha says

    Super tasty!
    Made mine in a single serve blender with a little less milk, turned out exactly like soft serve ice cream! Might have been because the banana I used was pretty large, though.
    Either way, super delicious!!

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  4. Brenda says

    WOW! A kindred spirit – I detest pepper too. My husband has to add it if he wants it. I never cook with it.
    I will be trying this shake as soon as the snow is over here – Mother’s day and we have 6 inches of snow.

  5. Angie says

    Another hit Katie!!! I love chai so I figured this would be good. I added vanilla protein powder for that extra boost! Thanks and please keep these delicious breakfast shakes and smoothies coming yours are by far the best!

  6. Gina says

    YUM!!!! I just had to make 2 in a row because I wouldn’t share with my 6 year old daughter, who also loved it. One of my new favorites!!

  7. Kasey says

    Or you could plan ahead and the night before heat the cup of milk and put a chai teabag in it to infuse the chai flavors. Refrigerate overnight and use in the smoothie in the morning. Works great if you are not someone that has all the spices in your cupboard.

  8. Holly Robinson says

    Looks amazing!! I don’t have all the right spices though, so will have to get some. I have lots of frozen banana and plant milk though 🙂

  9. Sarah says

    Katie, this was so good!! I needed to use up some plain greek yogurt that my husband mistakenly bought so I did half yogurt, half water instead of milk. It was definitely more of a smoothie consistency, but still delicious. I’ll be making this one again and again!

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