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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!

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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. Teresa says

    Yum, this looks delicious. Never thought of adding chai spices to my shakes; what a wonderful idea.

    As for the bake sale, I like buying things that are easy to eat out-of-hand and don’t crumble too much. So, brownies, cookies, or bars of some sort. My personal favorites are brownies or spice cookies since I’m always looking for new and interesting variations on both of those. I’m sure whatever you decide to bring will be awesome. 🙂

  2. Colleen says

    I’m pretty sure YOU can’t go wrong — anything you bring will be sold in a flash!!! Brownies, chocolate chip cookies, those go first I think, or cupcakes with cool decorations 🙂

    This shake looks super-yummy! Can’t wait to try!!!

    Thanks so much!!

    • Christy S. Lube says

      At our local coffee shop, they call that (the chai latte w/ espresso) a “Wookiee”… LOL.
      (My daughters told me if I drank a Wookiee, they were pretty sure Chewbacca would come after me…)

      • Kaleigh says

        Haha I work at a coffee & ice cream shop in my hometown and we call it a Dirty Hippie. We also can put espresso in our Mexican hot chocolate (aka a Dirty Sanchez). No idea who came up with these.

    • Amanda says

      I did this recently at home with rolled oats! As I boiled the water for my oatmeal I left a chai tea bag in there. then I cooked the oatmeal as normal with some raisins and nuts and a little milk or creamer it was great. And I got my caffeine kick right along with my breakfast 🙂 I’m trying to think of what other tea flavos might be god like this…

  3. Samantha says

    Have fun cooking for your bake sale!

    I know that when I go to them I tend to avoid things that seem too messy (or heavily man-handled by the maker :))

    I love to try something slightly different than I would normally make for myself to see if I like it. Usually that is a good experience, this last weekend – sort of a weird one. 🙂

    I agree that I need to be able to see the item and a clear ingredient list. Have fun! Anyone is going to be lucky to get what you make!

    So which cause does your bake sale benefit?

  4. Dakota says

    Bake Sale?

    Cookies or cupcakes! People also get really excited over “mini” things, because they can buy something without feeling like they are eating a ton. If you can support a good cause, eat something delicious, but not feel like you just ate something big (or have to eat something if you’re already full)… it’s a win-win-win.

  5. Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon says

    I made a batch of granola and portioned it into single-serving packages for a bake sale once and it went off well! People appreciated that they could support the cause but purchase something healthy that they could enjoy then or for breakfast the next day if they weren’t hungry right that second.

  6. Madison @ Peanut Butter Lover says

    I know that when I go to bake sales I normally look for two things: Something that I’ve never tried before BUT looks delicious! OR… Something that I love and haven’t had in a while. For me, these things would be fudge, snickerdoodles, cupcakes, sugar cookies or sweet breads (with chocolate chips of course!). Question

  7. Renata says

    Yum! Looks incredible, this will definitely go on my ‘to make’ list. Those straws are soooo cute! Where did you find those?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I actually got them online somewhere… I forget the site, but it was back in September, and I decided it’d be a good birthday present to myself. (I hardly ever order things online, because of shipping costs.)

  8. Sarah says

    I love love LOVE your Flourless Chocolate Chip cookies! I always have a batch in my freezer to snick snack on. I even posted about them on my blog. I think you should make those. I always leave out the white sugar because I don’t like sweet cookies either and I use super dark chocolate chips but those with sugar would be awesome for people with “normal” tastebuds.

  9. [email protected] of Sugar Free says

    LoVE. Used to love chai 😀 and I love that straw! Where did you get it? It is adorable!

    For the bake sale…hmm, make something easy to wrap, doesn’t have to be refrigerated, and sticks together easily. I used to always buy fudgy brownies at bakesales (they are the best). Plus, brownies are pretty easy to bake and store. I bet a “cake batter” brownie/bar thing with sprinkles would be a hit, too. Do you have a recipe like that? I can’t remember…

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I actually got them online somewhere… I forget the site, but it was back in September, and I decided it’d be a good birthday present to myself. (I hardly ever order things online, because of shipping costs.)

      I’ve been meaning to make copycat Little Debbies… thanks for the reminder, Alex! 🙂

  10. Suzie says

    Yum! This is perfect, I just bought 2 boxes of chai tea as it was on sale– I will definitely be making this, especially as the HOT days are approaching… Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Mary says

    The best thing I got at a “bake sale” was called a Power Ball in Vermont. Basically a peanut butter ball w/ raisins and peanuts and rolled in sesame seeds. I think w/ your spin on things you could update that . It was not sticky – It was easy to throw in my purse and eat when I felt low – It didn’t crumble and make a mess.

  12. A.F. says

    This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it! As for the nutritional facts, though, one medium banana alone is around 110 calories… How can the total for the entire recipe be only 115?

    • Lisa says

      Coming from an obsessive calorie counter:

      1 normal sized banana (90 grams without the skin) is only 75 calories.

      • A.F. says

        I, too, am somewhat of an obsessive calorie counter. I’m not saying this to perseverate on the topic, but I have checked and cross-checked this value many a time, as I eat bananas frequently. Even Dole’s website lists a medium banana at 110 calories, and a search for “medium banana” on Spark Recipes will yield the following: Banana, Fresh (Medium, 7″ – 7 7/8″ long) : 108 calories. The same goes for a search on My Fitness Pal.

        Katie, I made the shake tonight and it is truly delicious, regardless of the amount of calories. And it’s infinitely healthier than a similar dairy-cholesterol-sugar laden concoction! I really didn’t mean to start a fuss here, I just wanted to help out a fellow cal counter.

        • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

          No worries. Sorry, I am NOT a calorie counter… I have to trust what the recipe site gives me, but if you ever think my info is inaccurate, please let me know what should be correct and I can fix my post!

          • Lisa says

            No, you did it correct, Katie! If we’re getting nit picky, those sites list “1 medium banana” but you have to remember that the peel adds grams and calories. But no one eats the peel! At least I hope they don’t! 😉
            So doing it in grams is much more accurate. And I like how you changed the nutritional info link. I think you handled it perfectly! Don’t worry, we calorie counters have your back!

  13. Mandie says

    I’ve never tried a chai tea before – but this sounds so good! I’ll try it!
    (I have tried chai power balls and they were good!)

    A suggestion – you could make your Hot Chocolate Cookies or Funfetti Cookie Dough Balls! 🙂

    Weird question: Do you actually read all the comments posted on your blog?
    Just wondering, because I know you are busy, and you get TONS of comments 😉

  14. casey says

    I have made something similar. I boiled (or close to boil) a small amount of water 1/4- 1/3 cup ish? Then steeped the chai tea bag. Remove the bag. Allow the remaining tea to cool (stick in the fridge or freezer to hurry it along! Then add that to blender with other ingredients. I use frozen banana slices to keep it cold and help it thicken. I use either almond or coconut milk. And because i’m not vegan I like to add some plain yogurt (1/2 cup ish?) Occationally I will add a touch of maple syrup or honey for sweetener. Oh and real vanilla.

  15. Green Tea Bliss says

    Love Chai!
    As for the bake sale I always take in a few pies as people don’t make them anymore and they love to leave with a whole, homemade pie…PLUS they bring in the big $$$. I also love GF macaroons! Have fun baking for a cause 😉

  16. Cheri @ The Watering Mouth says

    These look perfect Katie – except when I make them, I’m gonna omit the banana, cinnamon and all the spices and I will add chocolate syrup. Oh wait, that’s just a chocolate milkshake. Well, so be it!

    Love the concept of this twist – though, I’ll stick with my old faithful. Heehee. 😀

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