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How to I keep my smoothie from separating?

My ingredients are: 2 slices of pineapple, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 1 tablespoon of each: chia seeds, coconut oil, coconut, herb and spice blend, and apple cider vinegar and 3 cups of water. I blend it in my blender that's very effective, it only takes about 20 seconds to blend it. When it's done, it immediately separates. It's very unappetizing : (

asked by Donna over 1 year ago
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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 1 year ago

I think coconut milk to replace the oil and maybe half a banana would do it. With just water and vinegar as liquids, it needs a creamy factor. I wouldn't put vinegar in a smoothie, but you must have a reason.

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added over 1 year ago

Susan: This recipe is one I've developed over years of research of different foods and what my body needs because of various health problems. Even the herb/spice blend is different amounts of certain ones. Pineapple juice and vinegar are both acidic, I tried almond milk once and it basically soured the smoothie.
Droplet: My blender is a nutribullet, it will grind flax seeds in about 5 seconds. It's blending everything really well, it's smooth, just separated. However, I took your advice and blended everything with as little liquid as possible and then the rest and blended again and it didn't help.

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Susan W

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added over 1 year ago

I just think it needs a creamy factor. When I say coconut milk, I'm referring to the good stuff in the can, not the almond milk or coconut milk in the carton that has all sorts of additives. I just have never made a smoothie with vinegar and water as the liquids and can't wrap my head around it being appetizing, but that's me. I think I'd rather just chug the vinegar separately and enjoy a creamy smoothie while still putting all the things you want in it. Again, that's just me.

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added over 1 year ago

I understand the coconut milk you're referring to. I made the almond milk that I used. What I meant by pineapple juice and vinegar both being acidic is, taking the vinegar out didn't help because the pineapple juice caused the almond milk to sour. The recipe is delicious, I love pineapple and coconut together. My blender is incredible and there are no pieces of anything, but for some reason, no matter how little water I add, it's always separated.

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boulangere

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added over 1 year ago

You're using a lot of water, without much to bind it beyond the chia seeds. I'd suggest decreasing the water by half and doubling the chia seeds.

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boulangere

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added over 1 year ago

In fact, triple the chia seeds.

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added over 1 year ago

https://food52.com/recipes...
Here is a wonderful recipe for pineapple smoothie from Emily, in case you want to give it a try. If you look closely, you can see that it separates as well, even though she uses considerably less liquid.

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added over 1 year ago

Droplet: Thank you for the link, yes, that's exactly what mine looks like. I guess I'm just going to have to live with it because I love the taste so much. oh well. I want to thank everyone for trying to help me solve this mystery. This is a wonderful site, I'm so glad I found it, I've told lots of people about it : )

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added over 1 year ago

Have you tried activating your seeds overnight in the liquid? It is good to activate them and perhaps this will also help with separation.

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added over 1 year ago

I haven't but why not? I've tried everything else : )