Beverages, Coolers

Sugarfree Java Plum Chia Smoothie ~ Vegan and GF ~ Summer Coolers

Java plum aka Jambulam or jamun fruit is a summer occurrence that Nature provides along with Mango as an antidote. 

Jamun fruit and the dried powder from the seeds are also known for their medicinal properties and are used to treat diabetes, diarrohea, and dysentery. It’s astringent quality might be an acquired taste for some of us , but every bit of this plant and fruit is great especially for diabetics – from the lead to the fruit to even the seeds being highly recommended for diabetics for its fantastic sugar lowering capabilities. 

In Goa and the Philippines, jamun fruits are an important source of wine, somewhat like port and the distilled liquors. Brandy and jambava have also been made from the fermented fruit (Source : here)

These days powdered java plum (or Jamun as it’s locally called) seeds are also sold commercially although we can’t be sure how unadulterated these are. The best way is to sun dry the seeds at home, powder them and is it through the year. 

However, making the best use of java plum in a Sugar Free , Vegan smoothie seems to be a great way to introduce this fruit even to kids. 


This week have Swati at #Foodiemondaybloghopwho’s given us a free hand theme to make desserts or beverages or salads with summer fruits and although my first pick was Watermelon Gazpacho, I liked the pics that came out of this no-cook smoothie better 🙂

So let’s make this quick 5-min vegan, Sugarfree smoothie that’s great not just for diabetics but for the family as a whole. 



Prep time – 10 Mins, no cook , Serves -2

You need:

Jamun fruit / java plum – 1 cup (pitted)

Ginger – 1 inch 

Raisins – 1 tsp (soaked in water for 10 mins)

Green Apples – cubed (with skin on) -1/4 cup

Chia seeds – 1 heaped teaspoon (soaked for 5 mins)

Ice cubes – as required

Kala namak /black salt – to taste (optional)

Lemon juice- 1 tsp

Mint leaves – a few 


How to:

Blitz everything using ice / chilled water as required. Don’t strain. Serve chilled topped with more mint.

Other Sugar Free beverages / Smoothies that might interest you this summer 🙂

Sugarfree Papaya Apple Ginger Smoothie


Sugarfree Cucumber and Muskmelon Cooler


Sugarfree Gajar Adrak smoothie


Dry Fruit Ginger Lassi


Kiwi Basil Smoothie


Sugarfree Peach and Cucumber Smoothie





  1. Priya Iyer

    I'm not a big fan of java plum, but your smoothie looks so amazing that I'm tempted to pick up a glass. 🙂 Sadly, java plums are super-duper expensive here in Bangalore. I'll be trying this out when I manage to get some without ripping my monthly budget apart. 😀

  2. Vasusvegkitchen

    Very healthy smoothie�� looking very yummy..

  3. I love Java Plums and miss these here in US. the smoothie glass looks so inviting with beautiful color!! Nutritious light and yumm share!!

  4. Mayuri Patel

    Wow Kalyani what a delightful smoothie with jamun and apple and adding chia seeds. I often buy jamun when in season and land up eating it by myself as hubby finds its too time consuming to eat them. Next season will prepare smoothies for him.

  5. Sujata Roy

    Super healthy and delicious smoothie. Jamun is good for everyone including diabetic. Loved adding chia seeds and apple. Its jamun season and I will try it for sure ????

  6. CookwithRenu

    I do not like to eat jamun on it's own, but I think I would enjoy it this way. What a beautiful colour this has got.

  7. Poonam Bachhav

    My family loves jamun, last season I tried yoghurt jamun popsicle now your smoothie is tempting me to make this soon. Love the gorgeous color of this drink.

  8. preethi'scuisine

    This super healthy smoothie loaded with all the healthy ingredients is an absolute need of this hour. Perfect summer treat.

  9. love this smoothie which takes only 5 minutes. that is a great deal during summer particularly ! so healthy and filling

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