Peach Chia Breakfast Shake
At Home in The Whole Food Kitchen
It was Christmas 2014 when I opened this book as a present from Scott. I’m pretty sure this has been my favorite, and most used, gift he has ever given me! I still thank him to this day :).
It was in this cookbook where Amy taught me how to soak and cook beans and grains, how to grow my own sprouts, the ways in which to stock a pantry and fridge, how to make a proper chia pudding, and a simple approach to balanced flavors.
She does have more complex recipes too for days when you just want to cook. These are wonderful for us on special occasions and will truly blow your mind. Her tarts are dazzling!
However, it is the simple everyday recipes like this peach chia shake that bring me to crack open its pages over and over again. If you enjoy cooking with whole foods, this cookbook is one to own—if you don’t already (which you probably do).
Thank you for sharing your endless knowledge and skills with us Amy, cannot wait for book number two! (Coming this September.)
Order At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen here.
This peach chia shake has been a favorite of mine during the summer for years. Before this cookbook, I had never thought of using chia seeds whole to thicken a shake. They make it taste incredible luscious and it is kept in the fridge so it is cool but not frozen like a typical smoothie. I frequently make it with a mixture of plums and cherries too, however, the peach variation is truly supreme. It tastes like sweet, summer nectar.
In Amy’s original recipe she adds a tablespoon of coconut butter as well, however, it isn’t an ingredient I keep on hand so I omit it and the shake is still unbelievably creamy. Feel free to add it back in though if you’d like an extra indulgent mouthfeel.
I will typically have a glass of this shake for an afternoon snack, but some days I wake up craving it for breakfast and will enjoy the whole jar. It has a wonderful feeling on the stomach first thing in the morning, and the chia seeds really do fill you up without sitting heavily—perfect for a hot summers day when you want to feel cool and light.
PEACH CHIA BREAKFAST SHAKE
From At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen.
Makes 1 meal size, or 2 snack size, servings.
1 1/2 cups homemade almond milk
3 ripe peaches, pitted and quartered
2 to 3 teaspoons raw honey
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean seeds (or 1 teaspoon extract)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Combine everything but the chia seeds in an upright blender and puree until smooth.
Add the chia seeds to a 32 ounce jar and pour in half of the peach mixture.
Put the lid on the jar and give it a good shake.
Add the rest of the peach mixture to the jar, place the lid back on, and give it a shake again so the chia seeds are evenly dispersed.
Place in the fridge to chill for two hours, or overnight.
Shake well before serving and enjoy within 2 days.
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