12.20.2015

Warm Chai Smoothie

Enjoy your daily smoothie even as the temperature drops with this warm Chai Smoothie. Its still got all your fav smoothie components!

Is it cold where you live? Fall and winter bring chilly temps that make it hard to crave a nice, frosty green smoothie when you’d rather be sipping something warm and cozy. Brr! So… instead of skipping that smoothie altogether, try this warm Chai Smoothie. It brings you all the best in fresh produce + energy boosting ingredients, yet will also keep you toasty warm. My chai tea smoothie might just be your go-to drink this winter!

How to Make a Warm Green Smoothie

Warm smoothies are very similar to cold ones, with just a few tweaks. Here’s how I like to blend them:

  1. Blend spinach, tea and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. If you’re using a high-speed blender then start blending on low and work up to high speed. Blend for 3-5 minutes or until very hot. If you’re using a regular blender then blend until smooth, and heat up the blended smoothie on the stove or transfer to mugs and heat in the microwave until warm.

Masala chai (spiced tea) is a thousands year old drink originating in India. It can be made with a wide range of spices as well as different kinds of tea depending on the region of the world. You can definitely make this chai-inspired green smoothie with the tea of your choice (caffeinated or not!).

Chai Tea Smoothie recipe

Tips for a Delicious Chai Smoothie

Hot tea can be used while blending if your blender container is heat-proof. Be sure to vent the lid so the liquid doesn’t leak or splatter if you choose to blend hot liquid. If your blender has a soup setting, this is the perfect smoothie for that setting!

The full-fat canned coconut milk makes this chai tea smoothie super creamy. Use light canned coconut milk or carton coconut milk for less fat. Swap the medjool date for a bit of maple syrup if desired.

Feel free to drink this smoothie at room temp instead of heating it. I’ve had rawkstars tell me they often drink room temp smoothies during the winter, and that’s great! This smoothie is equally delicious chilled, so if you aren’t ready for a hot smoothie then make it cold!

Chai Tea Smoothie FAQs

How many calories are in a chai tea smoothie?

My chai smoothie has 396 calories (with full fat coconut milk). If you want to easily lower the calorie count, just swap the full fat coconut milk for light canned coconut milk, or even carton coconut milk.

How long does a smoothie stay fresh in the fridge?

I recommend drinking smoothies within 2 days of blending. They start to lose nutrients after about 15 minutes, yet are still great the next day! Just make sure you give that refrigerated smoothie a good shake before your first sip.

Does chai tea boost your metabolism?

Tea is naturally caffeinated (unless it’s herbal tea) and can give your metabolism a boost. Some teas boost metabolism more than others.

Warm Chai Tea Smoothie made with spinach

Warm Drinks for Cold Weather

Put down that cold brew coffee and get ready to jump into seasonal flavors + produce with the below smoothies and drink recipes. I love switching up my drink routine with a fresh set of fruits and veggies, and these recipes usher in cooler weather in just the right way.

Warm Smoothies

If you just can’t stand the thought of blending a cold smoothie this time of year then don’t! Instead, try one of these incredibly yummy warm smoothies and embrace the season:

Warm Plant Based Drinks

If you’re like me then cooler weather has me reaching for warmer drinks all day long. Here are a few of my favs to sip:

What’s your go-to hot beverage to warm you up during the cooler weather? Drop a comment below and let me know what I should be drinking this winter!

 

Warm Chai Smoothie

A warm comforting meal replacement smoothie that is full of healthy fruit and spinach, plus just the right amount of spice inside the warm chia tea smoothie.
4.9 from 11 votes
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Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup brewed tea - herbal green, white, or black
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 pear - cored and peeled
  • 1/2 apple - cored and peeled
  • 1 medjool date
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 inch ginger root
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost - (optional)

Instructions

  • Blend spinach, tea, and coconut milk until smooth.
  • Next add the remaining ingredients. If using a high speed blender, start blending again on low speed working up to high speed. Allow to blend for 3-5 minutes, or until very hot. If using a regular blender, blend until smooth and heat gently on the stove or transfer to mugs and heat in microwave.

Notes

Note: Hot tea can be used, but use caution when blending. Be sure to let the lid vent so the liquid doesn't leak and splatter. Blend on low speed, working up to high speed until smooth.

Nutrition

Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1517IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 5mg
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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Jana says:

    4 stars
    Delicious recipe. Never tried a warm smoothie before. It came out a bit thin for my aesthetic, so I’ll probably cut the liquid in half next time. Thank you!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Cutting the liquid in 1/2 is a great idea here Jana. You can also try adding a bit of avocado or cauliflower to thicken it as well. Happy blending!

  2. Lori says:

    5 stars
    This was a lot more tasty than expected. I used green jasmine tea. Used 2 small apples as I didn’t have any pears and left out the dates as I didn’t have those either. I used double the spinach just for the health benefits because I don’t think the spinach really adds or takes away from any of the other flavors. I tend to cut down on smoothies during cold weather, but now will be using this a lot.

  3. Ahjoo says:

    A lot of benefit from green tea.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes, there absolutely is! When I’m making this smoothie, though, I like to use brewed chai tea to elevate the taste of the chai spices.

  4. Brook says:

    5 stars
    Yum, this tasted great and is such a good alternative to cold smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I agree, Brook! And a great alternative to regular chai lattes, also.

  5. Jess says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Great to be able to eat raw, but still get it hot. Usually I only make cold smoothies, and have never used spices as much as in this one, but it worked really well together!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you Jess! I am so happy that you enjoyed this warm smoothie 🙂

  6. Regina says:

    5 stars
    Hi, Jen! Thanks for sharing – this one is delicious! 🙂
    A warm smoothie it’s something I have occasionally if I’m cold and want a warm breakfast. Here is my recipe: I’ll whiz up some banana, a little bran or oats, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cocoa powder in a blender with enough milk to make it smooth, then top off with some warm milk and stir up to blend – I find doing it that way is better because it lessens the risk of warm milk exploding out of the blender.

  7. Katherine says:

    Hi Jen,

    This is a wonderful recipe. I loved this so much that I featured it in my best of post 11 Warm Smoothies For Winter.
    I have not shared the exact recipe, only one image from here, a small quote and all credits given to you and linked back to this page.

    Have a fantastic day!

    Katherine from GreenThickies.com

  8. Kate says:

    How well do you think these warm smoothies would hold up if made ahead of time – how long would they keep

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Kate,

      You can keep your smoothie in your refrigerator up to 2 days in an air tight container. I would just put it on the stove and warm it up for a couple minutes whenever you are ready to have it 🙂

  9. Kate says:

    Could I use homemade almond milk instead of coconut milk to save some money ?

  10. Kym says:

    Interested in smoothies great to use for the winter

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Kym.

      Our warm smoothies are a great pick-me-up when the weather gets chilly. I hope you love these recipes!!

  11. Craig says:

    5 stars
    Warm smoothies? Interesting – definitively going to blend one of these up!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Craig,

      They’re so yummy! And perfect when you’re craving something to warm your belly! Reach back out + let me know what you think!

  12. Sam says:

    OMG! This recipe is so good. I was never a big fan of chai, but this smoothie changed my mind about it completely. Thank you!

  13. Estelle says:

    I’ve tried the cold version. Excellent!
    I think I’ll try it with chai tea as liquid base 🙂

  14. Ellie says:

    This WARM GREEN SMOOTHIE is looks really great! This recipe gives me an excuse to trying it! Thanks for share..

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      You’re so welcome, Ellie! Reach back out + let us know what you think!

  15. Evie Birch says:

    Awesome! I’m Really looking for the green smoothie chai tea. thanks for publish this article…

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      You’re so welcome, Evie! Reach back out and let us know what you think!!

  16. Sandi Heuvel says:

    I am looking for the pear chai recipe, with ground cardamom.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Sandi!

      This is the one! Scroll up to view the recipe :). Enjoy!

  17. Tyler says:

    This is a great article and has totally inspired me to look at some of the ingredients I’m using!

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