Chia can be used in cooking and baking in a multitude of ways. One of the easiest and most accessible ways is making it into a gel first.

Chia Gel

Take 9 parts water to 1 part Chia seeds. You can also use more water for a less thick gel.

Pour slightly warm water  into a container with a tight-fitting lid.  Slowly pour Chia seeds into the water. Shake the container for 15 seconds. Let stand for a minute and shake again. Soon the mixture will turn into a gel. This gel will store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Chia gel is  slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, regulating and maintaining  healthy blood sugar levels in the body. Including this gel in your daily diet will help you eat less and still feel satisfied. The gel also helps with regularity, as it contains a lot of fiber. The gel works well in smoothies and in baking.

You can modify this recipe and grind the seeds, releasing their  essential fats for better assimilation.

The gel can be added to sauces, drinks, yogurt, salad dressings, cream cheese, jams, jellies, preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereals, yogurt, dips, puddings, soups, or other liquid or creamy foods. Add the gel, mix well and taste. The gel won’t affect the flavor of foods, but will increase its nutritional value. The texture gets smoother with the addition of Chia, while the flavor stays intact. In addition to adding up to 50% to 75% more volume to the foods used, Chia “removes” calories and fat because its gel is 90% water.

If you like to bake, you can use Chia gel as a fat replacer by substituting the oil in your breads with Chia gel. Top your favorite bread dough before baking with Chia gel (for toping on baked goods, breads, cookies, piecrust, etc., reduce the water ration to 8 parts water to 1 part Chia seed) for added shelf life.

Chia Gel can also replace up to half of the butter or oil in any recipe without altering the flavor or the cooking method.

Chia gel or chia seeds can also be added to smoothies or other liquid foods, without being made into the gel first.

Chia seeds can be eaten with almond milk, instead of a cereal.

Chia seeds can replace flax seeds in recipes.

Buy some Chia seed and experiment!