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Chocolate Coconut Chia Smoothie (Pudding?)

by Lisa on February 17, 2010

Today I wanted a combination recovery plus energy boost smoothie.  Unfortunately (or fortunately?) it turned out more like a pudding.

Here’s the recipe:

1 3/4 cups coconut milk
1/2 scoop Vega powder (chocolate flavor)
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
2-3 Tbsp agave
1 Tbsp maca powder

I was thinking it might be a little thin because nothing in this smoothie is frozen, but I underestimated the gel-power of the chia.  I’m glad I tried this because I’m always looking for new ways to use chia that don’t involve ingesting the gel-goo consistency and seedy texture that just adding them to liquid causes.  The blender pulverized them and smoothed them out…but also made the drink almost too thick to drink!  It’s the texture of thick pudding, but a tiny bit grainy.  So, if you like to drink your smoothies slowly or with a spoon, follow this recipe exactly.  If you’d like it to be thinner, reduce the amount of chia or increase the amount of coconut milk to make extra.

It’s very chocolate-y and delicious—I feel like I’m eating dessert, and I am pretty sure it will keep me full for a long time.


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