14 Protein-Packed Chia Seed Recipes

Eat these chia seed recipes for breakfast or dessert!

December 7, 2017
Tec Petaja

Chia seeds are in just about everything these days, and well, we're not mad about it. Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. They'll also keep you hydrated, and reduce inflammation and joint pain. There's nothing not to love about the superfood.

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Here are 14 protein-packed chia seed recipes perfect for breakfast and dessert:

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Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding

Chia and coconut milk marry in a creamy pudding that pairs beautifully with fruit. In this recipe, I've gone tropical—but experiment with any fruits you like.

Get the Tropical Fruit Chia Pudding recipe from Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Cookbook

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Coconut-Mango Chia Seed Pudding

The easiest way to eat more chia seeds is in pudding form—like this recipe. Here, the combination of coconut and mango makes this high-fiber breakfast a tasty treat.

Get the Coconut-Mango Chia Seed Pudding recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

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Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

If you're more of an apple and cinnamon type of person, then you'll love this chia seed pudding. It's a great substitute for the traditional apple and cinnamon oatmeal that many people turn to for breakfast.

Get the Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

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Overnight Chia-Oat Cups

These chia-oat cups might be the recipe I'm most excited about: They take two minutes to mix up; double easily; provide omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, and soluble fiber; and overnight become a thick and creamy bowl of heaven.

Get the Overnight Chia-Oat Cups recipe from Balancing in Heels

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While-You-Sleep Chia Oatmeal

You can enjoy it cold or heated up, and it's a great base for your favorite fresh fruits. Try adding nuts or Greek yogurt for extra protein.

Get the While-You-Sleep Chia Oatmeal recipe from The HD Diet 

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Mango-Coconut Chia Pudding

One tablespoon of nutty-tasting edible chia seeds has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, plus bone-building calcium and heart-healthy omega-3s.

Get the Mango-Coconut Chia Pudding recipe from 101 Muscle Meals

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Raspberry Chia Jam

Since sugar acts as a preservative, spreads made from fruit only will spoil more quickly than jams and jellies that include sweeteners. To prevent early spoilage, keep your spreads in the back of the refrigerator where it’s colder, not in the door shelf.

Get the Raspberry Chia Jam recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

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Coconut Rice Pudding with Chia

It’s time to say good-bye to highly processed convenience foods and fill your pantry and fridge with fresh, nutritious whole foods. As you begin your clean-eating journey, you’ll want to stock up on a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

Get the Coconut Rice Pudding with Chia recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

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Spinach, Apple and Chia Smoothie

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

Get the Spinach, Apple and Chia Smoothie recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

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Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding

Scoop the strawberry mixture into 4 serving bowls. Top each with 1 teaspoon chopped almonds and 1/4 cup strawberries.

Get the Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

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Make-Ahead Maple-Walnut Chia Pudding

Letting the ingredients "marinate" in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours makes the chia seeds swell and soften to become a pudding. Make it tonight to enjoy tomorrow, or toss together in the morning for an after-dinner treat.

Get the Make-Ahead Maple-Walnut Chia Pudding recipe from Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

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Whole-Grain Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry Chia Jam

Bake until the cookies are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Get the Whole-Grain Thumbprint Cookies with Raspberry Chia Jam recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Clean

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Strawberry-Chia Kefir Pudding

The 1-hour refrigeration gives the chia seeds time to expand and gel, giving this a pudding-like texture. Feel free to swap in a different-milk kefir if you are sensitive to cow’s milk.

Get the Strawberry-Chia Kefir Pudding recipe from Fit in 10

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Ginger-Peach Pudding Parfait

Who says peaches and cream have to be innocent? For a sassy take on this classic combo, whip up this treat for breakfast or dessert or enjoy it as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Get the Ginger-Peach Pudding Parfait recipe from Tone It Up

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