By Lora O’Brien.
Chia seeds may be small but don’t judge these beauties on their size–they pack an almighty nutritional punch! They contain vital antioxidants, Omegas 3 and 6, fibre, essential amino acids, and even a decent portion of protein. But, how can you actually eat them? As they have practically no flavour, they’ll take on whichever taste you add to them, and as they absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, they become tapioca like when soaked, but they can also be a bit crunchy when in their dried state.
There’s plenty you can do with this newfound superfood. In fact, we’ve found twenty yummy, healthy and easy chia seed recipes for you to try. Whether you decide to add them to your breakfast porridge, base your dessert around them, or add them to your pancake mix, you’ll soon be finding you need chia seeds in your kitchen at all times.
1. Chocolate Chia Pudding
Food blogger Madeleine Shaw has a gift for creating beautifully tasty recipes from health ingredients vital for optimum health. And her chocolate chia pudding deserves an award, in our humble opinion. Try this flavorsome chocolate chia mousse for an indulgent breakfast, an afternoon snack, or as a healthy dessert option. Either way you’re going to absolutely fall in love with the taste. Get the recipe here.
2. Mango Chia Parfait
With the weather slowly warming up, it’s got us thinking about deliciously ripe fruit like mangoes. Food blogger supremo Ashley has created a perfect parfait, using chia seed as the base ingredient alongside the pureed mango, all topped with macadamia nuts for a crunch. Get the recipe here.
3. Raspberry Chia Jam
Forget buying those jars of jams you find in supermarket articles. They’re laden with sugars, preservatives and they’re obviously not very good for you. So make your own! Sarah’s recipe is seriously easy to make, and is pretty healthy too. Smear this over oatcakes, spoon some over some soy yoghurt, or spread some over some healthy toast. Get the recipe here.
4. Chia Seed Porridge
Looking for a heartier, warmer breakfast? No problem. Angela of the megablog Oh She Glows has the perfect recipe for you all with this porridge recipe. It’s creamy from the almond milk and banana, and packed with flavour from the cinnamon and vanilla. The crunch comes from the selection of toppings you choose to shower over it. Get the recipe here.
5. Espresso Chia Seed Pudding
If you’re a total coffee fiend, why not incorporate even more of it into your breakfast in the healthiest possible way. Alex, ‘the Vegetarian Snob’ has created a creamy pudding that you can drink through a straw, kind of like bubble tea, but with a serious kick! Get the recipe here.
6. Peanut Butter Chia Seed Bars
It’s important to always have healthy snacks on hand to stop you from reaching for the junk food, so it’s a good thing Nature’s Way has created a perfect snacking option with these chia seed bars. Packed full of texture and flavour, we guarantee you’ll enjoy eating these way more than snacks that lack any nutritional benefit and leave you feeling sluggish. Have these bars after a workout, before a journey, or just as an afternoon snack. Get the recipe here.
7. Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
Tangy sponge, delicate frosting and a bit of crunch–who wouldn’t love these muffins? We were delighted to find this healthified version of traditional poppy seed muffins that use Omega rich chia instead. We’re just going to keep making batches and feeling no guilt when they all disappear. Get the recipe here.
8. Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding Pods
We don’t need sunshine to validate our cravings for a creamy, cool ice pop. And Gina, the owner of the Skinny Taste food blog, has created a heavenly flavour with these creamy, delicious puddings. Whether you’re having a party this summer, or hosting a children’s party, or if you just fancy a sin-free ice cream, make these and we can be sure they’ll be a hit. Get the recipe here.
9. Cashew and Chia Bliss Balls
If you’re new to the concept of the ‘bliss ball,’ these are raw balls of absolute goodness packed with health and energy boosting ingredients. They’re a quick pick-me-up, or a perfect pre and post workout snack. And these bliss balls by Anna from Soulful Skin are super easy to make! Get the recipe here.
10. Green Chia Smoothie
Hooray! Two food trends in one: smoothies and chia seeds blend to create this delicious and nutritious concoction by Gaby. It’s going to fill you up, and taste so good whilst doing so! Get the recipe here.
11. Banana Chia Seed Pancakes
Ah, pancakes! We do love a stack of them for a Sunday morning brunch. Here, food blogger Elizabeth from Bowl of Delicious has created a winning formula here with her chia-packed recipe. Make a stack of them and top them with the healthiest (or unhealthiest) treats you love. Get the recipe here.
12. Chocolate Chia Cookies
Deliciously Ella is slowly dominating the health community, and with good reason. She’s on a mission to help and inspire others, and we adore her for it. But being healthy doesn’t mean going without, it just means finding new ways to cook. And these chocolate chia cookies are a brilliant replacement for those packets of biscuits we seem to all have in our cupboards. Try making your own, and we promise you won’t want to buy them from shops ever again. Get the recipe here.
13. Strawberry Banana Chia Smoothie
Substitute the Greek yogurt for coconut in this recipe to make this vegan friendly, and you’re onto a real winner. The combination of strawberry and banana is so rich and creamy, it really is a delicious breakfast smoothie. Get the recipe here.
14. Chia Baobab Breakfast
The Hemsley sisters have used baobab to add a tartness to this chia seed recipe, and we love it. Experiment with your favourite toppings, and devour this for breakfast, as a snack, or as a dessert. You make the rules. Get the recipe here.
15. Carrot, Apple and Chia Muffins
It’s always good to see large supermarket brands expanding their range of health recipes, and we love this one from UK based supermarket brand, Tesco. These muffins are light, packed full of flavour, and healthy to boot. Make them as a go-to snack, as a light dessert, or pack them into a Tupperware box and take them on a picnic. Get the recipe here.
16. Peanut Butter, Oats and Acai Chia Pudding with Puffed Rice
The combo of peanut butter, oats and banana is truly divine! And with the mixture of almond milk, chia seeds and puffed rice, this recipe is a real winner. Thank you, Lauren of TwoKitchensOneLifestyle, for blending all of our favourite flavours into this easy to make overnight breakfast. Get the recipe here.
17. Star Anise Chia Pudding
Oh, we do love Jamie Oliver! The Brit food star has been bringing focus onto healthy eating for some time now, and we loved his use of chia seeds in this pudding recipe. The flavour of star anise brings a warmth to the taste of this chia pud, and we can’t get enough of it. Get the recipe here.
18. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
I know it seems like we’ve included a lot of puddings in this list, but they are seriously such an easy way to consume chia seeds. They’re full of flavour, and you can top them which whatever you fancy. They’re simple, they’re tasty, and more than anything, they’re healthier than traditional desserts. Get the recipe for this beauty here.
12. Chocolate and Coconut Chia Seed Mousse
Who knew that mousse could taste so decadent, and be so healthy? We’re usually plagued with guilt when we have a chocolate mousse but this rich and creamy delight is actually super healthy. Believe us, you’re going to want to make this again, and again, and again. Get the recipe here.
20. Raw Hemp and Chia Seed Bars
Upgrade your snacks with these delicious hemp and chia seed bars. They’re packed full of nutrients, flavour, and amazing textures. Make these at the beginning of the week to ensure you’ll snack healthy throughout the week, and they’re perfect to sneak into lunchboxes. Get the rcipe here.
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