Chia seed recipes are becoming more readily available online because of the popularity of the seeds over the past few years. Chia seeds are a superfood, loaded with protein, antioxidants, and calcium. People who are health conscious and who want to prevent disease are incorporating this food into their diet, as are those with diabetes and other disorders that can be helped by eating chia seeds in a variety of ways, including in chia seed recipes.
The seeds can be added, in gel form, to salsa, yogurt, cereal, soup, sauces, or drinks. Simply take one-third cup of seeds and mix with two cups of water and mix well. The refrigerated seeds and water will turn into a gel that can be kept for up to three weeks to be used in various chia seed recipes. The gel actually extends the foods it is added to, and reduces the food’s calories by one-half without changing the basic taste of the food, so there is no need to disguise their taste.
Some people make slush out of the gel mixture right before baking gluten-free breads, cakes, and other baked goods. Simply mix the gel mixture in a blender and use the liquid to replace other liquids in recipes. It is also a good idea to freeze some of the blended mixture into ice cubes for other chia seed recipes. These make very creamy, smooth shakes and smoothies without needing to add milk or cream. Modern day Mexicans still drink lemonade that is made with chia seeds. To try it, simply make fresh lemonade with lemons, water, and raw honey, and then add liquid chia slush.
Chia seeds can also be used raw by grinding them and sprinkling them on any food. If they are eaten without grinding, they must be chewed very well to receive the many benefits of the seeds.
Many cooks are experimenting with chia seed recipes and have found that chia seeds may be used as replacements for butter and eggs in many of them. One teaspoon of ground white chia seed mixed with three tablespoons of warm water will make the consistency of a raw egg in only a few minutes, and it can be used in the same way as a whole egg would be used in a baking recipe. It will have a binding quality that will hold together baked goods just as eggs would. It is also possible to substitute one-half of the butter called for in recipes with chia seed gel. It usually takes a bit of experimenting to find just the right amounts that work in favorite recipes to make them taste just as good as original recipes. It is possible to change many of your recipes into tasty chia seed recipes.
Chia pumpkin muffins are one chia seed recipe that is especially delicious. The muffins are made with whole wheat flour, white flour, spices, canned pumpkin, olive oil, and maple syrup for sweetner. Ground chia seeds are added, plus vanilla and walnuts. For this recipe, the chia seeds are not made into a gel. They are ground in a coffee grinder and used raw.
For those on gluten-free diets who do not eat flour, chia seeds can be made into pumpkin bread by using ground chia seeds mixed with vegetable juice, preferably carrot juice, walnuts, raisins, and bananas. The thick mixture is formed into a loaf shape and requires no baking. After cutting into slices, it can be topped with cream cheese made from avocadoes, lemon juice, seaweed, and dates for a very healthy meal.
A chia seed recipe for stir fried vegetables is simple to make. Just sauté ginger, kale, tomatoes, carrots, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes and chia seeds in olive oil and serve over brown rice for a Chinese meal.
A fruit dessert can also be made using chia seeds, fresh fruits, almond milk, nuts, and butter. All ingredients are mixed and refrigerated for about an hour. By experimenting with chia seeds, it is possible to find many new ways to add them to your diet.