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Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie Recipe

Raspberry Banana Chia SmoothieThe following story may not seem to have much to do with a Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie recipeโ€”but hear me out.

The day after we got back to Raleigh last week, I woke up with tonsils so swollen, I could barely swallow water, a non-stop hacking cough and I sounded like Big Ang when I tried to talk. (Yes, I realize that exactly two of you get the Big Ang reference, but I’m okay with that.) I immediately picked up my iPhone and Googled to find out the symptoms of SARS and I was relieved to find out that I did not seem to have SARS. But then I realized that could only mean one thing:

I must have consumption.

Raspberry on Spoon
So since I have consumption and all, this weekend seemed like a good opportunity to revisit this Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie recipe. I started working on it about a month and a half ago. You’d think a smoothie recipe would be pretty straight-forward, but for some reason it took me a lot of tries to get this one right. Seeing as my tonsils are about the size of golf balls right now, I wanted it to be a little bit thinner than I usually make my smoothies, so I decided to add fewer raspberries this time around. I think that was the key to finally (FINALLY!) nailing this recipeโ€”fewer raspberries meant the smoothie wasn’t so tart. In fact, I didn’t even add any sweetener to mine, although you may want to taste yours and add a little if needed.


Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie Recipe

This Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie makes a great breakfast on-the-go or afternoon snack.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x


  • 1 cup vanilla or chocolate flavored non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbspย chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 frozen banana half
  • sweetener of choice to taste, if desired


  1. Combine milk and chia seeds in blender. Let sit 5 minutes.
  2. Add raspberries and banana half; blend until smooth.
  3. Taste and add sweetener if desired.


I wanted to make this smoothie on the thin side, but if you want yours thicker, try using 3/4 cup milk instead.

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  • Reply
    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

    This sounds divine!

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    March 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’m sorry about your throat! Feel better! I have been wanting to try chia seeds in my smoothies for a while now. Does it really make you feel fuller? Do they have a taste?

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      March 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

      They don’t have a taste, at least not when combined with other ingredients in a smoothie. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I do think they help me feel full. They’re great added to juice too!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    March 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

    This may be what the last few raspberries I have become tomorrow morning! YUM!


    Feel better soon!

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      March 11, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I wish I could remember where I bought that spoon! Because I want to buy more of them…

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    Alissa N
    March 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This looks awesome!! If you ever made a photography book, I would buy it because I am obsessed with your pictures.
    Hope you feel better!!

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      March 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Aw, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    March 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I have yet to try chia seeds. I need to, don’t I?

    Also, I LOVE the bottle/glass that smoothie is in. Ugh, covet!

    Also, no more getting sick! You’ve had enough! I decree it so.

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      March 11, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Yes, you do need to! They are good. I don’t eat gelatin, so I appreciate their gelatinousness. (You’re totally sold now, right?)

      I so don’t understand how I’m sick again. I thought you could only get one cold a season?! Or did I just make that up in my head? Although I kind of think maybe it’s the flu this time…

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    March 11, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I just can’t get past the ch-ch-ch-chia song whenever I see a recipe calling for chia seeds. Are these seeds something you can find in a regular supermarket and if so, where am I most likely to find it – which aisle do you think?

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      March 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Apparently if you leave them in water too long, they will actually sprout too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I get my chia seeds at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. I haven’t looked at my regular supermarket, although they’re becoming so popular, I wouldn’t be surprised if they carried them too, although I’m not sure where they’d be located…

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    March 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Looks and sounds wonderful! We love berry smoothies.

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    March 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Your recipe says vanilla or chocolate flavoured milk but then you say to combine coconut milk with seeds. Which?

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      March 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Sorry about that! I used vanilla coconut milk the last time I tested this so I was still thinking about that when I was writing up the recipe. I corrected it–you can use any vanilla or chocolate non-dairy milk.

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    Notorious Spinks
    March 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I would love to make this. It looks awesome.

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    March 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    This sounds so good and refreshing and filling! Raspberries are my fave!

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    March 11, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    that smoothie looks and sounds so delicious!

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    Katie (The Muffin Myth)
    March 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Oh man, sorry to hear you’re feeling lousy! I make green smoothies to pack to school in the mornings and always throw in a tbsp of chia seeds. I love how they thicken it up, and they’re so full of omega-3’s. I’ve been using frozen strawberries and banana, but raspberries would be a nice switch up. Hope you’re feeling beter soon!

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      March 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you! I am working while in bed, which is better than yesterday when I just spent the whole day sleeping in bed. But I’m making progress and that’s the important part. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    March 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Could it be SPRING? I have been feeling tired….a Vc packed smoothie would definitely do me good!

    • Reply
      March 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      It’s starting to feel like spring here–I am so excited! This winter has been a long one.

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    dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
    March 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    hope you are feeling better friend. I have never tried chia and only this week- i have come across so many recipes calling chia seeds- its time i introduce chia into my life ๐Ÿ™‚

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      March 13, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      You should! You can even use it to make a healthy pudding, which sounds a little weird, but it’s so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    March 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Yum, what a great looking smoothie!

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    a farmer in the dell
    March 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    feel better! This smoothie sounds like the perfect medicine ๐Ÿ™‚

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      March 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Smoothies make everything better!

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    March 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    It’s funny how a smoothie recipe can take so long to make – I usually just throw stuff in a blender but any time I’ve tried to actually write down what I do to get exact measurements, I can’t seem to get it right! Love the idea of using chocolate milk in this!

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    March 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better! Great smoothie! This is the second recipe I’ve seen with chia and chocolate so now I’m dying to try it. The raspberries are a nice touch and yes, I’ve experienced the same thing – too many raspberries can make a sweet treat quite tart. Great smoothie!

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      March 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Yeah, I love loading my smoothies with fruit so I kept wanting to add lots of raspberries, but nope, it just wasn’t working.

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    Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds
    March 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I haven’t got a clue what chia seeds are but that’s a tasty looking smoothie. I hope you feel better. My daughter is miserable every time her tonsils swell up, which is oddly often.

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      March 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks, Cat. I can’t even remember the last time I was this sick. :/ Oh well, lots of smoothies for me!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    March 12, 2013 at 12:54 am

    This is almost exactly our go-to breakfast smoothie! So good ๐Ÿ™‚

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    McKel | Nutrition Stripped
    March 12, 2013 at 6:52 am

    This looks so yummy Keirsten! Oh chia seeds, one of my favorites haha. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work
    March 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    That looks really good and refreshing.

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    ashley - baker by nature
    March 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Gorgeous smoothie, girl! I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh raspberries.

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    [email protected] eco friendly homemaking
    March 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Wow now this is my kind of drink!!

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    March 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    This looks delish!!!

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