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Chia Seed Smoothie

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This chia seed smoothie is a delicious breakfast or snack that incorporates the tiny, nutrient-dense chia seeds into a blended mixture of frozen mixed berries, almond milk and other ingredients. The chia seeds add a unique, pudding-like texture and mildly nutty flavor to this dairy free, vegan smoothie.

Chia seed smoothie in jar with chia seeds on the side.

Ingredients

Chia seed smoothie ingredients labelled on blue background.
  • almond milk – the unsweetened kind
  • chia seeds – you can find raw chia seeds in the natural section of the grocery store
  • mixed berries – frozen
  • bananas – sliced and frozen
  • Granola and fresh berries – this is an optional topping

Gelled chia seeds are tender to the bite. When you chew or press them with your tongue, you’ll notice a soft texture due to the gel.

Despite the gelatinous coating, the tiny chia seeds maintain their original bead-like shape. The seeds don’t fully dissolve, and you can still see and feel them in the mixture.

How to Make it

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender (except for the topping).
  2. Pulse a few times and then blend on high speed until smooth.
  3. Let the chia seeds soak in the smoothie for about 15 to 20 minutes so that they have some time to expand.
  4. Transfer to a glass. Top with granola and more berries, if desired.
  5. Serve!

Pro Tip:

If you prefer, you can let the chia seeds soak before adding them to the smoothie. Just soak them in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes, until they gel, and then add them to the smoothie after it’s been blended.

Chia seed smoothie in jar topped with granola and mixed berries on blue background.

Nutrition

This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only from using online calculators.

Nutrition information per serving:

  • Calories 219 kcal
  • Total Fat 6.4g
  • Saturated Fat 0.1g
  • Sodium 169mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 35.1g
  • Dietary Fiber 9g
  • Total Sugars 18.7g
  • Protein 5.3g
  • Vitamin D 120mcg
  • Calcium 93mg
  • Iron 2mg
  • Potassium 335mg

FAQ

Can you put raw chia seeds in smoothies?

Yes, you can add the raw chia seeds directly into the smoothie. As they sit in the liquid, they start to gel up and expand. You can also let them soak in water in advance and add them to the smoothie later.

How do you add chia seeds to a smoothie?

You can add the raw seeds to the smoothie with the other ingredients at the start of blending for a more ground up chia seed and more time to soak. This will help thicken the smoothie. You can add them after blending if you’d like them to remain whole but they will still need some time to expand.

How long should chia seeds soak in a smoothie?

The chia seeds will need to soak for at least 15 to 20 minutes in the smoothie if you want to consume them in their more gelatinous state. Letting them soak makes them easier to digest and increases the absorption of nutrients in your body.

How many chia seeds should you put in a smoothie?

I like to use 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds per every 1 1/2 cups (or 12 ounces) smoothie.

Chia seed smoothie in jar with straw, topped with granola and mixed berries.

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Chia seed smoothie in jar topped with granola and mixed berries.

Chia Seeds Smoothie

This chia seed smoothie is a delicious breakfast or snack that incorporates the tiny, nutrient-dense chia seeds into a blended mixture of frozen mixed berries, almond milk and other ingredients. The chia seeds add a unique, pudding-like texture and mildly nutty flavor to this dairy free, vegan smoothie.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 219 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup almond milk - unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¾ cup mixed berries - frozen
  • ½ banana - sliced and frozen–about ⅓ cup
  • granola and berries - optional topping

Instructions
 

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender (except for the topping).
  • Pulse a few times and then blend on high speed until smooth.
  • Let the chia seeds soak in the smoothie for about 15 to 20 minutes so that they have some time to expand.
  • Transfer to a glass. Top with granola and more berries, if desired.
  • Serve!

Notes

  • If you prefer, you can let the chia seeds soak before adding them to the smoothie. Just soak them in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes, until they gel, and then add them to the smoothie after it’s been blended.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories 219 kcal Total Fat 6.4g Saturated Fat 0.1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 169mg Total Carbohydrate 35.1g Dietary Fiber 9g Total Sugars 18.7g Protein 5.3g Vitamin D 120mcg Calcium 93mg Iron 2mg Potassium 335mg

Nutrition information on SoSmoothie is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only from online calculators.

Keyword fruit, smoothie
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