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As versatile as it is, not everyone’s going to like the texture of chia pudding. This popular snack/dessert/breakfast item is made when chia seeds are hydrated with various flavored liquids and put in the fridge. Because of the seed’s super high soluble fiber content, they’re able to absorb 9 times their weight in liquid, and hold it on the outside of the seed shell in a drop of gel. Get enough of this gel together, and you’ve got a thick pudding. It can be flavored with almost anything from your favorite fruits to chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, cashew and much more. Of course, many of the pudding types are attractive to look at in food photography, so you’ll see them all around the web and on blogs and pin sites too.
Of course, since chia is a seed, the pudding, when made normally, will be ‘pebbly’ in texture. Not everyone’s going to like that. Then, soluble fiber can have a ‘gelatin’ like feel, as in it’s always wet and a little slippery. So if you try the pudding, and just can’t get past the texture because it’s too reminiscent of tapioca dots, can you still enjoy the health benefits of chia seeds? Of course! Many photo blogs would have you think that pudding is the only way to go with chia, but once you see what else it can do, you never need to see that texture again. The photo here is chia pudding made with coconut milk, but a myriad of soaking-liquids can be used including plant milks, fruit juices, coffee and more for various colors & flavors.
First: Replacing butter or oil in baked recipes. In many baked recipes like cookies, cakes, non-yeast breads (ex. Banana bread), bars, brownies and more you can replace about half of the butter or oil with chia gel and the recipe will bake the same, look the same and taste the same, but have half the fat. Because the seeds are evenly distributed in the baked goods, you won’t notice they’re there.
Second: Replacing an egg in some baked recipes Does your recipe need 1 egg? You can generally replace an egg in baked recipes (that don’t rely on whipped egg whites or similar) with an equal amount of chia seed gel. Because an egg is generally a binding ingredient, and chia gel is a fiber product, it can bind too. It’s a good way to make some recipes vegan/vegetarian and tends to work better than a “flax egg” since chia produces more gel than flax does. (Again, you won’t notice the seeds) Interested? Learn More About Chia Egg Replacement.
Third: Flavor blender / dressing helper When chia produces gel, it can mix flavors together, sometimes concentrating them.  This is a great solution for healthier make-at- home dressings. Make salad appealing, fun, and preservative-free when you mix up a myriad of your own dressing flavors with chia. Citrus and spice with a few fruits among the greens or honey and lime for picnic fruit salad. Most dressings mix up in minutes in a simple measuring cup, so you’re not missing out when you skip the store bought bottle.
Chia Colorful Salad Dressing Examples
Fourth: Smoothie helper Smoothies are great because unlike juicing, they keep all the fiber from the fruit where it belongs: in the drink. However, they can be a calorie catastrophe if you’re not replacing a meal, but adding to it, or if you’re blending nothing but fruits.  When you put chia seeds in a smoothie, you’ll feel full longer because the fiber helps slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars. Insoluble fiber also takes up space in the digestive system (while helping to move food smoothly through it) which also contributes to feeling satisfied. The other benefit here is the healthy omega-3 oils in chia unlock several vitamins in fruits and vegetables (fat soluble vitamins) commonly found in smoothie ingredients. Again, because you’re drinking a thick smooth beverage, there’s no seed texture to be had here, either.
Fifth: Burger binder Bored of plain old burgers? You can add a variety of great mix-ins and seasonings to the meat when you pair it up with some dry chia. The chia absorbs moisture and helps burger patties cling together while you customize the taste. It also adds fiber where there ordinarily wouldn’t be any. Because there’s not a huge quantity of seeds mixed in, you won’t know they’re there.
Chia Jerk-Spices Burger & Hot-Wings Fun Chia Burger Chia Egg Free Brownies & Pom-Chip Holiday Cookies
Chewy chocolaty chia brownies & pomegranate chip oatmeal cookies are egg free!
Antioxidant fresh fruit salad with chia-lime dressing & fiber-berry jicama salad use mix-in-minutes dressings.
The ‘jerk chia burger’ is loaded with great spices & the hot-wings burger has your favorite hot sauce, but they both hold together with all their seasonings, thanks to the power of chia fiber.
Chocolate Chia Smoothie & Watermelon Blueberry Drink
The chocolate smoothie has a secret ingredient for extra health & the watermelon-blueberry refresher is packed with fiber.
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But what if the texture’s just not for you?
Cran-Lemon Chia Cake & Butternut Chia Muffins
Lemon-cranberry upside-down cake & cinnamon-nut butternut muffins are fluffy but have half the fat
Are these all the things you can do with chia that don’t involve pudding at all? Certainly not! There’s loads more ways to use it, and loads more benefits it has for you. There are way more ideas and recipes than can fit into one article. Eggs are good protein in the morning; but they’re a fiber-free food. How to get protein and fiber at once? A sprinkle of chia in the scramble or the omelet will do quite well.  Let your taste be your guide as you look for recipes that involve chia. How about getting a whole batch of recipes in one place? Don’t waste time searching, get the best variety right here with MySeeds free bonus books. They’re instant too, so you can be viewing recipes in minutes.  There’s no reason to let the proliferation of pudding put you off of these super seeds when you know all the fun, healthy and easy alternate uses. Get started with great recipes at MySeeds Bonus Books today.
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What should you do when you don’t like chia pudding?

What if you did want pudding? If you did want pudding, but you didn’t want the texture, all you have to do is make chia pudding normally, with whatever flavored liquid you prefer, then add it to the blender. You’ll get a smooth, creamy treat with all the fiber, omega 3 oils, plant protein, calcium, and antioxidants you were looking for. This works best when you add another healthy element like Greek yogurt or blendable fruits like strawberry, banana or peach.
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As versatile as it is, not everyone’s going to like the texture of chia pudding. This popular snack/dessert/breakfast item is made when chia seeds are hydrated with various flavored liquids and put in the fridge. Because of the seed’s super high soluble fiber content, they’re able to absorb 9 times their weight in liquid, and hold it on the outside of the seed shell in a drop of gel. Get enough of this gel together, and you’ve got a thick pudding. It can be flavored with almost anything from your favorite fruits to chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, cashew and much more. Of course, many of the pudding types are attractive to look at in food photography, so you’ll see them all around the web and on blogs and pin sites too.
But what if the texture’s just not for you?
Of course, since chia is a seed, the pudding, when made normally, will be ‘pebbly’ in texture. Not everyone’s going to like that. Then, soluble fiber can have a ‘gelatin’ like feel, as in it’s always wet and a little slippery. So if you try the pudding, and just can’t get past the texture because it’s too reminiscent of tapioca dots, can you still enjoy the health benefits of chia seeds? Of course! Many photo blogs would have you think that pudding is the only way to go with chia, but once you see what else it can do, you never need to see that texture again. The photo here is chia pudding made with coconut milk, but a myriad of soaking-liquids can be used including plant milks, fruit juices, coffee and more for various colors & flavors.
First: Replacing butter or oil in baked recipes. In many baked recipes like cookies, cakes, non-yeast breads (ex. Banana bread), bars, brownies and more you can replace about half of the butter or oil with chia gel and the recipe will bake the same, look the same and taste the same, but have half the fat. Because the seeds are evenly distributed in the baked goods, you won’t notice they’re there.
Second: Replacing an egg in some baked recipes Does your recipe need 1 egg? You can generally replace an egg in baked recipes (that don’t rely on whipped egg whites or similar) with an equal amount of chia seed gel. Because an egg is generally a binding ingredient, and chia gel is a fiber product, it can bind too. It’s a good way to make some recipes vegan/vegetarian and tends to work better than a “flax egg” since chia produces more gel than flax does. (Again, you won’t notice the seeds) Interested? Learn More About Chia Egg Replacement.
Lemon-cranberry upside-down cake & cinnamon-nut butternut muffins are fluffy but have half the fat
What Should You Do When You Don’t Like Chia Pudding?
Chewy chocolaty chia brownies & pomegranate chip oatmeal cookies are egg free!
Third: Flavor blender / dressing helper When chia produces gel, it can mix flavors together, sometimes concentrating them.  This is a great solution for healthier make-at- home dressings. Make salad appealing, fun, and preservative-free when you mix up a myriad of your own dressing flavors with chia. Citrus and spice with a few fruits among the greens or honey and lime for picnic fruit salad. Most dressings mix up in minutes in a simple measuring cup, so you’re not missing out when you skip the store bought bottle.
Antioxidant fresh fruit salad with chia-lime dressing & fiber-berry jicama salad use mix-in-minutes dressings.
Fourth: Smoothie helper Smoothies are great because unlike juicing, they keep all the fiber from the fruit where it belongs: in the drink. However, they can be a calorie catastrophe if you’re not replacing a meal, but adding to it, or if you’re blending nothing but fruits.  When you put chia seeds in a smoothie, you’ll feel full longer because the fiber helps slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars. Insoluble fiber also takes up space in the digestive system (while helping to move food smoothly through it) which also contributes to feeling satisfied. The other benefit here is the healthy omega-3 oils in chia unlock several vitamins in fruits and vegetables (fat soluble vitamins) commonly found in smoothie ingredients. Again, because you’re drinking a thick smooth beverage, there’s no seed texture to be had here, either.
The chocolate smoothie has a secret ingredient for extra health & the watermelon-blueberry refresher is packed with fiber.
Fifth: Burger binder Bored of plain old burgers? You can add a variety of great mix-ins and seasonings to the meat when you pair it up with some dry chia. The chia absorbs moisture and helps burger patties cling together while you customize the taste. It also adds fiber where there ordinarily wouldn’t be any. Because there’s not a huge quantity of seeds mixed in, you won’t know they’re there.
The ‘jerk chia burger’ is loaded with great spices & the hot-wings burger has your favorite hot sauce, but they both hold together with all their seasonings, thanks to the power of chia fiber.
What if you did want pudding? If you did want pudding, but you didn’t want the texture, all you have to do is make chia pudding normally, with whatever flavored liquid you prefer, then add it to the blender. You’ll get a smooth, creamy treat with all the fiber, omega 3 oils, plant protein, calcium, and antioxidants you were looking for. This works best when you add another healthy element like Greek yogurt or blendable fruits like strawberry, banana or peach.
Are these all the things you can do with chia that don’t involve pudding at all? Certainly not! There’s loads more ways to use it, and loads more benefits it has for you. There are way more ideas and recipes than can fit into one article. Eggs are good protein in the morning; but they’re a fiber-free food. How to get protein and fiber at once? A sprinkle of chia in the scramble or the omelet will do quite well.  Let your taste be your guide as you look for recipes that involve chia. How about getting a whole batch of recipes in one place? Don’t waste time searching, get the best variety right here with MySeeds free bonus books. They’re instant too, so you can be viewing recipes in minutes.  There’s no reason to let the proliferation of pudding put you off of these super seeds when you know all the fun, healthy and easy alternate uses. Get started with great recipes at MySeeds Bonus Books today.