12 Chia Seed Recipes That Prove This Superfood Is More Versatile Than You Think

Chia seeds are one of those hyped up, good-for-you superfoods that seems strange — but they're actually easy to incorporate into a number of healthy dishes. Whether you're looking for a food that will make you feel full longer or you just want to add a boost to your smoothie, chia seeds make a wholesome addition to your diet. Don't be scared off by their alien appearance, because this is one food that will improve your nutritional intake for the better — all the while tasting totally delicious.

From chia seed jam to pancakes (seriously), these 12 recipes will help you to make the most of this superfood.

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Blackberry Chia Jam

Chia adds welcome texture to The Kitchn’s blackberry jam. Best of all? This spread only takes minutes to make!

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Lemon & Chia Seed Pull-Apart Bread

Instead of reaching for the poppy seeds, try something different. A Beautiful Mess uses chia seeds for a healthier take on sweet pull-apart bread.

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Ricotta Chocolate Chip and Chia Seed Pancakes

Chocolate chip banana pancakes sound unbelievably good on their own, but throw in some ricotta and chia seeds? Even better. Half Baked Harvest has done it again.

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Rosemary Chia Croutons

If your salad’s begging for a bread-like topping but you’re gluten-free, never fear: Healthful Pursuit’s chia croutons are here to save the day.

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Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Shake

Whether you need a boost post-workout or you’re looking for a healthy milkshake alternative, this chocolate banana chia seed shake by A Beautiful Mess makes a sweet treat.

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Homemade Honey Granola

The Crepes of Wrath’s homemade honey granola is so easy to make (and so delicious) that you may never buy pre-made granola again.

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Watermelon Strawberry Cooler

If you’re a fan of bubble tea, try this one out: chia gives The Kitchn’s watermelon strawberry cooler a fun texture.

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Peanut Butter Goji Berry Granola Bars

Make your to-go snacks even better. Love and Lemons’ PB&Goji granola bars hit the spot every time.

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Vanilla Chia and Earl Grey Chocolate Muffins

Muffins may be the healthy cousin of the cupcake, but that doesn’t mean they can’t taste as good. Half Baked Harvest’s vanilla Earl Grey chocolate treats have us drooling.

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Cherry-Almond Overnight Oats

Overnight oats help you to start the day off on the right foot. The Crepes of Wrath’s recipe makes every morning a treat.

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Rhubarb Chia Jam

For a taste of summer in these bleak winter months, look no further than Cookie and Kate’s vibrant rhubarb chia jam.

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Chia Mocha

Coffee and chia? It’s a surprisingly good combination. Healthful Pursuit breaks down how to make the drink that will keep you super charged all day long.

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