chia seed recipes

Best Granola Recipe - #tastytuesday

A year ago, a good friend of mine gave me (Jessica) a huge jar of homemade granola for my birthday from a recipe off of Molly Wizenberg's blog, Orangette. Since then, it's the only granola Meghan and I (of course it was our morning & afternoon snack for a few days) want to eat and I've made the the recipe too many times to count. In preparation for little bird's arrival (the unofficial, official due date is today!), I spent Sunday making what feels like a month's supply to use as tasty, healthy toppings in protein packed yogurts mixed with chia seeds during the first few weeks of motherhood. 

Here's how to make our favorite version of this granola adapted from Early Bird's granola:

preheat oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

3 cups whole grain oats
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips or flakes
¾ cup raw pecans chopped
¾ cup raw almonds chopped
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup maple syrup, preferably Grade A
½ cup olive oil
Dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries (sulfur-free) 

Instructions: Combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, pecans, almonds, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Add in the olive oil and maple syrup, mix and spread evenly over the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and lightly toasted, stirring every 10-15 minutes (takes approximately 40-45 minutes total). Cool completely and add in dried fruit. Store in airtight container at room temperature.



Chia Seed Pudding - #TastyTuesday


I've been playing around with this recipe for awhile now - adding and subtracting ingredients and amounts. I think I finally figured out the perfect ratios!

Why do I love this snack? 1) It's healthy (good source of protein and Omega 3s) 2) it's sweet and 3) it's easy to make. Each serving is about 125 calories, 8g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 9g dietary fiber, 0g sugar, 3.5g protein.


  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almondmilk (or any milk substitute)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a deep bowl, combine the almond milk and the vanilla extract. Add the chia seeds seeds and whisk. Cover and refrigerate until very it thickens and becomes pudding-like, about 4 hours or overnight. Stir occasionally to help break up chia clumps.

Makes 4 servings. Add on your favorite toppings. I like unsweeted coconut flakes, bananas, fresh raspberries and maybe a little maple syrup!

Good Morning Chia Ginger Smoothie - #TastyTuesday

by Meghan Reynolds

I've become a bit bored with the smoothies I've been making. I checked out what I had in my cabinets and searched around for some new ideas and voila, (thanks Pinterest!) I found loads of recipes. I found a bunch that included chia seeds and thought that sounded interesting -adding a bit of crunch to a smoothie. I gathered what I had in my fridge and cabinets (another reason I like smoothies- endless combinations, just need a bit of inspiration sometimes) and decided on a strawberry, ginger, chia seed concoction. I like ginger because t's a natural digestive aid and chia seeds are packed protein and Omega-3s - a perfect morning boost, in my opininon :)

Here's what I created - the Good Morning Chia Ginger Smoothie


1 cup almond milk

1 banana

1 cup berries (I used strawberries & raspberries; use both, one or add blueberries!)

1 tbsp Chia seeds

1 inch fresh ginger

2 shakes cinnamon (who really measures that anyways!?)

A handful of ice

Blend up, pour and enjoy!

Chia Seeds

The little chia seed has grown beyond the silly afro growing terra cotta figuries into a power packed superfood. Why is chia considered a superfood? Here are some of the health benefits:

And there's even more benefits - they are believed to slow digestion so your energy boost kicks in later in your run or workout (think Born to Run and the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico). This is great news for those of us who train or run for long distances or hours. They are tasteless so you can add them to just about anything! And, because they gel in liquids, you can use them as a replacement for egg or oil in baking. Add them to your smoothies, salads, cereals or make one of our favorite recipes below:

Just don't eat your chia pet! You can pick up chia from Wholefoods or your local health food store.