(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) For this week’s Meatless Monday, try this tasty summertime treat! This banana chai smoothie parfait is great for breakfast, a snack, or even a light dessert.

This simple recipe is perfect if you’ve found yourself with more overripe bananas than you know what to do with. Thankfully bananas are ideal for freezing and blending into parfaits and smoothies, as this recipe includes lots of them!

Top off your parfaits with a sprinkle of granola, fresh blueberries, chopped apricots, a dollop of yogurt, and a drizzle maple syrup–or feel free to customize with whatever summer fruits you have on hand (fresh berries, peaches, nectarines, cherries, or sliced bananas all work beautifully).

You are guaranteed to love this deliciously frosty, lightly spiced, and naturally sweetened treat! Happy eating! — Global Animal

Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait. Photo Credit: I Love Vegan

Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait

Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients:

Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait
  • 5 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup chai tea ice cubes (directions in notes)
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream or coconut yogurt
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 6 pitted dates
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch dried ginger
Toppings
  • granola
  • coconut yogurt
  • fresh blueberries
  • chopped apricots
  • maple syrup (Pure Infused’s Lavender Chai is a great way to enhance the chai flavour!)

Directions:

  1. In a high speed blender combine all ingredients (minus toppings) and blend on high until creamy and smooth.
  2. If the consistency isn’t thick enough, place in a bowl and freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring often.
To Serve
  1. Scoop half of the banana chai smoothie into a bowl or glass. Top with ½ cup of granola, fresh blueberries, chopped apricots, a dollop of coconut yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!

Notes:

To make the chai tea ice cubes, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and brew with 4-6 chai tea bags. Chill for 1 hour. Transfer cold chai tea into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. Great for iced chai tea, just mix with vanilla soy or almond milk and a little sweetener (optional), shake and serve!

Recipe Courtesy of I Love Vegan

More I Love Vegan: http://www.ilovevegan.com/banana-chai-smoothie-parfait/

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