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Brilliant Ways to Cook with Chia Seeds
Packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fats, chia seeds have taken the internet by storm, showing up in parfaits and smoothie bowls on every Instagram account and Pinterest board. There's a lot more you can do with these tiny seeds, so try one of these 19 recipes to get creative.
Gluten-Free Baked Oatmeal with Banana Nut Sauce
This gluten-free baked oatmeal tastes like cake, but it's packed with the goodness of whole grains, almonds, and chia! The chia seeds offer a super dose of fiber, protein, and healthy fats that will help complement the nut butter and oats and keep you satisfied until lunch.
Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Baked Oatmeal with Banana Nut Sauce
Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness
Nutty Chocolate Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are an easy breakfast that doesn't require a lot of effort the night before. The chia helps bump up the satisfying fiber, protein, and healthy fats while also delivering a creamy thick texture.
Get the recipe: Nutty Chocolate Overnight Oats
Emily Kyle Nutrition
Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars
Pull one of these gluten-free bars out of your purse and you'll quickly become the envy of your gym's locker room. Packed with quinoa, rolled oats, almond butter, and chia seeds, it doesn't get more "clean eating" than this!
Get the recipe: Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars
Back to the Book Nutrition
Peanut Butter Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
These delicious breakfast cookies are an on-the-go breakfast you can feel good about! They're made with whole grains and no refined sugar. And they're gluten free and have healthy fat, protein, and fiber to keep you satisfied all morning. Make them ahead of time and freeze for quick defrosting on busy mornings!
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
My Fussy Eater
Raspberry and Vanilla Chia Seed Jam
Sorry, Grandma—there's a new way to make jam and it's so much better for you. Aside from adding mucho nutrition to a traditionally high-sugar spread, chia seeds also stand in for gelatin as a vegan thickener.
Get the recipe: Raspberry and Vanilla Chia Seed Jam
Better with Cake
Grain-Free Pumpkin and Cranberry Granola
Store-bought granola tends to be loaded with excess sugar and added fat, so try making your own! With a variety of nuts and chia seeds (and other seeds), just a little handful is more than enough to get you through your afternoon slump.
Get the recipe: Grain-Free Pumpkin and Cranberry Granola
Shaw's Simple Swaps
Sweet Potato Chia Chocolate Breakfast Cake
Cake for breakfast? That's totally acceptable with this chia seed cake. In this recipe, the chia seeds not only add a delicious cake-like texture but also help stabilize your blood sugar first thing in the morning.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Chia Chocolate Breakfast Cake
Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine
Powerhouse Spinach Quinoa Cakes
Chia seeds don't always have to go into sweets like puddings and jellies. They're perfect in savory meals, too. These awesome vegetarian patties are made with quinoa, chia seeds, spinach, and egg to yield a perfect portion of vegetarian protein.
Get the recipe: Powerhouse Spinach Quinoa Cakes with Dijon Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Probiotic-Packed Bircher Muesli
This recipe for Bircher muesli calls for a classic combination of oats, yogurt, and apple, adding in some chia seeds for that extra something-something. Those little powerhouses not only boost nutrition but also help thicken the muesli as it sits overnight.
Get the recipe: Probiotic-Packed Bircher Muesli
Ultimate Superfood Breakfast Bars
Gluten-free and packed with nutrition, these breakfast bars totally rock. Chia seeds are the magic that holds this on-the-go meal together. Here they replace eggs, so they're perfect for those who can't tolerate eggs or who adhere to a vegan diet.
Get the recipe: Ultimate Superfood Breakfast Bars
Jar of Lemons
Fruit and Nut Breakfast Tarts
Tarts at the breakfast table? Sign us up! These superfood breakfast tarts are made whole grains, flax, dates, and the star player—chia seeds. Fill them with Greek yogurt for a protein-packed breakfast that would get even the biggest night owl out of bed.
Get the recipe: Fruit and Nut Breakfast Tarts
Nutrition Starring You
Chocolate Pomegranate Overnight Oats
The combination of rich chocolate and tangy pomegranate is one you're going to want more often. Chia seeds absorb around 10 times their weight in water so you get super-thick oats and a satisfyingly full belly all morning long.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Pomegranate Overnight Oats
The Healthy Maven
Blackberry Green Tea Chia Pudding
Love green bubble tea? Then you're going to love this healthy dessert. Packed with catechin antioxidants from freshly brewed green tea, creamy lite coconut milk, and of course, chia seeds, this pudding delivers your favorite Asian flavors with a serious nutrition upgrade.
Get the recipe: Blackberry Green Tea Chia Pudding
Onion Rings and Things
Cucumber, Lime, and Chia Fresca
Does your summer drink need a little nutrient boost? Add chia seeds. This refreshing agua fresca features hydrating cucumber, limes, an easy simple syrup, and a sprinkle of chia seeds for extra body and texture.
Get the recipe: Cucumber, Lime, and Chia Fresca
Table for Two
Honey Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
Similar to lemon poppyseed muffins, these chia seed muffins elevate that tasty texture. Studded with little chia seeds and made super moist thanks to ricotta cheese, these little muffins make a perfect midmorning treat.
Get the recipe: Honey Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
Love & Zest
Dark Chocolate Cherry and Chia Bark
We love the idea of a healthy dessert that is as easy as melting chocolate and topping it with nutritious, tasty bits. This chia seed bark is a nutritious way to get your chocolate fix.
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Cherry and Chia Bark
My Menu Pal
Chia Seed Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are only made better with the thickening power of chia. Enjoy them on their own, or layer the mixture into a mason jar with fresh berries and nuts for some extra sweetness and crunch in a breakfast parfait.
Get the recipe: Chia Seed Overnight Oats
10-Minute Chia Seed Kiwi Jam
This jam is a fun way to incorporate chia seeds into your meal and snack rotation. In less than 10 minutes, you can have the freshest berry-licious spoonable spread. Use it on toast, blend it in smoothies, top it on yogurt or ice cream, pair with peanut butter, drizzle over grilled or roasted veggies, or just eat it with a spoon!
Get the recipe: 10-Minute Chia Seed Kiwi Jam