40 Ways to use Chia Seeds

How to use chia seeds.

Wondering how to use chia seeds?  Chia seeds are very easy to incorporate into your diet. Below is a list of ways I have used them in my recipes. I would love to hear of your unique ways of using chia seeds.

1. Soak 1 level tablespoon of chia seeds with a quarter cup of water to make an egg substitute for baking cakes and cookies.

2. Add chia seeds to apple juice to make “sago”.

cauliflower chia soup

3. Grind seeds and add to hot milk to make a “porridge”

4. Mix seeds through yogurt.

5. Add seeds to soup to thicken and add nutrition.

6. Grind seeds and mix with flour, milk and eggs to make pancakes.

7. Add seeds to salad dressings.

8. Eat Chia seeds whole and raw as a snack.

9. Add whole seeds to diluted fruit juice to make  Chia Fresca.

chia omelet with mushrooms

10. Make Chia Pudding by adding whole seeds to milk, nut milk or soy milk.

11. Blend chia seeds into smoothies.

12. Make a “lassie” by blending chia seeds, yogurt and fruit juice.

13. Add chia seeds to beaten eggs, soak for 10 minutes and make an omelette.

14. Mix with worcestershire or bbq sauce and brush over barbequed meats.

15. Add ground chia seeds to flour when making bread.

16.  Make chia pan bread by combining chia seeds, eggs, milk, flour and baking powder. Cook in

chia pan bread and topping

a heavy based pan with a lid on.

17. Add whole chia seeds to a cake batter to make a heavy poppy seed like cake.

18. Add seeds to stews to thicken.

19. Throw some seeds into a stir fry.

20. Make a thin batter of ground chia seeds and milk and cook in a slow oven to make crackers.

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21. Sprinkle seeds over a salad.

22. Pureed fruit, chia seeds and a little fruit juice is a good topping for ice cream.

23. Stir whole seeds through cooked lentils.

24. Soak seeds in beaten eggs and use this mix to make a frittata.

25. Cook brown rice in vegetable stock and stir chia seeds through when rice is cooked.

26. Top a cheesecake with chia seeds soaked in fruit juice to make a gel toppingl.

27. Add whole or ground seeds to cookie mixes.

28. Mix ground seeds with ground beef to make meatballs.

29. Cook brown rice in apple juice, add grated apple and stir whole chia seeds through the mixture for a tasty dessert.

30. Toasted ground chia seeds mixed with honey and cinnamon makes a wonderful base for cheesecake.

31. Add whole seeds to granola.

32. Mix white chia seeds that have been soaked in milk through mashed potatoes.

33. Sprout the seeds and use in salads.

34. Mix ground seeds with butter or peanut butter for a nutritious spread.

35. Cinnamon, ground chia and butter is great on hot scones.

36. Add a desert spoon of black seeds to a green jelly mix for “frogs egg jelly”.

37. Spread a mixture of honey, cinnamon, dried fruit and ground chia on to filo or puff pastry sheets, roll up and cook in a hot oven.

38. Mix the seeds, whole or ground through Nutella.

39. Add ground seeds soaked in an egg to bind a hamburger mix.

40. Soak chia seeds in milk and mix through hot oatmeal.

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The more I use chia seeds, the more ways I find to add them to my diet.

Here are even more ways to use chia seeds

41. Add half black and half white chia seeds to custard to make “polka dot custard” – great for kids

42. Make a pasta sauce by blending chia seeds, cooked cauliflower and vegetable stock

43. Don’t waste left over liquid from a stew. Add chia seeds, allow to thicken, then heat and serve with toast, over rice, pasta or over a delicious plate of vegetables.

44. Add ground or whole chia seeds to your favorite stuffing mixture

45. Whisk 2 teaspoons of chia seeds into coconut water. This is especially good on a hot day for keeping hydrated and an excellent idea for athletes. It’s so effective and healthy I feel it will soon be marketed as a sports drink.

46. Want a crunchy breakfast? Add half to one tablespoon of chia seeds to crunchy toasted muesli. Add milk, fruit juice, soy or nut milk and eat immediately. The chia seeds will retain their crunch.

47. Add ground chia seeds to your favorite fish cake recipe

48.When baking cakes or cookies, substitute one quarter to one half of your regular flour with milled chia seeds. Milled chia seeds are now more readily available and it saves you from grinding the whole seeds.

49. When eating tinned tuna in spring water, don’t drain it. Put the entire can of tuna and spring water in a bowl and add chia seeds. Let it stand for a while so the seeds soak up the water and use in sandwiches. Add about 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for the largest size can, less for smaller cans – very filling and more nutritious than just tuna.

chia seed and peanut butter spread with rye bread and apple

50. Add chia seeds to any spread, sweet or savory, such as peanut butter, jams, jellies, cream cheese. I use a ratio of 1 tablespoon of seeds to 4 of tablespoons of the spread.




250 Responses to “40 Ways to use Chia Seeds”

  1. Sylvia says:

    I just bought chia seed. I was wondering if I can blend chia seed with pineapple juice.

  2. linda says:

    Now I know I have to try chia seeds. I am allergic to dairy, bananas,apples,pineapple,plums,lemons or any citric acid,lettuce, and olives.Also a lot of the thickeners and preservatives in foods. They would thicken soy yogurt which is very thin. This has given me lots of ideas. Thanks,Linda.

  3. Tonia says:

    I began using it, and I was pleasantly pleased that I not only began losing weight, but belly fat. I lost about four inches in under a month without exercise. I use it mainly in Activia yogurt. My food began digesting much better leading to regularity, less blotting and less stomach aches. Sometimes the blotting was so bad that I looked pregnant. I highly recommend.

  4. Lily says:

    I just bought some chia seed but didn’t know what to do with it. Thank you for your suggestions. Although as I was researching chia seed, I came across an information about the side effect of chia seed…flatulence! Is there anything that can counteract this embarrassing side effect?

    • admin says:

      Flatulence often happens when you increase fiber from any source in your diet, Lily. This usually goes away once the body gets used to the increase in fiber. Therefore if flatulence is a problem with chia seeds, it will usually go away quite quickly, once the body adapts.

    • Mae says:

      Yes, Lily, there is a solution to that particular problem! Take supplemental enzymes to help your body digest the chia seed fiber(s) and to generally boost your overall digestive system. Enzymedica is an excellent source of information, whether you buy their products or not. Check them out at Enzymedica(dot)com.

  5. Becky says:

    Thanks so much for all these suggestions! I was quick to purchase chia when I started hearing about all its benefits, but all I ever did was sprinkle it on cereal. As my consumption of cereal has dropped significantly, so has my consumption of chia. I have quite a bit of it in my pantry, so I’m thankful I found this site. Keep the suggestions coming!

  6. Amanda says:

    HI, is chia seed recommended for 2years old bb? if yes, what is the recommended amt?

    • admin says:

      chia seeds have been approved as a food for all ages by the authorities. I would start very small, just a taste of a fruit juice pudding or milk pudding with added chia seeds. If that is tolerated well, then 1 or 2 teaspoons of chia seeds a day should be ok Amanda.

  7. gina jones says:

    truthfully some of this sounds revolting

  8. michele says:

    Iam new to chia seeds and there were so many options white, black ,and ground. I bought the ground but wondering if I should of got the white.what is your oopinion on this??

    • admin says:

      Whole chia seeds are more versatile for use in recipes than the ground chia seeds Michele. White or black seeds can be used in any recipe as there is very little difference. Just be aware that sometimes white chia seeds are more expensive than the black ones.

  9. john joyce says:

    I read somewhere (can’t find post) mix Chia seeds in spring water, keep in fridge and take a take couple of tablespoons a day.
    What I need (if you know)is ratio and how long will it last in fridge.

    Thanks
    John

    • admin says:

      It depends on whether you want a thick or thin gel John. A basic chia gel mix is made by adding two tablespoons of chia seeds to one cup of water. If you want it thicker, try adding 2 tablespoons of the seed to half a cup of water.It will keep for about a week. Personaly, I much prefer to add the chia seeds to my cooking, or mak a thick chia seed fruit juice gel (ie using fruit juice instead of water) and have the gel as a topping on fruit or yogurt — tastes much better.

      • john joyce says:

        Thanks for the reply, chia is bland anyway so taste dose not matter it’s the benefits I go for.
        I started taking 10mg of spirulina powder a couple of years ago and thought then it was the most disgusting stuff I had ever tasted, now I love the taste goes well with my raw garlic and blackstrap molasses breakfast.

        Thanks again
        John

  10. ShaieH says:

    I like to mix chia seeds with a couple table spoons of vanilla soy creamer and use that as a topping for mixed berries. Mmm mmm good!

  11. Susan Olshuff says:

    Have you ever seen chia seeds used to thicken liquids, say, milk, for special needs kids who need to have honey consistency thickened fluids only because of swallow issues? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      No, Susan i haven’t heard of it being used in this way, but it may well be a useful method. Dom’t forget, you can use the milled chia seeds for thickening liquids such as milk as well. This would give a smoother consistency which may be easier for people with swallowing issues to eat.

  12. Deb says:

    I started putting 2Tbl spoons of chia seeds in my coffee every morning. Now i can’t have my morning coffee withiut them, it’s just not the same. They have also fixed a constipation problem i had, that was caused by medication.

  13. Penny says:

    I am wondering if Chia seed can be used for thickening when canning Jams or Jellys?

    • admin says:

      Hi Penny. I have not tried this myself but I am sure it would be a workable recipe. It would be best to add the seeds at the end of the cooking time for maximum nutrition. A very nutritious and tasty use for chia seeds :D

    • Amber says:

      Heres a recipe! Clean Eating Strawberry Chia Seed Spread
      Ingredients:
      • 2 cups strawberries – cleaned and chopped
      • 1 cup water
      • 1/4 cup chia seeds
      • 1/4 cup honey
      Directions:
      1. Place all ingredients into a metal pot and bring to a boil.
      2. Reduce heat slightly so the contents of the pot don’t splatter all over your stove, but still bubbles in the pot.
      3. Stir constantly! The chia seeds burn on the bottom of the pot very easily. So keep stirring (I had to change pots half way through because the seeds burned so easily).
      4. Stir and boil until the mixture has reduced by half and has thickened. Again, it will not be as thick as jam, but it sill definitely thicken.
      5. Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool for 1 hour. Place in the fridge overnight to continue cooling.

  14. Niky says:

    At the bio shop they told me that chia seeds should never be used with dairy products, is this true?

    • admin says:

      It sounds as though they were talking about food combining. According to this practise, some foods should not be eaten with others. I have never paid much attention to it as I do not experience any ill effects from combining any foods. Many of my recipes combine chia seeds with milk — chia seed puddings and some desserts and soups, for example. This is something you must decide for yourself if it is something that will benefit you or not.

  15. rhonda says:

    is there any kind of flour that you could mix doth chia that would be low GL?

  16. Dawna says:

    Can chia seeds be added to my diet shake?

    • admin says:

      It woul add a few more calories, but adding chia seeds to a diet shake will keep you fuller for longer Dawna.

  17. Bonnie says:

    I am a new user of chia. Reading your comments, Q&A and info is very useful. However, I’m sad that the use of artificial sweeteners is okay with you and your readers.

    • admin says:

      Hi Bonnie. The use of artificial sweeteners is not ok with me. I never use them and do not put them in my recipes. However this is a site for chia seed recipes and I feel it is not up to me to judge or comment on readers and contriutors who do use them. The issue of sugar, artificial sweeteners and natural sugar substitutes is a very interesting topic and one that I may write about on a more general site I am considering putting up. I am glad you made the comment.

  18. patty says:

    COCONUT CHIA JELLY
    Bring 1 can (2cups)of lite Coconut milk or cream to just boiling point.remove from heat and Add one packet of diet jelly (any flavor)stirring until dissolved. Cool down a bit then add 4 tablespoon’s of white or black Chia seeds. Refrigerate but stir occasionally to prevent Chia seeds from clumping. Makes a lovely refreshing dessert.

    • admin says:

      Your coconut chia jelly has given me a few ideas Patty. I will post this recipe under the Reader’s recipes section.

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