Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie with Chia Seeds

in Breakfast, Drinks

Did you ever have a chia pet as a kid? Every. single. visit. to the drug store, CVS, consisted of me trying to scheme my way into getting my mother to buy one.

It was those commercials, man! They were so convincing. In case you’re unfamiliar with chia pets, they were the plant of the early 90s that was all up on the television. The kit included a pottery shaped animal, like a dog or a cat or a pig, and chia seeds. You smothered the chia seeds with water?—I didn’t have one so I’m unsure—onto the pottery animal and overnight you’d have a whole plant! It was magic. The commercials showed this rapid growth in a time lapse that made my 8-year old self go, “oooooo!”

Now some twenty years later, they’re in this smoothie.

I feel like a gigantic cliche posting a smoothie as my first 2013 recipe on this here blog, and I wasn’t gonna do it, but I’ve been making this exact one every day for the past few days and am in love with it. So here it is…

In the winter months, I don’t want to drink anything super cold. This smoothie has no ice on purpose. And though mango is in season, I actually prefer the texture frozen mango gives this smoothie–it’s a a bit thicker.

The coconut oil and light coconut milk (I found it at Trader Joe’s) makes this morning smoothie taste all tropical-like. If you want something less fatty, feel free to use a lighter milk like almond or rice milk.

The chia seeds give this smoothie some nice texture. There’s little crunches suspended. I’m so into it.

Today a smoothie, tomorrow something delicious and rich. BYE!

Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Yield: 2 smoothies

Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie with Chia Seeds


  • 1 cup cubed frozen mango
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds


  1. Add the mango, coconut milk, bananas and coconut oil to a blender and combine until smooth. If you like, add more coconut milk until you reach the desired consistency. At the end, add the chia seeds and pulse one or two times.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

Totally fab. This looks awesome!


this is lemonade January 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

I have no idea what chia seeds are but the rest of the recipe sounds delicious and a great refreshing sunny drink for January! Yum :)


Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

How did I not put it all together until now that trendy smoothie/oatmeal addition chia seeds are the same thing that grew those pets?? That’s pretty cray. This smoothie looks delicious, love the tropical feel of it!


Adrianna January 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

Honestly I had no idea the two were related either until I read this article in the NY Times about chia seeds:


Chloe Moon January 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

I’m not a big fan of coconut, but I adore mango & bananas are totally on sale in Shop Rite this week. Hmmm…I might try this out…I have a Trader Joe’s on my way home from work. Oooo tomorrow’s breakfast good be really yummy! =) Thanks!!

Ergo – Blog


Alexis January 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

First – i love your puppy, she is so adorable. Second – I bought my niece a Chia Pet for Christmas, it was in the form of Hello Kitty! I always wanted one too as a kid but never got one. My husband gave me one several years ago, what a treat:)


Adrianna January 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Oh that must’ve been SO cute. LOVE!


Margherita January 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

Chia seeds are so healthy: a small wonder seed. Great addition to any smoothie!


Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

Yum I surely do adore smoothies! Mango banana and coconut have such a tropical flair. Nice combo!


Allyson January 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

My sister got a Chia Pet for Christmas one year. She was soaking the seeds in a dish in the bathroom. When she went to smear them on the pet, a few went down the drain. Just so you know, your drain will also make a good Chia Pet.

I also got a Chia Scooby one year. I was much more careful with the seeds. Lesson learned.


Adrianna January 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

HAHA! That’s so awesome. I had no idea that a chia garden could grow out of a sink. So funny.


Leisa January 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

I’ve been fighting a cold since Christmas Day, and this looks like just the thing to brighten my day :-) Thanks for sharing!


Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

I have seen chia seeds EVERYWHERE lately! Maybe its a sign that I should be including them in my diet. This looks like a good place to start! Thanks. :-)


a farmer in the dell January 3, 2013 at 11:27 am

Great smoothie recipe. I don’t have chia seeds but I think I’ll add flax instead. yum!


Mia@BlissfulChicksWellness January 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

YUM-O!! Looks great! I’m such a fan of tropical fruits, this treat is just up my alley. Love the pictures.


Sharon January 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

yummmm looks delicious and so refreshing. Even though its 10 degrees out, a smoothie like that would still hit the spot!!


Sarah January 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Well, it’s like a million degrees here in Australia! So I welcome a tropical fruit smoothie! Thanks Adrianna!


Jayne January 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

ooh… this looks like something I wouldn’t mind for breakfast everyday. it’s really filling, right?


Michelle January 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

There is no shame in posting a smoothie…or wanting a chia pet.

When a coworker was let go, and I was cleaning out files in their office, I found an UNOPENED CHIA CHRISTMAS TREE. So awesome.


Adrianna January 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Aw man, she lost her job AND her chia pet? SO SAD! Bonus for you. :)


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm

This is one of my all time favorite combos! Sounds and looks unbelievably amazing and I love that you didn’t add ice.


daddy jake January 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

This looks fabulous. I will have to try it as one of the ways to get back to eating in the morning. I will have to share it with my partner as well. She loves all the flavours and is always making smoothies.


Julia January 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I am really into smoothies in the New Year & I love mango. Looks delicious.


Cass @foodmyfriend January 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

LOL I think that may be like the grass heads we used to get out of old panty hoes with dirt and grass seeds in them. Your smoothie looks so good :)


Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen January 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

All these ingredients are the bomb in smoothies, but I’ve never done this exact combination. Time to try…


Becca January 11, 2013 at 4:56 am

These are delicious! I love trying new combinations, thanks!


Heather January 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

These looks so yummy. I have been looking for non-dairy treats and I like the idea of coconut milk :) Thanks!


Chia Lovers March 21, 2013 at 6:33 am

This really looks yummy!!! Thanks for sharing, I would love to try this. My favorite recipe with chia seeds is add them to Green Smoothies. Because chia seeds absorb liquid, adding them to your favorite smoothie can be a great way to get the fiber and protein you need in your diet. Here’s a tip! When adding chia to a smoothie recipe, first pour water into your blender and add the chia directly. Let the chia absorb some of the water for 5 minutes. This will activate the chia and turn it into a gel. Then proceed by adding your favorite fruits and vegetables (for green smoothies).


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