Cooking with Chia

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Once banished to novelty-shaped clay planters, chia seeds are making a comeback. But this time, they’re being used in the kitchen!

Chia seeds make a great addition to your favorite recipes, especially since they’re packed with filling fiber and nutritious omega-3s. Not sure how to cook with this superfood? Check out these easy chia recipes:

Cacao-Chia Cake

Rather than regular vegetable oil, this decadent dessert calls for chia gel and coconut oil!

How to make chia gel:

Combine â…“ cup Vitacost Chia Seeds with 2 cups water. Shake, then let sit for at least 10 minutes. Whisk, then store in the fridge – you’ll have plenty to use in this recipe and many more!

For the cake:

Heat oven to 350 F and grease two round 9″ baking pans.

In large bowl, combine cacao, stevia, baking powder, baking soda, flour and salt. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in milk, oil, chia gel and vanilla extract – mix well to blend. Stir in boiling water.

Pour batter into pans and bake 30 minutes. Let cool, then top with your favorite frosting!

Banana-Chia Breakfast Loaf

Feed your morning hunger with a slice of this filling & fruity bread!

Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease one large loaf pan (or two mini-loaf pans).

Beat together sugar, brown sugar, egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract – then beat in bananas. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar/oil mixture, slowly. Beat in chia seeds. Pour mixture into loaf pan(s).

Bake 40 minutes or until lightly browned.


More chia tips: Sprinkle on salad, cereal or into your favorite smoothie!