Sneak More Chia Seeds Into Your Diet With These Recipes
Tiny, flavor-neutral chia seeds pack extra fiber and protein into recipes. Here's how to eat them in everything from avocado toast to meatballs to pumpkin-beer bread.
Meyer Lemon Avocado Toast
"I love how lemony this recipe is. The zest and cayenne were nice. And even though you don’t really taste the chia seeds, they made a nice garnish," reviewer CoachJen says.
Super Food Chocolate Chip Cookies
"A friend of mine made these and we had them at her house. They were so delicious I had to make them myself," reviewer Let's Cook Mama writes. "Chia seeds and cacao nibs give a little crunch that is soooo good!"
Ground Chicken Patties or Meatballs
These meatballs pack in 1/4 cup of chia seeds, but your kids will never know it.
No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal
"I loved this tasty breakfast! I'm making it again tonight. This is so versatile, you can easily use different fruits or milks," writes home cook France C.
Backpackers' Thai Noodles
Chopped peanuts and chia seeds add a nice crunch to this backpacker-approved dish. Kid-friendly, it wouldn't be out of place in a school backpack, either.
Easy Banana Chia Blueberry Pancakes
"Easy, healthy, and suuuper tasty! I made a bunch of little pancakes that were a great addition to our brunch. Easy to eat and snack on for our two year old, and definitely a staple for us in the future," says sarabogh.
Double Pumpkin-Beer Bread
"Absolutely incredible," raves anonymousbonelord. "I've made this many times, and it always comes out delicious. I will say, make sure to put your chia seeds in the water right before mixing them in. They’ll soak up all the liquid if you do this step in advance."
Stirring chia seeds into hummus: genius. Serve this recipe with carrots or multigrain pita chips.
Apple, Carrot, and Chia Muffins
"These moist muffins are a sneaky way to add veggies and fiber into my kid's diet," says hello angie. "You can easily substitute other vegetables and fruit too. I've tried zucchini, pear, and banana!"
Vegan Dilly Ranch
Blend chia seeds into this ranch dip to amp up its nutritional value.
Berry Baked Oatmeal
"This had just the right amount of sweetness for me, and the juicy blueberries just pop in your mouth," writes lutzflcat. "A great, tasty breakfast and a filling one, too."
Chia Strawberry Spinach Salad Breakfast Wrap
You may not be able to tell the chia seeds from strawberry seeds in this wrap. Bacon and walnuts add extra crunch.
Salad Crunchies Seed Medley
"Give your soups, salads, yogurt, and avocado toast a crunchy, nutritional boost with this easy medley of roasted seeds. They're great to just snack on, as well," recipe creator Buckwheat Queen says.
Creamy Banana Strawberry Split Smoothie
Slurp up ground chia seeds (and ground flax seeds) in this nutritious smoothie.
No-Bake Raspberry Peanut Butter Granola Bars
"If I could give this more stars, I would!" raves Woman Whisking. "Super easy and tastes great. A wonderful healthy snack. What I also love about this recipe, is that it is very versatile."
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