I kept seeing chia seed pudding recipes on Pinterest and just about everywhere else. The raves the recipe received seemed to outweigh the pudding's unappealing looks, so I decided to give it a try. Maybe it was the recipe I tried, maybe I just don’t like chia seed pudding, but I ended up throwing the pudding down the garbage disposal. I didn’t like it and neither did anyone else in my house.


So now I’m left with half a bag of chia seeds to use up. As I usually do when I have a little of something leftover, I searched online to see how others use it. Here are the chia seed recipes that caught my attention.


  1. Baked Oatmeal – The chia seeds are added to a banana and blueberry baked oatmeal casserole. One of the commenters said that she uses apples in something like this. Considering it’s fall, I think banana and apples would be the way to go with this vegan, gluten-free breakfast.
  2. Lemon Chia Seed Muffins – Instead of poppy seeds, these muffins use chia seeds. Seems like a reasonable exchange, right?
  3. Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter with Hemp, Flax, and Chia Seed – The seeds are roasted with the almonds and then they’re all processed together to make a nut butter with extra nutrition.
  4. Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Roll Up – A quick breakfast or healthy after-school snack on whole wheat tortilla.
  5. Chia Seed Flatbread – The seeds add extra nutrition to versatile flatbread.
  6. Lentils with Chia Seeds – Watch the amount of salt in this recipe; it’s obviously wrong. But if you salt it to taste, you’ve got a nice side dish.
  7. Endurance Crackers – Chia, sunflower, pepita (or pumpkin) and sesame seeds are all in these power-packed homemade crackers.
  8. Chia Meatballs – They work as a binder in meatballs.
  9. Cornmeal and Chia Waffles – No white flour in these vegan waffles.
  10. Sauteed Zucchini with Toasted Chia Seeds – A quick garlicky side dish.

How do you use chia seeds?


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.