Chia raspberry smoothie (a thick smoothie without banana)

Chia raspberry smoothie (a thick smoothie without banana)

I love my smoothies thick – thick like you need to eat them with a spoon thick. The key to this is using lots of frozen banana. I always have a decent stash of frozen banana in the freezer, but I have been playing around with other combinations to achieve a super thick smoothie without banana.

Chia seeds turned out to be a great alternative to make thick smoothie! But you need to have at least 20 minutes to soak the seeds first. You could even soak them in a jar of water and leave them in the fridge over night if you like to have a smoothie first thing for breakfast in the morning.

I used a mix of black and white chia seeds with water.

Chia raspberry smoothie IMG_4565The youngest two kids were fascinated about how the chia seeds and water had formed a gel and dared me to tip the glass upside down, which of course I did! Chia raspberry smoothie IMG_4572

This recipe does use protein powder and over the last couple of months I have been using a protein powder from a new Australian company called Primal Health Products, called Revive Whey Protein Isolate Coconut. It tastes great and isn’t filled with lots of artificial bits and pieces like you usually find in protein powders and it is very reasonably priced. The ingredients are:

Whey protein isolate, coconut water powder, dried coconut, sunflower lecithin, chia seeds, maca, mesquite, lucuma, linseed, sunflower seed, tapioca dextrins, silica, stevia.

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You could add fresh fruits to the smoothie, but I find frozen fruits help with the thickness and coldness of the smoothie. Chia raspberry smoothie IMG_4585  

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Chia raspberry smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothies
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup raspberries (120 grams)
  • 1 serve protein powder
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional topping)
  1. Add chia seeds and water to a glass and allow to soak for at least 20 minutes (overnight is perfect!).
  2. Add all ingredients except for the shredded coconut to food processor or blender and pulse for around 30 seconds.
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with shredded coconut.

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Are you a thick smoothie fan too? What’s your favourite?