My grandpa Joe – who’s now 90 years old – had quite the reputation as an expert watermelon grower when I was growing up.
His patch always yielded the biggest, ripest, most bright red watermelons in town.
When you cut into them you could hear them crack, and they filled the air with most hypnotizing melon-y scent.
They were loaded with giant seeds that were perfect for long-distance spitting contests. And they were the absolute best treat on hot summer days.
Maybe everyone says this about your grandpa, too. But as far as I’m concerned, Joe will forever be the reigning champion.
If it’s not painfully clear yet, I love watermelons.
But I realized recently that I’ve never tried one in a smoothie. It seems like the perfect fit, especially in summer. I’m so glad my curiosity led me to this tasty treat.
Is it simple? Oh yes. Just 6 ingredients, 10 minutes, and 1 blender. Would I have it any other way?
It starts with ripe watermelon and some frozen ripe strawberries for a tart-sweet twist.
Lime adds a tart kick that offsets the sweetness of the fruit.
Almond milk creates a creamy texture, while banana adds a bit more substance and natural sweetness.
And chia seeds not only add nutrition and texture, but also mock watermelon seeds for more visual appeal. Wowza, that’s one beautiful smoothie.
I think you’ll love this smoothie. It’s:
A little tart
Watermelon-y (Is that a word? It is now!)
& So delicious
Make this for breakfast, a snack, or a late-night, summer cool down treat. And if you do, be sure to leave a comment, rate it, and take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see. Cheers, friends!
Strawberry Chia Watermelon Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups fresh watermelon (cubed // black seeds removed)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 medium ripe banana (previously peeled // chopped and frozen)
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (DIY recipe)
- 1 medium lime (juiced // 1 lemon yields ~30 ml)
- 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 strawberries 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 (as original recipe is written) – top with additional chia seeds to mock watermelon seeds! Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.