While perfectly capable of being the main star of a dessert or mid-day snack, delicious chia seeds are usually added to various dishes to improve texture and, perhaps most importantly, increase their nutritional value. They are a healthier alternative to just about any crunchy topping or pudding ingredient, frequently combined with fresh fruit, granola, and other fitness-friendly sweet delicacies.
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With nearly 10 grams of fiber in just two tablespoons and plenty of antioxidants, chia seeds have become one of the world’s most popular superfoods in recent years. Incorporate them into your diet to reduce your cholesterol levels as well as improve your heart and intestinal health.
Many people who are just beginning to discover the many qualities of chia seeds find themselves struggling to find a creative use for this ingredient. Worry not — with the fourteen chia seed recipes outlined below, you should have no trouble making them work with your dietary preferences.
If you don’t even have one oatmeal idea in your list of perfect healthy breakfast recipes, then that list is incomplete. As a great source of fiber and carbs, it can provide you with a great boost to get you through the morning and ready for the challenges of the day. The addition of chia seeds into the mix doesn’t only add healthy fats and even more fiber to your breakfast, but also makes the oatmeal even more filling, as all the chia seeds plump up when mixed with liquids.
This version of oatmeal is vegan-friendly, as it replaces regular cow milk with almond milk. If you’re not vegan, you can go ahead and use regular milk instead, although, in our humble opinion, the almonds go a long way in terms of enhancing the flavor of this oatmeal.
Adding black chia seeds to your bread dough will make the entire loaf much more fulfilling and nutritious, thanks to the added fiber, omega-3, and omega-6. Using chia seeds in gluten-free bread also helps it retain that spongy, satisfying texture that regular breads have, which is incredibly difficult to replicate with ingredients that don’t contain gluten. The combination of buckwheat flour and chia seeds can achieve this fairly well, to a point where you might not even notice the difference!
On top of being tasty, gluten-free, and very nutritious, this Buckwheat Chia Bread recipe is also very easy, making it the perfect place to start for new bakers. All you’ll need are four ingredients and an oven, no kneading or yeast required!
No chia seeds recipe list would be complete without at least a few chia pudding recipes. The first one in our collection is this Peanut Butter Chia Pudding. Whether you eat it for breakfast or as a mid-day snack, it is bound to leave you filled and satisfied for the next couple of hours.
With the same thick, creamy consistency of regular pudding, this healthy snack is filled to the brim with nutrients. The recipe for it is also quite customizable — you can swap out peanut butter with almond butter if you wish, as well as add a healthy sweetener of your choice (maple syrup is our personal favorite for this one).
The versatility of hummus is seriously underrated. While most people use it as a simple dip to eat with pita bread or crunchy veggies, it can also serve as a base for curries and sauces, and even turn out to be the main star of a dish, provided that you supplement it with the right extra ingredients.
This is exactly the case with this chia hummus. You can make it in as little as ten minutes, and with seasonings like ground cumin, paprika, olive oil, and cilantro, you’ll be surprised at how flavorful this chickpea paste turns out every time you make it! Throwing chia seeds into the mix turns this hummus into the perfect snack when you’re in a hurry. With so many nutrients packed into even just a spoonful of this dish, it’s an ideal offering for young professionals who are too busy to sit down for a full meal three times a day.
As the name suggests, you don’t need your kitchen to be fully stocked in order to make this delicious chia pudding. The only things this recipe calls for are: honey, almond milk, and chia seeds. We highly recommend adding some fruits, such as strawberries or blueberries, to add a little more variety to the pudding’s flavor.
This easy-to-make chia pudding can be eaten for breakfast or as a quick snack throughout the day. You can also add some chocolate chips to it and serve it in smaller portions as a nutritious dessert!
Do you love to have pancakes for breakfast, but the responsible adult in you keeps you from eating them on a regular basis? If so, you’re in the same boat as us. Thankfully, this vegan chia seed pancakes recipe will allow this sweet delight to grace your mornings much more often.
This is an egg- and dairy-free recipe. You can also replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative to suit your dietary preferences. Thanks to the chia seeds, your pancakes will retain the classic, mouthwatering fluffiness even as you opt to make them gluten-free.
Although chia pudding recipes continue to dominate the conversations around this superfood, you can also enjoy chia seeds in the form of a smoothie. This particular recipe is a creamy mix of strawberries, a banana, and chia seeds that makes for an ideal breakfast-on-the-go option.
Thanks to the inclusion of greek yogurt, your smoothie will have a wonderful, creamy texture, reminiscent more of a pudding than the classic smoothies you may have tasted before. The recipe calls for one tablespoon of chia, but if you want to make the mixture even more feeling, feel free to add more chia seeds.
This delicious, gluten-free dessert recipe will be an absolute hit at your next dinner party! All it takes is dark chocolate, buckwheat flour, desiccated coconut, and, of course, chia seeds. Most importantly, you can prepare them in just 15 minutes! You’ll need to set them aside in the fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours) to let the sweet bites set completely, but if you’re short on time the day before a family gathering, you can make a big batch in less than half an hour, and have them ready to serve the very next morning.
Preparing savory meals with chia seeds can be quite challenging. This superfood usually works best as part of puddings or other desserts, but that doesn’t mean that there are no ways to incorporate them into your lunch or meal prepping for the week ahead.
Thanks to their unique properties and puffy texture, chia seeds work insanely well as ingredients for gluten-free, low-carb baked goods that still taste as good as the real thing. With ten times less carbs than regular tortillas, they also contain much more fiber and protein. Make a whole batch of them and experiment with different fillings for easy lunches all week long!
This is one of our fall-time favorites. With a generous portion of pumpkin pie spices in a dairy- and gluten-free dessert, you can serve this delicious, creamy mousse to guests with even the most restrictive diets. Contrary to regular chia pudding, you’ll need to blend all of the ingredients together really well to achieve the desired consistency.
Top the dessert off with coconut whipped cream, and sweeten with maple syrup or honey for a 100% natural, guilt-free snack that will fully satisfy your sweet tooth!
For a refreshing, fulfilling lunch option that doesn’t require you to spend much time in the kitchen, try this Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe. This veggie-packed salad will quickly become one of your lunchtime favorites – with a generous serving of cherry tomatoes, mint, and red onion combined with quinoa, it’s a satisfying, filling bundle of nutrition.
With a quarter cup of chia seeds on top, this Mediterranean salad will provide you with enough fiber, healthy fats, and other nutrients to get you through till the end of the workday.
In a unique twist on chia puddings, this particular recipe turns the usually sweet breakfast option into a savory vitamin party that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. A mix of spices that includes turmeric, cardamom, ginger, and black pepper gives the dish a spicy punch, and with a half cup of chia seeds thrown into it, even a small serving will be enough for a light breakfast or a mid-day snack.
After preparing the pudding, you should leave it in the fridge for at least two hours (preferably overnight).
Although they may not seem like it at first glance, chia seeds are a baker’s best friend. They plump up easily when combined with liquids, and while they still pack a nice crunch, the seeds also provide a nice, gooey texture, perfect for cakes and cookies of all kinds.
If you’re looking to add some extra fiber and healthy fats to the classic lemon yogurt cake, this recipe has got you covered.
If you’re following a strict diet, such as paleo or keto, then you know how difficult it can be to find desserts or snacks that will satisfy your sweet tooth without simultaneously derailing your weight loss efforts.
This is where these vegan strawberry chia seed popsicles come in. Not only do they have a low-calorie count, they’re childishly easy to make, too. All it takes is a bag of strawberries, a blender, and a tablespoon of chia seeds. Once you’re done blending everything together, fill up a popsicle mold with the mixture and wait until your popsicles are ready to eat. Add a bit of maple syrup to the blender if you want them extra sweet.
With puddings and baked goods being the most popular ones, the truth is that you can add chia seeds to just about any dish you’re making, and chances are that they’re going to fit in quite well. Making a side salad to go with your dinner? Some chia seeds will help enhance its nutritional value even further. Homemade ice cream? Sprinkle a spoonful of chia seeds into the mix to add some texture without resorting to calorie-heavy chocolate chips or cookie dough.
We hope these chia seed recipes will inspire you to utilize this superfood in your kitchen more often. Be sure to visit The Kitchen Community on a regular basis for more healthy, delicious recipes!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some top chia seed breakfast options?
Chia seeds are versatile and easy to incorporate into your breakfast routine. Some popular options include adding chia seeds to your smoothie, stirring them into yogurt, or using them to make overnight oats. For a delicious and nutritious breakfast, try spreading chia seed jam on whole grain toast or creating a chia seed parfait with layers of yogurt, fruit, and granola.
What are popular savory chia seed dishes?
Chia seeds can also be used in savory recipes, such as in homemade salad dressings, veggie burgers, and meatballs. They can act as a binding agent in place of breadcrumbs, or be used as a thickening agent for soups and stews. You might also enjoy trying a chia seed-crusted fish or chicken dish for a unique and tasty twist.
What are some Indian chia seed recipes?
In Indian cuisine, chia seeds are often referred to as sabja seeds or basil seeds. They are used in various recipes, such as falooda, a cold dessert made with milk, sweet basil seeds, and rose syrup. Another option is tukmaria, a refreshing drink that combines soaked chia seeds with lemon juice, sugar, and cold water. Chia seeds can also be added to Indian-style curries and raita for extra texture and nutrition.
What is the tastiest chia pudding recipe?
The tastiest chia pudding recipe is subjective, as individual preferences vary. However, a classic and popular option is to combine chia seeds with your choice of milk (dairy or plant-based), sweetener, and vanilla extract. Allow the mixture to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to thicken. When ready to serve, top it with fresh fruit, nuts, or other desired toppings for a delicious and nutritious treat.
What are alternatives to chia seed pudding?
If you’re seeking a variation on chia seed pudding, you can try creating chia seed mousse by blending chia seeds with ripe avocado, cocoa powder, and a sweetener. Another option is to make chia seed “jelly” by mixing chia seeds with fruit juice or puree and letting it thicken in the refrigerator. Additionally, chia seeds can be incorporated into energy balls or bars, providing a healthful and tasty alternative to pudding.
Are chia seeds more beneficial raw or soaked?
Both raw and soaked chia seeds provide significant health benefits. Raw chia seeds offer a crunchy texture and can be sprinkled over salads, yogurt, or oatmeal. Soaking chia seeds helps them to expand and release their natural gel, which can improve digestibility. Additionally, soaking may help to make certain nutrients within the chia seeds more bioavailable. In general, it’s a good idea to include both raw and soaked chia seeds in your diet for variety and nutrition.
Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes + More Great Chia Seed Recipes
- 1 1/2 cups flour all-purpose
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cup non-dairy milk almond milk or oat milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
- Mix together in a medium-sized mixing bowl the baking powder, all-purpose flour, sea salt, ground cinnamon, and chia seeds. Using a whisk or fork, break up the large clumps of flour first. Then, distribute the sea salt, baking powder, and chia seeds.
- Use another medium-sized bowl to combine the maple syrup, almond milk, pure vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar.
- Add the milk and syrup mixture to the bowl containing the flour and other dry ingredients. Use a whisk to thoroughly combine all the ingredients until the flour is full incorporated. The batter will still be somewhat lumpy, but take care to not over-mix the batter.
- Allow the batter between 5-10 minutes for resting. Meanwhile, heat a griddle, crepe pan, nonstick skillet, or electric griddle over medium heat. You can use nonstick cooking spray or a light coat of oil on the griddle to keep your pancakes from sticking.
- When the griddle is nice and hot, scoop about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle. Repeat until your griddle has several pancakes.
- Allow each pancake to cook until the edges look slightly dry. The pancakes should be golden brown on the side that's on the riddle. Also, small bubbles will begin to appear on the top side. When the top is about 3/4 covered with small bubbles, the pancakes are ready to flip.
- Flip the pancakes and cook them for approximately 30-60 seconds until they are fully browned on both sides and cooked all the way through.
- Repeat all of the above steps until you have used all of the pancake batter. This recipe will give you about 10 pancakes, which should serve 3-4 people.
- Serve your chia pancakes with delicious toppings such as pure maple syrup, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, and whipped cream.
To freeze these pancakes, freeze them first on a baking tray so that they don't stick together. Once the individual pancakes are frozen, transfer them to an airtight freezer container or freezer bags. We recommend freezing them with a sheet of parchment paper between the individual pancakes. These pancakes will keep well in the freezer for as long as four months. To reheat the pancakes, thaw them at room temperature briefly. You can also thaw them in the refrigerator. To thaw them more quickly, put them in a toaster oven or in your oven. You can microwave the pancakes on medium to thaw them.