Strawberry Banana Smoothie With Chia Seeds

Inspiration for cooking can come when you least expect it, and from the least expected sources.
Text And Photo By Brady Evans

When I’m not cooking, I’m reading or running. It is amazing, however, how often my love of cooking and recipes pops up in unexpectedly in books that I read.

For instance, Under the Tuscan Sun by by Frances Mayes is a fantastically interesting read for people in love of architecture, Italy, or food.  I had no idea the recipe ideas I’d be running into in this book when I first borrowed it from my mother.

Similarly, I had no idea that the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall would get me interested in a previously unknown-to-me superfood: chia seeds.  This ingredient is known to be a fantastic source of essential fatty acids, protein, and soluble fiber.

So far I’ve found the easiest way to enjoy them is in smoothie form.  Once soaked in water, they form a gel-like substance that is easily added to a delicious fruit smoothie.  With or without chia seeds, however, this is a winning breakfast!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds
 
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A superfood smoothie consisting of fresh fruits, chia seeds, and coconut milk
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Recipe Type: Drink
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh strawberries, hulled and cleaned
  • 1 peeled banana, frozen
  • 4 cubes of ice
  • 1 T chia seeds soaked in ¼ cup (60 mL) of water
  • ⅓ cup (160 mL) light coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pulse to desired consistency, adding more water to thin if necessary.

 

Brady Evans

Brady Evans is a cook who specializes in stretching cooking boundaries towards a more healthy lifestyle. She loves making recipes with unexpected ingredients and share her passion for cooking through her very successful and mostly-vegetarian blog, Branny Boils Over.

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8 Comments
  1. Hi Brady, I am with you on it being a winning breakfast. I love smoothies for breakfast or lunch. Thanks for the tips on both the books and chia seeds. The chia seeds sound like something to look into.

  2. I love this recipe! My mom and I just started to use chia seeds. We started off putting them in our morning Boost shake. It wasn’t “bad”, but I wanted to find another way to take it. I then realized that the texture of the chia seeds reminded me of a strawberry smoothie. I looked up the recipe and I am enjoying right as I am typing this. Thanks! I am going to look up other smoothies to make.

  3. If you google “how long to soak chia seeds before eating” you find the resulting consensus to be TEN minutes. By doing so the chia seeds then open their nutritional benefits more readily for consumption either for baking or smoothie use.

  4. If you could write down the most important thing which is how much there is in it per 100g ………………..

    Sigh.

  5. Hi Could you please confirm the amount of coconut milk required as the measurements (ie 1/3 cup or 160ml) are conflicting? Thx heaps!

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