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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia: seven recipes with chia seeds

Seven recipes that use chia seeds.

When I was young, I used to love those chia pet commercials. Who knew all these years later, I’d be downing the seeds for my health?

Chia seeds have tons of nutrients and antioxidants with very few calories. They’re a great source of omega-3s and even have the power to fuel your workout as much as a sports drink. They also blend well into a variety of recipes, so if you’re stuck on how to use them – look no further!

  1. Chia Pudding. If you’re looking for a healthy treat, this Vanilla Chia Pudding will thrill your tastebuds. In fact, it’s so good for you, you can eat it for breakfast. Combine almond milk, maple syrup, chia seeds, and vanilla extract before tossing in your favorite fruit. You can also make it chocolate by adding a tablespoons or so of cocoa powder.
  2. Chia Gel. Skip the store-bought gels and supplements and make your own at home. These chia gel recipes come together in a snap – and you likely have all the ingredients you need on hand. My favorite is the orange chia gel, but I use blood orange for some extra flair. Consider swapping in other citrus fruits as well.
  3. Chia Fresca. For a pre-workout hydration powerhouse, try this Chia Fresca drink. The recipe is super easy! Just combine chia seeds, green tea, coconut water, water, and a squeeze of lemon or lime. You can also add in a squirt of your favorite sweetener. The seeds will keep your body hydrated on even the hottest days.
  4. Chia Energy Bites. These No-Bake Chia Energy Bites are a great snack on the go. They’ve got a bit of protein and bulk from rolled oats and peanut butter, sweetness and flavor from honey and coconut flakes, and – of course – some dark chocolate to finish off. The recipe calls for just one tablespoon of chia, but if you like the seeds, feel free to add more.
  5. Banana Chia Bread. Mix up your favorite quick bread by adding seeds. This Banana Chia Bread is sweet and perfect for breakfast, snacking, or dessert. Try using a 1:1 mix of all purpose of whole wheat flour to get more whole grains. And I’d add a dash of cinnamon to my loaf for spice.
  6. Chia Smoothie. I couldn’t leave this Nutella Chia Smoothie out of the list – it’s too amazing. Of course, if you don’t like Nutella, you can substitute in your favorite nut butter in its place. The way this recipe works is by making a chia pudding, then blending it together with a banana, some raspberries, and ice. Double the fun.
  7. Chia Oat Bars. I’ve made these Chia Oat Crumble Bars at least 15 times in the past couple years. And the secret is in the jam. Once you learn how to make chia jam, you’ll be hooked. Add three cups of frozen berries to three tablespoons of sweetener. Then sprinkle in two tablespoons of chia seeds and some vanilla extract. After a few minutes on the stove, it cooks into a lovely spread.

Written by  Ashley Marcin.