Chia seeds have become a popular nutritional staple in today’s kitchen. They can even be a substitute for an egg. How can a person grow up without ever knowing about these tiny seeds?
Since hearing so much about chia seeds’ health benefits and drinking them in a beverage at a Mexican market, I was inspired and purchased a large bag of them. I forgot that I had them until reading Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Smoothies over at the Joy Love Food blog. Joy’s recipe got me all inspired, and I remembered my chia seeds. Got a minute to read about my experiment?
I have a habit of coming up with quick whatever-is-on-hand recipes. One of the ingredients in Joy’s recipe is frozen banana chunks which I just happened to have in the freezer. Frozen banana slices make the best-flavored ice in smoothies. Add strawberries, peaches or beets (beet and banana smoothie is one of my favorites).
I didn’t have any yogurt in the frig, but I did have vanilla and orange ice cream. Instead of milk, I used coconut juice. The results? It actually tasted good. However, it could have been a little sweeter and thicker. After drinking it, I realized it wasn’t as thick as I thought it should be because I hadn’t put enough banana chunks in (I had forgotten that Joy had “3 cups” in her recipe, and I used 1 cup).
Regarding the nutritional value of a chia seed smoothie, perhaps Joy’s recipe is a more healthy choice compared to my version. A few changes on my part, though, would remedy that. I would use her version for the chocolate banana flavor.
The orange-vanilla flavor, on the other hand, tasted wonderful. Changing the coconut juice to milk and adding more banana slices does make a thicker smoothie.
- 2-3 cups frozen banana slices
- 8 oz. 2% milk (or 8 oz. coconut milk/juice for less thick)
- 1 tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa
- 1 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup Vanilla-Orange Ice Cream
- 1/2 cup whipped topping
- Blend.banana slices, milk, and cocoa.
- Mix in chia seeds and ice cream.
- Add whipped topping.
- Sprinkle chia seeds on top.
While drinking that version, I thought of another flavor I can’t wait to try – coffee. Seriously, I have suddenly embarked on a chia seed smoothie adventure.
Chia seeds purchased in a grocery store could be GMO. Buying in bulk can be pricey for pesticide-free seeds. However, if that is a concern and you prefer organic or chemical-free seeds, they can be ordered through Amazon.
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