Happy Birthday to me & Chia “Ice Cream”

It’s my birthday! I’m 23 🙂 And what’s a birthday without ice cream? I made this the other night based on Erin’s and Coco’s concoctions and it came out pretty well. My food processor is not too good, but it did what it could. This ice cream is really refreshing and thirst-quenching.

Chia Ice Cream

04 chia ice cream

(Note: for Chia Gel, mix 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons of chia seed. Let sit and gel up.)


  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1-2 cups ice
  • juice from 1/4 of a lemon (<1 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup chia gel
  • stevia, to taste


Blend everything in a food processor. You can put it back in the freezer to chill for a little more if it starts getting watery. Enjoy.

03 chia ice cream

Unfortunately, my food processor died yesterday while I was blending oat bran (yes, oat bran is back – more on that later). So I will have to enjoy REAL ice cream on my birthday (aw darn). Or at least some really good froyo. I think if there’s one day I’m willing to suffer the dairy bloat, it’s going to be today.

I haven’t decided exactly what else to do today; maybe I’ll get a manicure. Bobby is going to take me shopping (new kitchen appliances, most likely).

Did you ever wonder about why we have names, and how names are created? Or why your parents picked your name? I thought it would be a fitting birthday topic.

40 Comments on Happy Birthday to me & Chia “Ice Cream”

  1. insideiamdancing
    15 September, 2009 at 10:46 am (7 years ago)

    Happy happy birthday!!!!!! I hope you have a fabulous day 😀 (get a stick blender! Hehe!)

    Names… I am named after my grandmother. Though had I been a boy, my mom was going to call me Duncan because she craved Dunkin Donuts when she was pregnant. Seriously. LOL>

    Enjoy your day!!!

  2. coco
    15 September, 2009 at 11:04 am (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Maggie!!! Your blender died on the perfect day to be replaced! Have fun with Bobby on the kitchen gadgets shopping! My favorite! 🙂

  3. Christina
    15 September, 2009 at 11:26 am (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!! Here’s to a shiney new blender! 🙂

  4. Lindsay
    15 September, 2009 at 11:26 am (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!

    When I asked my Mom why she chose my name she said it was the only name her and my Dad could agree on. They both really loved names that the other didn’t like so they settled on one they both sort of liked.

  5. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    15 September, 2009 at 11:32 am (7 years ago)

    Feliz cumpleanos!!

    Since I have like the most unoriginal, common name in the world, I choose to believe names don’t define you 😉


  6. Jordan
    15 September, 2009 at 11:41 am (7 years ago)

    Your frozen treat looks delicious. Happy Birthday! I’m excited to see what new appliance you bring home. 🙂

    For the name…my mom was reading The Great Gatsby during her pregnancy, where she found the character Jordan Baker and loved the name for a girl.

  7. Meghann
    15 September, 2009 at 11:50 am (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!!!

  8. Abby
    15 September, 2009 at 11:59 am (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!
    And I hope you do go out for some REAL frozen yogurt or something because even though I’m sure your frozen chia thing was delicious, it looks a bit like frozen blended cauliflower. Anyway, shopping for birthday presents together is the best! That way you get what you really want–kitchen stuff!

    As for the name, I was told they heard it on some soap opera at like 2 in the morning. Lovely.

  9. Lara (Thinspired)
    15 September, 2009 at 12:18 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Maggie! Hope it’s a great day and an even better year 😀

  10. elise
    15 September, 2009 at 12:20 pm (7 years ago)

    happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    15 September, 2009 at 12:56 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Maggie!

  12. Tina
    15 September, 2009 at 1:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Best wishes and I hope you have loads of fun today 😀

    Sorry bout your food processor :(… but enjoy the ice-cream ;P


  13. Cindy
    15 September, 2009 at 1:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Maggie!!!

    kitchen shopping is always FUN~

    yes a manicure, fro yo and shopping~


  14. Elizabeth (The Dallas Celiac)
    15 September, 2009 at 1:24 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! And yes, I think today, of all days, might be a day to have some real ice cream or fro-yo. 🙂 Enjoy!

  15. Shannon
    15 September, 2009 at 1:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Maggie!!! this looks like a great way to celebrate 🙂

  16. carolinebee
    15 September, 2009 at 2:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday maggie!!! Hope it’s great, yayyy for Oat bran and new kitch appliances 😀

  17. Brittany
    15 September, 2009 at 3:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Maggie. I hope it’s splendid!!

    That chia ice cream sounds interesting I might have to try that recipe out. 🙂

  18. Jules
    15 September, 2009 at 4:00 pm (7 years ago)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I sent you something 🙂

  19. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    15 September, 2009 at 5:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Maggie,
    I will be making this chia ice-cream soon. So easy!

    Hope you have fun appliance shopping and enjoy your ice-cream/fro-yo. 🙂

    My Dad liked “Heather”. If it had been up to my mom, I’d be a “Heidi”.

  20. Olga
    15 September, 2009 at 6:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy birthday Maggie! 🙂

  21. Alison
    15 September, 2009 at 7:37 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday!!!

  22. Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    15 September, 2009 at 7:49 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday, Maggie!

    Oh, just enjoy your day. I broke down and ate cake and ice cream on my birthday. If there’s one day we should get to indulge, splurge, and not feel guilt about it–it’s our birthday! 😀

    I almost ended up being Samantha but my mom thought I looked like Michele when she saw me. 😉


  23. Danielle
    15 September, 2009 at 7:53 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday sweet Maggie, Happy Birthday to YOU! Hope it’s an absolutely fantastic one 🙂

  24. MarathonVal
    15 September, 2009 at 8:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Good for you for making your ice cream! I, too, decided that I wanted ice cream on my bday haha, but instead I had coupons so went out to buy some soy ice cream. Turns out, it’s AWESOME but I’m sure your homemade chia ice cream is even better!

    Hope you had a great birthday! 🙂

  25. Sagan
    15 September, 2009 at 8:08 pm (7 years ago)


  26. BroccoliHut
    15 September, 2009 at 8:12 pm (7 years ago)

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!

  27. clare
    15 September, 2009 at 8:19 pm (7 years ago)

    happy happy birthday! for your birthday today, i got MYSELF a pedicure! 🙂 hope you post up some cute birthday pictures!

  28. smurfette
    15 September, 2009 at 8:47 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Maggie! I hope your having a great one!

  29. glidingcalm
    15 September, 2009 at 10:23 pm (7 years ago)

    happy birthday beautiful Maggie!!

    that ice cream looks delish!!!!!!!!

  30. leslie
    16 September, 2009 at 5:16 am (7 years ago)

    happy birthday maggie! hope it was a beautiful one. 🙂

  31. Jenn (Eating Bender)
    16 September, 2009 at 7:00 am (7 years ago)

    Yay yay yay! Happy birthday! I know I’m a day light in the official wishes, but I gave you a shout out on my blog yesterday, so that counts, right? 😉 Love the Chia “ice cream” – looks like a great way to celebrate! My Bobby just turned 23 on Sunday – September appears to be birthday month (Val too)!

  32. Alisa - Frugal Foodie
    16 September, 2009 at 8:50 am (7 years ago)

    Oh no, I missed it! Happy belated birthday!!!!

  33. Kimberly
    16 September, 2009 at 9:26 am (7 years ago)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGGIE!!!!! Hope your day is just perfect:)

  34. April
    17 September, 2009 at 6:54 am (7 years ago)

    Happy Birthday! Mmm…ice cream!

  35. Erin
    17 September, 2009 at 9:51 pm (7 years ago)

    HAPPY BELATED MY LOVE! I’m so glad you gave the chia gel ice cream a “spin” – oh yes, I really did go there 🙂

  36. Jean
    11 February, 2010 at 9:01 pm (7 years ago)


    Your Chia Ice Cream is outta this world!

    Since I had been wanting to try it for what seems like forever, I actually made it into this morning’s breakfast and added in some vanilla protein powder to the chia gel, the night before to make it into a more substantial post-morning run b-fast!

    Love your blog – keep up the great work:)

    xo Jean

  37. Eric
    13 April, 2011 at 7:57 am (6 years ago)

    I found this while searching for new recipes. I had never heard of/tried chia ice cream, so I made it. Wow, was it the best thing I have ever made/ate. Simple and delicious. Do you have extra chia seeds laying around? If so I found something you can do with them possibly earn some money. It is a contest where you design your own Chia Pet. You can go to chiaart.com to learn more. If you decide to register, you can register via chiaart.com or go to chachia.me/trumpet/ which will automatically put in my announcer ID. If you register via chiaart.com then please put my code as the announcer code. 21CHA is my code. Thank you!It cost $5 or $7.50 and you can win $1,000.

    Oh, and happy birthday, for the one that was late, and all the others from now on!

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