Chia seeds are a tiny little superfood
that packs a serious nutritional punch. They’re high in protein and fiber, and are an excellent source of brain-healthy magnesium. However, possibly the best thing about chia seeds is their ability to transform into one of the best binders you can use in your Paleo
, and vegan cooking
. Inspire yourself to start including these into your meals on the daily with these 11 recipes.
Coconut Almond Chia Granola:
Like any good granola, this one can be eaten plain for a snack or used as the base for a filling breakfast. Because it's filled with oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, it's also delicious crumbled on top of a bowl of ice cream.
Raspberry Cacao Chia Seed Pudding:
Raspberry and chocolate is the ultimate decadent dessert, and now you can have those flavors in your chia pudding (which is way better for you).
Mermaid Smoothie Bowl:
This smoothie bowl, filled with Blue Majik, AKA B12-rich blue algae, chia seeds, and fresh fruit, is a veritable explosion of color and flavor that is good at any time of the day. You’ll be shocked how something so pretty can be so good for you.
Strawberry Chia Jam:
Instead of gelatin, this jam is thickened with chia seeds, which make it incredibly healthy and completely vegetarian. There’s also a hint of lime to make the flavor of strawberries and raspberries really stand out.
Strawberry Chia Quinoa Bowl:
The bowl, made with quinoa and almond milk, relies on chia seeds as a thickener to give it a hearty texture that will keep you full all day long.
Apple Pie Chia Pudding:
This is dessert for breakfast in the healthiest way possible. Make the pudding the night before for a speedy preparation in the morning. You’ll love having warm, caramelized apples on top of a thick and creamy pudding.
Fourth of July Chia Pudding:
Who says that patriotic isn’t delicious? Besides, there's no reason to wait until Independence Day to enjoy a mix of blueberries and raspberries in your chia pudding.
Super Chia Bowl:
Now you can have muesli and chia pudding in one bowl. Because of all the citrus that is involved, it's incredibly refreshing and almost light.
Papaya Boats and Chia Pudding:
Even if the warm weather can’t get here fast enough, you can give yourself a little taste of paradise with berry-and-chia-pudding-filled papaya boats.
Homemade Lara Bars:
If you’re craving a PB&J but want a healthier option, here is your answer. This bar is not only delish, but it's packed with nutrient-dense ingredients that are all Whole 30-approved, vegan, and gluten free.
Do you have any other chia seed recipes that you love? Share them with us @BritandCo.
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