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10 things to do with chia

14th October 2016 by Sophie

Our nutritionist won’t stop talking about these little super seeds! Packed with nutrients, they’re perfect for experimenting in the kitchen, especially in vegan recipes.

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Just one tablespoon of these super seeds is an immediate nutritional boost, providing you with 4g of fibre, 3g of protein and more than a third of your recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds are also source of selenium, an essential mineral which contributes to the normal function of the immune system, and phosphorus which is needed for healthy bones and teeth.

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chia seed chocolate truffles

These crunchy little seeds are wonderful and I’ve had them on everything recently. Porridge, frozen yogurt and on these delicious truffles. Truffles that aren’t naughty!

This recipe uses coconut milk in place of double cream and you really can’t tell the difference. The truffles taste as a good and creamy as their full fat version. The secret is a good high percentage chocolate, it creates such an intense chocolate flavour without being too rich.

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peanut butter & apple breakfast toast

Simple toast topper: peanut butter + sliced apple + cacao nibs + pure chia seeds

Rich in antioxidants, minerals, healthy fats, plant protein and vitamins for a complete breakfast makeover. This will kick start your morning with omega fatty acids for healthy brainwaves and balanced energy levels.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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super simple cherry chia pudding

This chia pudding is so quick and easy anyone can throw it together. And you can use any flavour you want – just swap out the cherries!

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chia fruit frescas

If you ever struggle to meet your water intake then this is the drink for you. Make one of these bad boys to refrigerate over night for the next day and you can wave dehydration goodbye and say hello to vitamin city.

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chocolate strawberry flapjacks

If you’re in need of something delicious and nutritious to keep your energy levels high this week then these raw flapjacks packed with seeds and nuts are perfect and so easy to make.

The only things you need for this recipe are a microwave and fridge.

Crunchy nuts and seeds come together with gooey dried strawberries to form a bar or bitesized portions (depending on how you cut it!) with a sweet tropical flavour.

~ Ashleigh, guest blogger

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purple chia porridge

For a quick breakfast that you can prep the night before and enjoy the following morning, this chia seed porridge hits the spot.

The cinnamon, ginger and vanilla combination give the porridge a subtle flavour hit and the juiciness of the blueberries and crunch of the seeds give it an all round great texture as well as adding to the protein and antioxidant medley.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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homemade cacao energy bars

If you’re trying to keep track of what you eat, or avoid artificial ingredients, buying energy bars can be a bit daunting. Often they make a lot of great sounding health claims, but then pack those bars with refined sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Well then good news is, it’s super easy to just make your own at home! Just follow this simple recipe from blogger Karen to make these deliciously chewy energy bars with all natural ingredients.

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tropical chia protein pancakes

If you’re in the mood for something fruity for breakfast, go for Ashleigh's tropical chia pancakes..

I’ve used chia seeds as an egg substitute in these pancakes, they’re a great source of protein and calcium and you can buy whole bags over on the graze online shop.

Ashleigh, graze ambassador

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acai & golden berry chia pudding

This chia pudding is so quick and easy anyone can throw it together. And with our new favourite super fruit - golden berries - mixed with the tropical flavours of coconut and pineapple, you’re in for an absolute treat.

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toffee apple mug cake

Not only is this really sticky and gooey and delicious, it also sneaks in 15g protein! Try mixing in the apple pieces into the mug cake before you cook it. You could also make it more decadent by adding some white chocolate chips!

Ashleigh, graze ambassador

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These seeds are amazingly versatile. You can blend them into smoothies, add them to granola or muesli, or soak them overnight in almond milk to make chia seed puddings. You can even soak them and use as an egg replacement to bind ingredients together, which will make your bakes or desserts vegan-friendly! A very helpful little seed to have in your cupboard.

Jess, graze nutritionist
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By Sophie, graze blogger.

Sophie is our London-based blogger, queen of content and all things writing at graze HQ! She loves working with the taste expert team to bring their recipes out into the world.

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