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28 Paleo Chia Seed Recipes From Granola to Chocolate Cake

Louise Hendon | April 7
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If you haven’t added chia seeds in your diet, yet, you’ve been missing out! Not only are they delicious in various recipes, but they’re also extremely nutritious.

Here are 6 good reasons to enjoy more chia seeds!

  1. Chia seeds contain plenty of fiber. They absorb plenty of liquid when soaked, which makes them gel-like. They can help you feel full for longer, which could possibly help if you’re trying to lose weight.
  2. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids!
  3. Antioxidants – chia seeds are packed with them. They fight the production of free radicals and help your body fight aging.
  4. You’ll get various nutrients from chia seeds, for example iron, calcium and magnesium.
  5. The texture of soaked chia seeds makes them the perfect ingredient for puddings.
  6. Chia seeds are digested slowly, which means they can help keep your blood sugar levels stable.

To get your day started, we’ve added several breakfast recipes that include chia seeds; for example cereal, muffins and puddings.

But chia seeds are not just great for breakfast! Try the garlic chia crackers with your favorite dip or hummus, make a chocolate chia cake to celebrate a special occasion, or spread some delicious raspberry chia jam on your toast.

Check out this quick video for instructions on how to make 5 delicious chia puddings!

Here are just a few of the paleo chia seed recipes we’ve included:

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Paleo Breakfasts with Chia Seeds

Paleo Chia Almond Muffins

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo chia almond muffins recipe guest post

Ingredients: almond flour, chia seeds, sea salt, cinnamon, egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract, mineral water, baking powder, raspberries.

Not only do chia seeds make fantastic puddings, but they are also a good source of protein to use in baked goods too. These muffins might be small, but they are packed with goodness and will keep you full till lunchtime. They also make a great snack for hungry kids after school, or packed in your lunchbox for work to enjoy as a mid-afternoon snack.

Easy Nut & Seed Keto Granola

– Keto Summit

Easy Nut & Seed Keto Granola

Ingredients: whole almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes.

This keto granola can be made in big batches and stored for use during the week, but it takes just a couple of minutes to throw it together so can be made fresh each morning. This makes a perfect energy-rich start to the day if you are no-sugar, and the slow release of energy will boost your system till lunch. Serve with nut milk of your choice – almond milk or coconut milk work well here.

Paleo Cinnamon Square Crunch Cereal

– A Girl Worth Saving

Paleo Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal

Photo Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving

Ingredients: coconut shreds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, ground cinnamon powder, sea salt, maple syrup, egg.

If you are starting out on the paleo journey, this cereal would be a good one to make as it stores well and will last for a few days. It is packed with good ingredients, nutritious and delicious and will fill you up till lunch. To give a different flavour you can add in whatever other nuts or seeds you like. Although it does not take too long to cook, this cereal can be prepped on a Sunday for paleo breakfasts through the week.

Cheater Coconut Yogurt

– Healy Eats Real

Cheater Coconut Yogurt

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: coconut milk, ground chia seeds, honey.

Although technically this is not a yoghurt as it has not been fermented, it can be used as a pudding or even as the base for vegan creamy sauces! This pudding is low in carbs and if you serve it with some fresh berries, can be enjoyed as a dessert, or as a refreshing snack mid-afternoon. This pudding is also great for pregnant ladies, as it is a great source of iron and vitamins.

Summer Fruit Vanilla Bean Pudding Bowl

– Savory Lotus

Summer Fruit Vanilla Bean Chia Pudding Bowl

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: full fat coconut milk, vanilla bean, vanilla extract, maple syrup, chia seeds, summer fruit (blueberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and peaches), pistachios.

If you are lucky enough to have a farmer’s market close to where you live, you could really go to ton on your summer fruits and turn this dish into a riot of flavour and colour! It tastes amazing served for breakfast and you can choose your favourite fruits to serve on top. If you can’t get vanilla beans, just increase the extract till it tastes right, then amaze the family with a fruity start to their day!

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

– Slim Palate

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

Photo Credit: Josh from Slim Palate

Ingredients: coconut flour, chia seeds, baking soda, lemon zest, salt, vanilla extract, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, almond milk, honey, eggs, coconut oil.

This lemon muffin recipe uses chia seeds to give the texture to the cakes, leaving them a bit like poppy seed cake, but if you like lemon you are going to love these! You get a lovely citrus kick contrasting with the sweetness of the muffin, and the vinegar gives an added freshness to the flavour. I found these stuck quite badly first time, so now I use a silicone muffin tray and they slide out easily.

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl

– Savory Lotus

Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: full fat coconut milk, dates, vanilla extract, chia seeds, toppings – raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, almond, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds.

One of the great things about chia seed puddings is that they can be eaten any time, and can be made the night before and eaten for breakfast. This recipe shows you how to turn it into a healthy meal in the morning, with the added freshness of fruit or nuts. I like to use this for the family breakfast during the warm weather as it fills you but is fresh tasting and quite light.

Chocolate Coffee Protein Chia Breakfast Bowls

– PaleOMG

Ingredients: brewed coffee, almond milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, chocolate Primal Fuel, unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, chia seeds, toppings – banana, paleo granola (or just chopped nuts), Raspberry Blueberry Jam, unsweetened coconut flakes.

This is one of my favourite chia seed recipes, as I love coffee in the morning, so sometimes I make this instead of my regular cup. It is protein packed and gives you a lift in the morning, and gives you enough energy to keep you going right through till lunch. There is a good selection of toppings listed here, but one of my favourites is to serve it with slices of banana to give that sweetness without sugar.

Keto Strawberry Breakfast Chia Jars

– Keto Diet App

Ingredients: chia seeds, cinnamon, ground ginger, coconut milk, strawberries, water, coconut yogurt.

If you have the patience and time to serve breakfast up nicely in a pretty jar, it can make you feel like you have really put some effort in, and it can impress the whole family. This recipe is another example of how chia can be a great breakfast alternative, without any added sugars, since the sweetness comes from the fruit. This breakfast is grain free and low in carbohydrates.

Paleo Chia Seed Desserts

Paleo Strawberry Orange Chia Pudding

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Strawberry Orange Chia Pudding Recipe [Keto, Dairy-Free] #paleo #keto - https://paleoflourish.com/strawberry-orange-chia-pudding-recipe-paleo-keto

Ingredients: strawberries, orange peel, chia seeds, coconut or almond milk, vanilla extract, stevia.

This delicious recipe is a great example of how a little bit of citrus can give strawberries a real zing, and lift the flavours to a whole new level! Ideal for busy people for breakfast, these cute little pots of joy can be made at the weekend to last through the week, or can come in really handy for the kids after school. This pudding is paleo, keto and dairy free.

Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding

– Paleo Flourish

Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding

Ingredients: matcha powder, coconut milk, chia seeds, strawberries.

Matcha green tea gives this dessert a lovely fresh taste and when the chia seeds expand and take in the liquid you end up with a satisfying dessert with hidden pieces of fresh strawberry hidden inside. If you don’t have a cup with a lid then you can use any jar or container that has a tight-fitting lid to shake up the mixture. Serve with chopped strawberries on the top for a dessert that is pleasing to the eye and the taste buds!

Paleo Raspberry Chia Jam

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Raspberry Chia Jam #paleo https://paleoflourish.com/paleo-raspberry-chia-jam

Ingredients: raspberries, water, chia seeds, lemon juice, honey.

Raspberry jam was always spread on toast for breakfast when I was growing up, so I was so happy when I found this recipe for paleo jam! Okay, I know I can’t have regular bread, but I even enjoy a little pot of this jam as a snack, or a quick breakfast. It can also be added to some paleo friendly yoghurt and turned into a dessert, served in a lovely glass with a fresh raspberry on top!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

– Paleo Flourish

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ingredients: unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut milk, chia seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, spices and/or sweetener of choice.

This recipe makes a delicious paleo chocolate pudding that the whole family will enjoy and they won’t even notice that it is healthy! The chia seeds give the pudding a smooth and creamy texture and there is a good level of chocolate flavour coming through. I like to make this the night before I need it so that the seeds have the right amount of time to swell and then all you have to do is stir and serve.

Mixed Berry Chia Jam

– Meatified

Mixed Berry Chia Jam

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: mixed berries, lemon juice, chia seeds, vanilla extract.

With only a few ingredients, this must be the healthiest jam around! It is packed with the flavour of the fruit, freshened with a little lemon juice, but if you like your jam really sweet you can add some honey. This recipe makes around a pint of jam, which is more than enough for the family and it can be stored in a jar in the fridge. To make it even easier and cheaper, you can use frozen berries!

Blueberry Chia Coconut Pudding (With Dried Apricots)

– The Nourished Caveman

Blueberry Chia Coconut Pudding (With Dried Apricots)

Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman

Ingredients: organic blueberries, coconut oil, coconut cream, chia seeds, dried unsulfured apricots, vanilla extract.

The difference with this recipe is that it uses dried fruit instead of fresh, and the fruit is inside the pudding instead of just as a garnish. Again, you can make this slightly different by using other types of dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas. Instead of the edible flowers you could decorate this pudding with chopped dried fruit, but the edible flowers look amazing at a dinner party!

Chocolate Chia Berry Sun Butter Cups

– Beauty and the Foodie

Chocolate Chia Berry Sun Butter Cups

Photo Credit: Stacey from Beauty and the Foodie

Ingredients: sugar free berry jam, chia seeds, water, blueberries, strawberries, almond butter, chocolate chips (dairy free and soy free kind).

The treats described in this recipe are some of the most adaptable around – they are grain, dairy and nut free and vegan too! With a chocolate coating and a buttery berry middle, these lovely cups would be safe to serve at a kid’s party, or even to pack in their lunchbox for school. These are low carb and perfect for snacks, or why not grab a couple for breakfast for those with a sweet tooth?

Chocolate Orange Chia Pudding

– Cook Eat Paleo

Paleo Chia Pudding Recipes #paleo #recipes - https://paleoflourish.com/paleo-chia-pudding-recipes

Photo Credit: Lisa from Cook Eat Paleo

Ingredients: coconut milk, maple syrup, raw cacao powder, chia seeds, vanilla extract, zest of one small orange, salt.

Who does not enjoy the classic combination of chocolate and orange together? So much the taste of decadence! Ideal for a quick snack, this can also be used as a breakfast idea, since the zingy sweetness of the orange is so delicious. This recipe is gluten and dairy free, which makes it suitable for any guests with intolerances, or just for yourself and family.

Chia Seed Strawberry Jam

– Healy Eats Real

Chia Strawberry Jam

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: frozen berries, chia seeds, juice of half lemon.

If your family are just starting out on the healthy eating route, they might find regular features at breakfast are the things they miss. Things like cereal, jam etc. might not fit into the plan any more. But don’t worry, there are loads of helpful recipes out there, and this one is no exception! Freshly made strawberry jam that you can spread on bread or stir into a paleo yoghurt for a fruity start in the morning!

Savory Paleo Chia Seed Recipes

Chocolate Strawberry Tarts

– Beauty and the Foodie

Chocolate Strawberry Tarts

Photo Credit: Stacey from Beauty and the Foodie

Ingredients: strawberries, coconut sugar, coconut flour, chia seeds, water, coconut oil, egg, sea salt, honey, cocoa powder, full fat coconut milk, vanilla extract.

This is a versatile recipe as you can use different fruits, depending on what is in season, or you can use frozen berries. The filling in the tarts will set because of the chia seeds, so these can easily be cut for easy eating. If you choose to use the ganache on top, you will find it adds a rich and glossy chocolate topping that goes so well with the freshness of the fruit, and who doesn’t like strawberry and chocolate?

Chestnut Chocolate Chia Cake

– Guest post by Imperfectly Paleo

Chestnut Chocolate Chia Cake

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: chestnuts, prunes, dark chocolate, coconut oil, coconut milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, ‘chia eggs’ (chia seeds + water), salt.

The texture and look of this chocolate chia cake is more like a Mississippi mud pie than a cake. It is very filling, so a little serving is enough – great for those of us with portion problems! This cake is not designed to be sweet, although it does have the natural sugars from the prunes, which also add richness to the flavor. This is an egg and gluten free paleo recipe.

“Peanut Butter” and Jelly Overnight Chia Pudding

– PaleOMG

Ingredients: almond milk, sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, chia seeds, raspberry jam, raspberries.

Okay, so it’s not really peanut butter, but you get the same sort of taste! Using sunflower seed butter makes this a healthier option and avoids the use of nuts, but if you don’t have issues with them, you can use almond butter. Although this recipe calls for almond milk, you can use any non dairy milk that you prefer to keep things paleo. This is a filling and protein packed dish, perfect for breakfast!

Other Chia Seed Recipes

Keto Garlic Chia Crackers

– Keto Summit

Keto Garlic Chia Crackers

Ingredients: chia, egg, chia seeds, garlic powder, salt.

With only a few ingredients, these delicious garlic crackers are not only cheap to make but so simple! They are made with chia seeds and flax seeds instead of being packed with gluten and other non-keto ingredients that you find in store bought crackers. So, next time you are having dips, soup or even chili, these easy crackers can be served to add a bit of contrast to the texture of your meal or snack.

AIP Coconut Blondies

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Coconut Blondies

Ingredients: coconut flour, cassava flour, baking powder, salt, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, coconut cream, gelatin, hot water, unsweetened shredded coconut.

If you like brownies, you will probably love these AIP blondies! They have a bit more of a rough texture because of the coconut, but they should still be a bit fudgy in the middle. Although these are compliant with the autoimmune protocol, you will find these are popular with even non dieters too, and they make a fantastic gift to take to a host at a potluck.

Paleo Blueberry Ginger Soft Crackers

– A Girl Worth Saving

Blueberry Ginger Soft Crackers

Photo Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving

Ingredients: coconut shreds, chia seeds, ginger powder, fresh or frozen blueberries, banana.

Although these little snacks are not crisp like a normal cracker, they still make a tasty treat to enjoy with your tea in the afternoon. They are dairy and egg free and have no added refined sugars, but take their natural sweetness from the fruit. They also have a lovely little hint of heat from the ginger, which contrasts really well with the blueberries.

Easy Grain Free Crackers

– The Nourished Caveman

Easy Grain Free Crackers

Photo Credit: Vivica from The Nourished Caveman

Ingredients: chia seeds, hemp hearts, almond flour, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, water.

You might find it hard to believe, but grain free crackers do exist! These ones have a deliciously nutty flavour, but do not use any grains at all. These are really low in carbohydrates and can be used any way you would serve regular crackers – with a dip of your choice, with cold cuts or to enjoy with soups or chilli. They even store well for a few days in an airtight container.

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