Reprinted with the kind permission of Jen Miller and Jen Reviews.
By Jen Miller
Chia Seed Recipes
Now that you see all the great benefits of adding Chia seeds to your diet, here’s some great recipes to help you reap the most of these high nutrient little miracle seeds.
We tried to include a variety of different recipes to help you see just how versatile Chia seeds can be!
They are super easy to incorporate in a many recipes and require very little extra preparation.
Resources like Pinterest are also fantastic for finding tons of different recipes that incorporate Chia seeds.
Add them to smoothies, yogurt, ice cream, pudding, even baked goods and pancakes!
1. Chia Energy Bites
These yummy Chia Energy Bites are the perfect, healthy snack you can feel good about!
With gooey nut butter, sweet honey, chia, coconut and chocolate these bits are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
These bites are easy to make, and also completely gluten free. These energy bites get you all the wonderful health benefits of Chia seeds while tasting like a special treat!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup nut butter (peanut, cashew, almond, whatever you like)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Melted dark chocolate, to top the bites
- Mix all ingredients together, except the chocolate, until everything is coated and well combined.
- Roll the mixture into equal, bite-sized balls. This recipe makes about 15 bites, but you can make more or less depending on what size you want them to be. Place the bites in the fridge until they are firm and not sticky.
- Melt the chocolate using the method of your choice, being sure not to burn it. Drizzle on top of the bites, adding as much or as little as you would like. Place back in the fridge until the chocolate is firm and no longer sticky.
- These yummy treats can be stored in an airtight container or bag for up to 5 days.
2. Honey Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
These delicious Honey Lemon Chia Seed Muffins are perfect for spring and summer, and are sure to be a hit if you love lemon flavor.
Similar to a poppyseed muffin, these chia seed muffins trade poppyseed for chia — but you won’t notice anything except how delicious these muffins are!
You can reap all the amazing benefits of chia seeds with this special breakfast treat!
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese (don’t subsitute greek yogurt, the muffins won’t turn out as fluffy!)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons honey, melted
- Cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners and spray them with your favorite cooking spray.
- Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to a big bowl. Whisk together until all combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, water, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg.
- Make a divot in the center of the dry ingredients.
- Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
- Mix until well combined.
- Add the chia seeds, and gently fold into the batter, making sure not to overmix.
- Distribute the batter evenly into the prepared cupcake liners.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, depending on your oven. The muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from the pan and cool for 5 minutes.
- With a pastry brush, brush melted honey on top for the extra delicious sweetness.
- Cool the rest of the way, then enjoy!
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 7 days.
3. Blueberry Chia Seed Pancakes
Start your day strong with these healthy and filling Blueberry Chia Seed Pancakes!
Made with whole wheat flour and creamy greek yogurt, these pancakes taste great and don’t weigh you down.
You can feel good starting your day with this lighter version of a traditional pancake. The sweet and tart combination of lemon zest and blueberries make these pancakes the perfect balance of sweet and hearty.
Plus, with a full serving of chia seeds, you’re getting all the best benefits of chia seeds with each delicious bite!
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- ½ cup almond milk (or any milk you like)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup blueberries
- Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
- Add eggs, honey, yogurt, and milk and whisk until everything is well combined and incorporated. Stir in the chia seeds.
- Heat a skillet or nonstick pan over medium heat. Your pan is ready when you can throw a few drops of water on it and the water sizzles. Add batter to form a pancake. You can add as much or as little as you like depending on the size of pancake you want.
- When the batter bubbles on the top, use a spatula to flip your pancake over, cooking both sides evenly. Repeat this process until all your batter is gone.
- To top, put yogurt in a bowl and mix in lemon juice and lemon zest. Top your pancakes with your yogurt mixture and fresh blueberries.
- Enjoy your delicious and healthy breakfast!
4. Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats
These delicious Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats are another sweet way to start your day with the many benefits of chia seeds.
With protein packed greek yogurt, coconut, and chia seeds, these overnight oats will keep you full until lunch, guaranteed.
These overnight oats are a breeze to prepare (mix and go simple) and will make breakfast easy for you on even the busiest days.
You can rest assured you’ll be starting your day right with a healthful breakfast that won’t weigh you down.
These overnight oats can be topped with any of your favorite fresh fruits, honey, toasted coconut flakes, or sliced almonds — anything you like, really!
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- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (you want plain oats)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2½ cups refrigerated coconut milk (or your favorite milk, almond, soy, or regular will do)
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey, or your favorite liquid sweetener
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Toasted coconut flakes
- Sliced almonds
- Your favorite fresh fruit
- Place all the non-toppings ingredients in a large bowl and mix until everything is coated and well combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and put in the fridge for at least 3 hours,or overnight.
- When you’re ready to enjoy your oats, stir in the Greek yogurt and shredded coconut. Serve with toppings of your choice and enjoy!
5. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is a classic recipe. This yummy twist on classic chia pudding combines the creaming deliciousness of peanut butter, with the sweet smoothness of chocolate.
Throw chia seeds in the mix of this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding for all the health benefits they provide.
This is a sweet treat is really the best of both worlds — dessert and healthful chia seeds! Mix and go simplicity makes this recipe super easy to prepare and will help you get a full serving of chia seeds.
- 1/4 cup of peanut butter
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/2 cup of Chia seeds
- Mix all ingredients in a big bowl and stir until everything is well combined and coated evenly (make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to get the most of all your ingredients).
- Put in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, or overnight, for the most delicious chia pudding you’ve ever tasted!
6. Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds
This smoothie is the perfect snack, light meal, or post-workout recovery drink.
With nutrient dense spinach, pineapple, banana, and chia seeds, this Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds packs a big nutritional punch and tastes delicious.
The sweetness of the pineapple and banana cuts the taste of the spinach. You get all the nutrients of each ingredient, but all you’ll taste is fresh fruit.
- 1 cup spinach leaves
- 1 banana, cut into pieces
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or more to taste)
- Pack all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. You can add more or less almond milk to your preference. Less will make a thicker smoothie, and more will make a thinner smoothie.
7. Strawberry Chia Seed Jam
This delicious Strawberry Chia Jam is perfect for those cold winter months when you can’t get fresh strawberries.
Make this jam in the late summer when the strawberries are at their ripest and juiciest, and it’ll keep until you desperately are craving strawberries in the middle of colder months!
The best thing about this recipe is you can customize it as much as you’d like — if you want more or less chia in your jam, or if you want a larger or smaller batch.
You can also add different seasonings or citrus zests to change the flavor to exactly what you like.
Unlike most jams that require an intense canning and sterilization process, this easy to prepare jam calls for only three ingredients and just half an hour to make.
- 24 ounces strawberries (fresh is best but frozen will work)
- 2-4 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or agave
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Aged balsamic vinegar
- Ginger or cinnamon
- Vanilla or almond extract
- Orange or lemon zest
- In a medium saucepan, add the berries and 2 tablespoons honey.
- Cover the pan and simmer, stirring occasionally until the berries and honey starts to liquefy. This generally takes about 5 or 10 minutes depending on how large of a batch you want to make.
- Once the fruit and honey has liquified, bring the mixture to boil and let it boil until the mixture becomes more of a strawberry-like sauce.
- Mash the fruit as much as you’d like to get your desired consistency. If you want more of a jam, mash more. If you want more like preserves, mash less.
- Taste for desired sweetness. If you’d like it sweeter, add in more sweetener a few teaspoons at a time. Stir in any optional add-ins you’d like.
- Now you’re ready to stir in the chia seeds. Once mixed, let the jam cook for another minute.
- Remove from heat, give it a good stir, and let sit (no heat, uncovered) for about 10 minutes.
- The mixture will start to thicken up as it cools off. If it still seems too thin after 10 minutes, add another teaspoon or two of Chia seeds, and let sit another 10 minutes. The Chia will help soak up extra liquids.
- Place your strawberry chia jam to a jelly jar or other airtight container
- This yummy jam can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or freeze for up to a couple of months. This recipe is perfect to make in big batches and store for use later!
8. Grain-Free Chia Seed Crackers
These homemade Grain-Free Chia Crackers are sure to be a hit with everyone in the family.
Not only are these crackers crunchy, tasty, and everything a great cracker should be, but they are completely grain-free so they are safe for keto and low-carb diets, too.
If you are trying to cut carbs but love crackers, this recipe is for you.
You can make these crackers in large or small batches, and can be topped with just about any combination of meat, cheeses, vegetables, or dips.
These crackers are highly versatile too, so you have no worries about taking them to your next potluck or office party! The Chia seeds and hemp hearts give these crackers a pleasantly nutty flavor that really adds to the richness and complexity of this simple, homemade cracker.
- 4 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 4 tablespoons Hemp Hearts or hemp seeds
- ½ cup Almond Flour
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 pinch sea salt
- ½ cup water to soak the chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 200F degrees.
- The chia seeds need to soak for an hour in the ½ cup of water.
- After about 30 minutes, the Chia seeds should be gelatinous and have absorbed all the water. Give them a good stir, they should be thick. If you picked them up with a spoon they should stick to the spoon.
- If the Chia seeds are still too wet, add another tablespoon to the bowl and wait about 10 minutes.
- Once the Chia seeds are thick and sticky, add the rest of the ingredients.
- Combine well to form a dough. It should be pliable, like sugar cookie dough. You could make a ball with it without it falling apart or cracking.
- Place your dough ball on a large piece of parchment paper.
- Cover it with another piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap and start rolling it out with a rolling pin (or improvise, if needed. Canned goods and wine bottles make fantastic rolling pins in a pinch!)
- The dough should be thin, without breaking or cracking Try to get the dough to be ¼ of an inch or thinner. You want to make sure it’s of even thickness or it won’t bake evenly.
- Peel off the parchment paper and/or plastic wrap.
- Place a clean sheet of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Place your rolled out dough on the parchment, being super careful not to break or crack the dough.
- Bake at 200 F degrees for about 45 minutes, or until totally dry and slightly browned.
- If the crackers are not drying, it means you rolled them out too thick! You can take them out of the oven and put them back on the cookie sheet upside down, so the other side can dry easier. Only do this step if you are having trouble getting them to bake evenly.
- Once they are dry and crispy, let them cool, and cut into desired size with a sharp knife. You can now peel the parchment paper off the bottom, if you haven’t already.
- Store in a ziploc bag or an airtight container.
With luck, this list has helped you see all the tremendous benefits Chia seeds offer in terms of health and wellness. They have earned their place as a superfood, without a doubt. Whether you already love chia seeds, or have never eaten one in your life, hopefully our list of benefits and great recipes will convince you to add this nutrient dense seed to your daily diet.