Remember those summer berry galettes I shared a couple weeks back? Well, I originally wanted them to be strawberry rhubarb mint chocolate galettes. But the produce aisles weren’t cooperating and I wasn’t able to find rhubarb before the recipe redux deadline. So when I finally spotted some last week, I snatched up a bunch and wasted no time making this strawberry rhubarb chia seed drink.
I’ve mentioned this on the blog before but I’m not a huge fan of chia seeds. The texture of chia seed pudding makes me gag (unless it’s blended) and I abhor the way chia seeds stick to my teeth. But I am a sucker for anything guava, so when I saw this guava flavoured MammaChia chia seed drink at the store a couple months back I just had to give it a try.
And surprisingly, I didn’t hate it.
The texture definitely took a little getting used to but the more I drank the more it grew on me and I’ve actually bought it a couple times since.
But as with most things, I’ve been itching to try my hand at making my own version of that chia seed drink. Which is how this strawberry rhubarb chia seed drink came to be.
Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Drink
I did a little research to figure out how to make a chia seed drink and realised there wasn’t a tonne of info on the process on the interwebs. Something similar, known as a chia fresca, was all the rage a few years ago but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. So I experimented a little and came up with this three part process:
1. Mix Chia Seeds in Water
Combine chia seeds and warm water in a 1:4 ratio and refrigerate overnight. You want your chia seeds to swell and plump up so you can get the most benefits. Mixing the chia seeds with water first also gives you greater control over the flavour and thickness of the chia seed drink.
2. Make strawberry rhubarb juice
This part does require the stove but it’s pretty hands off so you don’t have to be too close to the heat while it cooks. First you boil water, rhubarb, citrus zest and agave in a pot. Then add some strawbs and boil some more. Finally stir in lime juice, strain the mixture, discard the pulp and allow to cool.
3. Assemble your chia seed drink
All that’s left to do at this point is add the strawberry rhubarb juice to the chia seed and water mixture. I did a 3:1 ratio of juice to chia seed water but you can adjust to suit your tastes.
And that’s it. Less than ten ingredients and minimal cooking for a strawberry rhubarb chia seed drink that’s refreshing, filling and flavourful AF.
If you make this chia seed drink, I’d love to hear what you think after trying it. Leave a comment and rate the recipe or take a pic and tag me @ExSloth on Instagram!
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 cups warm filtered water
- 2 cups rhubarb, trimmed and cut into small pieces
- 3 cups water
- ¾ cup agave, more or less to taste
- pinch of salt
- ½ tsp vanilla, optional
- zest of one lime
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, more or less to taste
- extra strawbs and lime zest for garnish, optional
- Mix together the chia seeds and warm water in a large bowl or jug and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 - 5 hours
- Combine rhubarb, water, agave, salt, vanilla and zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil
- Reduce heat and simmer until the rhubarb starts to break down and the water begins to turn pink, about 8 - 10 minutes
- Add the sliced strawberries and return the mixture to a boil
- Reduce heat and simmer for another 2 - 3 minutes
- Remove from heat, add the freshly squeezed lime juice and allow to cool slightly
- Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer, pressing down on the fruit to squeeze out all the liquid
- Allow to cool
- Add the juice to the chia seeds and mix well, being sure to break up any clumps of chia seeds
- Refrigerate until ready to serve
- Serve cold and garnish with extra strawberries and lime zest if desired
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