Coconut Almond Chai Smoothie

This is the breakfast to eat when you really want dessert for breakfast.  And when you don’t have the time to make something like oatmeal cookie pancakes.  It tastes like a milkshake, but is way more nutritious than any milkshake I’ve ever had!
I absolutely love the flavor of chai – all those delicious warming spices mixed together.  But blend them into a frosty smoothie, and they’re surprisingly fresh and light.
And still delicious.  Mmmm.
serves 2
2/3 C light coconut milk
1 C non-dairy milk of choice – I used vanilla soy milk
2 T almond butter 
1 T hemp or soy protein powder
1 T ground flax seed
5 deglet noor dates, depending on how sweet you want it (2 or 3 medjool) 
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/8 t each: ground cardamom,* nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cloves
tiny pinch black pepper
*I like to be a little generous with the cardamom 
This takes some planning – overnight prep here!  Freeze coconut milk overnight so you have ice cubes made out of the coconut milk.  If you don’t have spare ice trays, you can just pour the coconut milk into a ziploc bag and lay it flat in your freezer so that you can easily break it into little ice chunks in the morning!
Once you have your coconut cubes, the rest is easy – blend everything together.  
Enjoy!  It’s a wonderful breakfast milkshake that has plenty of fuel to start your day well – or end it well, if you make this instead of a milkshake for dessert!  No regret or guilt there. 
Nutrition facts per serving: Calories: 239; Calories from Fat: 157; Total Fat: 17.5g; Saturated Fat: 5.0g; Sodium: 38mg; Total Carbohydrates: 10.4g; Dietary Fiber: 3.9g; Sugars: 0.6g; Protein: 14.8g

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