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14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes To Try Now

14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes to Try Now

14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes to Try Now

Whether they’re blended into breakfasts, crunch-ifying lunch, or baked into desserts, chia seeds make a delicious and nutritious addition to just about any meal. On top of being packed with omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds offer a healthy dose of antioxidants, calcium and fiber. Eating them is also a great way to stay hydrated, since they absorb up to 10 times their weight in water.

Many of the chia seed recipes below start with what’s called a “chia gel” or “chia pudding.” Meaning: When chia seeds are left to sit in a liquid, they absorb some of it. This makes these seeds great for thickening batters, jams and smoothies, and also keeping baked goods moist. When making a chia gel or pudding, most recipes suggest letting it sit for at least a few hours, or even overnight. So make sure to plan ahead if one of these chia seed recipes is in your future!

14 Chia Seed Recipes for Any Occasion

14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes: Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

When life gives you lemons… make a loaf! This healthier, modern take on classic lemon poppy seed cake swaps out butter for coconut oil and adds chia seeds in addition to poppy. A healthy dose of yogurt keeps the cake moist while the zest of two lemons lends a deep, lemony flavor. Photo and recipe: Jessica / Jessica’s Dinner Party

14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes: Cherry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

2. Cherry Chia Seed Pudding

Here’s a bona fide chia-based dessert recipe — and it’s pretty inventive, too. First, you blend almond milk, cherries, cardamom, stevia and vanilla into a smooth and creamy mixture. Then, soak the chia seeds in it until thickened. The cherry-chia pudding is topped with homemade cashew cream, which is made by blending water-soaked cashews, cherries, vanilla and stevia. We promise, this one will impress any dinner guest. Photo and recipe: Perry Santanachote / Life by DailyBurn

14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes: Chocolate Pistachio Chia Shake Recipe

Even though this recipe is called a “shake,” it’s almost more like soft-serve ice cream. It starts with a chia seed-almond milk pudding for thickening power. Then, the mixture is blended with medjool dates (for sweetness), roasted pistachios, frozen banana, cocoa powder, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract. Add some extra almond milk if you want it to be slurpable, or pull out a spoon to enjoy as a frozen-ish dessert (or breakfast). Photo and recipe: Tieghan / Half Baked Harvest

14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes: Banana Chia Seed Cake Recipe

Almond flour, tapioca flour and flaxseed meal come together to make the base of this moist, gluten-free breakfast-friendly cake. Banana and eggs help to bind everything together, and vanilla extract, coconut milk, honey and coconut oil add to the naturally sweet flavor. While the name says “cake,” the wholesome ingredients in this recipe make it healthy enough to count as breakfast or a snack, too. Top with a bit of butter for breakfast, or add a dollop of cream cheese frosting to make it a healthier dessert option. Photo and recipe: Alexa / Simple Roots Wellness

14 Creative Chia Seed Recipes: Serrano Pineapple Papaya Smoothie Recipe

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