Very Vivacious Vanilla Spice Shake

Today I attempted one of my “brilliant” ideas in the kitchen, and it turned into a flop. A sticky, gooey flop.

Don’t worry. This shake was not that flop.

I’m not sure what happened, but my meringues didn’t form the soft and crunchy texture they were supposed to. I thought I did everything right. I let the egg whites get to room temperature. The mixing bowl and beaters were cold. I welcome any suggestions.

I know I’m not the first to experience a kitchen flop and I’m definitely not the last. When it happens, I like to make something I know will always turn out. That’s where this shake comes in.

Vanilla is smooth. Cinnamon sparkles. Chia seeds bring out your inner hippie.

I don’t think I need to sell you on the fact that this smoothie is healthy and delicious. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.


Oh-so-refreshing, it’s light enough for a snack and sweet enough for dessert. The cinnamon spice adds a little something nice, and the chia seeds sneak in some fiber.

I only used half of a banana because it was my after-lunch dessert. Yes, dessert is required after each meal of the day, not just one!

If you want a sweeter and thicker smoothie, throw in the other half. I like to freeze my bananas by peeling them when they’re ripe, cutting them in half, and wrapping them tightly in saran wrap. This gives me perfect proportions to throw in smoothies and baked goods.


 Very Vivacious Vanilla Spice Shake

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Prep: 15 min


  • ½ cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • half of a banana, frozen
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • another ½ cup milk of choice


  1. Combine ½ cup of milk and chia seeds in a small cup, and leave in the fridge for at least ten minutes.
  2. When the chia seeds have formed a gel, scoop/pour the mixture into your blender or magic bullet. Add banana, vanilla, cinnamon, and another ½ cup of milk.
  3. Blend and serve immediately.

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