Check out our guide to chia seeds, including where to buy it and plenty of recipe inspiration, then read about what flaxseed, nutritional yeast and goji berries are. Now discover our recipes with chia seeds.

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds are small, black seeds from the salvia plant. High in protein, fibre and important omega-3 fatty acids, these seeds are considered a 'superfood' that have many uses, but are usually added to smoothies, muesli and desserts. Chia seeds swell when hydrated, absorbing lots of liquid and doubling in size. They are equally great for providing extra crunch in dishes.

Where to buy chia seeds

Gorilla Food Co. chia seeds, £9.95/800g, olive shop

Bulk chia seeds, £6.99/500g, Amazon

Ocado chia seeds, £1.55/150g, Ocado

Chia seeds recipes

Overnight oats

This healthy, no-fuss breakfast can be prepped just five minutes the night before, so it'll be ready for you in the morning. Customise with fruit, nuts, seeds and other toppings.

a bowl of oats next to plates of berries, yogurt and chopped nuts on a red napkin

Vegan lemon sheet cake

Use olive oil in place of butter and chia seeds instead of eggs in this beautiful grown-up take on a classic lemon cake. It makes for a much lighter (and totally vegan) bake.

A frosted sheet cake with one slice taken out of it

Chia pudding

This creamy, lightly sweetened pud is surprisingly filling due to the soluble fibre in chia seeds – topped with quickly cooked apples, it’s a simple and healthy brekkie.

Chia pudding in three pots, topped with apples

Healthy banana bread

A healthy glug of maple syrup is the key to this wonderfully moist vegan banana bread, flavoured with both coconut oil and desiccated coconut.

Banana loaf

Sugar-free cookies

These small vegan cookies are a real family treat, free from refined sugars. Ground almonds provide a nutty flavour, and there's a burst of natural sweetness from the raspberries.

Sugar-Free Cookies Topped with Jam on a Metal Cooling Rack

Mango smoothie bowl

A nourishing breakfast, brunch or snack, this lassi smoothie bowl is packed with mango and banana. Top with chia seeds and pistachios for crunch.

Mango Smoothie Bowl with Chunks of Fresh Mango and Seeds

Charred mackerel, chia seeds, dill, wakame and cucumber

This Japanese-inspired mackerel starter of charred mackerel, chia seeds, dill, wakame and cucumber from The Manor in Clapham is packed with fresh, on-trend flavours – perfect for entertaining.

Charred mackerel, chia seeds, dill, wakame and cucumber

Bircher muesli with chia seeds

Bircher muesli is a Swiss invention from the turn of the last century. It consists of rolled oats, apple, milk and other ingredients to shake it up – we've used chia seeds, yogurt and some extra fruit. This is best when it's left to soak overnight, so you'll have a healthy, fuss-free breakfast ready to go in the morning.

Bowl of Bircher Muesli with Blueberries, Banana andChia Seeds

Kiwi, kale and chia parfait smoothie

Try this next-level smoothie from bloggers Green Kitchen Stories. Their book Green Kitchen Smoothies is a celebration of this healthy way to pack fruit, veg and nuts into your diet. This showstopping smoothie can double up as dessert, too.

Kale Smoothie Recipe With Kiwi and Chia


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