pumpkonut chai shake

October 28, 2011
It's no secret how much I love chai, nor do I keep my affinity for pumpkin under wraps.  Coconut?  Yep.  Love it, too.  It was only natural that they would all one day meet, and together, make a glorious breakfast/snack/dessert/anytime-treat.

Therefore, we have the Pumpkonut Chai Shake.  While the name is a bit obnoxious, the taste is anything but.  It's simple, it's quick, it's healthy and most importantly, it tastes like a dream come true.  My dream, anyway. 

Speaking of dreams, I was able to use my brand-spankin'-new-birthday Vitamix Blender to whip up this baby.   This little machine will absolutely hold a special place in my heart until I die.  Surely someone out there gets as excited as I do about fancy-schmancy appliances.  Anyone?   

Pumpkonut Chai Shake
vegan, gluten-free
2 medium bananas, chopped and frozen
1/2 cup pureed pumkin
1/2-3/4 cup almond milk (soy, rice or heck, even regular milk is fine, too!)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 chai tea bag
3 tablespoons shredded coconut

(Let's see how complicated I can make these directions.)  

1.  Place all ingredients in blender.
2.  Blend.
3.  Serve in a Tervis tumbler*.

*I'm in love with this new tumbler I received as part of a Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Tervis.  This guy is virtually indestructible and won't crack, melt, shatter, or chip.  Better than that, their double-wall insulation means hot drinks stay hot cold drinks stay cold, and my furniture is safe from those annoying condensation rings!