Love or hate: where do you stand on chia smoothies? Since I’ve posted several chia recipes, you may have guessed that I love chia smoothies.When I’m looking for a more filling smoothie, I add chia seed gel to my smoothie glass. (Chia seed gel is made by soaking chia seeds in water until they absorb the liquid and form a gel.) I don’t blend the chia seeds with my smoothie because I like the texture of the chewy, gelled chia seeds. Plus, the teeny tiny chia seeds are fun to suck up with a straw.
Mixed Berry Chia Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk (I use homemade nut milk)
1/4 cup canned, full-fat coconut milk
1 cup frozen mixed berries
Natural sweetener, if desired
To make chia gel, combine cold water and chia seeds in a small bowl. Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chia seeds soak up the water and form a gel.
For smoothie, add almond milk, coconut milk and berries to blender container. Cover and blend until smooth. Taste and sweeten as desired.
Divide chia seed gel between 2 glasses. Pour smoothie over chia seed gel. Serve with a straw to stir the smoothie and suck up the chewy chia seeds.