12.20.2015

Warm Chai Tea Smoothie

Our Chai Tea green smoothie is full of nutritious spinach, fruit, some creamy coconut milk, dates to sweeten it, and the perfect amount of spices.

Is it cold where you live? Fall and winter bring chilly temps and it can be hard to crave a nice, frosty green smoothie when you’d rather be sipping something warm and cozy. Brr! So…we have a great warm green smoothie recipe that you will love!

Chai Tea Smoothie recipe

You can use hot tea or water for your smoothie base. We like using our high speed blenders on the soup function to heat them up, but if your blender doesn’t have that function, you can gently warm it in the microwave or on the stove. One note – be careful if you’re blending hot liquids. If you don’t vent the lid a little, the liquid can leak and splatter.

Warm Chai Tea Smoothie made with spinach

Add more dates, if needed, to reach the desired sweetness. Up the amount or use different spices, if you like. Feel free to alter the recipe according to your taste.

What’s your go-to hot beverage to warm you up during the cooler weather?

Warm Chai Tea 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.
5 from 10 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 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup brewed tea - herbal green, white, or black
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 pear - cored and peeled
  • 1 apple - cored and peeled
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ inch ginger root
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom

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: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 2962IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. Kate says:

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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. Estelle says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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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About Jen Hansard

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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