13 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are an epic addition to anyone’s eating plan. These little black seeds might not look like much, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch. Chia seeds are full of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a source of omega-3 fatty acids. They are easy to blend into smoothies, but they can also be turned into desserts and used as a plant-based egg replacement thanks to their ability to gel when added to liquid. These great seeds are a wonderful way to enjoy eating healthy food.

1. Banana Muesli

Muesli Bowl with Banana, chia and Cinnamon. Healthy Breakfast.
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This banana muesli is the perfect, nutritious, and delicious start to your morning. It’s rich in wholesome nutrients that your body will love, and it’s a great way to enjoy your breakfast. Top it high with your favorite toppings, and enjoy.

2. Maca Chia Seed Pudding

Individual cups of Maca Chia Seed Pudding on a table with maca powder and pecans sprinkled around them.
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This maca chia seed pudding recipe is the perfect, healthy dessert. So healthy, in fact, that you can even eat it for breakfast. It’s sweet, delicious, and perfect for taking along in the car with you in a travel mug or travel cup.

3. Apple Muesli

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If you prefer apples over bananas, make this Apple Muesli recipe. Nothing is better than a bowl of muesli for a delicious start to your day. It’s super quick and easy to make, too. So mornings will move that much faster for you when you’re just trying to get out the door.

4. Coconut Banana Smoothie

Fresh sweet healthy coconut milk shake with bananas.
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This Coconut Banana smoothie is for all the coconut lovers out there. This is good stuff. It has a thick and rich texture that will satisfy your tropical cravings, all while giving you a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Almond Porridge

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This almond porridge recipe is a wonderful, hearty, grain-free breakfast. It contains chia seeds, which are good for the body, and offers many customization possibilities to suit your tastes. Serve this with fresh fruit and chia seeds for great texture and flavor.

6. Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark

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This pumpkin spice granola bark is a delicious treat any time of year. It’s portable, sweet, and filled with whole-grain goodness. Make this ahead and snack on this if you’re craving a sweet treat. It travels well, too.

7. Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

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These chocolate chip protein bars are fantastic snacks that you can make in batches at home. Once you try making them with chia seeds, you won’t buy protein bars from the store anymore. They are so much cheaper to make at home, and they taste better, too. Plus, you can customize these any way you wish.

8. Jum Jills (Energy Balls)

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Here is another delicious and nutritious snack for you: energy balls. They are the perfect take-along snack, and you can roll them in chia seeds for extra nutrients. These are a wonderful, high-energy snack when you need one most.

9. No Bake Cookies

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These healthy no-bake cookies are a wonderful snack for kids and adults, and you don’t have to turn on the oven. There are a lot of good-for-you ingredients packed into these little cookies, such as chia seeds, oats, almond butter, and dried cranberries. These make a great mid-day snack.

10. Coconut Berry Salad

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This coconut berry salad recipe is perfect for any patriotic celebration. Buy even if there’s no special occasion, this salad recipe is easy enough to make, and it offers sweet, tropical flavors that are refreshing and nourishing. It’s a fresh fruit salad that pairs well with many types of meals. Just mix and serve.

11. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A closeup of the cut side of a chocolate chip chia banana bread loaf.
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This chocolate chip banana bread is moist, soft, and loaded with healthy ingredients. It’s a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free alternative to traditional banana bread. Consider making two loaves because this tasty banana bread is sure to disappear quickly.

12. Lemon And Chia Water

An overhead view of a glass jar filled with chia Fresca with a lemon slice floating in the jar.
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If you like the idea of a morning detox drink, this lemon and chia water is just what you need. It’s a light and refreshing start to your day. It’s super quick and easy to put together, too. Think of it as a fortified lemon water to start your day.

13. Berry Overnight Oats

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If you enjoy overnight oats, these berry overnight oats are a great way to enjoy them. Drizzle a little nut butter dollop over the top, and dig into all it’s nutritious and flavorful goodness. Simple, healthy, and SUPER tasty. They are naturally sweetened and take just five minutes to prep the night before.

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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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