How to Make Recipes With Chia Seeds

Three Methods:Use Chia Seeds as a ToppingUse Chia Seeds as a Substitute in RecipesAdd Chia Seeds to Traditional Recipes

Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and contain high levels of antioxidants and valuable nutrients. They are rich in fiber and do not need to be ground for your body to absorb their nutrients. Chia seeds can be used in many different ways. Follow these steps to make more recipes with chia seeds.

Method 1
Use Chia Seeds as a Topping

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to add chia seeds to your diet is to sprinkle them on top of breakfast foods, baked goods, salads, and even meat dishes. They can be added before or after the food is cooked. Chia seeds have a nutty flavor and can even be eaten alone but if you choose to use them as a topping, try these suggestions to make sure they pair well with your recipes.

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    Add chia seeds as a topping for granola or cereal. Using chia seeds with recipes that are grain-based will make the seeds less noticeable. Oatmeal, muesli, and other breakfast grains make ideal bases for a sprinkle of chia seeds.
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    Top baked goods with chia seeds. Breads, muffins, granola bars, and other grain-based baked goods are simple receptacles for a few chia seeds.
    • If added before baking, the seeds develop a toasted flavor and may settle into the batter or dough. If added afterwards, do so while the baked good is still warm to enable the seed to attach itself firmly to the product.
    • Cobblers and streusels can easily incorporate a small handful of chia seeds with little noticeable impact on flavor, even for sweet dishes.
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    Sprinkle chia seeds on dairy products. Yogurt and ice cream can benefit from the nutty flavor and added texture of chia seeds as a topping.
    • If you prefer fruit-based jams or syrups with yogurt or ice cream, try stirring chia seeds into the fruit topping to blend them instead of sprinkling the chia seeds as a separate topping.
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    Use chia seeds as a salad topping. Chia seeds can be used like nuts or sunflower seeds in regular salads. They can also be mixed in with salad dressing just prior to serving.

Method 2
Use Chia Seeds as a Substitute in Recipes

Regardless of the type of food you want to make, chia seeds can probably be used to replace one of the ingredients. Make a list of common substitutions that you would like to incorporate into your regular dishes until you learn how to appropriately mix the chia seeds into regular recipes.

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    Replace eggs or oil with chia seed gel. Mixing a tablespoon of chia seeds with ┬╝ cup of water will provide about the equivalent of a single egg or quarter cup of oil for a recipe. Most recipes can tolerate about a 25% substitution of chia seeds for eggs or oil without a noticeable alteration in flavor.
    • This technique can also help stretch eggs for omelets and souffl├ęs. Just prepare about a quarter of your egg needs by mixing in chia seeds and milk into the beaten eggs about 10 minutes before cooking them.
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    Use chia seeds as a thickener. Because chia seeds form a gel in liquid, they can be added to soups, stews, sauces, and marinades to help thicken the liquid in place of corn starch or flour.
    • Chia seeds can also be blended into juice smoothies to add the thicker texture normally provided by whole fruits or yogurt.
    • If you have accidentally added too much liquid to a recipe, including baked goods, adding chia seeds can thicken the dough by absorbing the excess liquid.
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    Bind ingredients with chia seeds. Meatballs and meatloaf can be held together with chia seeds and a bit of water once mixed with the ground meat. Jellies, jams, and compotes can also benefit from the gel properties of chia seeds.
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    Replace oats or pudding mixes with chia seeds. Because chia seeds firm when mixed with liquid, ground seeds and flavorful liquids help form a gel that can give the consistency of porridge when hot or pudding when cold.
    • For dessert-like chia mixtures, mix the seeds with sweetened or flavored milks or juices. For breakfast-like chia mixtures, stir the seeds into hot milk or water and then flavor to your preferences with brown sugar, cinnamon, or other breakfast toppings.

Method 3
Add Chia Seeds to Traditional Recipes

Chia seeds are very versatile, and because of their mild nutty flavor, they can be mixed into virtually any regular recipe. In some cases, additional liquid will be necessary to prevent over-drying or thickening of the food. Some experimentation may be necessary to get the appropriate consistency or quantity of chia seeds for your own recipes.

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    Mix chia seeds into one-dish meals. Lentil or bean soups, slow-cooker recipes, and casseroles are ideal for adding chia seeds.
    • Stir the seeds into the broth or sauce and monitor the consistency for about 15 minutes to determine if additional liquid is necessary. If so, consider adding the primary liquid base of the recipe (milk, broth, water, or juice, for instance).
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    Add chia seeds to peanut butter or other spreads. Because of the nutty flavor and texture, chia seeds can easily be added to sandwich spreads to get extra fiber and nutrients.
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    Include chia seeds in breading and batter. Chia seeds can be added to traditional breading for chicken, pork, and even tofu to add a nutty, crunchy aspect to traditional breadcrumb or cereal-based breading. Chia seeds can also be used in batters for fish or vegetable tempura to add flavor to pan-fried, battered dishes.
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    Mix chia seeds into rice dishes. Traditional recipes with a base of rice, such as jambalaya or stuffed peppers, can easily tolerate chia seeds added after the rice has been cooked completely. The meals will benefit from the added nutrients of the chia seeds without altering flavor significantly.
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    Include chia seeds in nut mixes. Homemade trail mix, nut clusters, and snack bags can easily incorporate chia seeds to improve nutrition and add to the nutty flavor of the original dish.


  • Chia seeds can be mixed with nutritious liquids and consumed quickly for a healthy sports drink or breakfast shake.
  • Kids can easily make their own pudding or gelatin dessert as a fun project, making it easy to please the various dessert preferences of a large family. Offer mix-ins for homemade puddings such as coconut milk, fresh fruit, cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, or Nutella.
  • Add chia seeds to thicken blender (Vitamix) applesauce without cooking.


  • Although chia seeds are healthy additions to a balanced diet, consuming chia seeds with every meal can add a considerable amount of fat to the diet.

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