It’s National Chia Day! If the only vegan chia recipe you have tried so far is pudding, our list of creative recipes that utilize this magical nutritious seed in all sorts of ways – from egg replacer to vegan caviar – is for you! Raw sweets, ice pops, bread, cakes, pizza, and even a frappu-chia-no – there’s something for everyone on today’s list. Enjoy!
Chia seeds seem to be a perfect companion to lots of breakfast dishes. First up, we have a quick, nutritious and easy-to-make cereal bowl (gluten-free & substitute friendly as well!) for a warm and cozy start of the day.
Breakfast or dessert? It’s hard to tell sometimes, but with this vegan chia recipe, you can make dessert for breakfast in just 5-10 minutes! According to Nisha of Rainbow Plant Life, the texture is closer to mousse than to traditional chia pudding, so it’s definitely an option worth trying if you’re looking for something new!
This vegan chia recipe presents us with a wonderfully rich combination of flavors and layers: homemade granola, matcha chia layer topped with vanilla almond yogurt, black sesame nicecream, and fresh blackberries. Yum!
We have to give Marisa Alvarsson of Miss Marzipan credit for the most creative naming. Her frappu-chia-no (get it?) is a healthy, protein-packed, frosty mocha smoothie topped with coconut cream and homemade chocolate sauce that’s very easy to whip up at home in a blender!
One other way you can work chia seeds is to turn them into jam. The flavor pairing possibilities are endless, but they seem to work really well with berries first and foremost. Catherine Perez of Plant Based RD took full advantage of this with her homemade raspberry orange chia jam. According to her, it will become the perfect pick-me-up addition to your favorite snacking habits!
Homemade chia jam doesn’t store as long as commercial jams, but it’s hardly a problem because in case you don’t eat it all on its own in the first couple of days, it also makes a perfect addition to other desserts, including baked goods – like this 10-ingredient vegan matcha loaf that’s healthy and low on sugar.
Fans of decadent chocolate cakes, this one’s for you! A rosemary-infused blackberry chia jam takes this layered vegan cake to the next level. The frosting on this cake is said to have a secret ingredient, so head on over to Foodie Yuki to find out what it is!
Another way you can use your chia jam is to make an ice cream filling out of it, as Mei of Nm_Meiyee did in her Magnum-style ice pops. Creamy coconut cream with raspberry chia jam, all of it covered in dark chocolate… Count us in!
It’s hard to believe that these gorgeous vegan pineapple coconut açaí chia ice pops are made with only 4 ingredients (and very little effort!). If you have been craving a refreshing dessert lately, this vegan chia recipe is for you!
Chia popsicles are truly a versatile treat. Anthea of Rainbow Nourishments describes these as “everything that I want Easter to be – a time to rebalance with healthy food (chia pudding), a bit of fun (raw carrot cake stars), and a bit of luxury (chocolate tops)!”. Easter is nigh, so this recipe might come in handy soon!
This vegan chia recipe would’ve worked great for last week’s St. Patrick’s Day (as it was initially developed for the occasion), but we say these healthy and vibrant raw treats can be enjoyed any day!
Who knew a marshmallow cream cake could be healthy, raw vegan, gluten-free, and incredibly good for you? And even less expected is the fact that chia seeds play a vital role in creating that texture! This cake is light and fluffy, its texture just like marshmallows, but the flavor more gentle and less sweet.
What do you get when you put together fresh pumpkin puree, sweet maple syrup, creamy peanut butter, and chocolate? A perfect flavor combination. Add chia seeds for fiber and pumpkin spice for extra flavor, and you’ve got yourself a delicious healthy protein-packed vegan snack!
Similar to flax seeds, chia seeds can be used as an egg replacer in vegan recipes, and you don’t even need to ground them up! Knowing this, you can veganize lots of desserts – or just try one of the recipes on our list, like this easy 10-ingredient high-protein gluten-free mug cake.
Chia “egg” helps these easy vegan scones come together, and we’re here for it! The best thing about this recipe is that you’re done in 30 minutes. Pick your own toppings and enjoy!
If you’ve never made bread at home, this recipe might be a good place to start. It not only requires minimum effort (for bread standards) but the result is also very nutritious thanks to chia, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds!
Binding powers of chia seeds can come to the rescue in any recipe, be it sweet or savory! Roxy & Ben of SO VEGAN fully use that quality of chia to prevent their vegan fishcakes from falling apart in the pan. Added bonus: all the amino acids chia seeds bring to the table (literally)!
Who knew a crispy no-knead gluten-free pizza crust could be very quick to make? Chia powers hold it together in a way that lets it withstand being sliced. And the sweet, spicy and slightly sticky sauce complements it perfectly.
Finally, this vegan chia recipe is my personal favorite. Caviar is a delicacy commonly enjoyed in Russia, so having an absolutely delicious, healthy, affordable, and most importantly cruelty-free version of it is a blessing! If you’ve never had homemade vegan caviar, I highly recommend you try experimenting with chia.
Article by Anna Kot.