Even though August is coming to an end, we are STILL IN SUMMER FOLKS!!!! Now is not the time for pumpkin anything, or fall leaves, or Halloween candy. By the looks of the local supermarkets you would think we should all be wearing pants and pumpkin-themed sweaters. Look down at your feet, you should be wearing flip flops. Glance at your hairy legs, they should be exposed to the warm sun. Rather than prematurely leaping into fall, let’s bridge the gap between the end of summer and the beginning of fall with a luscious mango smoothie scented with the warmth of chai spice, shall we? This luscious smoothie is inspired by an Indian mango lassi. Mangoes are a delicious addition to any smoothie blend because of their sweet and succulent flavor capable of hiding any not-so-tasty, yet healthy smoothie additions. A good pinch of sweet chai spice and a sliver of fresh ginger add an extra burst of flavor, while the yogurt cools and adds an boost of protein.
There are countless recipes for chai spice, some are more sweet, while others are better suited for savory dishes. Buy it already blended or make one yourself with cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, and ginger. I have a recipe for chai spice in my chai snickerdoodles post. Make this blend (or double or triple it) and reserve the blend for future use in your morning coffee/latte or tea. You should also bake those damn good snickerdoodles if you know what’s good for. It’s my grandmother’s recipe (I added the chai), and they are BY FAR some of the BEST cookies you will ever put in your mouth…I’M NOT EXAGGERATING!!!!!
If you want to control the sugar in any smoothie recipe, use unsweetened plain yogurt and a tiny pinch of stevia powder to enhance the natural sweetness of the spices, banana, and mangos. Cheers to the rest of the summer!
Bon Appetit Ya’ll,
Mango Lassi Smoothie
- 2 mangoes fresh or frozen
- 1 banana fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 2 pinches good sweet chai spice
- 1/4 inch slice of ginger
- 1/2 cup cashew or almond milk
- 1/2 cup ice if using fresh fruit
Slice the mangoes around the core and remove the flesh.
Peel the slice of ginger.
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.