Dirty Chai Smoothie Recipe

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This dirty chai smoothie blends instant espresso powder into a chai-spiced Greek yogurt base. You only need four ingredients to make a delightfully creamy breakfast smoothie with perfect keto macros for weight loss!

spiced chai smoothie recipe

What is Dirty Chai?

I don’t know why some recipe names stick when they sound so unappealing. Nevertheless, “dirty” is one of those terms that gets added to various recipes. 

Usually, it refers to bar drinks that add olive brine to the normal cocktail recipe. (1) The Dirty Martini is one of the best examples of this in practice.

In addition to drinks, there’s also Dirty Rice, which is a popular Cajun dish. I make a low-carb version with cauliflower rice and chicken livers.

“Dirty chai” refers to the espresso drink served in coffee shops where a hot chai tea latte gets infused with a shot of espresso. (2) Sounds good, right? The tea cuts the bitter taste of the strong coffee while the steamed milk sweetens and makes it easier to enjoy for those who don’t like black coffee.

Who wants to save all that deliciousness for winter? With this chai latte smoothie recipe, you can also enjoy a creamy and fragrantly spiced coffee drink during the summer months.

In addition to being a tongue twister, my Chai Latte Chia Pudding is another yummy chai-inspired summer treat.

Chai smoothie no banana

How to Make a Chai Tea Smoothie

Gather four ingredients and can make a chai smoothie for breakfast in just 5 minutes!

This recipe is naturally low-carb and sugar-free, which makes it the perfect keto chai smoothie!

Ingredients

I’m giving two ways to make this smoothie so you can pick the best option depending on what you have on hand.

I don’t know why, but I consistently make too much tea at one time. You’d think I’d have learned by now, but no. Having a way to reuse tea in other recipes is a great option. I also like freezing leftover chai in ice cube trays and infusing them in ice water later. The frozen tea cubes give a subtle flavor to plain water. It’s refreshing!

With brewed chai tea

Chai tea – Save leftover tea or brew a fresh cup for the base of this vanilla chai smoothie.

Greek yogurt – Pick a full-fat, unsweetened Vanilla yogurt. If you substitute with plain yogurt, add ½ tsp of vanilla extract to the smoothie.

Instant espresso powder – Here’s what makes a “dirty” smoothie and gives a caffeine boost to the recipe and your morning.

Ice – A handful of ice helps thicken the smoothie without adding a high-carb ingredient like frozen banana.

With chai spices

Say you don’t have chai tea but still want all the same warm and spicy flavors. Then, all you need to do is add a pinch of spices to the ingredient list above.

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cardamom
  • Ground cloves
Chai tea protein smoothie

Step-by-Step Directions

Add ingredients. Place all the ingredients in the blender cup.

Frozen chai tea smoothie recipe

Blend. Press the lid firmly and blend on high until the ingredients are smooth and well combined.

Chai protein smoothie

Serve. Divide the smoothie between two glasses and serve immediately.

The recipe yield is two servings. However, you can quickly increase the serving size by toggling the different buttons located on the recipe card. For example, pick 1x, 2x, or 3x and let the card multiply the ingredients accordingly. It’s easy!

Storing Tips It’s unlikely you’ll have leftovers, but if you do, store the blended smoothie in a small sandwich-sized ziplock bag in the freezer. Typically, smoothies don’t last long in the fridge, therefore, eat it fresh or freeze for later. 

I like to lay the bag flat horizontally in the freezer. Then, once it’s frozen, move so it’s standing vertically and takes less space.

Chai tea latte smoothie

Chai Smoothie Nutrition

  • 149 calories
  • 4 g net carb
  • 15 g fat
  • 7 g protein
  • 0 g fiber
  • 4 g total carb

Please note that the nutritional value will change if you substitute ingredients. Use a nutrition app like My Fitness Pal to recalculate and reflect your changes.

More Keto Smoothie Recipes

Celebrate summer with more tasty keto smoothie recipes! Each flavor is a unique low-carb summer treat.

Chai smoothie no banana

Dirty Chai Tea Smoothie

Jessica Haggard
This dirty chai smoothie blends instant espresso powder into a chai-spiced Greek yogurt base. You only need four ingredients to make a delightfully creamy breakfast smoothie with perfect keto macros for weight loss!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 149 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

With brewed chai tea

  • ½ c brewed chai tea
  • c vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • c ice

With chai spices

  • ½ c water
  • c vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • tsp ground cardamom
  • tsp ground cloves
  • c ice

Instructions
 

  • Add all the ingredients to the blender cup.
  • Press the lid on firmly and blend on high until the ingredients are smooth and well combined.
  • Divide the smoothie between two glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

There are more important notes and tips shared in the post below. I highly recommend you read the whole post before making the recipe!

Nutrition & Macros

Calories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 29mgNet Carbohydrates: 4g

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2 thoughts on “Dirty Chai Smoothie Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been missing my dirty chai with milk, but this chai smoothie is the perfect way to enjoy the flavors I love without all the carbs. So good!

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