This Tropical Chia Seed Smoothie is full of refreshingly sweet pineapple, mango, and banana, (+ fiber-packed chia seeds), making it a great healthy option for an island-inspired breakfast or snack.
Pineapple, mango, banana and coconut. Need we say more?
This smoothie is sure to be one of your new faves. It’s packed with tropical fruits, making you feel like you are on vacation to your favorite tropical island. Aloha!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS Tropical Chia Seed Smoothie:
- It’s refreshingly sweet. When you combine fruit like banana, mango and pineapple, you can only expect this smoothie to be loaded with sweet, fresh flavors.
- It’s healthy. When you mix together healthy fruits with chia seeds AND turmeric, you get major health benefits! Chia seeds provide loads of fiber, protein, calcium and more (they are low in calories too), while pineapple offers Vitamin C and manganese, and mango will give you lots of Vitamin A, calcium and fiber. Add in turmeric for inflammation and an increase of antioxidants and you have yourself a morning routine you can feel good about!
- It’s easy to make. You only need 8 ingredients, a blender and 5 minutes to make this creamy, delicious chia seed smoothie.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Medjool Dates– medjool dates work best for this recipe; the softer the better. If your dates aren’t soft, soak in water for 10-15 minutes before blending, which will soften them up. OR, you can also use Date Paste if you have some already prepared.
- Chia Seeds– you can find chia seeds at your local health store or supermarket (or Amazon). For this recipe, we don’t require you to soak the chia seeds before consuming, but you can if you want.
- Coconut Milk Beverage– Since this is a “tropical” smoothie, we like to use coconut milk beverage (NOT the canned coconut milk commonly found in baking, curries, etc.). If you don’t have any on hand, fee free to use your favorite non-dairy milk, such as almond, soy or oat.
- Frozen Fruit– We suggest frozen pineapple, mango and banana for this recipe (eliminating the use for ice, thus, making it more flavorful), but fresh fruit would certainly work just as well. Just add ice!
- Minced Ginger– if you have a jar of pre-minced ginger in your fridge, this can work great. Or, use fresh ginger and mince yourself. If you don’t have any on hand, just omit.
STEP-BY-STEP RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Add All Ingredients To The Blender.
This recipe is simple! Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. We recommend adding 1 cup of coconut milk to start, and increase the amount as necessary, depending on your desired thickness.
That’s it! Pour the Tropical Chia Seed Smoothie into a pretty glass with a cool straw, or slice some pineapple/mango to serve on the side of the glass.
This recipe makes 1 (20-ounce) smoothie OR 2 small (10-ounce) smoothies (shown below).
It is best served fresh, but can be kept overnight in an airtight container in the fridge.
EXPERT TIPS & FAQ’S:
Yes, you can use fresh fruit for this recipe. Just note that you’ll need to add ice (roughly around 1 to 1/2 cups crushed ice), depending on desired thickness.
To make this smoothie in advance.: the night before, add all of the ingredients to a blender, cover, and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, the fruit will be mostly thawed. Blend. You can also add a little ice if desired before blending.
No, it’s not necessary to soak the chia seeds first; you can add directly to the blender as-is. The chia seeds will have enough time to soak a bit before consuming. But if you prefer to soak in advance, you certainly can! Just add the chia seeds to the coconut beverage while preparing your ingredients.
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Tropical Chia Seed Smoothie (Easy, Vegan)Pin Rate
- Blender (high-powered works best)
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1- 1 1/2 cups coconut beverage - (not canned), or nondairy milk of choice
- 2 soft medjool dates - pitted (if not soft, soak in water for 10-15 min)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds - no need to soak beforehand
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Start by adding 1 cup of coconut milk and increase as necessary, depending on your desired thickness. Blend until smooth. Pour into a pretty glass with a cool straw, or slice some pineapple/mango to serve on the side of the glass.
- This recipe makes 1 (20-ounce) smoothie or 2 small (10-ounce) smoothies (shown below). This smoothie is best served fresh, but can be kept overnight in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Easy Prep Tip: To make this smoothie in advance: the night before, add all of the ingredients to a blender and let sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, the fruit will be mostly thawed. Blend. You can also add a little ice if desired before blending.
- If using fresh fruit (instead of frozen) for this recipe, you’ll need to add ice (roughly around 1 to 1/2 cups crushed ice), based on desired thickness.
- It’s not necessary to soak the chia seeds before adding; you can add directly to the blender as-is. The chia seeds will have enough time to soak a bit before consuming. But if you prefer to soak in advance, you certainly can! Just add the chia seeds to the coconut beverage while preparing your ingredients.
- Turmeric can stain plastic yellow. Be careful not to store your smoothie in a clear or white plastic container; glass is best and will not stain.