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Time to jump on this whole chia seed bandwagon.

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Actually, I have been eating chia seeds for years, but this is the very first time I have used them in anything other than yogurt.

I always make giant yogurt bowls (again, hyped on the bowl food) with pomegranate arils (or any other berry/fruit depending on the season), almonds and or pistachios and chia seeds. It is super simple, but I eat these yogurt bowls almost every single day. If you know me, than you know I am a nut and greek yogurt loving freak. I eat the two of them together all the time.

And yes, this means that I actually do eat snacks other than chocolate cake and brownies…….

Not that I have any problem with that.

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I feel like we should talk a little bit about this new look the site has.

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I mean it has been live since Friday.

So yeah, I think it is time to chit-chat a little about it.

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First of all, what do you think?

I am hopping you guys are loving it as much as I do. It is fun right?

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I think some of my favorite parts are the cute little forks scattered throughout the site. Melissa + Erin did a great job.

I absolutely love Melissa’s designs. She is one talented women and if you ask me she is killing it in both the blogging and design worlds. And now, on top of all that, she is learning to master the new mommy world as well!

Somehow she totally got what I was going for and even showed me that I can like the color pink. Just so you know, I have never, ever like the color pink. Ask anyone and they will tell you I am a true tomboy at heart, so the pink was definitely a surprise, but I am kind of loving it.

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Other than the design of the site, everything else should pretty much work the same.

Be sure to let me know if there are any issues you guys run into. There are always a few kinks to work out in the first couple days, so please leave a comment or shoot me an email.

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Ahhh….. and ย isn’t the font the cutest? I love the font.

I feel like it is just refreshing. New year… new clean and pretty site. YES! I have been wanting a new designย since I started Half Baked Harvest, so I am pumped.

Oh, and I am kind pumped over these shakes. Although they are honestly more like soft serve ice cream. It just depends on how much almond milk you use, but I left mine thick. I am a sucker for soft serve. DQ was my childhood favorite.

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Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 2 drinks
Calories Per Serving: 401 kcal

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  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk plus more to thin if desired
  • 2 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 3 whole medjool dates pitted
  • 1/3 cup roasted + shelled pistachios plus more for topping
  • 3 frozen medium + very ripe bananas peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt or use coconut milk yogurt for a vegan option
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl mix together the milk and chia seeds. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile add the pistachios and dates to the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender. Blend until the mixture becomes finely chopped and almost butter like, scraping down the side as you go. You want to get it as smooth as possible. I let the mixture blend for about 5 minutes.
  • To the blender add the chia seeds + milk mixture, the frozen banana chunks, cocoa powder, greek yogurt and vanilla extract. Blend until thick, creamy, and smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. If the shake is too thick add more milk to your liking.


*If you would like a sweeter shake add 1 tablespoon (or more) of honey - to your taste.

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Go ahead, be as indulgent as you like – they won’t hurt a bit!


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  1. WoW! That’s a really big carb and sugar load! A healthier lower car-zero sugar version would be great for those of us who cannot tolerate excessive sugars and carbs. But it look YUMMY YUM!

  2. Would you happen to know the calorie content in this? I’m going to try this later today! A healthy chocolate shake…..YEAH!

    1. Hi Sharon! I am really sorry, but I do not provide the calories for my recipes. Hope you love the shake and let me know if you have questions. Thanks!

  3. Sry, for my broken english, but thank you soooooo much. And not just for this recipe. I’m a big fan of your blog. You know, I’m vegan and I try some of your recipes (even some non-vegan and turned they vegan. My sister too.) and it was so delicious…. so, thank you for that ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Awe!! Thank you so much for these kind words, Perry!! So happy you are loving my recipes! Have a great weekend!!

  4. Hello Halfbaked, Thanks for sharing this, however, please pardon my question – I know yoghurt has to feature in this recipe but is there any other option besides greek yoghurt(husband is averse to cow’s by-product) or coconut milk yoghurt(can’t find any at where I am now)…

    Much thanks in advance and good day to you…

  5. LOVE this shake, thank you so much! What nuts would you recommend instead of pistachios as hard to get them at a reasonable price here… Thanks!

  6. Just made these for my kids (it’s so hot here in CA!) for after school snacks.

    I’m officially the best mom ever – thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Great recipie! Can’t wait to try it, do you know the nutritional value by chance! I feel like it has lots of good fat, minerals and protien!

  8. Just made this for breakfast! It is DELICIOUS! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad it is filled with healthy fats and ingredients! Thank you for this recipe!!!

  9. Thank you! I used pecans and it was devine! I am addicted to food blogs and enjoying yours! My daughter and I are making the cookie dough stuffed soft pretzel this weekend!

  10. Really want this for my snack tonight! I do not have pistachios but do have pecans, almonds and walnuts. Do you think one would be a good sub??

  11. Pinned! I have a package of chia seeds and no clue what to do with them. Now I know! Loving the new look too!

  12. do you peel and cut the bananas first before you freeze them? or freeze them in their peels, then peel and cut? thanks!

  13. I’ve been on vacation for a week and I come back to a gorgeous new site design and a ton of yummy food that I missed. Your site is stunning! I adore this shake.

  14. Everything you have added has such a great addition! The wonderful taste of pistachios with those chia seeds that rock your mouth! Medjool dates are so good!

  15. This looks more like a yummy dessert than a shake – gorgeous!
    Love the site too. Like another commenter I wasn’t seeing your latest posts but I am now, so hopefully your issue with that is fixed!

  16. Can’t wait to try these. One comment – I am assuming that you mean 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (recipe only reads 1/4, no cup).

  17. Love the new look, seriously love it! I just got some chia seeds in the mail and I had no idea what I was going to do with them. You added them to chocolate, you win! I am making this!

  18. Hi Tieghan!
    I love pistachios and I usually just eat it by the handful. It looks delicious.
    I’m not sure if it’s just me (probably is) but whenever I go to your site I don’t see your most recent post. I have to google it along with the date to get the latest recipe!

    1. Hey Hilary!

      It is not just you and I am working on the issue. So sorry about that and I hope to have it fixed really, really soon! Let me know if the problem persist!

  19. This looks so good! I have yet to try chia seeds in this kind of shake (only sprinkled on yogurt or in chia water–which is a bit weird, but I kinda liked it). And all of your pictures are so sharp!

    Again, the site is looking great Tieghan! The forks are my fave too ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Um… I need this in my life. Like, asap. Why don’t I have almond milk right now?! o.O Sigh.

  21. Great looking recipe. I love chai seeds. I am lucky enough to have a vitamix, after soaking the chai seeds and milk, can I run the milk, chai seeds, dates and pistachios through the vitamix. Or should I still do them separately. Great looking site.

  22. I’ve been on the chia seed bandwagon for a long time, and I looooove pistachios….this shake is right up my alley!

  23. I never make anything with chia seeds and it’s silly since they’re basically anti-everythingbadforyou in a spoon. Love this!

  24. The site is super cute! It is very professional and has a very light airy happy feeling to it! Soooo there is so mych hype with chia seeds, if you are down with it I know I gotta try making something with them now. I hear they are really good to make jams and jellies with too! Will try this bad boy! They have all them omega 3’s right?!

  25. I love chia seeds too. I pretty much put it in my bread and brownie recipes. The only challenge is how to get rid of them from you teeth because the stuck to your teeth easily, but this does not make me averse the seed because it is so healthy.

  26. I honestly don’t think I have ever use chia seeds before. I mean I love chia tea…so why wouldn’t I love chia seeds? This shake looks amazing, anything with pistachios is good with me! Love the look of your new site ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  27. YES yes yes!!! This is what I’m talking about. Thick and creamy shakes [chocolate of course] in the dead of winter! I’ve got to try this chia trick!

  28. I haven’t chia seed anything yet! I know…totally late to the party. But these look deeelish! DQ is definitely one of my favs and so is the choc/pistachio combo!
    I guess better late than never right?
    P.s for some reason your banana picture made me giggle.

  29. Filled with yummy, healthy things! What a great alternative to the standard blueberry smoothie we make all the time around here. Chocolate anything, yes, please.

  30. Love it! Pinned it! Love the new look of the site, very fresh and new for the new year! And the forks here there and everywhere are pretty darn cute ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the pops of pink, not too girly at all, you should have no worries ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL Keep up the good work, you have an amazing talent with food.

  31. I love chia seeds. They’re miracle workers, really! I bet they make this shake so smooth! Mmm! Gorgeous images and styling. That straw I think was tailor-made for this recipe! pinned