Saturday Mix | Cherry Plum Chia Shake

August 13, 2016

Cherry Plum Chia Shake by Faring Well

Today I get to share with you about a book (and author) who has influenced me greatly over the past year. Last Christmas my husband Scott surprised me with a copy of At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by the lovely (and wickedly talented) Amy Chaplin. I poured over it’s stunning pages, taking in each word slowly like I would a novel. Reading about her life growing up in Australia in a rural community with her family was a breath of fresh air. I felt more connected to my food and it’s source with every page I read. Each recipe had such purpose, whether it was simple or a bit more involved. And each ingredient was thoughtfully included, creating this woven masterpiece of simple breakfasts, ingredient tips and preparation methods, exquisite dinners, and desserts that made my head spin.

There were techniques I’ve never heard of, and combinations I had yet to fathom in the ingredient world. There were cultures and flavors introduced to me from the places in the world she had traveled and lived. And most importantly, there was an original approachability to her recipes that was positively captivating. I have since poured through it’s gorgeous pages several more times, and with each read I choose another recipe to dive into. This summer it was her scrumptious peach chia shake. However, I had several plums and cherries on hand instead of peaches, and gave it a whirl with great success. A sweet, creamy, and rich fruit shake that can be stored in the fridge and ready to consume on a whim – I’m in love.

Amy has been so sweet as to let me share this recipe with you today, being almost exact to the one in her book, with a minor tweak and the swapping of fruits. See my note below the recipe about the choice of milk and coconut butter measurements to help guide you when making this delicious recipe. Enjoy your weekend and may it be full of summer-y fruit shakes, xx.


If I could enjoy a few of my favorite bloggers’ recipes this weekend I would choose Sophie’s cajun chickpea cauliflower burger, anything by Natasa (she is the sourdough queen!), and Beth’s brilliant s’morffles.

This quote made me laugh and sigh a wee bit of sadness at the same time, it’s just too true.

I’m so grateful for the many tips I am taking to heart from this article on The Chalkboard Mag about how to repair our worn our nervous systems.

Cheers to Google for this incredible video on micro moments. I love life. And people.

I found another print I want to have framed and hung above my desk. So much love for my state and wicked awesome people with illustration skills.

One of my favorite songs to listen to first thing in the morning: Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie.

Adapted from At Home In The Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin.
Makes 2 servings. 

2 large red flesh plums (black plums work too)
6 red cherries
1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla (or 1 teaspoon extract)
2 teaspoons coconut butter
1 1/2 cups plain soy milk (see note)
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Slice and pit the plums and cherries. Place them in an upright blender with the vanilla, coconut butter, and soy milk. Blend on high until smooth. Add the chia seeds, and blend on low for an additional few seconds to incorporate throughout. Pour into a large glass jar, or two 16 ounce jars. Seal them up tight, and place in the fridge to chill and set for a few hours (or overnight). Enjoy within 2 days, either on its own as a shake, or layered with your favorite plant yogurt in a glass as a parfait.

NOTE: Amy’s original recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of coconut butter, but I reduced it to 2 teaspoons here due to the fact I use a rich soy milk. I purchase organic, non-GMO soy milk that has only two ingredients: organic soybeans and water. This makes it very rich and thus I reduced the coconut butter for balance. If you are using a thinner almond milk or other plant milk, I would recommend using Amy’s original measurement of 1 tablespoon coconut butter.


Cherry Plum Chia Shake by Faring Well


  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition August 13, 2016 at 3:31 am

    The sweet and tart combination of plums and cherries has my mouth watering. I have and love Amy’s cookbook but have yet to sit down an dread it novel-like which I usually do with all my cookbooks. This is a good reminder that I need to do so asap! Anyways, great links this week, Jessie. The Google ad Micro-Moments was touching and s’moffles makes me smile. I’m also so intrigued with all the holistic and alternative approaches to healing, so the article about repairing a worn nervous system is right up my alley. Sending love, light, and hugs to you this weekend!

    • Reply Faring Well August 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this week’s links Jess! Thank you tons. And as for the plum and cherry combo, it is my all-time favorite, forever and ever! The two fruits were so made for each other <3. I'm so glad to hear you have Amy's book too, it is so wonderful and I'm excited for you to give it a novel-like read soon. No matter how many times I comb it's pages, there is always something new I learn/discover! I hope you had a fabulous weekend girl, and a happy week now too! xx

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha August 13, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Amy’s book is one of the few I brought with me in USA from Italy! It’s simply wonderful.
    xo, have a wonderful weekend <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 17, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      That is so wonderful! It truly is something special <3 hope your weekend was stellar too Valentina!

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie August 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Awe, thats for the share buddy! I wish I could show up on your doorstep right now with some burgers and watch Olympic diving with you. What a beauty of a smoothie! Amy’s book is an all time favourite around here (and isn’t she the sweetest?). You truly do this recipe justice – it looks absolutely perfect <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      That would have been the COOLEST Sophie! And I agree, Amy is the sweetest and her book is just so special. Thank you for the recipe love here friend! Means tons coming from you. Hope you are doing extra lovely this week <3

  • Reply Jodi August 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I try to keep my cookbook collection to a minimum, seeing as we have been living the nomad life these past few years. But Amy’s cook has always made the move with me. I read it cover to cover like a novel before going to bed when I first got, I just wanted to soak up all of it! Out of the many recipes I have tried, I have never tried the smoothie! And I am all about the plums right now too so it’s just about perfect. Thanks to you (+ Amy) for the seasonal inspiration! xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

      I totally would have this book travel with me too if I had to only choose a few! I love that you read is the same as well, there is something so soothing about reading its pages. Thanks for your sweet comment here Jodi, adore you and appreciate you hanging out with me here each week! Hope your last month of summer is pure celebration up there – xx

  • Reply lindsey August 14, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    the soft tones in these photos, jessie! so dreamy! oh gosh, you’re totally right, amy’s book is absolutely brilliant. thank you for reminding me to place it back front and center on my kitchen shelf :) xo’s and hope you’re having a beautiful weekend!

    • Reply Faring Well August 18, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Lindsey, thank you! You are too sweet. Glad to remind you of this beautiful book, which gets me thinking – I need to pull yours out for some chickpea summer cooking asap! xx

  • Reply Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow August 16, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I’d love to have this book it does seem so wonderful, currently saving my pennies… and I love this shake it looks so good!! I’m such a huge fan of plums I just can’t get enough of them :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Aw yay, I hope you get to hold it in your hands soon! It is full of so much goodness. But for now I hope you enjoy this recipe with all the summer plums – I’m such a mega plum fan too! <3

  • Reply Ola August 16, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I’m currently having a big crush on plums – eating them every morning with granola or just plain. I will definetly try out this one as well! Cheers and thanks for sharing:)

    • Reply Faring Well August 18, 2016 at 7:57 am

      There is something so special about their juicy, sweet flesh – starting each morning with a few sounds lovely! Thanks for your sweet comment Ola, hope your week has been gorgeous <3

  • Reply Sian Therese August 28, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Oh I adore this book! Thanks for the reminder to pull it off the shelf and try a few more recipes. This shake looks like a good place to start. Smoothies have been my go to pregnancy snack and I could do with some new flavours. Loved the Chalkboard mag article too. There’s been a little too much survival mode happening over here.

    • Reply Faring Well August 30, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Oh yay! I love when posts remind me to pull out beloved books, glad this one did the same for you too. I hope your pregnancy is going so well Sian! I hear you on the survival mode tendencies, here’s to both our week’s being a little more “chill” ;). Hugs! XO

    Leave a Reply