Cooking with Chia

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!

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8 comments on «Cooking with Chia»

  1. Jorie @vitacost says:

    That chocolate chia cake looks divine!

  2. Cadie says:

    That chocolate cake looks really delicious! I might have to give that a try….I think I have all of the ingredients on hand!

  3. penandra says:

    I’m assuming the banana gets mixed in with sugars and eggs. They are mentioned in the list of ingredients, but not in the instructions. Am I really the only one who noticed that?

    1. Thanks for pointing that out! You are correct, the bananas are added to the sugar/egg mixture once it’s well combined. It’s been fixed – sorry for any confusion!

  4. Joyce says:

    The cake looks good enough to ear and sounds healthy. So I ordered the products required and made the cake. Four tasters out of 4 said throw it in the garbage and I did. I must also say I followed the recipe exactly but did not ice it. I told my daughter that a heavy cream cheese icing might make it edible.

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