4 Easy Ch-ch-chia Seed Recipes

What’s not to love about growing fake grass/hair out of a terra cotta pot in the shape of an animal? It’s fun, right?

Have you ever tried chia seeds? They’ve become quite popular as a nutritious food. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fats (aka healthy fats) like flax seed, but they don’t spoil as quickly as flax does. Additionally, if chia seeds are soaked in water, they form a gel, which some experts believe can also happen in the stomach, making you feel full longer. With that said, here are four deliciously satisfying breakfast ideas that will help you reap the health benefits of chia seeds.

Chia Seed Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

While normal pancakes may not pack much of a nutritional punch, these pancakes, made with oats, canned pumpkin, ground flaxseed meal, and chia seeds, are full of nutrients and fiber.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to taste

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together ingredients. Preheat a skillet (medium-low heat), spray with non-stick spray, and pour in half of the batter while shaping it into a pancake with a spoon. Heat until partially cooked and flip pancake. Once cooked through, top with syrup, nut butter, fresh fruit or anything else your heart desires.

Serves 1

Berry and Chia Seed Yogurt

Satisfying, nutritious, and delicious, this breakfast will ward off your hunger for hours and hours!

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 ounces of Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

Serves 1

Gingerbread Chia Seed Smoothie

This smoothie will satisfy both your appetite and taste buds! The protein powder keeps you full while the combination of almond milk, fresh pear, chia seeds, cinnamon, and ground ginger tastes just like gingerbread! And bonus: it’s a nutritious breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 pear, diced
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of ground ginger
  • Handful of ice

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy immediately!

Serves 1

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Wrap

This roll up is the perfect breakfast for those on the go! With no time-consuming prep work involved, a wholesome breakfast is served in just minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp raisins

Directions:

Spread tortilla with peanut butter. Slice banana and place on tortilla and sprinkle with raisins and chia seeds. Fold tortilla in half and cut into four slices. Enjoy!

Serves 1

Tina Haupert
Carrots ‘N’ Cake
Columnist, Health.com
Twitter: @carrotsncake

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