My husband and I are total coffee addicts, so we hate when this happens. I went to make coffee and couldn’t find the beans to grind. He was washing the dishes. “Hey, we’re not out of coffee beans, are we?” I asked. He looked at me. “Oh, yeah, sorry, we ran out yesterday. I forgot.”
Crisis! I decided to run to the coffee shop a few blocks from our house, where they roast their own beans. It’s a little pricy, but worth it. But. They were closed for renovations and had no coffee beans. They were, however, giving away free coffee in front of the shop so they would keep their morning regulars happy during the two-week renovation.
When I got back from hunting down the coffee, I asked my husband if he wanted a smoothie. He said yes (he always does) but he had just cut two juicy Georgia peaches into a bowl. They were so perfectly ripe they were almost syrupy. And, continuing with my quest to eat as much fresh summer fruit as I can while summer lasts, I decided to use them in this morning’s smoothie.
I wanted something a little different to pair them with and, when I looked in the freezer, I saw some black grapes I had frozen to eat as a healthy dessert. I knew the grapes would add a nice extra boost of sweetness to the smoothie, so I decided to use those.
In this smoothie, I also used homemade chia gel I had in the fridge instead of adding raw chia seeds right into my blender like I usually do. The peaches were so juicy that, with the chia gel, I didn’t even need to add a liquid.
One nice bonus: the chia seeds in the gel weren’t nearly as sticky as the dry chia seeds, so I spent less time cleaning the blender afterward. (I do love the self-cleaning feature on my Vitamix, but chia seeds can be stubborn, so I sometimes have to run the blender at top speed for a while to get them to come off.) So, I think I’ll be experimenting with using chia gel in my smoothies more often.
The smoothie tastes delicious — and it’s vegan!
Here’s the recipe:
Peach Black Grape Chia Seed Smoothie
- 2 large ripe peaches
- 1 frozen banana
- 10 large frozen black grapes (you can sub another type of grape if you like)
- 1 cup chia gel
- 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend on medium-high speed (I go up to number 8 on the Vitamix) for about one minute. Pour into a glass and garnish with chia seeds and/or finely diced peach. Enjoy!