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Strawberry and Lemongrass Lemonade Granita with Chia

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 8 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 6
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

3
inch lemongrass stalk (or a lemongrass tea bag)
1
cup water
4
tablespoons lemon juice
1
cup strawberries
1/4
teaspoon of any sweetener you want to use
1
teaspoon chia seeds

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

You can drink this lemonade instead of freezing it. If you do this, let the chia seeds soak for 10 minutes before serving it.

Morena Escardo Chia is all the rage nowadays, but when I was a little girl and my mom started adding it to our drinks, very few people outside of Central America had a clue this ingredient even existed. My mom was a foreigner in Peru, and that was part of the reason why we always ate and drank different things than the rest of our friends. From all the “strange” things in our menu, lemonade with chia was probably the weirdest. The girls in my school were completely puzzled every time they saw those plump seeds floating in my lunchbox drink. Ah, if they had only known what they were missing out on! Chia doesn't really taste of anything, so I cannot say that adding it to my lemonade made the drink any sweeter or exciting in the flavor department. But the texture is a whole different story. Those little seeds absorb the water around them and a gel-like substance starts surrounding each and every one of them. I cannot say what it is about drinking them that makes the experience so enjoyable. I guess all I can say is it feels really good. This granite is the dessert version of this drink, with the fancy addition of strawberries and lemongrass. What do you think?

You can use raspberries instead of strawberries to make this granite. Orange juice and lemongrass are also an excellent combination.

Directions

  • 1 Put the lemongrass and water in a small pan. Bring to a boil and turn the heat off. When the lemongrass tea has cooled to room temperature, remove the lemongrass stalk and discard.
  • 2 Process the lemongrass tea, lemon juice, strawberries and sweetener in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, add the chia seeds and stir well. Put the bowl in the freezer.
  • 3 When it's almost completely frozen, but still manageable (you don't want it to be hard as a rock), start breaking it with a fork until all of it has loosened up.
  • 4 Serve immediately or keep it in the freezer.

Morena Escardo Chia is all the rage nowadays, but when I was a little girl and my mom started adding it to our drinks, very few people outside of Central America had a clue this ingredient even existed. My mom was a foreigner in Peru, and that was part of the reason why we always ate and drank different things than the rest of our friends. From all the “strange” things in our menu, lemonade with chia was probably the weirdest. The girls in my school were completely puzzled every time they saw those plump seeds floating in my lunchbox drink. Ah, if they had only known what they were missing out on! Chia doesn't really taste of anything, so I cannot say that adding it to my lemonade made the drink any sweeter or exciting in the flavor department. But the texture is a whole different story. Those little seeds absorb the water around them and a gel-like substance starts surrounding each and every one of them. I cannot say what it is about drinking them that makes the experience so enjoyable. I guess all I can say is it feels really good. This granite is the dessert version of this drink, with the fancy addition of strawberries and lemongrass. What do you think?

Rate and Comment

Morena Escardo Chia is all the rage nowadays, but when I was a little girl and my mom started adding it to our drinks, very few people outside of Central America had a clue this ingredient even existed. My mom was a foreigner in Peru, and that was part of the reason why we always ate and drank different things than the rest of our friends. From all the “strange” things in our menu, lemonade with chia was probably the weirdest. The girls in my school were completely puzzled every time they saw those plump seeds floating in my lunchbox drink. Ah, if they had only known what they were missing out on! Chia doesn't really taste of anything, so I cannot say that adding it to my lemonade made the drink any sweeter or exciting in the flavor department. But the texture is a whole different story. Those little seeds absorb the water around them and a gel-like substance starts surrounding each and every one of them. I cannot say what it is about drinking them that makes the experience so enjoyable. I guess all I can say is it feels really good. This granite is the dessert version of this drink, with the fancy addition of strawberries and lemongrass. What do you think?