Chia seeds are versatile, and there are so many savory chia seed recipes that make use of these oval-shaped seeds—breakfast bowls, burgers, and even meatballs!
Every time you hear about chia seeds, the first thing that comes to mind is probably pudding.
Chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry…you get the idea.
But there’s more to this superfood than sweet and creamy custard-like desserts.
You don’t have to limit yourself to chia seed puddings when it comes to cooking with this multipurpose, filling ingredient.
These oval-shaped seeds that become gelatinous when cooked or soaked in liquid are the stuff of culinary dreams!
That’s because chia seeds have a mild, nutty taste, which makes them so versatile.
And they’re the top substitute for binding agents due to their high viscosity when soaked.
This means that you can add them to just about any savory dish for added flavor and texture.
Whether you’re looking for a plant-based egg replacement or just a way to bulk up your dishes—chia seeds have you covered.
You’ll find that chia seeds can add a unique kick to everything they touch!
So, if you’re looking for delicious savory chia seed recipes, I’ve put together some of the best.
#28 is one of the go-to breakfast recipes I make every weekend!
Here’s a delectable indulgence that will surprise you—the Tomato Chia Jam!
With the tanginess of tomato and earthy chia seeds, you’ll love spreading this jam on your crackers, toast, and sandwiches every chance you get.
Some days call for maple-drenched pancakes.
Other days call for something a bit more piquant.
If it’s the latter that you’re looking for, this Spinach & Chia Pancake recipe can help get you out of your breakfast rut.
The right balance of creamy with a crispy edge, these pancakes are best served with cheese, hummus, or even sautéed veggies.
With a base of zucchini and chia seeds, these muffins can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You can even add some bacon and cheese for a tantalizing spin on traditional muffins that you won’t be able to resist.
If you’re a pizza lover, this combination of chia seeds, oats, and all other fixings of the classic Italian dish is a must-try.
This has all the flavors of a classic pizza, with the added benefits of chia seeds and oats.
You can enjoy it as a hot breakfast or even slice it and serve it as an appetizer.
I just love making my own crackers from scratch.
These Chia Seed Crackers are simple to make and can be enjoyed with just about any topping.
You can also make them ahead of time and keep them in an airtight container to keep them crunchy for weeks.
These are my go-to vegan burgers.
Combining carrots, chickpeas, and chia seeds creates an appetizing and hearty burger patty.
A bite of this is enough to satisfy your burger cravings.
If you want to make it even better, add a vegan cheese of your choice for an extra-special treat.
Want another umami-packed vegan burger?
This Lentil Mushroom Burger takes the classic veggie burger to a new level with its earthy relish and chewiness.
14. Protein Pancakes
This has a cup of ground breakfast sausage in the batter, and I’m sold.
These pancakes taste delicious and can be enjoyed as part of a meal or as an on-the-go snack.
For every pancake fanatic out there, these Pancakes Topped With Sautéed Mushrooms & Spinach are a must-try.
This divine combination of seasonings will have you questioning why you only had pancakes with syrup before.
These golden-brown patties are made from sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
The chia and flax seeds add a delightful crunch to the otherwise soft texture of these patties.
You can enjoy these by themselves or as part of a sandwich.
One of my struggles with vegan burgers, meatballs, and other dishes is that it’s difficult to hold them together.
But with these buckwheat meatballs, it’s a whole different story.
They are perfectly held together while still maintaining an incredibly moist inside.
You can enjoy them with your pasta or as hors d’oeuvres.
20. Squash Crackers
Store-bought crackers are often loaded with preservatives and mystery ingredients.
But if you want to enjoy snacks without worrying about the ingredients, these Squash Crackers can take care of that.
A handful of these is enough to make even the hungriest person happy.
21. Carrot Tart
The thought alone of this Argentinean-style tart makes my mouth water.
It has a crispy crust filled with sweet carrots, red bell pepper, cheese, and chia seeds.
By its taste alone, you won’t be able to keep from finishing it off in one sitting.
Want to make your morning eggs a bit more interesting?
The sweetness of the bottarga and crunchy chia seeds on a fried egg is an impeccable combination.
This breakfast will fuel you with energy and make sure your mornings are as delicious as they can be.
Looking for that perfect protein-packed breakfast?
This Chickpeas Omelet has it all, with the added crunch of chia seeds and a light, fluffy texture.
With this on your plate in the mornings, you’ll be looking forward to breakfast every day.
These Chia Seed Potato Cakes are one of the savory chia seed recipes that you shouldn’t miss!
The chia seeds and the egg give the cakes their structure, while the potatoes add that distinct sweet, mild flavor.
This asparagus salad is elegant and sophisticated, but it’s easy to make.
The lemon-chia dressing ties all the piquancy together and adds a bit of creaminess to the salad.
Keep this one in your bookmarks for casual get-togethers or impromptu lunches.
These protein bars are a great way to energize yourself without compromising the taste.
The chickpeas and chia seeds give this snack a great texture so that you can enjoy it even more.
Prepare a bunch of these to keep in your bag or desk drawer for those moments when you need a pick-me-up.
This Red Pepper & Chia BBQ Relish is a great condiment to have on hand.
It’s sweet and smoky and adds great flavor to burgers or other dishes.
The crunchy texture of these Flax And Chia Seed Keto Crackers makes them a great snack for when you’re craving something salty.
The combination of seeds in this recipe helps to make these crackers even more flavorful.
31. Vegan Muffins
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these muffins.
You get a delicious take on the classic with olives and tomatoes as toppings and chia seeds in the mix.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better snack than these.
The bottom line
Sweet chia seed recipes will always be welcome in my kitchen.
But these savory recipes with chia seeds prove that the versatility of this tiny seed goes beyond desserts and sweet snacks.
From breakfast foods and salads to snacks, desserts, and condiments, chia seeds can be used in various delectable recipes.
And remember to add chia seeds to your grocery list next time you go shopping.
It is worth experimenting with this superfood in the kitchen.
Who knows, they might even become your new go-to ingredient!
- Tomato Chia Jam
- Spinach & Chia Pancakes
- Cauliflower “Oat” Bowl
- Chia Oats With Salsa, Avocado & Fried Egg
- Masala Chia Oats
- Sesame Seed & Chia Cookies
- Flourless Zucchini Chia Savory Breakfast Muffins
- Pizza Oatmeal Bake
- Chia Seed Crackers
- Cottage Cheese Bowl
- Chia Curry Dressing
- Curried Carrot Chickpea Chia Burgers
- Lentil Mushroom Burgers
- Protein Pancakes
- Pancakes With Sautéed Mushrooms & Spinach
- Sweet Potato & Chickpeas Burger Patties
- Savory Vegan Buckwheat Meatballs
- Tomato Galette
- Butternut Squash Oatmeal
- Squash Crackers
- Carrot Tart
- Eggplant Meatballs
- Fried Egg With Bottarga & Chia Seeds
- Chickpeas Omelets
- Chia Seed Potato Cakes
- Sagey Leek & White Bean Patties
- Asparagus Salad With Lemon-Chia Dressing
- Chickpeas Protein Bars
- Chia & Red Pepper BBQ Relish
- Flax & Chia Seed Keto Crackers
- Vegan Muffins
- Have a look at our list of Savory Chia Seed Recipes.
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