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.
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!
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?
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
- 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.