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Chia Seed Drink Recipes

Updated on March 25, 2014
3.4 stars from 12 ratings of Basic Chia Gel

Basic Chia Gel

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Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, omega 3 essential fatty acids and much, much more, making them a natural superfood. Eating and drinking chia seed is known to increase energy levels, aid in weight loss by causing feelings of fullness, aid in regularity, and promote overall wellness.

Chia seed can be eaten dry, ground into flour and added to drinks. Chia seeds, eaten dry, have a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. However, when added to liquid they absorb massive amounts of fluid and become gelatinous. Chia seeds can be added to water, juice, milk, soy milk, nut milks, or any other liquid you want to experiment with. The chia seeds will absorb the flavor of the liquid in which they are soaked, which means you can create a myriad of uniquely flavored beverages.

Chia Gel

Chia gel is the staple of all drinks made with chia seeds. Basic chia gel is a result of chia seeds soaked in water. To start with, try making the basic chia seed gel recipe and either drink it plain or try a basic drink recipe described below. You can make large quantities of chia gel ahead of time and save it in the refrigerator for several days in a sealed container.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 16 min
Yields: 1 cup chia gel

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds
  1. Add the chia seeds to the water and mix them in well using a fork or whisk.
  2. Use less chia seeds for a thin gel, and more chia seeds for a thick gel.
  3. Allow the chia seeds to absorb the water for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Periodically stir the chia seeds to prevent them from clumping up. Stirring and separating the chia seeds will allow them to absorb more liquid.
  5. Add the chia gel to any of your favorite chia seed drinks or just drink it as is.
  6. Store extra chia gel in the refrigerator in a sealed container for several days.

Chia Fresca

The Chia Fresca is a common and refreshing way to enjoy chia seeds in a beverage. To make a chia fresca you simply make a chia gel using juice in place of water. Typical refreshing juices used include one or all of the following: lemon, lime and pomegranate. If you prefer sweeter drinks, combine sugar or a sweetener of your choice to the juice until dissolved. Then add the chia seeds and make a chia gel. Use more or less chia seeds based on your preference. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Refreshing Fruity Chia Tea

To make a refreshing summer drink mix your favorite fruit juice or a combination of juices (lemon, lime, orange, pomegranate, blueberry and mango are all great options) with freshly brewed and chilled green tea. Add sweetener based on your preference and then stir in the chia seeds to make the chia gel. Serve cold over ice.

Get Creative with Chia

Try making your own chia drink recipes using the instructions for making basic chia gel. Chia seeds add unique texture and flavor to any beverage you put them in. Get creative, get healthy and enjoy!

Chia Seed Nutrition (based on Bob's Red Mill Chia Seed)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 tablespoon (13 grams)
Calories 60
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 5 g2%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

What is your favorite chia seed drink?

Do you have a favorite chia seed drink recipe? Please share your recipes and ideas in the comment section below.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I never had Chia Seeds before or the drink version. I would love to try it someday. Voted up for useful!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Nice to see this hub featured, caught my eye since i had just published a hub on Chia. It is a seed gaining popularity and so maybe our hubs will too. Thanks for the drink tips.

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      rhondakate 5 years ago from California

      Whenever I buy bottled kombucha I get the kind with chia seeds added. It's super yummy and is more like a meal than a beverage. These ideas sound delicious as well; I hope to try them out at some point.

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      Jean Rogers 5 years ago

      vespawoolf, the texture of chia seeds in drinks if very different from the nutty crunchiness of raw seeds, but I really like it, and I hope you do too. Enjoy!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've been eating chia seeds sprinkled over homemade granola and yogurt for breakfast. I never thought to make a drink from them! I like the idea of adding more Omega 3s to my diet. Thank you for these great suggestions!