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Dec 30, 2009 11:59 AM

Chia Seeds?

I just ordered a package of chia seeds because they sounded interesting and have some strong health benefits. I am looking for ideas on how to use them. I've read about making a chia seed gel, if you mix them with water the expand sort of like tapioca? Has anyone made the gel, how does it taste, what is the process and then what do you use it for.
I intend to use them somewhat like flax seeds- mix in with oatmeal, cottage cheese and fruit, etc. does anyone else eat them this way or other ideas/suggestions?

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  1. I've made the gel and used it mixed in oatmeal and other hot cereal but never tasted it on its own. Also, I have baked with it, adding it to quick breads after reading about doing this on this blog:

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    1. re: poptart

      Does adding the gel to oatmeal make the oatmeal too liquidy? Thanks

      1. re: forzagto

        I use steel cut oats and cook them overnight in a slow cooker, using 1 c. oats to 4 c. liquid....I probably add about 1/2 c. of the gel to that amount (after cooking, I just stir in before serving), and it doesn't thin it out much, but if you are concerned the first time, maybe cut back on your liquid a little to be safe?