Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie Recipe

Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie
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 recipe–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.

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Raspberry Banana Chia Smoothie

Prep Time

5 minutes

Total Time

5 minutes


1 smoothie


  • 1 c. vanilla or chocolate flavored non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. 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. Add raspberries and banana half; blend until smooth. 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.


I’ve been wondering what to do with chia seeds, thanks for the great recipe idea.

I like to pop my smoothies into the freezer for a bit before I drink them. It gives them more of a shake feel.

Hope you are well soon!

A lot of people don’t like the texture of chia seeds, but if you don’t mind it, they’re great added to juice, oatmeal, yogurt. I like putting them in muffins instead of poppy seeds too!

Looks delish so I will give it a try in the Vitamix. Where did you find that cute straw?
Your pics are great! I love to take pics of foods, love the whole staging process, and always pretend that I am am a food photographer’! 🙂

Chia seeds have no taste, but they have protein in them, so putting them in a smoothie will help keep you fuller longer. Some people are squicked out by the texture because they get slimy if they’re in a liquid, but when they’re blended, they don’t do that. 🙂

They actually sell them at our small town grocery store now! So you might be able to find them there. Otherwise, any natural foods store should have them and so does Amazon. I think just about every brand is the same. You can also make a “pudding” with them by soaking them in milk, sweetener (I use maple syrup; a lot of people use stevia but I don’t like the taste of it), and cocoa powder. But a lot of people don’t like the texture because they get slimy. Like if you ever had a Chia Pet, they’re the same kind of seeds–remember how you soak them in water before putting them on the head and then they get slimy? LOL! But I like the texture because it reminds me of Jello. I have it for breakfast a lot!

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