Coconut Dirty Chai Smoothie

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Author Notes: I don’t know if I’m technically allowed to call this drink a smoothie. It is cold and you do make it in the blender, but there’s no fruit. So then I thought maybe it’s supposed to be called a frappé- technically a Greek style iced coffee, but American bastardization has since changed the word to “frap” and the definition to “blended coffee drink”. And yes, this drink is blended and it does in fact have coffee in it. But it doesn’t work because “frap” is, in my opinion, a truly gross word. Don’t ask me why, but I cringe when I hear someone order one. I don’t care if you’re trying to sound like an old pro at Starbucks (plz just say frappucino, somehow that’s better). I’d say it’s somewhere in between “fro yo” or “ho cho” on the list of cutesy food words that make me gag. So I think I’m just going with smoothie, semantics be damned.
Rebecca Firkser


Serves 1

  • 2/3 cup coconut milk (the real stuff from the can, well shaken)
  • 2/3 cup coconut almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chai latte powder (don't hate me!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1+ teaspoons maple syrup, honey, agave, etc
  • 1 shot espresso
  • ice
  1. Pull the espresso shot and add everything to a blender. Adjust sweetness to your liking and ice according to your desired thickness. OR if you don’t have a blender/prefer your drink stronger: combine all ingredients except ice in a mason jar, close the lid tightly, then shake well and pour over ice!

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