Healthy Chia Seed Recipes


Wondering what to do with all that chia seed? Here are 21 of the best low carb and paleo chia seed recipes on the internet. Healthy and delicious!

21 Healthy Low Carb Paleo Chia Seed Recipes

So you bought a bag of chia seed because you heard it was good for you. Now you open the cupboard and stare at it, wondering what the heck to do with it all. Trust me, you are not alone. Chia is the darling of the health food world and with good reason. It’s low in carbs, high in fiber and protein and it packs a serious nutritional punch into a single tablespoon of the little seeds. Runners have been downing them like gangbusters ever since the publication of Born To Run. Nutritionists and wellness writers quickly followed suit. That funny little seed that used to be something of a joke, a late night ad on TV for a funny terra cotta animal that sprouted and grew, is now a well-established nutritional powerhouse.

And you’ve probably tried some in your smoothies and maybe made a little chia pudding. But it’s actually quite a versatile ingredient and you can do a lot more with it than you might think. Everything from muffins to brownies to using it as a binder in meatballs, chia can be savory or sweet. Sky’s the limit. Here are 21 low carb or paleo recipes to help you get a little more chia into your healthy diet.


Multi-seed Crackers from Gourmande In The Kitchen

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Energy Bars from All Day I Dream About Food

Chocolate & Coconut Chia Seed Mousse from Veggies and Gin

Chia Seed Pork Meatballs with Spicy Ginger Soy Glaze from Domesticate Me

ow Carb Gluten Free Chia Seed Brownies

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Chia Seed Brownies on Bob’s Red Mill Blog

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins from Slim Palate

SuperFood Mayan Chocolate Bark from Gratefully Grain-Free

Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding Pops from SkinnyTaste


Brain Power Salad from Gimme Some Oven

Blueberry Chia Crumble from Cara’s Cravings

Grain Free Hot Cereal from All Day I Dream About Food

Cheesy Chia Seed Crackers from The Iron You


Dairy-Free Berry Mousse from Whole New Mom

Coco-Choco-Chia Bars from Carb Wars Blog

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam from All Day I Dream About Food

Onion and Sun-Dried Tomato Chia Seed Crackers from Lexi’s Kitchen

Chia Cherry Crunch Bites

Chia Cherry Crunch Bites from Running To The Kitchen

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding from 52 Kitchen Adventures

Blackberry Chia Agua Fresca from Girlichef

Gingerbread Chia Pudding from The Healthy Maven

Coconut Lime and Chia Pancakes from Divalicious In The City

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  1. says

    I am definitely riding high on the chia train, though growing up in the 80’s, I do find it impossible not to sing “the jingle” every single time I think about chia seeds. Every single one of these recipes sounds like something I need to try (I’d better get started). Thanks so much for sharing my agua fresca in this delicious round-up! :)

    • Carolyn says

      Haha, yeah, it’s hard not to go “Ch-ch-chia” in your head when you look at those little black seeds.

  2. tea says

    Oh, my goodness, thank you — it cracks me up that you know exactly what happened: I bought it, I have been using it for your hot malt-o-meal type cereal and intending to do more but… hadn’t gotten there yet. This is a kick in the pants that will help.

  3. says

    ohmygosh as you probably know I LOVE my chia. Can’t wait to look through all these yummy ideas! Thanks for including one of mine :)

  4. Sarah G says

    I actually have a huge, expired bag in my fridge! Before I throw them out and start over, do you know if they could still be good past their date?

    • Carolyn says

      I don’t know for sure, but if they’ve been in your fridge the whole time, I’d guess they are okay. I can’t tell you what to do but I personally would taste a few and if they don’t taste rancid, I would use them.

    • Dina says

      The seeds will be fine for several years on the shelf. There is no need to keep the seeds in the fridge. A good place to learn a lot about chia is or a very informative book called “CHIA The Complete Guide to the ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD” by Wayne Coates, PhD

  5. Paula says

    Is it okay to heat the chia seed and use it for baking? Will the benefits of the omega fats not be destroyed and turn to free radicals?

  6. Krystle says

    Hi Carolyn,

    Do you have the recipe for “Multi-seed Crackers from Gourmande In The Kitchen”? The link doesn’t work.

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