6 Chia Seed Breakfasts to Start the Year Off Right

This little ingredient can give you a big boost of fiber and protein.

1

Vanilla-Cinnamon Chia Pudding

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Photo by Heather Meldrom

If you love rice pudding or tapioca, chia pudding will be right up your alley. Best of all: on busy mornings, it’s so simple to throw together, it basically makes itself. We recommend using a base of almond milk, coconut milk, or whole milk for maximum creaminess. This recipe opts for vanilla almond milk and a generous pinch of cinnamon to mimic the comforting flavors of rice pudding. For a little something extra, try topping with toasted coconut, chopped nuts, or fresh fruit.

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2

Raspberry Chia Jam

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Photo by Heather Meldrom

Soaked chia seeds act as a natural thickener in a super fast, no-cook jam that’s perfect for spooning over yogurt or spreading on toast. You can tweak this easy recipe by adding other berries like blueberries or blackberries (or a combination). Feel free to adjust the amount of agave based upon the sweetness of the fruit you have on hand.

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3

Peach-Spinach Chia Smoothie

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Chia seeds lend this refreshing smoothie a healthy dose of fiber and omega-3’s, while tender spinach leaves contribute tons of Vitamin C and calcium. If you have a serious sweet tooth, you can stir in a tablespoon of honey—but the peaches and apple juice add plenty of sweetness on their own.

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4

Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins

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Studded with dark chocolate chips and chopped almonds and finished with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt, these are muffins can easily do double duty as breakfast or dessert. 

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5

Whole Wheat Chia Seed Waffles

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Whole wheat pastry flour is a health-minded cook’s secret weapon because it adds whole grain goodness to recipes (like these waffles) while yielding nearly the same texture as all-purpose white flour. But if you are unable to find it at your grocery store, try substituting 1 cup of all-purpose flour and ½ cup of whole wheat flour instead.

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6

Spicy Peanut and Banana Chia Bars

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Photo by Heather Meldrom

A smidge of cayenne adds a nice kick to these granola bars. But if the heat is too much for you, try replacing it with an equal amount of cinnamon or ground allspice. If you plan to keep the bars for several days, wrap them individually in small sheets of parchment or waxed paper: this makes them easier to store and transport.

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