Watermelon Chia Chiller

With temperatures rising, this watermelon chia chiller is the perfect refreshing treat!  It’s super simple…just toss the ingredients in the blender.  It’s also hydrating, naturally sweet from the fruit, vegan, gluten-free, and includes chia seeds (Click HERE to learn more about the benefits of chia seeds).  Most importantly, it really hit the spot after a hot morning run!

1 1/2 cups fresh watermelon, cubed (black seeds removed)
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 ripe banana; previously peeled and frozen
1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1 lime, juiced
Fresh basil or mint leaves (I used 3 large basil leaves.)
1 Tbsp chia or hemp seeds (optional)

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, adding more almond milk to thin, or more frozen pineapple or ice to thicken.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more lime for acidity, banana for sweetness, or watermelon for a more intense watermelon flavor.
Serves 2 – Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

Recipe adapted from: Minimalist Baker


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  • http://carlabirnberg.com/2015/06/24/12-hours-of-yes/ CARLA

    I never knew this was an option :-)
    we love the chia
    we love the waterymelon :-)
    we’re in.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Woo hoo!! I hope you love it!

  • http://twitter.com/TheFitFork The Fit Fork (@TheFitFork)

    Looks so refreshing, I’ve done one so very similar but never thought to use Basil!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I like the fresh taste that it adds!

  • thesimplepeach

    Yum yum and yum!

  • Cheryl K


  • http://mobilebayrunner.wordpress.com mobilebayrunner

    That looks delicious!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://mittenrunner.wordpress.com Bianca @ Mitten Runner

    I’m kicking myself now for inhaling the watermelon I bought a few days ago lol! This looks so good! I’ll have to save the recipe and try later. Thanks for sharing!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like it!! ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/1524576779 Robin Landrigan Smith

    Love watermelon – it is so refreshing after a long walk or bike ride! I will try this. By the way, I finally tried CocoGo and LOVE it! Thanks for the tip.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m so glad you like it!!!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    That sounds so refreshing, Jen; thanks so much for sharing this! Now, I need to go get a watermelon – woo hoo!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!! ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/591120846 Heather Iacobacci-Miller

    Ok, going to admit something insane – I don’t like watermelon. I keep trying and this really looks amazing. Maybe this is one way I could take them!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      That IS crazy!! You can always sub your favorite fruit. ?

  • http://travisandmarilynkeys.blogspot.com Marilyn

    Yum! I can’t wait to try this!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like it!!!

  • http://pacewithgraceblog.com/ [email protected] Pace with Grace Blog

    This is right up my alley with my deep love of watermelon! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://runwhiletheynap.wordpress.com peternlukesmom


  • http://www.dixieruns.com Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    I’ve never tried chia seeds, but this sounds super yummy!! I love anything watermelon, especially in the summer!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Me too!!!

  • http://thefreckledrunner.wordpress.com The Freckled Runner

    Another yummy recipe! I just started following your blog and looking forward to reading more. I recently went veg so I’m def looking forward to more yummy veg recipes! Thanks!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks so much and congrats on going veg!!!

  • http://www.imrunningonfumes.com Jan

    Mmmm That looks so refreshing! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I need to be better about fruits/veggies and maybe drinking them is the key!

  • Diane

    Just made this minus the basil/mint because I did not have those on hand. My two children enjoyed it as did I. I will be making this again. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m so glad you guys liked it!!

  • http://www.mommiesrun.com Cecilia @ MommiesRun

    Sounds so refreshing. I always say, Watermelon is proof that there is a God :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Lol…that’s awesome, and true!

  • http://cupcakesandmiles.wordpress.com cupcakesandmiles

    Whoa! It’s like you knew I was craving watermelon! 😉

    Looks delish!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy