10 Cool Ways to Use Chia Seeds

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By now, you have probably heard of chia seeds and their superfood status. But have you tried them? If you haven’t, you really should. Those little seeds are nutrition powerhouses, high in Omega-3’s, fiber and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). In fact, the word “chia” comes from the Mayan word for “strength,” since their warriors ate it to stay battle-ready.

Here are 10 cool ways to use chia seeds:

As an egg replacer. Just mix 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water for each egg in your baking recipes. Chia seeds can also be used to replace the oil in many recipes.

Sprinkled in. Add chia seeds to whatever you’re eating. We especially like them in smoothies, soups, oatmeal, cereal, and yogurt.

As a raw snack. That’s right – just pop them right in your mouth, with a little water, for a high-energy snack.

In chia pudding. When added to dairy, non-dairy milk, or water and left for a while (about 20 minutes on your countertop or in the fridge overnight), chia seeds provide a tapioca-like consistency. If you prefer a smoother texture, try creating a chia-seed powder first by processing them in a blender, food processor, or coffee bean grinder. Here is a chocolate chia seed pudding recipe you can try.

To make grain-free crackers. When combined with other seeds like flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower, chia seeds can help create gluten-free, egg-free crackers. Most recipes require a food dehydrator. Here is a simple chia and sesame seed cracker recipe to try.

In breakfast foods. Add some chia to your oatmeal, pancakes, cereal, smoothies or yogurt.

Instead of breadcrumbs. Chia seeds can be used in place of breadcrumbs in meatballs, meatloaf, and even as a breading for chicken breasts.

As a thickening agent. Try including ground chia seeds in soups and gravies as a thickening agent with added benefits.

To make chia sprouts. Chia sprouts make a great addition to salads. There are many ways to sprout chia seeds, so browse online for the method that looks the most doable to you.

To make your own “chia pet.” OK, there are no health benefits for this one, but it might give you a good laugh. Grab a pair of old pantyhose and check out this chia pet tutorial.

Want to learn more about the benefits of eating chia seeds? Take a look at 3 Reasons to Sing Out for Chia and Superfood Sunday: Chia Seed! You can also check out Top 5 Ultimate Super Foods.

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10 Comments on "10 Cool Ways to Use Chia Seeds"

  1. Carrie  August 24, 2013

    We made a delicious blueberry chia jam without pectin and using agave nectar as the sweetener.

  2. Dyan  August 26, 2013

    I bought ground chia seeds to put into smoothies. Still the same health benefits?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 27, 2013

      Dyan, Tons of healthy benefits and great in smoothies.

  3. Cassie Kilpatrick  August 27, 2013

    I like to put them in my water with a bit of juice. I like the consistency it gives the water once they are all gelled up 🙂

    • Kate  June 10, 2014

      What's the water:chia seed ratio you typically use? I'd like to try that!

      • SkinnyMs  June 11, 2014

        Kate, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds per cup of water.

  4. Joanne Murray  July 13, 2015

    You need to be careful, just popping chia seeds in your mouth with no water, due to the fact they swell up, so can get stuck in your throat and then make it hard to breathe. Just a cautionary note.

    • SkinnyMs  July 13, 2015

      That's a good point, Joanne. We've added "with a little water" to the instructions.

  5. Denise  May 29, 2017

    What would the ratio of chia seeds be to breadcrumbs when using them as a replacement? Is there a cheat sheet any place for using substitutes such as Almond or Coconut Flour, and of course Chia Seeds?

    • Gale Compton  May 29, 2017

      Denise, Hmmmmm…it depends on the recipe. For example, but usually I’d use a 2-3 tablespoons of ground chia seeds intead of 1 cup breadcrumbs.
      This example is for meatballs. You’ll need to experiment with different recipes. If it appears more chia seeds are need to hold a recipe
      together, add them gradually. Coarsely ground almonds or walnuts are also a great sub for breadcrumbs.

      The typical rule for using coconut flour in place of all purpose (any grain flour), is to use about 1/4-1/3 cup coconut flour for every 1 cup of regular flour. Also, use 1 egg for every 1 cup of coconut flour.

      Here’s our recipe for Coconut Banana Paleo Cookies, in which I used almond flour. I made this recipe about 3 times before perfecting it. However, the cookies are amazing so it was worth every second. The texture inside is sort of like a banana bread. It’s fun to experiment, if you have the patience. 🙂


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