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Two glasses of cherry chia fresca garnished with cherries

Cherry Chia Fresca Lemonade

This simple Cherry Chia Lemonade is refreshing, easy, quick, and fun to make over the summer. All it requires is 4 simple ingredients and a blender.

Course Drinks, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword chia fresca, chia seed recipes, easy drink
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 56 kcal
Author Anjali Lalani

Ingredients

  • 20 fresh sweet red cherries , pitted
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 cup water , divided
  • pure maple syrup , optional (for added sweetness)
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Instructions

  1. Soak 2-3 tbsp of chia seeds in 1 cup of water for at least 4 hours, mixing once or twice in between. If you love chia seeds just as much as I do, use the full 3 tbsp!
  2. Once the chia seeds have soaked up in water and become gelatinous, remove them from the fridge.
  3. Add the fresh pitted sweet red cherries, 1 cup water, and 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice into a blender (I used my Vitamix, but any blender should work just fine). Blend completely until everything is pureed into a smooth liquid (i.e. no chunks of cherries should be left).

  4. At this point, taste the contents of the blender and add some more lemon juice and/or agave nectar (maple syrup) for added sweetness if you prefer. I did not need to add any since my cherries were really sweet. Quickly blend once more if needed.

  5. Pour the contents of the blender out into a jug. Add all the contents of the soaked chia seeds and some ice cubes. Mix and serve cold!

Recipe Notes

For other variations, use any fruit in season.

 

For best results, keep chilled or pour over ice.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Chia Fresca Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 113mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 6.9%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.