Chia Seed Fruit Salad

If you’ve never made anything with chia seeds before… this is definitely a recipe to start a love affair.

I made this fruit salad for a few friends that came over for dinner. I served it as a dessert, although it could easily be served anytime of day – especially for breakfast or a snack.

IMG 7717This fruit salad contains ZERO refined sugar is full of wonderful chia seeds!

And look what happened after I served it. Yes… all quickly gone.

It must have been good if I can say so myself


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Chia seeds grow 10 times their weight in size when combined with liquid, helping the body stay hydrated and full. The word “chia” comes from the Aztec word that means “oily” — the oils found in this small little round seed is the secret to its health benefits. Having the most content of omega 3 fatty acids of any plant food, they fight inflammation in the body, reducing the chance for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression.

I hope that’s reason enough to add chia seeds to your repertoire….but if it isn’t, just try this recipe and you will get a chance to feel their magic!

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Serves: 4
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups nut milk of your choice
  • 4 cups of diced fruit of your choice (for this recipe I used pears and strawberries)
  • ¼ cup currants or raisins or goji berries
  • zest of one orange
  • juice of one orange
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • mint leaves for decoration
  1. Add 1 cup diced fruit and a sprinkle of currants to 4 different bowls
  2. Combine nut milk, chia seeds, orange juice, zest, vanilla and cinnamon in a small pitcher and stir
  3. Pour ½ cup mixture on top of fruit in bowls
  4. Top fruit bowls with shredded coconut
  5. Refrigerate fruit bowls for at least 30 mins (or chill overnight)
  6. Top each bowl with a mint leaf before serving

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Chia Seed Tips: Remember to store chia seeds in an airtight container. My favorite brand of Chia Seeds is from Nutiva because they 100% organic and I love their support for GMO-labeling… you can get a 12 ounce bag for much cheaper directly from their website (and they have a 10 dollar off coupon if you like them on Facebook! That’s like a free bag of chia seeds!)

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For this recipe I used homemade pistachio milk, but you can use any nut milk you like.

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Please let me know if you make this recipe or any others.  I have a new star system on my recipes… I’d love your honest opinion.

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Mmmmm…I think I’ve having one of these for breakfast tomorrow.

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175 Responses to “Chia Seed Fruit Salad”

  1. Dave

    Is this paleo-friendly?

    • Gabrielle (to Dave)

      It is as long as you use unsweetened coconut

  2. Michelle

    I have not made this (yet!), but it reminds me of ambrosia salad – popular at potlucks and family gatherings – which I used to love. I haven’t had it in years, but remembering ambrosia salad makes me want to try this recipe! : )

  3. Thelma

    I just made this with organic pears and organic frozen blueberries. I used unsweetened, first pressing coconut milk (13.5 oz can) and 2.5 oz almond milk to get to 2 cups. I used one lime for zest and the juice. I didn’t have shredded coconut or mint leaves. I put the four glasses in the frig for 30 minutes and voila, I had the most refreshing delicious breakfast salad ever!

  4. Colleen

    Does it have to be nut milk? We have nut allergies in our house.

    • Jennie (to Colleen)

      I think the point is probably not to use dairy milk, but a plant-based milk like almond, rice or hemp… just my guess!

  5. Geetha

    Just made this with mangoes and strawberries– was feeling a bit lazy so skipped the orange zest/juice and threw in some raw pistachios– it was really yummy– thanks for this great recipe :-)

  6. Louise Castleman

    What do you know about Monk Fruit Extract? It is in Zevia Soda which is sweetened with stevia but also contains the Monk Fruit Extract.

  7. Nita

    I made this today with the pears and strawberries and it is delicious!!

  8. Madhura

    Loved this recipe! I used cherries and peaches and sprinkled raw pistachios on top. It was delicious! Definitely making this again..

  9. Laura

    Any suggestions for subbing out the shredded coconut?

  10. Alicia

    I substituted lemon zest and juice for the orange and used strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. So good! I love this!

  11. rebecca

    I made this with strawberries and bananas! It was delicious. And the best part is it kept me feeling full for hours!

  12. Priscila

    Can I use flaxseeds instead 0f chia seeds?

  13. Chris

    I usually mill the chia before we eat it. We find it easier to digest and of course, it doesn’t get stuck between the teeth. Do you know if this reduces the health effect of the seds?

  14. Laura H

    Just made this using my fresh grown blackberries…. it smells delicious!! I cannot wait to try it!! Thank You for the recipe.. and the Nutiva info! I needed more coconut oil and chia.. saved $$ getting the bundle and using the FB code! Thanks again Food Babe!!

  15. agata

    1 tbsp of vanilla is too much! 1/2 tea spoon should be ok. thanks


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