Chia Seeds Recipes

Posted January, 2, 2012

These seeds have been used for thousands of years so there are bound to be a few chia seeds recipes. From beverages to baked goods they have a wide range of benefits and uses. They also have a fairly nutty/neutral taste so they won’t take any flavor away from great tasting foods. They will add protein since nearly 1/4 of the seeds are plant protein.

By adding fiber to these foods, chia seeds make them much healthier and also add beneficial nutrition like omega fatty acids. The following recipes are a few examples. If you would like to add your favorite recipe, simply leave it in the comments below.

Smoothies with Chia Seeds

Since smoothies are often thick in texture, chia seeds are a great addition for both texture and nutritional purposes. The seeds create a gel substance when added to liquid and soaked. A little extra fiber in a smoothie is good for digestion and energy.

Chia Seeds Recipes for Smoothies:

Chocolate Banana Smoothie:

1 cup (225ml) of organic milk (or soy, rice milk)

1 banana

1 teaspoon (5ml) of cocoa powder (or 1/4 of your favorite chocolate bar)

2 tablespoon (28 grams) of chia seeds

2 tablespoon (28 grams) of protein powder

1 handful of ice cubes

Blend them together until smooth and enjoy.

Chia Seeds and Berry Smoothie:

1 cup (225ml) of organic milk (or soy, rice milk)

1/2 cup (115ml) of maqui berries, blueberries, strawberries or raspberries

2 tablespoon (28 grams) of chia seeds

2 teaspoon (10 grams) of natural sweetener

Optional 2 tablespoon (28 grams) of protein powder

A handful of ice cubes

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Yogurt and Parfaits

This is a really easy recipe. Just about any yogurt or parfait can be made 5 times better by adding a sprinkle of chia seed to the top. The seeds can also be blended into the yogurt. If you like tapioca pudding, blending the seeds in is an excellent natural replacement for rice. If you like the crunchy seeds, add them just before eating since the seeds absorb moisture.

Common Uses of Chia Seeds

‘Chia Fresca’ is a traditional beverage in certain parts of South America. Simply add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to any one of your favorite glasses of fruit juice. The seeds will absorb some of the juice and add fiber to the beverage.

Used in porridge’s and soups it adds thickness, expands the quantity of the soup and again adds nutrition to it that no other ingredient can do.

Ground Chia Seeds in Baked Goods

One of the original uses of chia seeds was to be ground up into a powder and used as flour. This flour was added to beverages for energy or used to make multiple forms of baked goods like biscuits or cakes. It won’t be long before a lot of health muffins are made from this beneficial energy flour.

The seeds can be used as a topping on pancakes, muffins or cakes. They also make an excellent addition to cereals and oatmeal. Sprouted seeds can also be added to any salad or sandwich instead of using bean sprouts and will add a  lot more nutrition.

Oil extracted from the seeds is very high on omega fatty acids as well as other beneficial materials. Substituting olive, canola or vegetable oil for chia oil in baked items will add more health benefits and great texture.

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