Remember how I mentioned that I like using spices in smoothies? You don’t remember? Well, I said so right here in my spinach cardamom smoothie post… Anyway, I think I may have taken it to another level with this Mango Chai Smoothie. This sweet smoothie recipe has more spices than it does fruit.
I made this drink using mango, a ripe banana, cardamom, ginger, turmeric and almond milk. I like using spices in smoothies because of the flavor and complexity it provides. I mean, anyone can make a mango smoothie, but make a mango cardamom smoothie or a mango ginger smoothie and suddenly, you know the drink will be special.
I like using these spices not just for flavor but also for my health. Cardamom is one of my favorite spices to use in both savory and sweet recipes. As an added bonus, cardamom is supposed to help with digestive issues. I also use turmeric as often as I can due to its healing properties; it has a rep for being anti-inflammatory. You don’t have to add it to this smoothie, but even using just a pinch will help give your smoothie some color. Ginger… oh, I’d eat ginger even if it was bad for me (thankfully it’s not… it helps with various stomach issues). I love it. I used half an inch in this smoothie and so the flavor was subtle. After you make this smoothie, make my masala chai – and add ginger. Oh it’s so good.
Try this mango smoothie for something different and fun and delicious.
- 1 heaping cup frozen organic mango chunks
- 5 Cardamom Pods, freshly ground (or one big pinch of cardamom powder)
- ½ inch fresh ginger
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1 frozen ripe banana, chopped
- optional: ¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
- Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.