While pudding may have been the recipe that catapulted chia seeds from the shelves of niche health food stores to the Pinterest boards of millennials everywhere, the tiny superfood shouldn't be limited to just this sweet treat. We're making a case for expanding your repertoire to include chia seed recipes that don't necessarily involve an overnight soak in the fridge. Spanning a savory recipe for crispy almond cashew crackers to a sweet tooth–satisfying recipe for seedy quinoa chocolate bark, the following collection is proof that the versatile seeds with a cult following deserve a permanent spot in your pantry.
Chai-Spiced Cardamom Chia Seed Granola Parfaits
Chia seeds, pistachios, rolled oats, shredded coconut, and a mix of flavorful spices come together in this mouthwatering chai-spiced cardamom granola recipe. "I dare you to whip up a batch and tell me it's not the best ever," says Sarah of Broma Bakery. Pair it with yogurt and fresh berries to make these palate-pleasing parfaits.
Seedy Quinoa Chocolate Bark
Satisfy your sweet tooth by whipping up a batch of this seedy quinoa chocolate bark, which is packed with chia seeds, almonds, walnuts, and quinoa, of course. "I love decorating chocolate with colors and textures," says Sarah of Broma Bakery. "So to accentuate the nuttiness of this bark, I topped it with pistachios and cacao nibs. And also dried rose hips and flaked sea salt."
Almond Cashew Crackers
These savory almond cashew crackers are proof of just how versatile chia seeds really are. "They're easy to make with minimal ingredients, gluten-free, and completely natural," says recipe creator Sonja of A Couple Cooks. The crispy crackers get a generous sprinkling of chia seeds after they come out of the oven.
Banana and Chocolate Chia Cream Pie Parfaits
If you've never tried chia seed pudding, this is the chia seed pudding recipe you need to make stat (trust us). Layers of chocolate chia seed pudding and banana coconut pudding are topped with crunchy, caramelized buckwheat. "It does take a little chill time for those chia seeds to do their magic, but other than that, they're quick, easy, and simple," says recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Superfood Salad With Fresh Blueberry Dressing
This superfood salad is "just a bunch of very nutritious, but still very accessible, foods [tossed] together with some extra flavor and texture elements thrown in," says Laura of The First Mess. It's topped with an omega-seed sprinkle featuring chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and other ingredients packed with omega-3s.
Vanilla Bean Porridge With Strawberries and Chia Seeds
Start your morning off right with vanilla bean porridge topped with strawberries and chia seeds. The super seeds may just be a topping, but you'd be remiss if you skipped them, as they add a slight crunch to the porridge. For an extra-hearty morning meal, "don't grind the millet all the way into flour" if you "prefer to have some cracked bits of grain for texture," advises Laura of The First Mess.
No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites
Does an afternoon slump hit you hard around 2 p.m.? Make a batch of these no-bake peanut butter and jelly energy bites for a much-needed boost. Chia seeds and flaxseeds add "plant-based protein and fiber plus a serving of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids," explains Dana of Minimalist Baker.