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Fruity Chia Seed Smoothie

Easy Chia Seed Smoothie is made with banana and a mix of frozen fruits such as strawberry, mango, and blueberry for a quick and healthy breakfast or treat. Includes easy tips for customizing!

side angle view of healthy chia smoothie with straw and items surrounding.

We love smoothies around here!

You may already be familiar with our Blueberry Banana Smoothie, Berry Yogurt Smoothie, or Chocolate Cherry Smoothie. Each is delicious as can be!

This smoothie recipe with chia seeds, frozen fruit, and banana is another blended concoction that tastes amazing and will give you plenty of extended energy!

Thick and frosty, this chia smoothie is naturally vegan and refined sugar-free. Plus, it is easy to customize with your favorite fruits and non-dairy milk.

Enjoy this nourishing smoothie in the morning for a quick and easy breakfast smoothie, or as a snack or treat any time of day.

side angle view of chia seeds in a bowl with wooden spoon.

Why We Love Chia Seeds!

Chia seeds are not just for the ‘chia pet’ I remember growing up with. In fact, they are considered a ‘superfood’ and a great addition to a healthy lifestyle!

What’s so great about chia seeds?

  • They are an excellent source of omega-3 oil.
  • Its protein is complete, which can help raise your energy levels.
  • And, they expand with liquids to keep you feeling fuller longer.

These power-packed seeds are a staple in my kitchen and can be sprinkled on salads, fruit dishes, and cereal. And of course, they are great in smoothies!

Chia Seed FAQs

Can you put chia seeds in a smoothie?

Yes, chia seeds can be added to your smoothie along with everything else and will blend in so you hardly notice them at all but will benefit from their healthy nutrients.

How much chia seeds should I add to my smoothie?

For optimal nutrition, use 2 tablespoons of chia seeds for each 12-ounce smoothie, adding 130 calories, 9 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, and 8 grams of healthy fat, plus vitamins and minerals.

So without further ado, let’s get to the rest of the ingredients!

top down view of ingredients used to make chia seed smoothie with banana.

How To Make Chia Seed Smoothie

Here is what you’ll need (measurements can be found in the recipe card below):

  • Frozen fruit – I used a prepackaged mix of mango, strawberries, and blueberries. You can use just about any frozen fruit mix you like – cherry, raspberry, blackberry, pineapple, etc. Alternatively, use just one variety instead of a combo.
  • Banana – Fresh is best, but frozen will work too (you may need a little extra liquid). Sub the banana with 1/2 cup of non-dairy yogurt.
  • Plant milk – I used coconut milk here, but almond, oat, soy, cashew will be great too. Also, you can opt to use coconut water!
  • Chia Seeds – Both black and white chia seeds can be used. You can find chia seeds in the baking section of your local grocery store, or you can buy them online.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, making the chia smoothie is easy as can be:

  • Add the frozen fruit, banana, non-dairy milk, and chia seeds to the blender cup and blend until smooth.

And now you’re ready to enjoy!

head on view of healthy chia smoothie with straw and items surrounding.

Smoothie Tips

Here are a few of my favorite variations for this thick and frosty smoothie:

  • Use banana or non-dairy yogurt. Both are great for gut health. See notes in the recipe card for interchanging.
  • High antioxidant smoothie. For the most nutrients, use a mix of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries. They hold the most antioxidants and vitamins of all fruits!
  • Tropical smoothie. To make a tropical chia smoothie, use a mix of frozen pineapple and mango, along with coconut milk or water. And if you have a little fresh ginger on hand, add 1/2 teaspoon grated or minced for another layer of flavor.

More Healthy Chia Seed Recipes!

top down view of healthy chia smoothie with straw and items surrounding.

If you try this easy smoothie recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.

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Chia Seed Smoothie

Naturally vegan and refined sugar free, this healthy Smoothie is made with chia seeds and a mix of your favorite fruits and banana for a quick, easy, and revitalizing breakfast or treat! 

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1
  • Category: Smoothie, Beverage
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, mango, cherry, pineapple, etc.)
  • 1 fresh ripe banana (see notes)
  • 1/23/4 cup coconut water or non-dairy milk (almond, oat, coconut, cashew, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

Place the frozen fruit, banana, liquids, and chia seeds in the blender cup, attach lid, and blend to desired smoothness. Add more liquids as needed.

Makes one generous or two small servings.

Notes

Sub the banana with ½ cup of non-dairy yogurt, preferably unsweetened.

If using a frozen banana, you may need to add more liquids to help with blending.

Smoothie variations:

  • High antioxidant smoothie. For the most nutrients, use a mix of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries. They hold the most antioxidants and vitamins of all fruits!
  • Tropical smoothie. To make a tropical chia smoothie, use a mix of frozen pineapple and mango along with the banana. If you have a little fresh ginger on hand, add ½ – 1 teaspoon grated or minced for a truly delicious tropical flavor.

Updated: Chia Smoothie was originally published in July 2012 and has been retested and updated with new photos and helpful tips in March 2021.

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3 Comments

  1. Loved this chia smoothie! Thanks so much for the tips, I opted for the tropical one and will try all berries next time!

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Thanks for sharing, Marlow!

  2. I add chia seeds to my smoothies all the time. It adds some nice texture.

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