Finally. I have finally concocted a cheaper version of the Raspberry Passion Mama Chia beverage my daughter and I love so much.
It was much easier than I expected it would be. I’m not sure why I kept putting it off.
I began by looking at the ingredients list.
Already I had decided to use pomegranate juice. Odd that that isn’t one of the ingredients listed. Pomegranate juice to me tastes like a combination of juices…like a raspberry/grape/cranberry combo maybe?…so I was confident that this would work.
First I prepped the chia seeds. I took about 1 ¼ cups of dry seeds and poured them into a mason jar along with about 30 or so ounces of water.
I actually miscalculated the amount of water I would need initially. I filled my glass bottle (see pictures below) 3/4 full with chia seeds, then added water.
That is not the way to do it.
Chia seeds absorb a lot of water. Like 3 times as much as the actual seeds.
So after that sat in the fridge for awhile I was ready to throw it all together.
One teaspoon of honey was just right, once I figured out how to stir it up (stir with a metal skewer then shake vigorously).
A bit of lime juice added to the pomegranate juice added another element to the flavor that made it pitch-perfect, and just like the Mama Chia beverage I remembered.
Rachel’s Copycat Mama Chia Recipe
Makes about 10oz (1 serving).
- 2/3 cup soaked chia seeds*
- 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
- Combine ingredients in liquid measuring cup.
- Pour into desired container.
*To make about 25oz/3c. of soaked chia seeds, I put about 1 ¼ cups dry chia seeds into a quart (32oz) mason jar. I filled the jar with water, shook up the jar and let it sit in the fridge about 24 hours.
For 10oz of this Mama Chia brand drink from Aldi, it was $2.29. My version was only $1.28 for the same amount.
Granted, my recipe doesn’t have the same exact ingredients. But the taste is very similar and still delicious.