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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Plastic Fizz: A Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
This recipe was sent to me by my friend Susan who got it from her friend Alison. And I quote...
"Plastic Fizz is a smoothie devised by my friend, Alison Kennedy. She was once the chef for the Ortega Park Teachers Laboratory - a part of Stewart Brand's Portola Institute. The lab was in an old house outside of Menlo Park. California. The Whole Earth Catalog was put together in the garage. Alison was a wonderful cook — exotic things would come out of the kitchen — sort of early California cooking. I remember avocado ice cream for example. Alison was also a niece or somehow related to M.F.K. Fisher. I once spent a winter living on Alison's grandfather's avocado ranch and read all of M.F.K. Fisher's books in their first edition printings. This was called Plastic Fizz because it looks shiny and dark with tiny black spots - sort of like plastic."

1/4 cup strong, hot coffee or espresso
2 Tb chia seeds
2 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
Sweetener - sugar, honey, etc. to taste
1 Banana
1 cup milk or milk substitute

Put the hot coffee into the jar of a blender and sprinkle with the chia seeds. Let stand a few minutes to let them start to get gelatinous. Add the chocolate, sweetener (if using), banana, milk, and enough ice to measure 3 cups on the blender jar. Blend until it is smooth. I usually blend everything without any sweetener and taste it before adding any — depending on how sweet the banana is and if you use cocoa or something else — it can be pleasantly sweet without the addition of more sweet stuff.