I like Chai. A lot. And I like smoothies.
This Chai-twist on the smoothie is both tasty and nutritional, with no preservatives, artificial ingredients, and no sugars except for the natural ones found in the bananas and pumpkin.
I start the night before by brewing a cup of Chai.
I brew it the night before for two main reasons: the Chai should be really strong and the Chai should be cold. The brand you use doesn't matter; however the bolder and more stated the flavours are the more they will stand out in the smoothie.
The only other prep to be done in advance, the day or night before, is cutting up and freezing the bananas. The frozen bananas will give that all important freeze-factor to your smoothie.
Those are really the hardest steps right there. Everything else is easy.
Pumpkin Banana Chai Smoothie
1 cup of Chai, brewed the previous day
2 bananas, cut into pieces and frozen
1 - 2 raw eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbs raw golden flax seed
Put everything in a blender and blend away.
For those adverse to raw eggs, you can choose the protein of your choice, such as whey or soy protein powder.
If there is not enough sweetness for your taste from the bananas you can, of course, add a sweetener.
This recipe makes enough for two respectable sized smoothies, about 12oz. Or one really big smoothie.