Chia Smoothie Bowl

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This chia smoothie bowl is a delicious start to your day! Topped with fresh strawberries, chocolate chips and crunchy chia seeds, this breakfast is versatile. t’s easy to make with your oven flavors.

chia smoothie bowl with strawberries and chocolate chips

Aren’t you so excited when the year brings spring and fresh summer berries? Strawberries have been such a great price this year, so I grab several containers each shopping trip.

You just can’t go wrong with fresh strawberries in strawberry bread, strawberry cake or strawberry sauce. But they’re excellent in gluten-free and healthier recipes like this Chia Smoothie Bowl, too.

About this Strawberry Chia Seed Smoothie Bowl:

  • Flavor: You’ll have strawberry flavor with a touch of honey as the main flavors. Chia seed pudding does not have a strong flavor, but rather complements other flavors of strawberry, honey and chocolate. Of course you can change the flavors and use any fruit you’d like!
  • Texture: Thick chia pudding is has slight texture but is otherwise creamy and cool. It pairs well with the strawberry yogurt which is completely smooth. Chocolate chips and strawberries add texture, but nothing in this is “crunchy”, which my kids love.

Love smoothies? Try our chocolate banana bread smoothie and pineapple cream smoothie.

How to Make a Chia Smoothie Bowl

Chia smoothie bowls can be a creative expression. Make it as pretty as you’d like, or just throw it together if you’re in a rush.

The key to making a smoothie bowl is starting the night before, just like with our raspberry overnight oats. It’s a great breakfast prep for easy breakfasts when your morning is full!

  • Make the chia pudding: Add the milk, 2 tablespoons honey and chia seeds to a bowl. Blend with an immersion blender for 30-60 seconds. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
chia, milk and honey in a bowl
  • Make the fruit yogurt: In a separate bowl combine the yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 cup strawberries. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
yogurt, honey and strawberries in a bowl
  • The next morning assemble the smoothie bowls. On one side of the bowl, pour about ½ cup chia seed mixture. Use a silicone spatula to “hold” the chia mixture on one side of the bowl while pouring ½ cup of smoothie on the other side. Remove the spatula and the two sides will meet in the middle.
closeup of a smoothie bowl with chia seeds and strawberries

No matter how you arrange the bowl, the bright, beautiful color of the berries will make it look amazing.  I sprinkle the top with raw chia seeds and chocolate chips. Chia bowls are so fun to get creative with!

Recipe Variations

Once you’ve tried making this smoothie bowl, you can use the same technique as your inspiration to create bowls with other fruits and toppings.  There are endless flavors to explore.

  • Add any fruit you’d like! I love blackberries and blueberries. And peaches are a great addition when they are in season.
  • Don’t have honey? Try pure maple syrup.
  • Add flax seed for extra fiber.
  • Add mashed ripe bananas to the chia seed pudding, or you could add sliced bananas to the top of the bowl.
  • Make your own homemade granola and sprinkle it over the top. Or simply chopped nuts such as pistachios or pecans.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of almond extract to the yogurt, then add a line of almonds to the top of the bowl.
  • Need a boost of protein? Add protein powder to the either of the two bases of the smoothie bowl. Although this recipe is a high protein treat just as is.
  • Use this recipe as the smoothie ingredients to make a smoothie you can drink. Add everything to a high powered blender and blend away. Even more portable than our chia smoothie bowls!

Additional Chia Smoothie Bowl Add-ins:

Try any of the following: peanut butter or other nut butters, coconut, mango, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pineapple or cacao nibs.

chia smoothie bowl with a spoon on a table

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make this smoothie bowl dairy-free?

Yes! This and other smoothie bowl recipes can be made dairy-free by using a non-dairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk.

Can I use frozen fruit?

Yes, you can use frozen fruit or fresh fruit in the yogurt part of this bowl. Since you are blending it, it won’t matter if they are a little soft. I recommend thawing the fruit and allowing any water/juice to drain off first. Try frozen blueberries, frozen banana or even raspberries.

Can I use vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt?

Yes but it will change the taste slightly. If you use already sweetened yogurt, you may want to lower the honey amount.

You may also love our watermelon agua fresca!

overhead view of a chia seed smoothie bowl with strawberries and chocolate
overhead view of a chia seed smoothie bowl with strawberries and chocolate

Chia Smoothie Bowl

5 from 2 votes
This chia smoothie bowl is a delicious start to your day! Topped with fresh strawberries, chocolate chips and crunchy chia seeds, this breakfast is versatile. t's easy to make with your oven flavors.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

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Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 4 tablespoons honey

For Topping

Instructions
 

  • Add the milk, 2 tablespoons honey and chia seeds to a bowl. Blend with an immersion blender for one minute. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The chia seeds will set up to a thick pudding consistency. 1 ½ cups 2% milk, ½ cup chia seeds, 2 tablespoons honey
  • In a separate bowl combine the yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 cup strawberries. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons honey
  • The next morning assemble the smoothie bowls. On one side of the bowl, pour about ½ cup chia seed mixture. Use a silicone spatula to “hold” the chia mixture on one side of the bowl while pouring ½ cup of smoothie on the other side. Remove the spatula and the two sides will meet in the middle.
  • Top with chopped strawberries, chocolate chips and more chia seeds.

Notes

The honey can be reduced or increased according to taste. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more if needed. I used whole milk and whole milk yogurt.
Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
Use non dairy milk like unsweetened almond milk or oat milk.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 4 bowls, with 1 serving being 1 bowl. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 331mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 269
Keyword easy breakfast recipe, healthy breakfast
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Julie
8 years ago

Hi can you please tell me if this is 1 serving or more? Thanks! Yes there are pop ups but just push on the “x”

Cakespy
8 years ago

Wow to the debbie downer who posted above. I don’t bemoan a blogger trying to make a living off of their site!

But back to the business at hand. This bowl looks amazing!! I love that it’s a bowl instead of a smoothie with a straw, because I have a thing against liquid food, but somehow this would seem more like “real” food to me. ha! Is that terrible!?!?

Jamie
8 years ago

I came to this because it looked great

BUT I LEFT THIS SITE AFTER a few minutes after writing this MESSAGE , the pops ups are extremely ANNOYING ……….EXTREMELY ANNOYING, they come on with out requesting………… AND NO WAY TO SHUT TEM DOWN.

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