How to Make Your Own Chia Seed Drink

They're super popular. Super delicious. And super EXPENSIVE! Bottled chia drinks can cost $4.00! Here's how to make your own for a fraction of the cost.
They’re super popular. Super delicious. And super EXPENSIVE! A 10 oz. bottle of Mama Chia is nearly $4.00! That’s more expensive than kombucha, gasoline, and champagne.

In this post, I’ll show you how to make your own for a fraction of the cost.

Chia drink recipe video

Why eat chia seeds?

Well, they have more omega 3’s than salmon, more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, and are loaded with antioxidants. They’re a complete protein and, unlike flaxseeds, they are very shelf stable and not prone to rancidity.

They’re also FUN to eat!

Chia seed drinks are the perfect snack as they have natural sugars that, combined with the fat and protein of the seeds, holds you over for hours.

Chia drink ingredients

  • 1 cup of the juice of your choice
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 TB chia seeds (I love these raw organic ones from Live Superfoods)

How to make your own chia drink

  • Chia-Drink_Mama_NaturalWarm your water, put in a cup and add your 3 TB of chia seeds. Stir well till the chia seeds are evenly dispersed and start to swell. Cover and put cup in the refrigerator. Let sit overnight.
  • The next day, get your cup out of the frige. Your chia seeds should be blown up in size and totally gelatinous. Your “water” should now be a thick gel.
  • Mix 1 cup of your chia seed gel with 1 cup of the juice of your choice and mix well. This recipe serves 2.
  • Enjoy!

How about YOU?

Ever had chia seeds? Hooked on Mama Chia? Ever make your own? Share with us!

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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69 Comments

  1. Erin September 6 at 2:05 am

    After a bout of a stomach virus I wanted something in my tummy that I felt wasn’t too heavy but nutritious and hydrating. I used coconut water and chia seeds. Very good. Excited to try other juices. And going to try to get my daughter to drink some too

  2. Carola Arredondo July 10 at 10:22 am

    Good morning,

    We are a Family Bolivian company, producer and exporter of Chia seed (Black and White), we have the Kosher Certificate and others granted by our country to ensure the purity and quality of the same.
    If you were interested in having more information, please contact us so we can ship it.

    regards,

  3. Christian May 22 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for this post, I have spent a lot of money on Mama Chia drinks…. not anymore and I agree with you the homemade does taste better. Thanks to everyone with tips on drink ideas!

    Thank you!

  4. Tricia May 6 at 10:17 pm

    I can’t stop drinking this!! I love it, I tried the chia drinks and didn’t think the swap was so simple and SO GOOD!! so much better than the bottled. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Genevieve May 7 at 9:45 am

      Aw, this made my day! Thanks so much for letting me know :)

      • sweetlj June 22 at 1:23 pm

        Thank you so much for that easy to follow recipe. I have been buying cases of pouches because my daughters go through 3 of them each a day. I hate all of the waste, so I bought Sili Squeeze 4oz reusable BPA free silicon pouches (100% toxin free). You can find them at http://www.thesilico.com or on Amazon. A little investment up front to save a lot of waste and money in the future! Thank you again.

  5. Jem May 1 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for the inspiration. I made the drink with oasis juice & I’m loving it!
    It tastes just like the store bought version.

  6. Brooke March 25 at 11:22 pm

    Could you recommend a brand of juice? I was at my health food store today and while most of the juices were organic, they were all “from concentrate”. It just kind of turned me off. I made the chia drink today using freshly brewed iced tea and it was great!

    • Courtney April 2 at 8:57 pm

      Whole Foods, and probably many other places, sell juices that are fresh-pressed, not from concentrate…Just ask a salesperson/customer service person at any “natural” store.

    • Dawn July 4 at 3:00 am

      I get my juices at Whole Foods. I get Pure Pomegranate and Pineapple, both cold pressed and organic. They are a bit spendy but worth every penny in my opinion.

    • Megan August 28 at 11:08 am

      Instead of buying my juice at the the store I have this awesome masticating juicer from Omega and I juice my organic fruits and veggies and mix it with Chia. It is super delicious!!

    • Huihui October 12 at 12:11 am

      Just a word of caution about using tea (or coffee): there is an element in tea called ‘tanin’, which was shown in studies to inhibit the absorption of iron and other minerals when taken at the same time with food that contains these nutrients. A break of 1.5h after/before meals is recommended for the consumption of tea and coffee.

  7. Rudey February 23 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing! My daughter loves mama chia.

  8. Gabriela January 30 at 8:36 pm

    I just put the seeds with water in my fridge. I can’t wait to see how it turns out tomorrow :)

  9. Angie January 25 at 9:49 pm

    My ancestors are in fact Aztec. Can’t wait to see how my family benefits from Chia seed use. Thanks for the recipe!!

  10. Christine January 23 at 7:00 pm

    I didn’t know you had to put the seeds in water overnight. Do you have to do this to receive the benefits? I’ve always just added a few tablespoons in my morning smoothie before blending. Should I not do that anymore?

    • Natalie May 7 at 9:30 am

      You still get the same benefits. Keeping them in the drink overnight just lets them sit long enough that they get their jelly like exterior like the Mamma Chia drinks in the store. You can keep putting them in your smoothies, they are great either way!

  11. Cynthia December 13 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!! I’ve been looking for a way to make this at home.

  12. Charlie December 6 at 7:56 pm

    Chia seeds: used by the Aztecs to prepare stamina for war; a very natural energy drink.

    Some health food stores (online as well) sell chia seeds for around $6-$7 a pound in bulk. they keep for a year, provided they don’t get wet.

    I mix mine @ 3 tablespoons per 32 ounces, and add in alkaline drops before adding the following additives: a packet of Emergen-C joint health, Trace Minerals Power-Pak, Alacer Electro Mix, and Instant Energy B-12. This keeps the muscle cramps down from working outside all day, and the pains of arthritis at bay also. However, this formula promotes moderate urination, so it’s best used where you have access to a restroom, or an empty bottle or some sort of like container.
    Without the electrolytes, there isn’t as much effect as with the formula noted above.
    When filling a quart bottle, rinse it out first, the fill the bottle with water 4/5ths (I prefer hot water), or juice, and refrigerate it. The chia can clump together, so leave an air pocket so you can shake the contents up, before you drink it. If the clumps plug up the bottle, just suck them in and chew them up. Almost no taste, filling, and feeling full, one can actually lose weight. Entirely compatible with alkaline water.

  13. Tiffany November 29 at 11:04 pm

    I have tried to make my own. I didn’t soak the chia seeds in water first. They turned out clumpy. I also added too much chia. But, they are great in any drink, kombucha, tea, juice, and flavored water (homemade).

    • Huihui October 12 at 12:11 am

      Just a word of caution about using tea (or coffee): there is an element in tea called ‘tanin’, which was shown in studies to inhibit the absorption of iron and other minerals when taken at the same time with food that contains these nutrients. A break of 1.5h after/before meals is recommended for the consumption of tea and coffee.

  14. FloraChia October 28 at 1:52 am

    Thanks for posting this great and true article. I just bought a Mama Chia beverage for the first time tonight for 3.50! Yes, juice will work just fine and save lots of money over time. I like to have few chia frescas every day, so thanks for your tips.

  15. Kayleigh Sheehy September 30 at 8:54 am

    Yum! I just made some and its so good! Better then the bottled drink! Thanks for sharing this!

  16. Cassie September 20 at 2:27 pm

    Cost Breakdown for Earthly Balance Chia (from Costco) and R.W. Kundsen Just Black Cherry Juice from Natural Foods store.

    Ingredients Cost
    chia seeds 32 oz $13.99
    Black Cherry Juice 32 oz $4.49
    water n/a

    Breakdown cost/ounce
    one ounce of chia costs $0.44
    one ounce of juice costs $0.14

    Ingredient cost for one drink (as instructed by Mamma Natural)
    3 oz chia (3 tbl) $1.31
    8oz juice (1 cup) $1.12
    16 oz water (2 cups) n/a
    Sum of Ingredients $2.43

    One drink yields 32 oz
    Summary:
    Cost ($2.43/32oz to get ounce cost)
    One ounce cost of homemade Chia Drink = $0.08
    Store Bought:
    Mamma Chia 10 oz $4.00
    One ounce cost ($4.00/10oz) $0.40

    Mamma Chia is 5 times as much per ounce! It’s cheaper to make your own and KNOW exactly what’s in your drink!

    • Robin February 25 at 1:49 pm

      Yes but don’t forget that Mamma Chia has to pay the package design.

  17. Joan August 22 at 9:32 pm

    This is a staple in our house now. Thanks so much for teaching me! I have been giving my son a little jar of chia/juice in his lunchbox for camp this week. He loves it. His counselor and camp mates are very curious and eyeing it so I told him I’d make up a batch for them for tomorrow, his last day of camp. Fun!

  18. Edwina July 29 at 7:31 pm

    Hi! i just recently bought chia seeds and mixed them with my drinking water. i just want to know how long I can keep this mixed drink without it becoming rancid. i made a mistake of pouring too much seeds in a gallon of water and I just cant consume it in a week. Can i still use the mixed drink in a month?

  19. CoriA July 26 at 10:36 pm

    After seeing those chia drinks in the grocery store last week, I started making my own too, only the way I do it is even more simple than your method. I just pour some juice into a container with a tight-fitting lid, add some chai seeds, put the lid on and give the container a shake. After the juice and seeds chill in the fridge over night, I give the container another shake and it’s ready to go. If you’d rather have the drink be a 50/50 mix of water and juice, you can do that right at the beginning too. There’s no need to soak the seeds before you mix in the juice. The seeds will gel just fine in juice. Oh, there’s also no need to warm the water first.

    • CoriA August 25 at 5:08 am

      So far I’ve used cranberry juice (look for 100% juice, instead of juice cocktail), but I think it would be good in any kind of juice. The seeds don’t taste like anything themselves, they just add an interesting texture. I just eyeball the amount of seeds I put in, but it’s around 2 Tbsp seeds to 12 oz juice.

      Just mix some up and then see what you think of the density. If you want more seeds, add more, if you want less, add more juice and then remember to try less seeds next time. It’s not an exact science.

  20. Christina July 7 at 12:03 am

    Hi, I make green tea in a quart jar then add 3 TBSPs chia seeds and 1 cup fresh blended fruit with a little stevia. It is sooo good!!:) I know this is probably not relevant but would anyone have a good kombucha recipe they have tried and love?? Thank you in advance!!

    • Lou August 24 at 11:52 pm

      To Start Your Kombucha:
      Boil together:
      4 Cups water
      1/4 Cup sugar
      After it boils, turn the heat off and add:
      1Tbl loose tea or 2 Tea Bags (We love Trader Joe’s Mango Black Tea Bags)
      Steep minimum 15-20 minutes. Sometimes I just boil the tea bags with the water and sugar =)
      When cooled to body temp/room temp, remove tea bags and add:
      2 Cups GTS Original Kombucha: it’s best to use the regular kind, not the “Enlightened” version (Pour a little out of the bottle, then swish gently to loosen the crud on bottom – you want to use that stuff)
      Place mixture in large jar (1/2 gal mason jar or larger).
      Cover securely with cheesecloth (or other clean, thin cloth. I’ve used two paper towels before) & rubber band. Place somewhere out of the sunlight where it will be mostly undisturbed but not forgotten. I kept ours in a bottom cabinet in our kitchen.
      Label the side of jar with masking tape and date it.
      In 8 days, taste it. It will be ready in 8-10 days. Minimum 8. After 10, it starts tasting very vinegary.
      When it tastes the way YOU like it, pour out all EXCEPT onecup (I never measure this, just estimate) of the liquid AND the thin skin from the surface (that’s the start of your scoby, your kombucha mother!) into another/smaller tightly lidded container and place in the fridge for 4-7 days. It will get more carbonated in the fridge. You could also divide the liquid into small mason jars for individual servings.

      Now all you have to do is continue building your mother and start your kombucha factory!

      This is where you can start experimenting. You can make the tea mixture with the same ratios as above or try:
      6 Cups water
      3/8 Cup sugar
      3 tea bags (Trader Joe’s mango black tea)
      Follow the same directions as before: Boil, simmer if you want, allow to cool, remove tea bags, then pour into your big jar on top of the scoby/mother and remaining 1 cup of kombucha. This ratio seemed to ferment almost too quickly, but that might be good if you drink a lot of it or like it to taste pretty vinegary.
      Start to taste it on the 5th day (make sure you wrote down when you added new stuff), and then every day or two after that.
      Here’s our favorite mix so far:
      6 Cups water
      1/2 Cup sugar
      3 tea bags
      Your scoby/mother will get noticeably thicker with each cycle, and your kombucha should be ready in about 5+ days.
      Don’t worry if you forget it and it gets too sour. Just add some more tea mixture to the jar, or add some juice when drinking it.

      Have fun!

  21. chia lover May 26 at 5:18 pm

    don’t forget not to put too much chia seeds because it contains a lot of fibers so too much will result in serious constipation!!

    • Lacey June 19 at 12:53 am

      That’s exactly the opposite of how fiber works…

      • Nick Howell August 25 at 8:37 pm

        Don’t be so sure of yourself. When changing diets, one can certainly get constipated whilst consuming significant fiber.

        • Julie May 29 at 1:28 am

          Absolutely right, you’re right on point. Based on alot of research I’ve done on chia you have to watch how much you take in, and it’s recommended to be very careful with moderation if you have digestive issues. Also, the amount of fiber and type of fiber you get is directly effected by not just the health issues but also how much exercise you get and how much you exercise. Chia is a pretty hardcore fiber, so it’s just important to be aware.

    • mark June 21 at 1:04 pm

      Exactly, FIber moves stools and clears arteries.

    • Sue July 6 at 9:14 am

      Just make sure you are well hydrated – drink more water and you shouldn’t have that problem.

      • tara July 6 at 11:00 am

        Do you need to soak the seeds to get all the benefits?

    • CoriA July 26 at 10:42 pm

      The confusion about fiber causing constipation is due to the fact that fiber adds bulk to your stool. It seems logical that the bigger your stool is, the harder it would be to pass, but actually, it’s the small, stone-like stools that are hard to pass (because your intestinal muscles have a harder time gripping them).

      The other way that fiber helps prevent constipation is the gel that fiber forms when it absorbs water. In your intestines, that gel acts like a lubricant, helping your stool slide down the track. The small, hard to pass stools are often dry, which is the other reason why they’re hard to pass.

  22. Paula May 24 at 10:06 am

    I just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I found you on YouTube and after just recently discovering both chia and chia drinks I was wondering how I was going to afford these drinks.

  23. Joan May 23 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Mama Natural. Yes, I do drink this kind of stuff and like it and it sure is expensive as you say. Our co-op has a 10% off on the 10th of each month so when I do my bigger shop there I treat the family to one of these as well, I’ve tried the Mamma Chia and another brand which I can’t recall the name of. However, I think that goes out the window now that I am empowered to do this myself. I do agree that a price comparison would be helpful yet I can see that buying in bulk and using juice-hey, homemade juice, and also the suggestions of other readers will make it cost-effective.

  24. Donna Putney May 16 at 6:54 pm

    I just love using chia seeds, and I use them in everything I can! One of my favorite ways to use chia is in my morning cup of Teeccino; an herbal coffee. I love the texture and the way the chia holds my hunger at bay. Today I drank my chia “coffee” and worked all day in the garden without tiring!
    This evening, I sprinkled chia into our potato salad. I sprinkle it on salads, soups, sauces, and on any veggie. And, oh, yes, the simple way: I team it up with flax seed in our daily green smoothie.

    • mark June 22 at 11:29 am

      Nice, I mostly have them in the bottled water and drink before breakfast.

  25. Barb May 15 at 9:35 pm

    Was wondering, how long does the gel “keep” in the refrigerator and do you have any idea if it loses any of it’s nutritional value?

    • Donna Putney May 16 at 6:56 pm

      I read that it keeps for at least a week in fridge. Also, chia is one of the seeds that will last for years in storage.

  26. margy millar May 14 at 7:58 pm

    the barefoot mexican runners featured in the book Born to Run´were known to run for days on a mix of chia, water, lime juice and aguava syrup…beats GU.

  27. Jess May 14 at 4:46 pm

    Do you think that it would work with a juice such as grapefruit?

  28. Eulix V. May 10 at 9:48 pm

    Yay! I’ve caught up to all Mama natural episodes! :-)

    Thanks for posting this! I usually add chia seeds to smoothies or oatmeal. I’ve never thought of making my own chia drink. I’m going to go try it right now.

  29. Alina May 10 at 3:27 pm

    Great idea! Small recommendation: would have been good at the end of the video to do a price comparison of DIY vs store-bought $4 drink.

    • Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama May 14 at 6:53 pm

      YES! I put chia seeds along with flax seeds in my smoothie when I was pregnant with my first and am doing the same with my second. It’s an awesome seed! Drink up :)

  30. Bonnie May 9 at 10:26 pm

    Pretty ignorant question, but okay for a preggo mom to drink?

  31. Sara G May 9 at 9:27 pm

    Curious what brand of cherry juice you are using?

  32. Noelle (@singerinkitchen) May 8 at 12:46 pm

    Yum! Love the recipe! You rock! I have been meaning to make a recipe cause those drinks are SURE expensive.

  33. Earthmama May 8 at 9:59 am

    Yaay thanx Mama N ! I’ve been wating for this one

  34. cherilyn May 8 at 9:24 am

    i actually made mine just like yours.
    i used organic pomegranate juice.
    bought from my local health food store.
    its great in lowering bad cholesterol, keeps you heart healthy and strong. also awesome to prevent breast.
    try that out! :D

    • steve September 23 at 7:42 am

      That is so awesome! I found chia drinks for the first time recently and was shocked at the price. I have a big bag of raw organic chia seeds and I will be making this awesome drink TODAY!

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