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Find even more ways to use chia seeds, a nutrient powerhouse, in this list of some of the best Savory Chia Seed Recipes! These little superfoods do wonders in both sweet and savory recipes, so check the post below for more savory ideas on using chia seeds in your kitchen.

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Most people think of sweet foods when they think of chia seeds. Chia pudding, chia seeds in overnight oats, chia seeds as a binder for vegan baking… but savory chia seed recipes are just as popular!

Chia seeds are a versatile staple in my own cooking. I particularly love them in my pumpkin chia pudding, vegan banana pudding, and my easy coffee overnight oats recipes.

And while chia seeds are most often associated with sweet pudding or baking, these little seeds have no sweetness to them, so you can absolutely use them in savory recipes as well.

Check out my list below for savory chia seed recipes.

What are Chia Seeds and Why are They Amazing?

Photo of chia seeds with spoon.

In case you didn’t know, chia seeds are amazing. These tiny seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica are slightly smaller than a grain of quinoa when dry, yet they do expand when they become wet. In fact, a chia seed can expand to 10 times its size.

Native to Guatemala and Mexico, chia seeds have been used for centuries by many cultures including ancient Aztec and Mesoamerican cultures. They were a major part of many people’s diets and even were considered to have medicinal properties.

Chia seeds expand massively when submerged in liquid. For this reason, eating dry chia seeds isn’t recommended. They don’t taste good that way and are much more difficult to digest.

These nutritious little seeds are loaded with protein, fiber, calcium, and healthy fats including all of the Omegas (3, 6, and 9). Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds also provide an impressive percentage of your daily value for iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B1 (thiamine), and vitamin B3 (niacin).

Chia seeds are reported to be useful for weight loss, lowering the risk of heart disease, lowering blood pressure, and are loaded with antioxidants which fight free radicals. 

How to Gel Chia Seeds

Chia seeds mixed with water to form a gel.
  • You need a ratio of 4 parts liquid to 1 part chia seeds.
  • Make sure to mix it thoroughly before leaving the seeds to gel so everything gets coated in liquid.
  • To use chia seeds as a binder or to make chia pudding, you need a minimum of 15-20 minutes for the seeds to absorb the liquid and expand. They work well as a binder so allow them time to sit.
  • If your chia seeds are very old, they may not gel well. Like baking powder, it’s best to work with relatively fresh seeds.

Where to Purchase Chia Seeds and How to Store

You can buy chia seeds in almost any grocery store now. They are usually in the health food section, or sometimes in the baking section. You can also purchase chia seeds online.

Nuts and seeds are best stored in the refrigerator or freezer so they don’t go rancid quickly. But they are shelf stable and can be stored in a dark cupboard if you plan to use them sooner rather than later. Due to their versatile nature, chia seeds are a permanent item on my ultimate vegan pantry staples list.

Savory Chia Seed Recipes

While chia seeds are known well for their applications in sweet dishes like baked goods, pudding, and overnight oats, there are a lot of savory uses too. Check out my list of savory chia seed recipes below.

1. Superfood Salad


Superfood Salad by Choosing Chia

Loaded with super healthy ingredients like kale, quinoa, chia seeds, and a rainbow of produce, this superfood salad actually tastes great with a maple vinaigrette. Chia seeds are just one of the many super foods featured in this 15 minute meal.
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2. Gluten-Free Super Seed Bread


Gluten-Free Super Seed Bread by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Need gluten-free seed bread? Check out this easy, high-fiber recipe that features 4 different types of seeds for a superfood recipe inspired by adventure bread.
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3. 5-Ingredient Vegan Caviar


5-Ingredient Vegan Caviar Recipe by Wow It’s Veggie

Vegan caviar is as easy as flavoring and gelling some chia seeds in this creative recipe. Serve on top of crackers with vegan cheese for a fancy appetizer.
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4. Vegan Mushroom Wellington


Vegan Mushroom Wellington by Vegan on Board

Need a showstopper for Christmas or Thanksgiving? Proudly serve this vegan mushroom wellington that uses chia seeds as a binder for the portobello and nut filling.
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5. Raw Carrot Salad with Spicy Chia Dressing


Raw Carrot Salad with Spicy Chia Dressing by MyGoodFoodWorld

Fresh grated carrots and a spicy, tangy, chia seed dressing make a delicious side salad loaded with vitamin A. This colorful and healthy salad will complement any meatless main.
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6. Savory Pizza Oatmeal Bake


Savory Pizza Oatmeal Bake by Vegan Richa

Savory breakfast is easy with this delicious pizza oatmeal bake! This gluten-free breakfast is great for meal prep and super satisfying.
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7. Vegan Lentil Loaf


Crowd-pleasing Vegan Lentil Loaf Recipe by Choosing Chia

This vegan lentil loaf features lentils, portobello mushrooms, and quinoa and uses chia seeds as a binder. Serve this plant-based protein packed dish as a meatless main or part of a holiday dinner.
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8. Baked Falafels


Baked Falafels by Lazy Cat Kitchen

Baked falafels are healthy, easy to make, and the perfect filling for a pita sandwich, dipped in hummus or tahini, or in a salad. Crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside, these little bites use chia seeds as a binder and are loaded with flavor.
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9. Savory Red Curry Chia Pudding


Savory Red Curry Chia Pudding by Spabettie

Savory red curry chia pudding is a creative variation of classic chia pudding. The spicy Thai red curry flavor is offset with cool coconut cream and topped with cashews.
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10. Sagey Leek and White Bean Patties


Sagey Leek and White Bean Patties by Feasting at Home

Sagey Leek and White Bean Patties are the perfect meatless main for a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, or any weeknight meal if you're into meal prepping. Enjoy these patties with almond milk mashed potatoes and gravy or whatever else you like.
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11. Chia and Red Pepper BBQ Relish

Chia and Red Pepper BBQ Relish Sugar-free by Nest and Glow


Chia and Red Pepper BBQ Relish Sugar-free by Nest and Glow

Smoky red pepper BBQ relish goes with anything savory including any of the delicious veggie burgers and patties featured in this list of savory recipes using chia seeds. This relish is also great with any of my vegan bbq recipes.
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12. Easy Vegan Nut Roast


Easy Nut Roast by Vegan on Board

This easy vegan nut roast uses only 10 ingredients and is perfect for a holiday dinner. Satisfying and rich in nutty flavor, this dish will impress all your friends and family members.
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13. Savory Chickpea Protein Bars


Savory Chickpea Protein Bars

Savory protein bars are delicious, especially when they're made with chickpeas, nuts, seeds, and spices. These easy vegan protein bars are made with wholesome ingredients.
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14. Curried Carrot Chickpea Chia Burgers


Curried Carrot Chickpea Chia Burgers by Veggie and the Beast

Packed with curry flavor and made with carrots, chickpeas, and chia seeds, these veggie burgers are delicious and nutritious. Top your burgers with refreshing dill lime cashew cream and serve in a bun or lettuce wrap.
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15. Vegan Zucchini and Corn Fritters


Vegan Zucchini and Corn Fritters by Happy Kitchen

Crispy and loaded with summer produce, these easy vegan zucchini and corn fritters use chia eggs as a binder. Serve this appetizer or snack with salad or your favorite vegan dip.
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16. Tomato Chia Jam


Tomato Chia Jam by Healthy Midwestern Girl

Easy, savory tomato chia jam is flavorful and perfect on top of sliced cucumber, crackers, or toast. This whole food plant based jam is the perfect use of garden tomatoes.
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17. Flourless Zucchini Chia Savory Breakfast Muffins


Flourless Zucchini Chia Savory Breakfast Muffins by Kiip Fit

Flourless zucchini chia savory muffins are a great naturally gluten-free snack or breakfast. Made with almond flour, these savory muffins are low carb and veggie-packed.
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18. Cornbread Gluten Free Stuffing


Cornbread Gluten Free Stuffing by Picky Eater Blog

Stuffing isn't just for Thanksgiving! Enjoy this healthy cornbread stuffing alongside any meatless main any time of the year.
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19. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad


Mediterranean Quinoa Salad by Fifteen Spatulas

Meal prep this flavorful Mediterranean quinoa salad that features tomatoes, kalamata olives, and mint. Swap out the feta for vegan feta (or leave it out) in this wholesome and simple recipe.
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20. Chickpea Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Sauce (Vegan)

Vegetarian Chickpea Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Sauce by Being Nutritious


Vegetarian Chickpea Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Sauce by Being Nutritious

Sweet and sour chickpea meatballs are great with rice or quinoa and your favorite vegetables. Make these vegan meatballs with chia seeds as the binder and serve with any dish you like.
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21. Savory Chia Pudding with Miso, Nori, & Roasted Tomatoes


Savoury Chia Pudding with Miso, Nori & Roasted Tomatoes by Natural Nourishment

This savory chia pudding features roasted tomatoes, edamame, miso, broccoli, and nori for a nutritionally balanced and flavorful meal. Enjoy this savory pudding any time of day.
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22. Vegan Savory Carrot Tart


Vegan Savory Carrot Tart by Our Plant-Based World

Carrots are the star of this Argentinean savory carrot tart. This beautiful and tasty dish makes a great meatless main or it can be one element in an impressive vegan spread for any get together.
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23. Avocado Tomato Salad


Avocado Tomato Salad by Healing Tomato

Mexican-inspired avocado tomato salad features ground chia seeds in the dressing and is a refreshing side dish. Serve this easy side salad with your favorite meatless main or make it the main dish by adding it to tacos with my tempeh walnut taco meat.
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24. Savory Vegan Buckwheat Meatballs


Savory Vegan Buckwheat Meatball Recipe by Veganook

Buckwheat is the star of these easy vegan meatballs. The recipe uses chia seeds as a binder and a good amount of spices and seasonings to create solid, flavorful plant-based meatballs.
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25. Healthy Multi Seed Crackers


Healthy Multi Seed Crackers – Beside the Mountain

Sunflower, pumpkin, flax, hemp, and sesame seeds come together with just salt and water to make these wholesome, crunchy seed crackers. Serve these with my easy dairy free pesto or my vegan ricotta cheese.
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26. Seeded Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread


Seeded Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread by Sourdough Brandon

Make a sourdough sandwich bread that's loaded with seeds and super hearty. This delicious and easy sourdough bread will make your next sandwich or avocado toast epic.
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27. Black Bean Quinoa Burgers


Black Bean Quinoa Burgers by Keeping the Peas

These easy black bean quinoa burgers are made with southwest spices and use chia seeds as a binder. Make up a big batch for your freezer or serve your family or guests for an easy meal loaded with plant-based protein and veggies.
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28. Easy Vegan Naan Bread


Easy Vegan Naan Bread Recipe by Second Recipe

Simple ingredients and easy steps are all you need to make fluffy and delicious vegan naan bread! Serve with my vegan butter chicken with cauliflower and chickpeas or lemongrass and coconut yellow curry.
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29. Tofu Quinoa Bowl


Tofu Quinoa Bowl by Serene Trail

This tofu quinoa bowl is loaded with roasted veggies, crispy tofu, a delicious dressing and sprinkled with chia seeds for a great little crunch. Bowls are perfect for meal prep, as you can make each element and compose your own bowl each day of the week.
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30. No Bake Ginger Tahini Protein Balls


No Bake Ginger Tahini Protein Balls (Without Oats) by Low Histamine Eats

Chia seeds are just one of the many healthy fats in these super food tahini snack balls. They are smoky, nutty, and absolutely delicious.
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31. Broccoli Dippers with Fresh Veggies


Broccoli Dippers with Fresh Veggies by Healing Tomato

Broccoli dippers are loaded with fresh veggies and chia eggs. They're the perfect appetizer or snack dipped in your favorite vegan sauce.
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32. Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Bowl with Tahini Dill Sauce


Turmeric Lentil Fritters Tomato Bowl with Tahini Dill Sauce by Vegan Richa

These easy baked turmeric lentil fritters are served in a greens bowl with tomatoes and a delicious tahini dill sauce. This flavorful meal is perfect for lunch or dinner.
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33. Vegan Eggplant Pie Recipe


Vegan Eggplant Pie Recipe by Our Plant-Based World

Creamy, cheesy, and loaded with healthy veggies, this vegan savory eggplant pie is a super easy and decadent vegan main dish. It only takes a few minutes to prep the filling and then you can throw it in the oven and do other things while it bakes.
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34. Masala Oats – Indian Savory Oats Upma


Masala Oats – Indian Savory Oats Upma by Profusion Curry

Masala oats is an Indian porridge (oats upma) that makes a super hearty and nourishing savory vegan breakfast. Make this easy dish as meal prep and you'll have a delicious breakfast every day of the week.
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35. Savory Lentil-Mushroom Burgers

Savory Lentil-Mushroom Burgers by FatFree Vegan Kitchen


Savory Lentil-Mushroom Burgers by FatFree Vegan Kitchen

Flavorful lentil burgers feature mushrooms for umami flavor and are super easy to make with simple ingredients. Make a double batch and stock your freezer for easy meals for a rainy day.
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  1. There are so many wonderful recipes on this list, where to start? Thank you for the wonderful inspirations on this list. I intend to make my way through each one.

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