||Yes, chia seeds are those little seeds made famous by Chia Pets, but they have been around for a long time. The Aztecs ate them centuries ago.
This Low Carb Mini Raspberry Pie is a good example of the yummy low carb things you can make with chia seeds.
You can find the recipe for this and a variety of other recipes using chia seeds in the links below.
Chia seeds are low carb and gluten-free, making them perfect for diabetics, low carbers, and those who are gluten intolerant. They also have healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber as well as other nutrients.
Your body can absorb the nutrients without the seeds having to be ground (unlike flax seeds), so you can use them whole or ground. They oxidize slowly, so they don't go rancid quickly.
Because you can use them whole or milled/ground, there are many ways to use chia seeds.
If you soak the whole seeds in liquid, they will form a gel. This comes in really handy for making things like puddings or thick drinks. Or a hot cereal that really hits the spot on cold mornings.
You can also sprinkle chia seeds on other foods, like salads.
|My favorite way to use the seeds (either whole or milled/ground) is as a flour substitute in everything from crunchy waffles to mini cakes.
These Crispy Dark Chocolates are another example of the decadent, yet healthy things you can make with chia seeds.
* Chia Seed Recipes *
Low Carb Mini Raspberry Pie
Pictured at the top of the page
Low Carb Frosted Chia Brownie
Frosted dark chocolate mini cake/brownie
Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake
Milk chocolate mini cake
Low Carb Spicy Chia Pudding Cake
Moist little spice cake
Low Carb Cinnamon Chia Pudding Cake
Cinnamony mini cake
Low Carb Crunchy Banana Chia Cake
Banana-flavored cake with a little crunch
Low Carb Chia Berry Crumble
Chia seeds simulate raspberry seeds perfectly
Low Carb Raspberry Coconut Crumble
Raspberry-flavored filling with coconut crumble topping
Low Carb Chia Cherry Crunch
Cherry-flavored filling with crunchy topping
Low Carb Mint Chocolate Crunch
Chia seeds thicken this chocolaty crunch
Low Carb Chia Bread Pudding
Reminiscent of bread pudding
Low Carb Chia Tapioca Pudding
Low Carb Chia Tapioca 2
Alternative tapioca recipe
Low Carb Almond Spice Chia Pudding
Almond-flavored spicy pudding
Low Carb Banana Chia Pudding
Low Carb Lemon Chia Pudding
Low Carb Minty Chia Pudding
Amazingly tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream!
Low Carb Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding
Great mint & chocolate combo
Low Carb Mocha Chia Pudding
Mocha flavor in a thick pudding
Low Carb Root Beer Float Chia Pudding
The flavor without the carbs or calories
Low Carb Chia Seed Flat Bread
Great for burger buns
Low Carb Garlicky Chia Flat Bread
Flavorful flat bread
Low Carb Chia Cheesy Garlic Bread
Great combo of cheese and garlic
Low Carb Banana Spice Chia Waffle
Tastes like banana nut
Low Carb Chia Gingerwaffle
Gingerbread-flavored waffle topped with whipped cream
Low Carb Irish Cream Chia Waffle
Irish Cream sugar-free syrup flavors this simple waffle
Low Carb Pecan Chia Waffle
Waffle with real pecans
Low Carb Crispy Chia Waffle
Crispy low carb waffle at last!
Low Carb Crispy Almond Chia Waffle
Delicate almond flavor in a crispy waffle
Low Carb Crunchy Coconut Chia Waffle
Coconut flour and chia seeds together
Low Carb Crunchy Orange Chia Waffle
Orange-flavored waffle with lots of crunch
Low Carb Crunchy Raspberry Chia Waffle
Raspberry-flavored waffle with crunch
Low Carb Cinnamon Chia Wiscotti
Crunchy cross between a waffle and biscotti
Low Carb Orange Wiscotti
Orange-flavored crunchy Wiscotti
Low Carb Raspberry Wiscotti
Raspberry-flavored crunchy Wiscotti
Stuffing Oneself Low Carb Stuffing
... Or a turkey!
Low Carb Chewy Pizza Crust
Chia seed, flaxmeal, and coconut flour crust
Low Carb Mini Pizza Crust
Thick little crust made with chia seeds, almond meal, and coconut flour
Low Carb Garlic-Cheese Mini Focaccia
Garlicky and filling made with chia seeds, almond meal, and coconut flour
Low Carb Hot Chia Cereal
Easy and quick on a cold morning
Low Carb Hot Chocolate Chia Cereal
The flavor of hot chocolate with marshmallows
Low Carb Raspberry Jam
Amazingly realistic raspberry seeds!
Low Carb Chia Berry Jam
Another berry-flavored jam
Low Carb Blackberries and Cream
Realistic blackberries topped with whipped cream
Low Carb Crispy Dark Chocolates
Chocolates with a slight crunch
How to Make Low Carb Crispy Dark Chocolates with Chia Seeds
Step-by-step directions with pictures
Low Carb Crispy Mint Chocolates
Minty chocolates with a crunch
Low Carb Crispy Orange Chocolates
Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes
Crepes made from ground or milled chia seeds
Low Carb Berry Filling
Berry-flavored filling for crepes
Chia Seed Recipes
Chia recipe folder at DARdreams
* Chia Seed Sources *
It's getting easier to find chia seeds in your local store, but you can also order them online and sometimes they are cheaper that way. I'm giving you some links to get started.
Hidalgo Foods carries a variety of chia seeds, including black, white, whole, and cold-milled in many different amounts.
Bob's Red Mill Chia Seed
NOW Chia Seed, Organic
Nutiva Chia Seed