Maple lassi is a creamy yogurt-based drink lightly spiced with cardamom and sweetened with all-natural pure maple syrup. Poured over ice, this beverage is the ultimate thirst quencher!
I’m in that stage where I’m craving all the flavors of fall – like Pumpkin Coffee Cake! – but it’s just too hot to turn on the oven. Instead, I’ve been making cool-down treats like this Maple Lassi drink.
It’s so creamy and refreshing, yet the taste of maple syrup and cardamom hint of fall to come. Basically this drink is just yogurt that’s been thinned, sweetened and spiced with cardamom. Poured over ice, this maple lassi is the ultimate thirst-quencher!
Yogurt lassi is a common Indian beverage and they come in other flavors like mango or strawberry. They’re one of my favorite things to order when we go out for curry. The dairy is a natural cooling agent.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been making them for myself as a snack with a good source of protein. The only part that’s truly unhealthy is the sugar. I reduced it as much as I could, but the sweetness is a large part of what makes this beverage so refreshing, in the same way southern sweet tea is sugary.
Maple syrup is my go-to, unrefined sweetener, especially when on a clean eating or Real Food diet. Some of my favorite sunflower seed butter cookies are sweetened just with this syrup. I find that I can use less due to the caramel flavor it imparts.
Truth be told, I’m kind of maple syrup obsessed! I put it in everything – coffee, pancake cupcakes, you name it. One year for Christmas, my friend got me a little bottle of pure maple syrup that I could take along with me in my purse. That’s devotion! If you’re a maple lover like me, be sure to check out my Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls. Oh so good!
You can buy ground cardamom in the spice aisle, but I prefer the fresh flavor of grinding cardamom pods myself. Plus, I just like any reason to use the mortar and pestle my husband brought me from Thailand!
If you buy whole pods, you need to carefully slit them open with a knife and remove the black seeds. Those are the only part you want to grind. If you can’t get cardamom, nutmeg or cinnamon would be equally delicious and continue the fall theme!
For more maple deliciousness, take a look at these other recipes!
- Ricotta French Toast is an easy way to make stuffed French toast and the filling is sweetened with maple syrup.
- If you’re looking for other Real Food recipes without refined sugar, my Chocolate Maple Torte is rich and fudgy without being too sweet.
- Another healthy snack option is Sunbutter No-Bake Energy Bites. They taste like oatmeal cookies but are completely raw and sweetened with maple.
And if you’re in the mood for other no-bake Fall treats:
- Pumpkin Oreo Dessert – layers of tangy cream cheese, pumpkin pudding and whipped cream come together on an Oreo crust.
- If you’re looking for something savory, try this Curry Pumpkin Dip. Warmly spiced and creamy with coconut milk, this can be served hot or cold. Don’t forget the pita chips for dipping!
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/3 cup milk (or water)
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom (1 pod)
- Ice, for serving