Are you wondering what to do with those chia seeds?
I know when I purchased my first bag I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I kept seeing all these great pudding style recipes on Pinterest and other folks using them in their smoothies. I’m still mastering the art of chia seeds but I wanted to share a really simple hacked I learn.
This involves nothing more than 2 TBSP of chia seeds, 3/4 c water and a tsp of vanilla. Put them all in a jar and let them set overnight in the fridge.
The next morning the chia seeds will be all nice and plump. Gel and ‘pudding’ like.
So now what?
Well, I use this as filler for my smoothies. I find that adding non plumped seeds to my smoothies does nothing for volume.
I’ve eaten these goodies right out of my little jar.
I’ve also used this little recipe to add to some actual pudding.
My favorite is to add it to the new Chobani Greek yogurt that just came out with oats. OMGoodness that stuff is so yummy. I added my vanilla chia mix to it and it became a powerhouse breakfast. You could also make some oatmeal, add some Greek yogurt and then the vanilla chia seeds.
The possibilities are endless!
A lot of people soak their chia in almond milk. While that’s great and it does taste good (especially chocolate almond milk) I am trying much harder these days to leave out as many calories as possible. So, the water method works for me when I am going to be mixing it with other flavors.
I hope this gives you a good base to start with when trying to prepare your chia seeds – or trying to figure out what to do with them!
Disclosure: I was given a coupon months ago to try the Chobani for free from Buzzagent. This posts is all mine 🙂
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
You’re gonna kill me, but my FIL gave me a bag of chia seeds a few months ago and I threw them out. I had no idea what to do with them…..sigh.
Oh girl….. 🙁
Well, now that you know me – give me a buzz before throwing away food stuff 😉
Sarah Bailey says
I have to admit I would have had no idea what to do with Chia seeds! I have been informed 🙂 thank you.
Amanda O. says
That is so interesting. I have never used chia seeds before, but putting vanilla seeds in a pudding sounds like a great idea!
I put my chia seeds in my raw vegetable/fruit smoothies. I think they keep me full longer and definitely provide a boost of energy.
That is why I have been adding them to my smoothies. I have a juicer, I should try adding them to juice. Thanks for the idea.
I make a pumpkin chia putting it’s pretty good. I haven’t made the vanilla Chia seeds yet but they sound good
I don’t mind them alone, but much prefer them mixed with something like a smoothie, oatmeal or yogurt.
I make a pumpkin Chia pudding that’s really good. I haven’t tried the vanilla Chia seed yet
I have some pumpkin I was going to try mixing with chia as someone told me that it is really good and its a healthy pumpkin pie type thing. I love pumpkin so I can’t wait to try it.
Lady Lilith says
Yum. I like your use of chis seeds. We use ours in breads mostly and they taste great.
aimee fauci says
I have almost picked up a bag of Chia Seeds several times but did not because I never know what to do with it and it’s pricey. However with it being so healthy, I need to just go for it.
The bag lasts a while because you only really use a tbsp at a time, thats 1 serving.
April Decheine says
I love Chia Seeds, I put them in my water bottle to chew on all day, especially in my workout bottle for added energy.
Thats a great idea!
This is one item I am always stumped with. My husband got some Chia seeds from Th e bulk store and they’ve been sitting because u dunno what to do with them. This is a great option!
They are also really good sprinkled on yogurt or even in oatmeal. I even put a few in my smoothies when I forget to plump them up.
Liz Mays says
Greek yogurt is so good. I got turned onto it quite recently. I’ll have to try this out!
Betsy Mitchell says
I never know what to do with chia seeds so I never buy them. I will ahve to give them a try now that I have a recipe!
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
Definitely a use for Chia Seeds I haven’t heard of before, thanks for sharing!
I have never tried chia seeds. GASP I am reluctant but I see so many good things about them so I need to just do it.
It took me forever to finally take the plunge. For me they are low carb and healthy. So, seems like a win.
Amanda Ripsam says
every time I see the name Chia I think of Chia pets lol I have wanted to try Chia sees for a while I make smoothies all the time and it is the new in thing aas it’s in so many different products out there even in kelloggs cereals.
I do too, and then I start humming it in my head!
I’ve only recently started getting into the hype about chia seeds. I’ll have to try preparing them this way!
Life as a Convert says
I’ve heard of the water method. I’ve also heard of just sprinkling them on regular food.
Mama to 5 BLessings says
Love Chia Seeds. i recently started using them in recipes such as pancakes and smoothies. My kids like the crunch on yogurt too!
That is so smart! I never knew what to do with them either. I have a yogurt to review later this month so maybe I will try some kind of chia seed variation…
I have never used chia seeds before, but now I am intrigued. I also want to try Chobani Oats. I love their greek yogurt, but wasn’t aware they offered the oat variety now!
I always wondered how to use chia seeds. Thanks for this recipe. I’m going to have to give this a try.
I add chia seeds to my salads all the time. Never thought to use them like this
I have never tried chia seeds like this before, it looks really interesting; I’d have to try it some time!
I love adding chia seeds into any drink. Such a good source of fiber 🙂
Now I kind of want to buy chia seeds. My stepmom uses them in smoothies I think. I just never knew what to do with them!
I have not used them in a while but when I do I top my smoothies with them. I tried the pudding and didn’t like it.
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten chia seeds, but thank you for the idea!
Angela S says
I have never tried to make anything with Chai seeds. This sounds good and I would like to try it. I am always open to new things.
Shannon Gosney says
I’ve never heard of Chia seeds before! This sounds like a great way to use them. Thanks for sharing.
I need to get more Chia seeds in my diet. These are some good tips and ideas that I will have to try and incorporate. I like the idea of mixing it in with yogurt.
Chia seeds and yogurt sound delicious! I love the health benefits
katrina g says
This is such a great idea. I would never have thought of it on my own. I will have to be trying this.
Real Talk Moms says
My friend loves Chia seeds but I have never tried them. I honestly never knew what to do with them, I love the idea you suggested. I am going to start drinking smoothies in the New Year and will add Chia seeds to my smoothies.
The Vanilla Chia Seeds looks like a delish idea. I’m always looking for yummy additions to my smoothies and will give this a try!
Debbie Denny says
I just tried Chi seeds. Love the things you can do with them
Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says
I’ve never tried chia seeds before. I’ve seen them on Pinterest though!