We just came back from a vacation in Hawaii. Other than being extremely relaxed and slightly tanned, we’ve also become completely obsessed with coconut. I always loved coconut but I’ve been putting coconut in all of my breakfast meals (cereal, oatmeal), in smoothies and now in drinks. I always like to buy coconut water but what I haven’t done before is mix coconut water and coconut milk. In fact, I have never purchased coconut milk (to drink) before. Now that has definitely changed.
On the last morning of the trip, we went to get an acai bowl at a juice place in Kauai. In the checkout line, there was a row of drinks and my boyfriend pointed out one of them and said it looked good. Instead of spending $7, I looked at the ingredients and quickly decided that it would be extremely easy to make at home. Of course, I have not tasted the original, but this looks exactly like it and tastes delicious. Basically, it is a blend of coconut milk and coconut water with a bit of agave for sweetness and a squeeze of lime for some extra zing. Of course, it is also packed full with chia seeds, making it a slightly different, fun drink to have around the house. It would be super easy to just make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for whenever you feel like a treat.
If you’ve never had a drink with chia in it before, I would definitely encourage you to try it out. I see these drinks everywhere and they always look so funky and appealing with the hundreds of chia seeds floating around in them. Basically, you let the drink sit for about 10 minutes before you drink it and the chia will absorb some of the liquid. This does not make the drink gel-like or super thick but it does transform the hard little chia seeds into gel chia seeds that are really fun to drink, adding a really nice texture to everything. The drink is full of coconut flavor and the lime really adds a nice zing to it, although you can leave it out if you want to keep things purely coconut. This is definitely a perfect drink to have around as the weather starts warming up a bit (sometimes) or if we want to pretend we are back in a tropical paradise.
I made sure to use unsweetened, pure coconut milk and water. If you can only find sweetened versions make sure to taste before adding any additional sweetener, it will likely not need it!
If you want to use honey or sugar instead of agave, keep in mind that it won't dissolve in the cold liquid. You can always dissolve it in some hot water and let that cool down to use it as a kind of 'simple syrup'.
Make sure to let the drink sit for the ten minutes. You want the chia to absorb liquid so it becomes gel-like. The drink will stay liquid-y and doesn't become thick or anything but the chia will take on a really nice gel texture.
This recipe can be multiplied easily! Just use equal parts coconut milk and coconut water.
Mix all of the ingredients together and let sit for 10 minutes (so the chia absorbs liquid).
Shake and enjoy!
Coconut Chia Drink was last modified: March 20, 2015 by