Chia Seed Bubble Tea

Chia seeds are pretty cool. Sure, they’re nutritious. They’ve got lots of omega-3’s, healthy fats, fibre, and protein, along with a good dose of calcium. But that’s not really why I think they’re cool. They’re cool because they absorb water and expand into awesome little jelloid balls of gooey awesomeness.


While a spoonful of chia seeds in a glass of water is pretty neat, I wanted to add some flavour as having them in plain water is a bit like having a chewy glass of water, which is kind of weird. I guess I feel like adding a bit of flavour helps justify the texture difference to my brain.


As soon as I knew I needed flavour, I knew I needed iced tea. I iced up a batch of DavidsTea’s Paradise Lost (one of my favourite iced teas, though there are lots of great ones). Sadly, I just discovered that Paradise Lost has been discontinued. (Sometimes I really wonder about the folks at DavidsTeaβ€”the teas that end up in their permanent collection don’t always deserve it, at least in my opinion. Oh well, I guess they aren’t called MariesTea, so I shouldn’t complain, haha.) Anyhow, any nice, fruity iced tea will work nicely here.


Chia Seed Bubble Tea

~500mL iced fruity tea, unsweetened
1 tbsp chia seeds

Pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea and add the chia seeds. Stir every few minutes, letting the seeds expand. Feel free to start drinking the tea after about 5 minutes, though the seeds will continue to expand. The bottom of the drink will be pretty thick, which is kind of cool!


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16 Responses to Chia Seed Bubble Tea

  1. Ruth says:

    I love chia seeds! I make chocolate pudding with them. Lots of omega fatty acids and high in protein :)

  2. I like chia in my homemade kombucha. If kombucha weren’t fun enough already, add chia and it is a party in a bottle! Enjoy your weekend and thank you for all your wonderful posts!

  3. Erika says:

    This sounds like a great science experiment to do with my kids. We love chia and make all kinds of treats with it. Thanks Maria.

  4. Jillian L says:

    I’m making this today!

  5. Lisa says:

    This sounds delicious!

  6. Betty says:

    The first time I used chia seeds was back in the 70’s for chia pets. Soak the seeds and yes the swell and get gooey to stick to those clay figurines. Lol, never thought yrs later I would be putting them in my juice or tea. Thanks for sharing your recipe for the tea.

  7. Debra says:

    Hi there – I’ve never had chia before and have been wanting to try it. So my question is to you, how do you drink this tea? Do you swallow the seeds along with the liquid or do you actually chew them? Thanks!

    • Marie says:

      You’ll probably find that you’ll swallow some of them right down, but you’ll mostly want to chew them. They sure make for an interesting glass of iced tea!

  8. Sharlyn says:

    I just added chia seeds into my diet. Love them! They are great in steel cut oats. Just need to drink a lot of water throughout the morning. What energy and I’ve seen a change in my skin and hair! Awesome little seeds they are. Thanks for sharing your discoveries!

    • Marie says:

      OOh, I love the steel cut oats idea, thanks! I am definitely trying to incorporate them into more aspects of my dietβ€”I just got an awesome recipe from a coworker that uses lots of them, so stay tuned!

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