Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Cooking for Two Chocolate Chia Smoothie

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      The very first time that I heard the word ‘Chia,’ was on TV at Christmas time advertising Chia Pets. And that was a very long time ago. Over the years, I’ve learned that the Chia seed is quite nutritious as a seed and as a sprout. Of course, along with learning about the nutritional value, it is supposed to be tasty…kinda nutty…in flavor.

      A few years ago, when I had lost a good friend…my sweet dog Chester…my daughter tried to cheer me up by saying she found another dog that needed my care – a Chia Dog. I named him Chooch and talked to him every day before I turned him into a plant.

      Finally, I followed the directions and prepared Chooch to have some green fur. Since I had learned about the nutritional value, I soaked some of the seeds on the side to have a taste. Ptuie! Why would anyone eat this? Okay, I exaggerate; it didn’t taste awful — just not pleasant. So I took care of Chooch and harvested some of his sprouts for topping soups and salad. That worked.

      Then my DEXH turned me on to Chia pudding with fruit. It has to be canned or fresh as frozen doesn’t work. If you read my menus, you’ll see that I often have it for breakfast. Well, not wanting to be outdone by HIM, I did some more research. Smoothies! Hmmm…what makes most foods better? Chocolate!

      Chocolate Chia Smoothie

      1/2 cup milk
      2 tbs Chia seeds
      1/2 tsp cinnamon
      1 1/2 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
      1 1/2 cups milk
      2 tbs cocoa powder
      1/2 tbs peanut butter

      1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the first three ingredients. Let sit for at least 10 min for the Chia seeds to swell and absorb the liquid.
      2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a blender. Puree until well combined.
      3. Divide the Chia pudding between two glasses. Top with the blender ingredients and stir immediately. Makes 2

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes Cooking for Two Chocolate Chia Smoothie