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    31 Healthy And Delicious Ways To Cook With Chia Seeds

    There, in your pudding, look: It's a poppy seed... it's a lentil... no, it's a SUPERFOOD!

    The tiny and humble chia seed, despite being truly old-school (it was an important part of the Aztecs' diet), has started to hit the culinary big-time in the last few years, transitioning from novelty plant beard producer to bona fide superfood. And signs point to it trending harder than ever before in 2014.

    This renaissance is thanks to people catching on to chia's many nutritional perks (it's packed with fiber, fatty acids, protein, and minerals) and unique physical properties: It looks like a poppy seed but acts more like tapioca, swelling up and turning gelatinous when you soak it. That sounds weird, but is great for making no-cook pudding, jelling low-sugar jams, replacing eggs, and more tricks that come in especially handy in raw and vegan cooking.

    If you want to know more about the nitty-gritty of chia seeds, check out this handy guide on Nutrition Stripped. But above all, know this: no other plant in history has done so much to vastly increase the amount of pudding recipes on the internet. And for that, we should all be grateful.

    Here are some excellent ideas for how to start incorporating chia power in into your own eating routine.

    1. Lemon Chia Seed Scones with Sweet Lemon Glaze

    2. Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

    3. Grain-Free Chia Buckwheat Pizza

    4. Vanilla-Almond Chia Breakfast Pudding

    5. Kale & Farro Salad with Lemon Chia Dressing

    6. Banana-Peanut Butter Chia Seed Muffins

    7. Vegan Peach, Oat & Chia Smoothie

    8. Tomato Chia Jam BLT

    9. Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

    10. Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Chia Pudding

    11. Homemade Gluten-Free Chia Tortillas

    12. Apple Superfood Oatmeal

    13. Blueberry & Toasted Coconut Chia Pudding Parfait

    14. Blueberry Chia Pancakes

    15. Cornmeal & Chia Seed Crusted Tilapia

    16. Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding Pops

    17. Vanilla Chia & Berry Pudding

    18. Raspberry Lemonade Chia Drink

    19. Flourless Pumpkin Chia Seed Blondies

    20. Cheesy Chia Seed Crackers (Gluten-Free & Low Carb)

    21. Chocolate Avocado Chia Pudding

    22. Chia Meatballs with Easy Marinara Sauce

    23. Spicy Pineapple & Pepper Chia Seed Jam

    24. Chia Seed Crispbread Crackers

    25. Chai Spiced Chia Pudding with Pomegranate Sauce

    26. Honey Almond Chia Granola

    27. Raw Chia Falafel

    28. Raw Raspberry-Vanilla Chia Pudding

    29. Chocolate & Ginger Chia Seed Cookies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

    30. Eggless Coconut, Walnut & Banana Bread

    31. Wild Blueberry Chia Oatmeal

    UPDATE

    The recipe for blueberry chia pancakes has been added to replace a recipe that was no longer available.