21 Easy Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

Easy Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

Sure, there are puddings. But these easy vegan chia seed recipe ideas include a lot more besides! Burgers, dips, cakes….and even pizza!

By Lora O’Brien

Chia seeds were kind of trending a few years ago. But we think it’s time for them to make a major comeback! And there are several reasons for that. They’re perfect for sprinkling on just about anything, from cakes and toast to soups and salads. As they have practically no flavour, they’ll take on whichever taste you add to them.

But that’s not all!

Why you should always have chia seeds in the kitchen

Chia seeds are actually really useful. Not just for vegan chia seed recipes, but for doing so much more! Since they absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, they become tapioca-like when soaked in something like a juice. But in their dry state, they’re a bit crunchy.

You can therefore use them in many different ways, such as to:

  • Add texture and nutrition to a salad or granola
  • Thicken a soup, pudding or smoothie
  • Use as an egg substitute in recipes for things like pancakes or muffins

Yep, there’s plenty you can do with this superfood, which actually hails from that culinary darling of a country, Peru.

The health benefits of eating chia seeds

But not only are chia seeds useful, they’re healthy, too. In fact, you should try to eat these tiny seeds every day. Why? Because they’re a nutritional powerhouse! They contain:

  • Vital antioxidants
  • Omegas 3 and 6
  • Fibre
  • Essential amino acids
  • A decent portion of protein.

Whether you decide  to add them to your breakfast porridge, base your dessert around them, or add them to your pancake mix, I think you’ll soon love chia seeds as much as I do!

21 Easy Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

1. Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

What a way to start the day! Non-dairy yogurt and a plethora of juicy, ripe fruits meet our favourite healthy seeds. I love the touch of mint, too! One of the prettiest vegan chia seed recipe ideas, too, no?

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

2. Chia Oat Banana Pancakes

Going vegan doesn’t mean missing out! It just means finding alternatives to your favourite recipes. I remember how long it took me to make successful vegan pancakes, and when I first discovered a ‘chia egg’ it was a lifesaver. It allows you to make fluffy pancakes like these – noms!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

3. Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal

Peanut butter and bananas were simply made to go together – the combo is heavenly! The ripened banana slices in this delicious bowl add a natural sweetness, whilst chia seeds pack in a ton of nutrition whilst also helping to make the oats nice and fluffy.

Tip: Struggling to make your peanut butter runny enough to drizzle over your oatmeal? Add 1/2 teaspoon of melted coconut to 2 tbsp of peanut butter and it’ll be the perfect consistency!

Get the recipe here.

vegan chia seed recipe ideas

4. Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding

Who said pumpkin was just for fall? I love to make pumpkin infused recipes all year round, and this vegan chia seed recipe is the bomb! This figgy, pumpkin-y pud will make you feel as though you’re having dessert for breakfast – it’s that good.

Get the recipe here.

vegan chia seed recipe ideas

5. Super Seedy Granola Bars  

It’s important to always have healthy snacks on hand to stop you from reaching for the junk food. So why not turn your love of granola into some handy snack bars? Packed with 4 different kinds of seeds: hemp, sunflower, flax and chia, these bars are healthy and won’t leave you feeling sluggish. Enjoy them after a workout, at work, or just as a weekend snack.

Get the recipe here.

granola bars recipe

6. Lemon & Chia Seed Muffins

Tangy sponge, delicate frosting and a bit of crunch–who wouldn’t love these muffins? I was delighted to find this healthier version of traditional poppy seed muffins that use Omega rich chia instead. One of the yummiest vegan chia seed recipe ideas for sure!

Get the recipe here.

lemon and chia seed muffines

7. Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls

These lemon energy balls are packed full with delicious citrusy flavours, whilst infused with the healing spice that is turmeric, as well as the superfood that is chia seeds! Not only do these taste the bomb, they’re immunity boosting, refined sugar-free, rich in fibre and offer some plant-based protein. Perfect for snacking on.

Get the recipe here.

lemon chia energy balls

8. Five Ingredient Spelt & Chia Banana Bread

I love banana bread, but sometimes it can be packed full of sugar, so it really feels more of a sin than a treat. But here, chia seeds work as the egg in this recipe thanks to their gel-like consistency, and zero sugar has been added.

Tip: Make sure your bananas are super ripe and spotty before making this bread so they’ll naturally sweeten it.

Get the recipe here.

spelt banana bread recipe

9. Kale & Rosemary Super Seed Crackers

These super seed crackers aren’t only healthy, they’re packed full of nutritious ingredients, too. They’re also gluten free, so are great for anyone with allergies. They taste fab on their own, or you can enjoy them with your favourite vegan dip or spread (like the chilli jam above).

Get the recipe here.

super seed cracker recipe

10. Mixed Bean Salad With Tomato Vinaigrette

Looking for a detoxing dish? This is a super easy salad to whip up at a moment’s notice, and it even works well as a side dish. This vegan chia seed recipe uses mixed beans, but you could use whatever beans are available or in season when making this. Chia seeds work to thicken the dressing.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

11. Sweet & Spicy Golden Chia Pizza

Who knew vegan chia seed recipe ideas could include pizza? The crispy crust is topped with a sweet, spicy and slightly sticky sauce, and then you can pretty much top it off with whatever takes your fancy.

Get the recipe here.

vegan chia seed recipe ideas

12. Chia & Fennel Green Pizza

Looking for a dinner recipe with a clean and green vibe? This recipe is perfect if you like your pizza on the light side, too. Fennel seeds work brilliantly with the garlic infused pesto sauce, and if you can’t get hold of fresh artichokes, then buy marinaded ones and throw them on top. Game. Changer.

Get the recipe here.

vegan chia seed recipe ideas

13. Flourless Zucchini Chia Breakfast Muffins

Muffins don’t need to be sweet, right? These savoury zucchini muffins are the perfect brekkie if you’re not to keen on sweet stuff. The texture of these is surprisingly soft & fluffy, and they’re perfect for anyone avoiding gluten.

Get the recipe here.

zucchini muffins recipe

14. Curried Carrot Chickpea Chia Burgers

Who doesn’t love a hearty vegan burger? This vegan chia seed recipe idea has everything that makes a burger a success: crispy on the outside and wonderfully soft on the inside. These patties are made with carrots, chickpeas and chia seeds, and are infused with an exotic curry aroma. They’re then topped with a silky smooth and creamy dill-lime cashew cream. Per-fection!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

15. Sweet Potato Latkes with Apple Sauce

Surprisingly, these chia seed infused latkes actually go super well with a little applesauce. That’s because thanks to the sweet potato, they’re a little sweet and a little savory. Combined, they’re a whole lot of yum!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

16. Blueberry Chia Seed Fruit Roll Ups

I’m thrilled to have found a healthy version of those delicious fruity roll-ups that have pretty much become a lunchbox staple. Even if you’re not a fan of fruit, give these a try – they’re more like a dessert, but way healthier than most.

Get the recipe here.

vegan chia seed recipe ideas

17. Vegan Cherry Cheesecake Bars

Like most vegan cheesecake recipes, the crust here is made from walnuts and dates, and the filling itself is made from a creamy cashew mixture. But the difference here is that this cake is then infused with a sweet, gooey chia jam. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

18. Chia & Beet Mousse Parfaits

How stunning are these parfaits? These parfaits are one of the best vegan chia seed recipe ideas to make an impression for guests! Not only does beetroot add a wonderful, vibrant hue to this recipe, it’s also great for lowering blood pressure and boosting your immune system. Tip: Not keen on the earthy taste of beets? Swap out beetroot for beetroot powder for a more mild flavour.

Get the recipe here.

vegan chia seed recipe ideas

19. Chocolate Chia Ice Cream

Love chocolate ice cream? You’ll adore this chocolate-chia ice cream recipe. It’s super rich, and is made sweet natural sources such as medjool dates. Make a batch of this and pop it into your freezer so you have chocolate ice cream on hand whenever the sweet tooth strikes.

Get the recipe here.

Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas

20. Peach & Blueberry Chia Granola Cups

A crunchy granola base is stuffed with a creamy chia pudding, then topped with juicy peaches and fresh blueberries. How could you say no?

Get the recipe here.

21. Tropical Chia Protein Parfait

Looking for the ultimate protein hit? This parfait is just oozing with the stuff! Not only from the chia seeds, but also from the addition of a vegan protein powder. Definitely one of the best vegan chia seed recipe ideas to make after a workout!

Get the recipe here.

protein parfait

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6 thoughts on “21 Easy Vegan Chia Seed Recipe Ideas”

  1. Thank you so much for featuring my recipe along with these other amazing recipes! I cannot wait to try some of these out! :)

    Thanks again,
    Alex

  2. This is such a great list! All the photos are beautiful and the recipes are fantastic. There are so many different kinds of foods on here- can’t wait to try some! Thank you for linking to Bowl of Delicious’s chia see pancakes :-)

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