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Chia Seed Recipes

RVAwino Jan 3, 2008 05:31 AM

I recently read of the health benefits of chia seeds and am looking for some neat ways to add them into my recipes. Ideas??

  1. DiveFan May 24, 2011 01:50 PM

    Chia seeds have little distinctive taste IMO, so I just sprinkle them into almost anything at the very end of cooking/prep for a little crunchy texture (think poppy seeds). Buy them in bulk at Whole Foods, one of their few fairly priced items.

    The gelatinous effect is very off putting for me, too many memories of poorly prepared okra.

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    1. re: DiveFan
      cristina Oct 22, 2011 10:48 AM

      Try this recipe.

      It works for me, every day for breakfast!

      Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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        DiveFan Oct 24, 2011 03:03 PM

        @cristina, thanks for the recipe link. Coincidentally right now I'm flush with Dannon yogurt, the only non-organic brand around here without thickeners.

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          coll Oct 25, 2011 06:08 AM

          And I'm flush with chia seeds, I really need to start using them up!

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        cdzapata May 24, 2011 11:36 AM

        There is a recipe for Chocolate Chia Pudding at

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          Blancmange May 24, 2011 01:18 PM

          This pudding looks awesome. Definitely going to make this..love that blog!

        2. BamiaWruz May 22, 2011 03:43 AM

          I'm pretty sure you can do anything with it. Even put it in pancakes or bread or whatever.
          They have a tendency to get gelatinous though.

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            alexa52 May 21, 2011 08:53 PM

            Chia seeds are great in a smoothie. Add a tablespoon.

            I also just came across a cinnamon chia pudding that is yummy.

            1 1/2 cups Almond milk
            1/4 cup chia seeds
            1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup
            1 vanilla bean or a dash of vanilla extract
            1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
            pinch of sea salt

            mix all together in a bowl (with plenty of room for it to expand).
            Refrigerate for 1-8 hours (i do it overnight)

            My 9 year old loves it. He thinks it's a dessert!

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            1. re: alexa52
              Blancmange May 22, 2011 03:28 PM

              +1 on adding to a smoothie....add a tbsp to mine everytime. Usually let sit for a few miniutes before blending, as the gel is a great "thickener" for the smoothie, esp if you are not into bananas or avocado.

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              maggiroo Sep 3, 2010 04:56 PM

              I like to start the day with a simple chia pudding. Just soak 1 tablespoon in a cup of milk, soy milk or nut milk for 15 minutes to let the chia seeds soften and swell up, add fruit (banana is good silced over the top) and drizzle with honey.

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              1. re: maggiroo
                Val Sep 3, 2010 05:04 PM

                yes, I've been adding chia meal to my blended up blueberries/strawberries/peaches and then adding either Greek yogurt or kefir...very very nice! Haven't tried baking with the "gel" yet!

              2. daily_unadventures Mar 12, 2010 09:31 AM

                I was interested as well also I made some chia gel then used it to make muffins awhile back. Substitute some of the butter for the chia gel. Turned out quite well.


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                  cheesecake17 Mar 12, 2010 08:01 AM

                  Vegetarian Times had a sotry about chia seeds a few issues ago. Several recipes looked really good.

                  1. RVAwino Jun 23, 2008 11:22 AM

                    I've been making a "gel" using 1/3 cup seed to 2 cups water and adding a few tablespoons to my smoothies. Or sometimes I just sprinkle the seed directly onto my salads.

                    1. cristina Jun 21, 2008 04:49 PM

                      Soak them for a few hours and add them to lemonade (the kind made with fresh lemons). This is one of the most popular *aguas frescas* in Mexico.

                      Link: http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com

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                        Sophochka Mar 12, 2010 07:48 AM

                        Oh, cool thanks! I'll add that to my chia-recipes blog! http://chia-seeds.org

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                          amyzan May 21, 2011 09:41 PM

                          They remind me of the tulsi seeds that are often soaked and added to Indian sweets and drinks. So, that's another thought--dairy based drinks or ice cream sodas, that sort of thing. I don't know that the flavor is the same, of course, but I've tasted both, and neither is particularly distinctive, so I *think* it'd work. Please report back if you experiment! I've got some chia seeds in the pantry...

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                          renz Jan 4, 2008 03:37 PM

                          As in Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia? I never heard of these for nutrition. Learn something every day...

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                            coll Jan 5, 2008 03:40 AM

                            You're so right!
                            I never would have known.

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                              FoodFuser Jun 22, 2008 01:27 AM

                              These rascals are deserving of more respect than the TV commercials have offered us for so many years.

                              Has anyone cultivated them?



                              1. re: FoodFuser
                                Sophochka Mar 12, 2010 07:53 AM

                                Dr. Wayne Coates has actually found a unique way to cultivate them, as well as blend 4 types of chia seeds from areas where they grow with the highest levels of bio-nutrients. Most of the chia seed brands out there use his research as a basis for their proccessing, but the LifeMax Mila brand is the only one that is 100% backed by him. You can learn more about him here: http://www.naturalnews.com/022780_chia_health_seeds.html and the LifeMax brand here: http://chia-seeds.lifemax.net.

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