Chia Seed Recipes
There really is no science to eating these seeds as they are very versatile and you don’t even have to cook them.
Chia seeds have very little to no taste and can easily be added to many things and cooked into many things.
Chia seeds can be added to just about any food, such as yogurt, pancake or muffin batter, or sprinkled over cereals or added to your morning smoothie.
Chia Seed Recipes – Making Chia Gel
Chia’s hydrophilic structure holds water, so when mixed with sauces, drinks, yogurt, salad, dressings, cream cheese, jellies and preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereal, dips, puddings, soups, etc., it displaces calories and fat without diluting flavor.
When you soak chia seeds in water or any liquid substance they form into a gel that can be added to a variety of recipes that is only limited by your creativity.
Chia Seed Recipes – To make Chia Gel, simply add one third cup of Chia seeds to two cups of water, stir well to prevent clumping several times during the first few minutes.
Simple Recipes You Can Make With Chia
Chia Seed Recipes – Chia Fresca
- 10 oz. of water
- 1 tablespoon of dried chia seeds
- 2-3 teaspoons of either lime or lemon juice
- honey or agave nectar to taste
Stir the chia seeds into the water; let them sit for about five minutes. Stir again, and let sit for as long as you like. The more it sits, the more gel-like the seeds and water become. Add citrus juice and sweetener to taste.
Chia Seed Recipes – Chia Waffles
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup oats, ground
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 cup hemp milk
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions – Toast your cornmeal lightly in a pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until it is lightly browned.
Preheat waffle iron.
Stir together the cornmeal, chia, ground oats, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix together the applesauce, hemp milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. (The coconut oil needs to be at warm temperature or warmer to mix, so you may need to microwave it to get it to a liquid state.)
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry to combine into a smooth batter. Spray the waffle iron with baking spray even if it is nonstick, and pour batter into hot iron. Follow the directions of your waffle iron, or wait until the iron stops steaming.
Carefully remove waffles from iron, respray with cooking spray, and repeat. This was enough batter to fill my waffle iron 2 and a half times, making 5 small waffles.
Top with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
CHIA LEMONADE AGUA FRESCA (fresh water)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup apple juice
2 tsp lemon juice
Place the seeds in the juice, and stir or shake. Let it sit for 30 minutes until it becomes the consistency of jelly. Add the lemon and ice if desired to make a slushy drink.
CHIA LEMON AGUA FRESCA “JELLO” DRINK
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 8 oz water (use more or less to your own preference)
- tsp lemon juice
Directions – Place seeds in the water, and stir or shake. Let it sit until the water starts to become a gel. This can take up to 45 minutes. Add the lemon juice and enjoy. Chill if desired.
CHIA BERRY SMOOTHIE
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup apple juice
- 16 oz unsweetened frozen berries
Directions – Place seeds in the water, and stir or shake. Let soak for 30 minutes. Put the chia mixture and berries into a blender (or just mash with a fork) until it has a smoothy consistency.
- 1/4 cup almonds, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 3 dates, softened with pits removed
- 3 oranges
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- Granola for topping if desired
Directions – Place almonds and water in high-speed blender. Process until well blended. Remove to nut milk bag and strain. Place almond milk back in blender with dates. Blend until very smooth. Remove the zest from one orange and add to the almond milk date mixture. Segment the insides of the orange and set aside. Juice the two remaining oranges. Add juice (approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup) to the almond milk and zest. Stir. Add chia seeds, stir. Let set for 20 minutes. Stir in orange sections that you set aside.
Chia Seed Recipes – Chia Pudding
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- Dash ground cinnamon
Directions - Put the almonds and 3 cups water in a Vita-Mix. Blend until creamy and smooth. Add the chia seeds, agave nectar, and cinnamon and pulse the blender several times just to mix. If it’s not sweet enough, add a little more agave nectar. Pour the mixture into a bowl and chill for 1 hour or longer to thicken. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
These chia seed recipes should get you off to a great start!
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