Peter Fonda’s Blender Breakfast


When did you first hear about chia seeds?  For me it was only a few months ago.  On the health food front I am definitely not what you would call an “early adopter”.  Also, I made my first ever smoothie only this year.  Deliciously Ella I am not.  What a tortoise…

Tortoise and hare

Mind you, the tortoise wins in the end, right?

Anyhow, when I think of a hare, I always think of Hartley Hare.  Only Brits of a certain age will recognise this picture I think…


Ha ha!  Mangey, flea bitten old creature.

Anyhow, back to chia seeds.  As I say, I’d never heard of them until earlier this year so I was very impressed with Peter’s recipe from 1971 when I saw that HE knew all about chia seeds way back then.  Here’s his recipe:

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I didn’t know what Peter would have meant by sea protein so I went for spirulina, although good old Johna Blinn, whose column this recipe appeared in, calls it fish powder.  Wha’???


Anyhow, I really like this and I’ve made it a few times now.  Mine is a slightly modified version, because of what I have hanging about in the flat, so I’m going to call my version an EASY RIDER SMOOTHIE.  Makes it sound a bit edgier than your average green smoothie right?


The Easy Rider Smoothie

1 banana (I have a few sliced up in my freezer because I want to be like the Pioneer Woman)

1 raw egg

1/2 cup almond milk (I have nothing against cow’s milk, but I like almond milk better)

1 tablespoon honey (it’s not unrefined, it’s bog standard cooking honey)

1 teaspoon spirulina (please note, teaspoon, not tablespoon – not sure what sea protein tastes like, but a tablespoon sounds a lot)

1 teaspoon cacao powder (I bought this to make something for a vegan friend and have loads left)

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds (I don’t trust ’em, and I have big hands so a handful might be quite a lot)

1/4 – 1/2 cup blueberries (smudge on the original newspaper makes it difficult to know Peter’s recommendation)

I whizz it all up in my blender, pour it into a mighty glass and walk around the flat drinking it and feeling VERY SMUG AND PLEASED WITH MYSELF.


This is not me by the way, I look nothing like this first thing in the morning…

Can you imagine Dennis Hopper making himself a “Blender Breakfast” with chia seeds in?  No, me neither.

Dennis Hopper





4 Responses to Peter Fonda’s Blender Breakfast

  1. Hazel 21 Jun, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    I must be of that certain age. My daughter just saw the picture of Hartley hare as I was scrolling down the blog and laughed out loud. I found Pipkins on you tube and she just raised her eyebrows and snorted. I guess children’s tv has moved on…

  2. Jenny 22 Jun, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    Ha ha – yes, Pipkins is an acquired taste I think. When my boyfriend saw that picture he immediately started singing a song that Hartley sang in the show. It gave me the willies!!

  3. Greg 23 Jun, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

    Wow. That’s the most unappetizing looking thing I think I’ve ever seen you post! No fault on your behalf, it scores no points for it’s swampy green color…hard to imagine something with blueberries and fish powder tasting as good as you say it does. lol I’ll take your word on it.

    Like you, I’m never up on the latest food trends (although I did make “cloud eggs” last week…but didn’t post to instagram)… I too just heard about chia seeds a month ago (did Taryn post a cookie recipe using them?). While reading whatever it was, all I could visualize was cookies sitting in a plate of water growing “hair,” ch-ch-ch-Chia (the 1970s Chia Pet commercial). So my big question now is…if you drink this every day and then go sit in a dish of water, will you to grow green hair out of the top of your head? Was all that wonderful hair really Peter’s? …or was it ch-ch-ch-Chia? Hmmmm…..

  4. Jenny 24 Jun, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    I am cracking up in bed on a Saturday morning! You are not a fan of the green smoothie then eh?!

    Glad it’s not just me who is late on the chia seed thing… I’ve just watched the Chia Pet commercial on YouTube – that is BONKERS. But of course, now I want one…I am pretty shore the Chia Pets never made it to the UK

    OMG – just been to Ebay and there are loads. There are even TRUMP and Hilary Clinton ones. Thank you Greg for introducing me to this brilliant thing. I think it is a fair swap for the Birds Eye Potato Waffles!

    I am tempted to buy one of the Zombi Chia Pets. But these days, if we Brits buy anything from the USA we get STUNG for customs charges. It’s made buying mad stuff from Ebay a bit of a thing of the past alas…

    I might put this on my Christmas list for Mr Rathbone…

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