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Never Ending Oatmeal Bowl

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chia seed oatmeal recipe

When I first tried chia seeds (in the form of chia pudding), I wasn’t a fan. I wanted to like them: they’re so good for you. But eating something just because it’s good for you?


You don’t have to suffer for health.

If you aren’t big on a certain food, there are plenty of ways to get all your nutrients somewhere else. For example, my sister hates bananas. So she gets her potassium from foods she does like, such as yams, spinach, and broccoli. No big deal. Remember that mental health is an important component to overall health, too. If you’re choking down foods you detest, your mental health will suffer.

Going back to the chia… Although I didn’t like the pudding, I was willing to give the seeds a second chance. Perhaps I’d enjoy them in a different form. After all, everyone in the blogworld seems to adore them. So when the Health Warrior Company offered me some samples, I accepted.

giant bowl of oatmeal

And I discovered that I do like chia seeds. They are awesome in oatmeal!

Never-Ending Oatmeal Bowl

(serves 1)

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup more milk of choice
  • sweetener and add-ins of choice

Either cook oats, milk, and salt on the stovetop, or place your oats and salt in a large, microwaveable dish (I use a pyrex 4-cup measurer) with the milk of choice. Microwave 1 and 1/2 minutes, then add your chia and 1/2 cup more liquid. Microwave 2 more minutes. Don’t open the microwave door yet. Instead, leave your mixture for five minutes. Then stir and put in the fridge—uncovered—overnight. Next day, it will magically be thick and ready for your favorite add-ins!

For sweetener, try using The Melted Banana Trick.

Also, I really like to put the cooked oatmeal in my Magic Bullet and blend just a little. This “blended grains” trick really helps all the flavors to meld together.

chia oats

Do you ever eat foods you don’t really like, just because they’re good for you?
Or do you ever feel pressured to eat a certain food because other bloggers like it? We are all different and our bodies crave different things (and amounts). We should NOT base our food choices on what anyone else is eating. It’d be really weird (not to mention boring) if we were all exactly the same.

This is one of the main reasons I’m not planning on doing another “day in the life” post even though a lot of readers have asked. I don’t feel comfortable knowing others will compare their eating habits to mine or try to mimic what I eat. The way I eat is only perfect for me. You need to listen to your own body, not to what anyone around you is doing.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I’ve been wanting to like them too, but can’t stand the chia pudding (it never pudding-izes for me)! I agree that they’re great in oats though!

  2. VEGirl says:


    Thank you for this :). I’m so glad that the blogworld has been raising this issue more. I don’t necessarily feel pressured into eating certain foods, as much as eating certain amounts. I think blogs were/are a great resource (for me, who knew that eating smaller, more frequent meals would clear up a lot of my digestion issues? I didn’t do it because I “had to” really, but becuase I was curious to try it. And it worked… FOR ME!).

    I sometimes feel like my posts have to reflect the ideal me or show me indulging to show I don’t fall into the comparison blog trap. But I am not ideal, and I compare, too! There is a fine line between setting a good example and not making your life miserable doing so.

  3. I totally agree that you shouldn’t make yourself eat something you don’t like (though I’m telling you – my peach chia pudding is realllly good! :) ). There is way too much good food in the world to force something down – there are other ways of getting nutrients. Nothing in the world will get me to eat cauliflower. The. End.

    P.S. This just made me think of my mom saying “If everyone was jumping off a bridge, would YOU?”

  4. Lisa Fine says:

    That’s such a good point. I love blogging [and food blogs] because I find out about lots of interesting, new foods. But I also never force myself to eat something I don’t like.

    On another note, my partner often mentions how he doesn’t get the food combinations I make. Some things I like to eat may be strange, but if I find them delicious, so be it.

  5. I have been trying eggplant time and time again because I read that they are super-healthy. But I never liked it! I don’t really feel pressured to eat a certain food other bloggers like. Mostly, its because I can’t (because its not available) or I’ve tried it and did not like it. Hehe.

    I’ve never ever had chia seeds before or even seen the real thing! Its only available at organic shops in Singapore. Looks great though! 😀

  6. I wish I could try this, it seems like every post I read these days features chia seeds! But they’re simply not available in Ireland. I usually sub in ground flax anywhere chia is used but I don’t know if it’s that suitable a substitution? Having never had chia seeds :(

    I don’t force myself to eat any food I don’t like – I think there are so many different options out there that there’s really no need. It might be different if I didn’t like an entire food group, like vegetables in general, but that’s not the case for me. Why force myself to eat oranges when I love all other fruit? I’ll just eat all the other options!

    1. The Health Warrior company offered me 8 bags for a giveaway… I’m emailing them right now to see if it can be open to non-US readers! :)

      1. Oohhh thanks Katie, that would be fab! :)

        1. They said no :(. But at least I tried!

          1. Aww thanks anyway Katie, Maybe they’ll make it to our shores one day :)

          2. Jenny$1983 says:

            Hi Aine – I live in England and I get mine from as they’re the cheapest, not sure if they deliver to Ireland (it says UK), but if they don’t might deliver to you, and also have chia seeds in stock. It’s worth checking out! HTH :)

          3. Thanks Jenny, I’ll check that out! :)

          4. Nic says:

            Aine, I live in Ireland too and I order Chia Seeds from! A big tub costs $3.50 to ship, I can’t remember the price of the tub itself but I know it’s way cheaper than my local healthfood store.

          5. deisegal says:

            Another vote for iherb delivering to Ireland here! I’ve also seen chia seeds in Nourish health food stores and Down to Earth on George’s Street (but those are all Dublin based which might not suit). I’ve only bought one pack of chia seeds in an actual shop though becuase iherb still works out cheaper even with shipping ! The post man in work just LOVES me as I’m always getting packagings 😉

          6. Joanna says:

            You can also use camelina seeds if those are more accessible.

  7. LOVE this post!…. Why do we judge ourselves so much? I don’t know but it seems so easy to get down on yourself, especially with all the awesome bloggers out there! It is important to BE YOURSELF! Thank you for the reminder!

  8. Mellie says:

    I agree, you shouldn’t eat things if they don’t taste good just cause they’re healthy! And I don’t like avocados either, yuck!

    1. Haha I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

  9. teabagginit says:

    i so tried to love/force down avocados because i know they’re so good for you, but i just can’t! i naturally don’t like fat-containing foods, so i have to make sure to include good fats like sardines, salmon, and walnuts just to meet my macro reqs!

  10. Pureglow*16 says:

    LOVE THIS so much. You were probably SO right on everything you said about the blogger peer pressures. I’m pretty sure everyone has somehow gotten caught up in that b4! Weird all the little issues that can happen in the BLOG world right? haha. Its so important to listen to YOUR body because what other peoples bodies need may be COMPLETELY different!!

    Also I was going to ask you if you have ever used sunwarrior protein powders?

    1. I haven’t! I am so intrigued to try them, because I’ve NEVER seen any blogger post a bad review… but I am cheap and lazy and therefore have never ordered a giant tub online. I don’t think I’ve actually had ANY protein powder in about a year.
      Someday I’ll have to try it, though! :)

    2. The only “negative” review of Sunwarrior that I have seen is on Edible Perspective — I think she said it was chalky?

      And I thought this post from Peas and Thank You was a good review of other protein powder options:

      1. Thanks, Holly, my avocado-loving friend :).

  11. Jen says:

    I completely agree with you about not eating food we don’t like, just because it’s healthy. That’s such bullshit. Life is too short to eat foods we don’t enjoy. There are so many healthy foods out there, that there is definitely no shortage of nutritious things to eat…nutritious things that we actually WANT to eat.

    I don’t like veggie juice, so I’m not going to go juice a stalk celery no matter how many other bloggers do it. That goes against eating intuitively, which is something I strongly believe in. Satisfaction comes from giving our bodies what they want. :)

    1. Ick! Carrot juice! LOL I’ve tried it a few times… but it is just awful to my tastebuds. Awful awful awful! Actually, just raw carrots in general. I guess I am not part rabbit :).

  12. Louise says:

    I’m intrigued as to what you might suggest for breakfast if you don’t enjoy oatmeal.

    Personally I only enjoy a few combinations and I get bored quite quickly with them if I eat them constantly so I’m wondering what you would suggest for another breakfast – cold please, I can’t eat hot food in the morning!

    1. Hey Louise!

      Oh gosh, there are tons of things you can still eat! :)
      The #1 thing that comes to my mind is pancakes! But also, any of my healthy milkshakes:
      Or muffins, waffles, cold cereal, french toast, or even my healthy ice cream recipes. (Haha I’ve done it before!)
      Or even banana bread in a bowl:
      I could go on and on… I love breakfast :).

  13. Sometimes I really want to like foods that everyone else likes. My struggle is eggplant – it s such a common vegetarian option at restaurants, but I just can’t get on board with it!!

    1. I have a love/hate relationship with eggplant. Some days I love it, others I hate its texture… I think it also depends on the eggplant. You can get a really ripe, yummy one, or a really chewy, icky one!

      1. Nathalie says:

        Have you ever tried the small Japanese eggplants? They’re sweet enough to eat raw, whereas the typical (huge) ones you can get in the states are quite bitter.

  14. Thanks for this post! I loved it. I went through that with my blog, the whole, I have to eat what other people are eating. And you were right, it didn’t work out. My blog felt fake. So I started eating and posting what I wanted to, and it’s sooooo much better. p.s.- that oatmeal looks soo good! I’m so glad it’s summer and fresh fruit and berries are in abundance.

  15. Leslie Paquette says:

    Awesome post! I agree that you shouldn’t eat foods you don’t enjoy just because they are healthy. Easy for me to say though because I like pretty much everything :) They are so many foods out there that you should certainly eat the ones you enjoy. The “right” food choices for one individual may be completely different from another. I use other bloggers diets only as ideas for myself. I may try eating a certain food for breakfast and then decide I’m not enjoying it or it’s not keeping me full long enough and try eating something else. I love all of the recipe ideas on all of the blogs because they help add so much variation to my diet. Regarding chia seeds- I love them. I use them mostly in overnight oats or chia pudding but I’ve also added them to baked goods, pancakes, granola bars etc for a little extra nutritional boost.

    1. I want to experiment with them in baked goods… I know you can even use them to replace eggs in recipes, but I’ve never actually tried it! 😕

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for this great post! I have always hated dairy milk. I didn’t like the look, taste, or smell of it. However, when I was a kid, my mother insisted upon buying it and insisted that at least occasionally I drink it or put some in my cereal (which I ultimately stopped eating entirely) because she claimed that I “needed calcium.” One day, she was complaining to a doctor that I did not ever drink milk. He looked at her and said, “Ma’am, your daughter is not a baby cow. Milk is for baby cows not humans. If she doesn’t want to drink it don’t make her.” :)

    Recently, I discovered almond milk and coconut milk, which taste much better and are fortified with more calcium anyway.

    1. LOL Oh I wish your doctor had been mine! I was the same way. My mom had to put chocolate in my milk in order for me to drink it. I would NOT drink plain milk, and she was so afraid I wouldn’t get enough calcium.

  17. I lurrve chia seeds and have been making your oats with them for a while then waking up to amazing overnight oats in the morning! I think your totally right, if you love things like broccoli then thats great but whats the point in eating (or doing) something you don’t love, even for the sake of health? I think good food should nourish your soul as well as your body, something that can certainly be said for your amazing recipes!

  18. I love chia seeds!!! I put them in my cookie dough bowls eeevery day :)

  19. Jenny says:

    I second Leslie’s very first words: Awesome [awesome awesome awesome] post! I’m jumping on what I’m sure will be a huge bandwagon of people agreeing that YES, you’re absolutely right – in my opinion – about not forcing ourselves to choke down foods that we don’t like, merely because they’re touted as healthy or superfoods. I never eat foods that I hate just because they’re healthy, and similarly I most certainly don’t fight allergies in order to eat some of the healthiest foods in the world (coconut oil or butter, eggs…).

    I used to feel pressured to eat like bloggers, until I noticed that a common theme amongst the blogs was that the bloggers’ opinions seemed to all say one thing: “To each their own”. And it’s not like all the food bloggers eat alike, anyway! So I spent less/no time copying bloggers and more time finding what works specifically for me… and it’s done wonders. :)

    Thank you thank you thank you for bringing this topic up! It’s great to be reminded that we shouldn’t ignore our preferences and enjoyment of life, and that there are numerous ways to get nutrients from other foods. As for chia seeds… I love ’em! It’s fun to take advantage of their ability to expand, of course, but I have to admit that I also love sprinkling them on stuff. Makes food look so pretty!

    Have a great Thursday~!

    1. Aw, I’m so glad you liked the post! I just feel like there is a reason a person doesn’t like a particular food. Ya know? Like, maybe their dislike is their body’s way of saying, “This isn’t good for me, personally.” I always think it is so funny how we can be so different. For example, you could not make my grandpa’s food spicy enough… yet my mom (his daughter) hates ALL spicy food!

  20. Laura says:

    “life is too short to eat food you don’t absolutely love”
    Keep in mind this is a really privileged stance. Not everyone can afford the cost in time or in money to eat only foods they love.

    1. Yeah, I guess that’s true. Thanks for bringing this up. You’re right that food is nourishment first and foremost for many people in the world, and they don’t have the luxury of choosing what they want to eat. I didn’t mean for my post to sound elitist :(.
      But if you ARE lucky enough to have a choice, don’t waste it!

  21. THANK YOU, for saying that we are all different and that our bodies requires different amounts of food. When I first entered the blogging world I would compare myself for just about every food/health blogger out there. Then I realized that my body may need more/less food depending on the day, or my cravings or how tall I am etc. Being healthy is a state of mind and feeling good about yourself, not how much you eat compared to someone else=)

    1. So true! I always marvel at how little my sister eats (probably half of what I eat)… and yet she is perfectly healthy too!

  22. My eating style is different from a lot of bloggers simply by virtue of my schedule. I eat a lot of leftovers because I cook at the beginning of the week. And I definitely only eat things I enjoy! Life’s too short. I’m glad you found a way to get your chia in!

  23. Pam says:

    What kind/brand of chia seeds did you use and where did you buy them? I used them once. I forget what kind I bought. But I could never get good results from them.

    1. As I wrote in the post, I received them from a company called Health Warrior. But I think you can buy them in the bulk section of most health-food stores.

  24. There are plenty of foods I don’t like — #1 being coconut!!! I’ll trade you all the coconuts in the world for the avocados that you don’t like :)

    I don’t feel pressured to eat/try certain foods, I feel more pressure to make sure everything is organic, from mindful companies, etc — and for me that is hard to keep up with. I do the best I can but I’m not perfect.

  25. Allie says:

    I love chia seeds in overnight oats–glad you gave them another try! I haven’t used them in hot oatmeal yet, but I’m just not a hot-oatmeal-in-summer sort of person. And I dislike smoothies. Don’t care how much the health world loves smoothies/shakes and how often recipes appear all over the place, I just want to EAT my food, and will not go for the health benefits of green smoothies/etc because I know I won’t be satisfied. That said, I like giving health food a go, because you never know what you might find and like.

    1. I just dislike hot oatmeal ALL the time! Even in the winter, I eat my oatmeal cold :).

  26. Lauren W says:

    I just bought some chia seeds and then had no idea what to do with them. Perfect! 😀

  27. Molly says:

    Oh my gosh, I hate avocados too! Like, literally, I HATE them! My parents buy them all the time and I tried one and spit it out. I told my mom it tasted like a vegetable trying to be a meat. Haha I have no idea where that statement came from but its how I felt :p

    1. Hehe glad I’m not the only one!

  28. Lauren says:

    I’m pretty sure every single blogger in the universe eats oatmeal for breakfast but I do NOT! Maybe I should re-name my blog “NOT an oatmeal eater”. Don’t get me wrong, I like oatmeal but for some reason it is just a little too heavy for me for breakfast. Instead, I start every day with two eggs scrambled, an english muffin and some fruit. I think the blogging world needs to give some more props to EGGS!

    1. I bet that blog would actually be pretty popular! A LOT of people tell me they don’t like oatmeal; not just bloggers, but lots of my friends too!

      1. Paula says:

        Now I’m confused. I thought you were an ethical vegan Katie. You think a blog supporting consumption of eggs would be a good thing? Please clarify.

        Also, I am disappointed to see that some of your readers still don’t have a clue or a heart about animal exploitation, suffering or slaughter.

        1. Ohhhhhh no. I didn’t say anything about the eggs. I said I think her idea to start a blog called “not an oatmeal eater” would be popular. So many people tell me that they don’t like oatmeal!

    2. hannah @ Theflexitarianeater says:

      I agree!!!!

      1. hannah @ Theflexitarianeater says:

        And yes, I ONLY eat eggs from my local farmers market (and believe me, I have interrogated the farmer extensively) or from my neighbors chickens! Please don’t be so quick to judge…

        1. Lauren says:

          I’m also very picky about where I get my eggs…usually they are from my personal friend who has chickens in her backyard! Of course I’m still sensitive to those who don’t eat any animal products and those that love their oatmeal :)

        2. Paula says:

          Still I wonder what happens to the male chicks even in these “humane” scenarios … and so, yes I am quick to judge (especially when someone generally refers to eggs). I don’t trust it, don’t trust it all.

  29. Paula says:

    But doesn’t heating the chia (or flaxseed for that matter too) reduce its value?

    Katie — do you like hemp/hemp milk? I tried hemp milk and it’s thumbs down.

    1. I don’t know about the heating thing. I never thought about it! I’d be interested to know… but honestly, I get enough omega 3s anyway, so it’s no big deal.
      I’ve heard that overcooking your broccoli reduces its nutritional value… but that doesn’t stop me from microwaving it for 12 minutes! Oops ;).

      And I am right there with you on hemp milk! YUCK! Hemp protein powder too!

      1. Rachel says:

        But hemp ice cream (Tempt brand) is sooo yummy!

  30. Barb says:

    I love chia seeds! I bake them in pretty much everything… I’ve been putting them in my oatmeal, homebaked bread, and granola bars for a year now!

  31. Megan says:

    THANK YOU for your encouraging and empowering post! I don’t have a blog but I definitely keep up with all the blogging foodies. I often feel like I am so unhealthy because I don’t eat ______ food. Thanks for reminding me that everyone is completely different! I am recovering from ED and so my meal plan looks different (and sometimes bigger) than other people…and that’s okay! Also, chia pudding never looked appealing to me either; however, I do like them in overnight oats!

    1. Oh my gosh, yes, it is definitely ok to be different! I do not eat at all like my friends… but we have taught each other things along the way. I’ve taught them to like tofu, and they taught me about the joys of eating pillsbury frosting from the tub.
      Oops, I mean… I did not just say that on a healthy-living blog ;).
      (Hey, it’s actually vegan!)

  32. I LOVE VOLUMINOUS OATS! i made a trick too with oat bran that works magically..! ive tried chias before but sometimes i get get over the texture!! volume is a win tho! i think ill have some oats from lunch in my dorm room!/…. nahh i never ocmpare myself.. i just do what i want and eat what i want and i know im doing fine that way!

  33. LizAshlee says:

    Great trick! I am all about getting the most volume out of the least ingredients!! :)

    I don’t feel pressured to eat foods I don’t like-I typically will find a modification for the ingredient to make it more suitable for me! I am pretty open-minded when it comes to trying new foods though and willing to try pretty much anything!

    Enjoy a lovely day!

  34. Jenn Friedman says:

    I have been looking for ways to make my oatmeal never-ending!! Thanks Katie!!

  35. Paula says:

    Eggs? Gosh, if you are not vegan-conscious then I at least hope that the eggs you’re talking about are truly free-range and raised with a no-kill intent. If not, please see some footage.

    1. Sorry, I’m very confused… did I mention eating eggs in my post?
      I haven’t eaten an egg in over 8 years, so I’m really confused by your comment!

      1. Paula says:

        sorry Katie, I know you are vegan (xo). I was referring to Lauren’s post.

        1. Lorin says:

          Some people like to eat eggs and that’s there choice, stop attacking people about what they like to eat without even knowing them.

          1. Paula says:

            Ahhh … another invocation of the notion of personal choice. I take it you would protect the choices of pedophiles, slave and sex traders, Jeffrey Dahmer, Michael Vick, genociders, agricultural workers who suffocate or wood-chip male chicks …? Personal choice is fine as no-one, including an animal, directly or indirectly gets hurt. What’s your definition — I like it and it tastes good so I’m going to do it and don’t tell me what to do? Very smart, very smart.

            And in case you didn’t know it, this is a pro-vegan website, and my reaction was quite appropriate. I wasn’t attacking anyone, I was defending these animals by telling it like it is. What does knowing a person have to do with anything?

  36. I don’t force myself to eat anything that I don’t want to but I did think it was weird that I seemed to be the only one that wasn’t a fan of oats in the morning. I did keep trying oats and found a way to enjoy them in things other than oatmeal cookies. BUT onions and I will just never be friends! Thanks so much for bringing this up :)

  37. I will make myself try a food even if I don’t think I’ll like it, but I won’t (and CANT) make myself actually like something. That’s just life!

    Although, I think we balance the blog world perfectly. You can have all the icky coconut shtuff and I’ll take all of the avocado deliciousness. Deal?

    1. Haha yes! You and Holly (@therunnyegg) can help yourselves to my portion of green avocado mush! 😉

  38. I wouldn’t use the word “pressured”, but I’d definitely say I have been influenced by bloggers and their meals. Haven’t we all? I believe I’ve been influenced in a good way though. Blogging has taught me that it’s okay and necessary to have some healthy fats in my diet and it has introduced me to many great things that I couldn’t imagine life without now! :-)

  39. Julene says:

    Do chia seeds have a taste to them? I’ve seen them mentioned in a lot of recipes lately but am wary… completely without reason, apparently.

    1. They do have a somewhat sweet taste… maybe like pistachios? I can’t really pinpoint it.
      But it definitely isn’t without reason to be wary! I HATED the pudding I once made with them!

  40. Michaela says:

    I really like that post, thank you.
    I NEVER eat something only because it´s good for me, never!! I feel eating has to be something enjoyable and I do pretty well with the food I eat 😉

  41. Lissy says:

    there’s really only a handful of foods I hate and the only healthy one is asparagus. It’s been pretty easy to avoid :)
    I’m not a big fan of meat, but I eat it out of convenience (don’t want people cooking special for me) and to not feel sick when I really am craving a good burger.
    The last time and only time in the past year when I’ve forced myself to eat something was the turkey wrap at Jekyl and Hyde. it wasn’t healthy, but I had to eat for the sake of keeping myself fueled and it was just the worst meal I ever had. salt salt salt

  42. Emilia says:

    What a great post! So true indeed: what we enjoy and how much we require is so unique to us and not the same for everybody. When I was little I was forced to eat veggies, nuts and other things I didn’t enjoy as I didn’t like them at all. Coincidentally, now, I love them– maybe eating a few things I didn’t like caused me to love them in adult life :)
    Really though, so spot- on. We shouldn’t eat foods we don’t like just because we think it’s healthy. Lucky for us there’s SO many more options out there to get in healthy nutrition!
    Also, I heart chia seeds!

  43. lindsay says:

    the comparison trap really strains us, doesnt it. Everyone has different needs, wants, etc. when it comes to food and we should embrace our so called “individuality” when it comes to food choices. And that definitely takes time and confidence. Well said Katie!

  44. Aja says:

    Looks good, and I bet a lot of oatmeal lovers will enjoy it, but for some reason I have a kind of intolerance for oatmeal. I couldn’t eat it as a kid and I tried again when I read all these blogs and how much they loved it, but I just can’t enjoy it.

    I hate comparing myself to other people. I always feel terrible for it so I try to stop as soon as I can.

  45. I got a lot of good recipe ideas from other bloggers, but I don’t ever feel pressured to eat certain things. I’ll give all the foods a fair shot, but if I don’t like them, I’m not eating them. Way too many things out there I DO like to be wasting my time with foods I don’t.

  46. I have been trying to like avacado and cottage cheese for awhile….YUCK!! I dont wanna force-feed them any longer haha. I am actually still on the fence about chia seeds, I need to get more to try again :) great post girl!!

  47. I actually don’t like chia seeds either. I think they have no taste whatsoever and they get stuck in my teeth…yuck! I know they have good nutrients but I would rather eat nuts or flax for the same nutrients because atleast those add some flavor! Chia’s are just kind of….blaaaah.

    1. That’s why I hate sesame seeds! They always get stuck in my teeth! Sooo annoying!
      And I just tried Nutzo and love it… except for those seeds getting stuck. :(

  48. Caitie says:

    I definately have to have my morning oatmeal or oatbran. If you haven’t tried oatbran yes I completely recommend it! I find it’s much creamier than oatmeal and has much more fibre in it. While I’ve never tried chia seeds in my oatmeal/bran I usually add in 1 tbsp of flax seeds (you have to love those omega fatty acids!). I assume it would have about the same effect as chia seeds as it adds a fun bite to it!

    1. Mel says:

      Just make sure it is ground flax seed you are eating, otherwise you do not reap the full benefits of flax. Grinding the seeds releases the oil and therefore the omega-3!

      1. Good tip! I didn’t know that for the first year I ate flax… I thought I was doing such a good job, eating the whole seeds!

  49. O.C. says:

    Yay for this post :) agreed that life is too short to eat things we don’t like. And everyone likes different things! That’s what there are so many interesting kinds of food.
    I am so trying chia seeds in oats. I put them in smoothies to thicken them up but I’d never think to do it with oats.!

  50. Alyssa says:

    Amen! Life is too short for (IMO) brussels sprouts. So Hubby gets more!
    I’m going to have to try the blender trick, as well as the banana trick.
    I think when your book comes out I may have to quit my job, just so I have time to focus on making all your recipes!!!!!!

  51. lynne says:

    I’ve actually never tried chia seeds…but they sound yummy now! Hm, yea i’ve def eaten some food just because they’re healthy. like fish bones (YUCK!) i didn’t want to eat them, but they were “supposedly” supposed to improve my bones…

  52. I really love your tips for making oatmeal last longer and taste better! I do like oatmeal, but I feel like sometimes other bloggers can really go overboard on their obsession with it and posting about it I get it that it’s good, but…it’s just oatmeal! I can’t wait to try out your tips!

  53. Tara says:

    Ick, I never make myself eat things just because it’s a blog world trend! Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal. I like it occasionally – I had oat bran this morning at it was AWESOME, and it had chia seeds but thats not the point – I’m not gonna force myself to eat it because everyone else does. Luckily there aren’t many foods that I don’t like!
    Have you tried using chia seeds as an egg? It works just like a flax egg, in fact I personally think it works better!

    1. I haven’t! I really need to, huh?

  54. Char says:

    Yeeeaaahhh, Katie!! You tell it, girl!! 😉

    I used to struggle with eating ‘perfect,’ but I’ve gotten to the point where I eat what I want, when I want, & feel HAPPY about it! Life is meant to be enjoyed!! :)

  55. Amber K says:

    I can’t eat things I don’t like, whether they are healthy or not. If something hits my tastebuds wrong I can’t even swallow. Blech. I am a FUN dinner guest, really. 😉

    Like, I love the idea of getting to eat a huge bowl of oatmeal, but I only like oatmeal if it is super thick and dense with the consistency of an oatmeal cookie. Which automatically leads to only a smaller portion.

  56. hannah @ Theflexitarianeater says:

    What a wonderful post, Katie! I wholeheartedly agree that one should never force him or herself to eat something unappetizing! I love healthy food, but there are definitely some healthy foods I absolutely will not eat (beets being the primary one haha). I personally don’t worry too much about what I eat compared to others, but I can definitely see how that could be and is a problem.

    As for the chia sweds, I’m so glad you posted this, because I just tried making chia seed pudding and DID NOT enjoy it one bit. But just last night I was thinking to myself that I still ought to try chia seeds in my oats… What perfect timing!

    1. hannah @ Theflexitarianeater says:

      And by sweds I meant seeds…clearly I can’t type properly on my phone lol

      1. Ooh I am right there with you on the beets! In fact, I picked up a beet the other day on the Whole Foods hot bar, because it sounded good (marinated in orange-sesame sauce, or something like that). But even in the yummy-sounding sauce, I still didn’t like it!

        Also, i-phones are the bane of my existence! My mom keeps asking if I want one for Christmas every year, and I keep saying NO! I can’t type on those things at all! lol

  57. Jess says:

    cool trick! i’ll take my chia seeds with me. personally, i use chia b/c i find it tasteless, but prefer them ground, otherwise they end up stuck in my teeth. i used to sneak them in those homemade larabar/fudge baby recipes, but i haven’t made those recently.

  58. Bianca says:

    I love chia seeds, but I wasn’t super crazy about them in the uncooked overnight oats. I liked chia pudding though….so I will try your cooked version. I bet its delish! There’s actually no food I don’t like, except for licorice….which is really not a food anyway. Oh, I’m also not so crazy about arugala. I guess that’s two foods.

    1. Ick. Arugula. It might as well not be a food. Can we petition the government? :)

  59. Katherine says:

    I love the bowl, and the oats look rocking.
    I have never tried salt in my oats. It seems so strange…

    1. A little salt brings out the sweetness! :)

  60. I actually put them in cooked oatmeal too! I purosefully cook my oatmeal with too much water. After 2ish min in the microwave, I take it out and stir in 1 Tbsp chia seeds, then let it sit for 5 mine. Stir it up, and voila, no more liquid in the bowl! Perfect for when you add too much water by mistake too!

  61. Julia says:

    I used to eat Flinstone’s vitamins because my mom said they were good for me. They were disgusting haha, but I don’t think that’s what you meant.
    But seriously- I truly don’t like bananas that much but feel like I’m totally missing out because they are on every blog every day! I guess everyone else’s banana is my apple…=)

    1. Haha I loved the Peter Rabbit vitamins! I hated the Flinstones ones too… maybe because old guy vitamins are not as cute as rabbit ones! 😉

  62. carrie says:

    Love this post – I hope your thoughts travel all around the blog world! And I’m with you…not a fan of chia pudding… but also thankful I was able to read about it and discover that for myself! (I’m also not an oatmeal person, but hopefully i make it up to you by still dreaming about your “hummus” cookie pie! :). Thanks always for speaking honestly and doing what you do. And for chocolate-coating it!

    1. Mmmm I will never stop chocolate-coating things ;).

  63. Jessica says:

    Ever since reading blogs and discovering new foods, I have experimented with said foods, but I, too, have not liked all of them! I can remember the day when I was so excited to try the much raved about coconut water-hated it. Absolutely hated it. I fully agree with you saying that everyone eats different and no one is the same! :)

  64. Chia seeds make everything just expand and grow and puff up…truly they make things never ending. The volume they generate is mind blowing!

    Do you ever eat foods you don’t really like, just because they’re good for you? = sometimes I would rather have cookies than salads but in the end, I know the salad contains what I need nutrient wise. But I always follow it up with cookies if I am still wanting those, too :)

    Or do you ever feel pressured to eat a certain food because other bloggers like it? = no but I am a 30something grown woman. If I was 18 or 22 and reading blogs, I could definitely see falling into this trap. And sometimes I impulse buy products (less now though!) b/c i see someone use it or buy it and I dont even want the item…but b/c so and so tried it, I do too.

    There sphere has been great for getting me to try certain things that i never would have known about but there is a fine line between pressure and trying things just to try them and that line blurs for many I feel, sadly.

    And good for you for NOT posting a day in the life b/c yes, comparisons. Not good! I talk about this all the time, too!

  65. I agree with ALL of your statements and feel the same way about posting my own daily eats. It’s never gonna happen. I also may never try chia seeds. Not my thang. Although, your voluminous oatmeal bowl is tempting me.

  66. Moni'sMeals says:

    I love this trick, I love my oatmeal but it must be nice and thick. :) i have been doing this for awhile now with the chia seeds, so great!

    I agree, eat what you like rather than force it.

    I am a lucky one, I love almost all “healthy” foods but that does not mean I don’t eat just about everything too. :)

  67. Ann Claire says:

    Ah I love this post! You are so right about not comparing ourselves to others in what we eat (or in anything). I think I’m the old food blogger that doesn’t like sweet potatoes or bananas, but oh well there’s lot of other nutritious food that I do love! and your oatmeal looks delicious! Your photos are so pretty, as always :)

  68. I always put chia in my oats! And in everything else, really. I enjoy feeling the little bubbles in my mouth! reminds me of a soda my mom used to by me when I was little and there was a babysitter coming….I wasn’t very good about letting m parents leave…even if it was only for a couple hours…

    And I don’t really judge my eating habits on other people’s or bloggers. I mean heck, I don’t eat any dairy, gluten, or sugar! Most foods I can’t eat anyway! And I’m ok with that. I have fun experimenting with my own diet and making my own choices with it.

  69. awww you’re such a sweetie, Katie! I love how you don’t want others to compare themselves to you. I think that shows humility and genuine care and concern 😀 To be honest~~with the exception of crazy greasy foods, and all that stuff like soda, I like almost about anything!! Like you said, we’re all different in our food preferences and tolerance, and for some reason almost any food that’s actually deemed “healthy” is delicious to me. After all, I was the child that ate all her veggies 😉

  70. Ragnhild says:

    I love your answer to these questions Katie! THAT is what healthy eating means! Listening to our own body, and not what any blogger, friend, family, whatever says. Of course, hearing other views and options are great, but in the end, it is your own body who knows best!

    I would love to see what you eat in a day. But at the same time, I think it is so great of you to not post it! I know we all are compering ourselfs to each other (I know I am, at least). Im working on not doing that. But I do find it helpful to see that other bloggers eats, and that I should up my food intake!

    Have a wonderful day sweetie <3

  71. You’re awesome. I love that you talked about this. Not only have I noticed that I felt pressure to try certain foods because other bloggers do, but I actually put on a few pounds trying too many new things (that aren’t a part of my normal eating habits) and spent A LOT of money on new expensive ingredients that I don’t usually ahve around the house. Ha ha ha! I’m taking a step back and refocusing a little.
    Gotta love the oats though!!!! :)

    1. Expensive ingredients, yes!!! Reading blogs can be expensive!
      I’m always curious when I read about a new foodie product… like Sun Warrior. Everyone raves about it, but you have to buy a big tub online, which means a lot of $$ and extra shipping. So far, I’ve resisted that one, but who knows in the future!

      Or companies sending you products that you get hooked on? Yes Artisana, I am looking at you! 😉

  72. Aly says:

    Hey Katie,

    First of all, love Chia seeds for growing oatmeal too and I haven’t found any other uses either. The bag I have is about a year old! Maybe one of your readers will suggest something fabulous?!

    Also, I have a question about your blog (like your actual blog, the technical part). I looked for an email address, but couldn’t find one. If you don’t mind, maybe you could email me at when you have a second?


  73. Abby says:

    Terrific post, Katie! This was so helpful for me. I am one of the ones who’s been asking you to do a day in the life, and now I can totally understand why I shouldn’t be looking to you as an example of what to eat even though I do look to you as a shining example of how to eat without guilt. You’ve helped me in my struggle to conquer my ED so so so much, and I am so grateful to you!

  74. sarah says:

    oh thanks for this post, in the past I have ate things i didn’t like but not because they were good for me particulary but because of the calories and that they were safe. now I am still tryin g to work out what foods i do like not what my ed likes! I need to try chai seeds though.

  75. I love chias in my oats! I will have to try this trick! :)

  76. Thanks for posting a recipe with chia seeds! I’ve had a rather large container of them sitting on my kitchen counter for several weeks, just begging to be tried. But they scare me. I’m going to put them in my oatmeal in the morning and hope for the best! (I’ve also heard they are great in muffins)

  77. Aaah SO with you here!! Awesome post!! Actually, I can’t really think of a food right now I don’t like, but I’m sure there is, and I NEVER eat something if I don’t want it! Food is AMAZING and there to be enjoyed :)

    P.S. Guess what is in my fridge right now waiting for tomorrow morning? I’ll let you know what I think then, but I can tell you already that I will LOVE it cos it’s a Katie recipe and I’ve yet to try one that I DON’T love!! 😛

    1. Oh now I feel pressured to not mess up in the future! But seriously, Emma, my feelings would not be hurt if you ever didn’t like one of my recipes! I can’t think of any way that I would stop loving you to bits and pieces like I do now! 😉

  78. Lee says:

    I don’t really like oatmeal. And I feel like how does everyone else in blogworld LOVE it so much?

    1. Haha my sister sometimes asks that about bananas! And I still wonder how anyone can like that chia pudding! 😉

  79. BroccoliHut says:

    I can’t say I’ve really experimented much (yet!) with chia seeds. They’re a great source of calcium though!
    I remember feeling pressured to get in on the Green Monster trend with raw kale–let’s just say that was the only time I can remember pouring a smoothie down the drain.

  80. i agree, life is too short to force feed yourself something just because its healthy, even if you don’t like it. i would never want to see you eat avocado with a look of disgust on your face as you cringe aweee, but oatmeal is a welcomed staple :)

    xoxo <3

  81. joanne says:

    you should try adding flaxmeal to oatmeal. it makes everything SO juicy and big and voluminous and everything else i think you’d like. plus it tastes great :)

    1. Thanks, Joanne! I have a bag of flaxmeal in my fridge, and I haven’t done much with it at all because I never know what to do with it. Now I’ll try that!

  82. Rebecca says:

    Well said. Everyone’s different and what works for one person might not work for another. Each body is different and the important thing is learning what you like and what your body needs. If I don’t like something I won’t eat it, healthy or not, you have to make sure your physically and mentally happy.

  83. Nathalie says:

    I dunno if I can say I let pressure to eat certain foods affect me, but I definitely am open to food suggestion! I will almost invariably try a food if it is available to me or made known to me.

    I agree with you on the avocado thing though. I don’t find that avocado added to sandwiches/salads/on their own do much for me. BUT, and this is a big BUT, avocado *smoothies* are pure awesome. Sweetened like I dessert, I love ’em. Add sweetener, maybe some coconut extract/oil, a pinch of salt, a bit of ice and blend away. It’s really good and refreshing in the summer.

    As for foods I genuinely dislike…. grapefruit. I can’t get over the bitter element. Also most fake fruit flavors. (Artificial banana = suck, real banana = win)

    I can’t think of any food I dislike to the point of flat-out refusing to consume it save for alcohol. I HATE alcohol.

    1. Nathalie says:

      Oh, but alcohol’s not really “healthy” (red wine studies aside), so I guess it doesn’t count in the first place!

      1. I’m not big on alcohol either… I told my friend that maybe it’s because alcohol is sweet and fruity, not rich and creamy and chocolatey (well, the vegan ones, anyway). But even in chocolate drinks, it just has such a STRONG flavor. I probably just don’t like it because I don’t like when one flavor trumps all others and makes it impossible for you to enjoy all the distinct tastes. Like cilantro. Yuck!

  84. Jess says:

    Yummm! I like your voluminous oat trick Katie! It makes me excited to get up in the morning and see them! Also a healthy food I cant bring myself to like even when i mix it in muffins or something is banana. I dont know why there is something about them I really dislike, its a good thing I like oats though cos theres alot of oat recipes on here :)

  85. Jess says:

    hahahha also I ate raw kale the other day to be healthy but i bit down so hard a small corner of my tooth chipped off! think i need to eat it some other way thats a littly yummier and less dangerous…lOL!

    1. LOL I guess it’s not very “healthy” when it’s harming your teeth, huh? 😕

  86. Damjana says:

    I try to eat foods I like but sometimes I make something which doesn’t taste so good. Then I’m in dilemma wheter to eat it or to waste it. Usually I do eat it because it’s better than to stay hungry. When there’s nothing tasty around I’d eat untasty foods just because I need to eat something.

    1. I hate wasting food too! Usually, I try to save something that isn’t good, by adding new flavors or a sauce. But sometimes I’ll also try to pawn it off on a friend. Some of my guy friends will eat ANYthing!

  87. Karine says:

    I totally agree with what you said! “Healthy foods” don’t mean “foods-you-have-to-eat-otherwise-you-are-a-bad-person”..!
    By the way, what do you think about “superfoods” like chlorella, spirulina, lucuma, maca, etc.? I sometimes wonder if is actually worth to buy them, because they are so expensive (and a lot of people live well without them)(not to mention that these foods travel a lot to get to your plate)… On the other hand, they seem so good-for-you, fun, etc… but I wonder how far the sellers influence our judgment.
    Anyway, I digress.
    Don’t you have “two kinds” of “healthy food” that you don’t like?
    For me, it’s as if there are the “foods I don’t like and I don’t want to like” (like natto, combination of mint+chocolate or orange+chocolate, vegetables juice, etc.), and “foods that I don’t like but wish I’d like them” (like olives, umeboshi, dulse, etc.)…

    1. cck says:

      Yeah, I don’t really think it’s worth the high cost… you’re so right that people are healthy without them! Now, if it were a proven fact that someone who eats acai powder or maca or whatever lives 10 years longer, then I’d definitely get on that bandwagon! :)

  88. Hannah says:

    Teehee, I wish I’d known you didn’t like chia earlier, because I would’ve told you to do precisely this with them! I’ve never been able to make chia seeds into raw pudding (they just never thicken up for me the way they do in the blog world!!) but I love how thick and solid they make cooked oatmeal when you add them at the beginning. Solid chia oats may or may not be my standard work lunch 😉

  89. Mihika says:

    Hey Katie! I love my chia, so it’s nice to see them on your blog, only they’re about 10 times the price of flaxseeds so I usually don’t buy them! Tip: I suggest not microwaving your chia, because heat destroys the omega-3s. If you stir them in at the end you’ll get the same result + omega-3s!

    1. cck says:

      Thanks! I’ll try it!

  90. Emily says:

    Awesome awesome post! And I have a bag of chia seeds that would be perfect for this breakfast. I’m going to try it out tomorrow :)!

  91. Jenny$1983 says:

    I’ve had to use this method quite often because I actually fail completely at your voluminous oats trick: it won’t work for me whatever I do (cooked on full, medium and low power in the microwave for various amounts of time with different grains, cooked on the stovetop…), so after several tries I put chia seeds in, which actually didn’t fully absorb all of the water either, but more than the oats alone. Now I tend to just keep trying it then draining the water off (because I fail) when I come to eat them.

    I’d been eating the VOO recipes from Oh She Glows every single day for breakfast until I found your site (now I alternate them with yours :) ), so I’m very familiar with chia seeds and their magical effect! Love them :)

  92. Charlie says:

    I don’t eat foods I don’t like just because they’re good for me, but I try to make myself eat something I don’t like at least a couple times before deciding I really don’t like eat! Most of the time, I end up loving it!
    Sometimes, I also begin by adding a little to a recipe and adding a little more each time.

  93. Love the post Katie. Never had chia seeds – but love flaxseed in oats!

  94. Jackie says:

    I made this and am going to eat it tomorrow morning after my run. I don’t know yet what I’m going to put in it.

    I also went a little stir-crazy this weekend and made your deep dish cookie pie, raw chocolate fudge cake, some variations of lunabars/fudge babies (you have to try “chocolate covered cherry”: cocoa powder, dried cherries, dates, and cashews), and blueberry pancakes. My poor blender and food processor! Both are old and not very powerful. I am pining for a vita-mix!

    1. Haha it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who runs my little blender ragged. My poor Magic Bullet… the sides of the cups are all chipped. But it keeps on chugging! :)

  95. Kayla says:

    Let’s face it. I really don’t like avocado either! But I also don’t see why everyone loves coconut butter so much. I love the blog world because I’ve learned SO MUCH about trying new foods, but just because one of my favorite bloggers likes something doesn’t mean I will and it doesn’t mean I still have to eat it! It was a hard concept to learn!

  96. Monica says:

    There’s just so much to do with chia seeds! I love adding them into smoothies, and oatmeal. It’s amazing how such a tiny seed can grow and make something more voluminous.

  97. amber says:

    i love to make chia pudding! it’s especially good when you grind the seeds first, makes for an extra smooth pudding. i’m also going to start adding them to my smoothies, once my vita mix gets here! yay vitamix!!!

  98. Rachel F. says:

    I’ve been meaning to try chia seeds in my overnight oats in a jar (OOIJ) for forever. I’d also like to put them in smoothies.

  99. hannah says:

    i’ll use them in all sorts of recipes, the one i’m thinking of right now are homemade vegan energy bars!

  100. Clair says:

    I’m a recent convert to overnight oats and could never have enough chia seeds for those!

  101. Caroline says:

    I will make some CCK lemon (chia) seed muffins!! :)

  102. I’ll eat my chia seeds for breakfast… in smoothies, puddings and VOO. Yum!

  103. I’m following you and tweeted the contest (@becoming_sarah)

  104. sarah s says:

    i’d love to try making chia seed pudding and adding it to oats!

  105. Jody says:

    I’d just add them to the top of my already amazing bowl of deliciousness since I already have oatmeal with greek yogurt and fresh fruit every moring (this am it was blackberries and strawberries, tomorrow raspberries from my neighbours garden. SCORE.) Teeheehee. Love Berry season. I’ve been wanting to try Chia seeds but haven’t made my way over to the 1 health food store in town to look for them.

  106. Nicky says:

    I’d love to make overnight oats with them as I’ve never tried chia seeds!!

  107. Molly says:

    I use chia seeds in my overnight oats. They are very hydrating after a good morning run!

  108. Kalyn says:

    I would definitely try them in my oatmeal first!

  109. I LOVE Chia!! Love love love it!! And I’m almost out, so this is perfect!

    I love chia in smoothies – as an egg replacer – as chia pudding.. pretty much any and every way!

  110. Alexandra says:

    well gosh, i’d make never-ending-oatmeal, of COURSE!

  111. Shannon Rose says:

    If I were to win a bag, I’d try adding them to my honey whole wheat bread!

  112. Jade says:

    I’d add them to giant smoothie bowls, oatmeal (obviously!), and try making chia fresca!

  113. Erin says:

    I would use the chia seeds in a pudding, or try as an egg/fat replacer in baked goods.
    I’ve made some chia gel pudding before and it was tasty. I’ve also added them to homemade granola.

  114. Tricia says:

    If i were to be graced with the presence of chia seeds in my household, I would make extremely volumous oatmeal and chia pudding and probably put them in cookies and put them in cupcakes and muffins as well :)

  115. Chia seeds – hurray! I am so going to try this plumped oatmeal.

    And there are so many recipes floating around that use them in place of eggs now too.

    Would love to try them.

  116. Amber says:

    Most of my diet is foods that aren’t exactly normal tastebud heaven. Like green smoothies with tons of bitter wild greens packed in and the only sweetness comes from a handfull of blueberries and a few drops of the herb stevia. One of my favorite sweet snacks, however, is (unsweetened) yogurt with a big spoonful of Chia seed. I put in a few drops of stevia extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a little vanilla in it and even my kids will eat it. :)

  117. Nicole Miele says:

    WOW! I would love to make vegan chia muffins! I’ve been making jam lately and I bet I could come up with a jam recipe with chia seeds in it…YUM! Or pudding! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  118. Vegan Alexandra says:

    Stir them in oatmeal,
    bake them in a cookie,
    dunk ’em like O’neal
    puff ’em up like Snookie


  119. Pureglow*16 says:

    If I win I will:

    Make them into chia pudding
    make yummy desserts with them
    and put them in my smoothies for that xtra calcium!!


  120. Jinny says:

    Chia pudding, chia oatmeal, chia smoothie, chia on everythinggggg! I like the little crunch 😉

  121. Jane Johnson says:

    I have been dying for Chia seeds! I will use them for oatmeal first, then power bars, cookie additions, you name it!!!

  122. I have only tried chia seeds acouple times! I am dying to try new recipes with them! They are soo good for you. I would love to bake with them more and add them to my oatmeal :)

  123. Anonymous says:

    I would make tons of overnight oats with a big bag of chia!!!

    1. Katie says:

      Sorry! i forgot to fill out the contact info!

  124. I would honestly put chia in anything just to get my hands on some. I found it at a store here months ago and then never again! I have looked everywhere!

    I really want to try chia pudding, chia is smoothies (to make ’em extra thick), and in oats!

  125. Albizia says:

    I have never tried chia seeds but i have always wonder how they change the consistence and are the vegan overnight oats really as good as they look.

  126. Lisa says:

    MAKE LOADS of chia seed pudding! YUM!

  127. Charissa says:

    I will be putting them on every smoothie and bowl of oatmeal I eat. And then putting them in my vegan superfudge bars…and then make a pudding…and then…

  128. Robyn says:

    i use chia seeds in my raw mint chocolate chip cookies! (i use them in my overnight oats, too! super yum)

    the sprouting chia seeds story is HI-LARIOUS.

  129. Jocelyn Rodgers says:

    I LOVE CHIA SEEDS!!!!! If I were to win, I would continue to use the chia seeds in my oatmeal but I also have a great brownies for 2 recipe that I will use them in!!! Yum!!

  130. Katie says:

    I just ran out of chia seeds and would love more!!

  131. Lindsay says:

    I’ve never tried chia seeds. I think it’s about time I do so! :)

  132. A giant bag of chia seeds?? Heaven!! I would use them in oats, yogurt, smoothies, cookies, bread, salads….everything!! I love them and make sure to eat at least 2-3 TBSP everyday!

    Loved your story about the chia seed incident! Too funny – I can only imagine. I dropped a teaspoon on the counter once and they were impossible to clean up!! :)

  133. Jane says:

    I have really been wanting to put chia seeds in my morning bowl of oatmeal!

  134. Great post! I like reading blogs and I have discovered new recipes that I love. I also bought spirulina after seeing loads of people add it to their green smoothies (and reading about health benefits etc). Well, I could not stand the salty fishy taste- nothing I put in it would hide the taste, so I gave it away and learnt a lesson!
    Someone recently sent me some chia seeds (Lucy from porridge and parsnips) and I quite like them mixed with a mashed banana, cocoa powder and milk, and then left to thicken up- makes a nice chocolate puding.

  135. Rach says:

    I’d put them in my green smoothies!

  136. katie says:

    AHH I would love to put the chia seeds in some sort of protein muffin recipe! I bet they would add a great texture!!! I also love chia gel in my oatmeal, it adds SO MUCH volume!!

  137. Mary says:

    I would put chia seeds to my oatmeal :)

  138. Jessica H says:

    I love soaking them overnight with oatmeal and blending in a smoothie! They do not sell them around here! I would love to win!

  139. Tulika says:

    I loooove chia seeds in my smoothies!! They make them nice and thick with that chia seed crunch 😀

  140. Amy says:

    What will I do with the chia seeds? Well I would make endless amounts of oatmeal bowls, so I would be eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    I actually really love over night oats with chia seeds in them. I looove how fluffy and fat they get! 😀

  141. Peonyjen says:

    I add chia seeds to our daily bowls of steel cut oats and the occasional smoothie. I’ve been wanting to try the chia seed pudding, but yet the thought of it gives me the heebie jeebies.
    I also use chia gel as an egg replacement in baked goods, since my little one has a severe egg allergy.

  142. Darlene says:

    I LOVE making chocolate chia pudding. I could eat it til I burst! I got my mom to try it and she liked it…but said I need to add raspberry to justify the seedy texture lol. I think I’m gonna try it :-)

  143. Love LOve Love chia!!!! I put them on everything….and I love the little bubbles! I put them in oatmeal, in pancakes, in pudding, in baked goods, in my morning drink, in smoothies. Gosh darn I love ’em!

  144. I usually add my chia seeds to my cooked oatmeal. Since I’ve recently gotten into the whole overnight oats surge, I’m using chia seeds in that too. They are great and I like the idea of a natural source of so many healthy things like the omega-3.

  145. If I win chia seeds, I will start a chia zoo in my kitchen window. My five year old says she would like to start the “Barbie Chia Experiment” to see which of her broken barbies (ie missing limbs) can grow chia hair. She won her school’s science experiment, so this will likely be a success! {I will also use them in oatmeal, muffins and cupcakes}

  146. I would put them in my oatmeal and on top of EVERYTHING!!! …..Your chia seed love story made me laugh! :) Spread the love, and be more careful this time! HA!

  147. Melissa says:

    I love putting them in smoothies! Some greek yogurt, peanut butter, spinach, berries, almond milk, and chia seeds. Mmmmm!

  148. O.C. says:

    I have been LOVING never-ending chia oats!! I also make chocolate almond chia pudding with cacao nibs and I like putting chia seeds in my green smoothies so they are super thick :)

  149. Sarah says:

    If I won I would make pudding, put them in smoothies, and grind them into meal to add to pancakes and baked goods.

  150. Nicole G. says:

    This is funny because I am actually eating oatmeal with chias right now! I currently have a bag of Tru Roots kind but they are almost gone-I would love to win =)

  151. Traci says:

    I love throwing seeds into smoothies and eating them as a smoothie bowl!

  152. Kim says:

    I love chia seeds! I put them in my green monsters and oats for a good breakfast. I once found a great recipe for homemade jam that called for chia seeds to plump it up. It was fantastic!! I hope I win – then I can make more strawberry jam. :)

  153. leah says:

    I would try one of the overnight oats recipes I’ve seen online

  154. I would use them in my COOKIE DOUGH BOWLS as uge <3

  155. Bekah says:

    If I won the chia seeds I would make a huge batch of my amazing granola with them!

  156. Melanie says:

    Fabulous giveaway – I love chia seeds! I use them every single morning for overnight oats!!

  157. Jen says:

    How do I love chia seeds? Let me count the ways… Sprinkled on smoothies and pancakes, stirred into oats and greek yogurt, ground and put into baked goods… <3

  158. Anna says:

    I mix a few chia seeds into my traditional oatmeal in the mornings, but I really like to use them as an egg replacer in my baked goods!

  159. Katie Ann says:

    Oooh, I already had chia seeds on my grocery list to try after reading this post, but free would be too awesome. I’d definitely try them in the overnight oats, and the mysterious chia pudding I’ve read about but just cannot envision, and smoothies, and there would be much googling for more recipes. :)

  160. Melanie says:

    I would use them in my oatmeal as well as in my green monster smoothies! Yum!!

  161. jc says:

    i’d love to bake healthy pumpkin chia bread~

  162. Rachel says:

    i can’t contemplate how chia can get in your bra but i happen to find food in unusual places as well

    i used chia in my oatmeal before it ran out and that was about it, i’m not that creative! but i like how it added a different texture and some nutrition, and i also liked looking at the little dots :)

  163. i love overnight oats with chia seeds in them! i could eat it every morning.
    i also like to throw a handful of chia seeds into my cookies for some added nutrients!

  164. Kimberly says:

    What a wonderful give-away! I love putting chia seeds in my oatmeal; they get so puffy and add a nice texture! Thanks Katie!

  165. Vanja says:

    Chia seeds are great as a dietary supplement. They are so good for one, and you can use them in…well almost everything and don’t even notice that they are there. It wouldn’t just be great for me to win, but it will help my family, that is in general overweight. I could help them, especially my little sister, to get on a better road.

    Chia seeds are by the way almost impossible to find here in Norway.

  166. Amry says:

    I would use the chia seeds to make your Never-Ending Oatmeal Bowl Katie!

  167. Lilly says:

    hmmmm with a giant bag, I’d put them in everything! LOVE I would def try the never ending oatmeal too of course 😀

  168. Joanna says:

    I’ve been adding chia seeds to almost everything lately! My favorites are in smoothies & especially overnight oats!

  169. I’d like to try chia seed cookies. It’s be really interesting how they’d come out…maybe gooey..but worth a shot!

  170. Ruthiey says:

    put them in banana soft serve!

  171. liz Austin says:

    I mostly like chias in my smoothies! Although I will put them in my honey and vinegar drinks too!

  172. Lilly says:

    follow you and tweeted about it (LaughOutLilly <– on twitter)

  173. Danielle says:

    I admit it, I am really really curious to try the oatmeal. I eye chia seeds whenever I’m in a health food store, but I resist.

  174. courtney says:

    Mmmm, I want to try a chia pudding! They look so tasty, and wonderful during these hot summer days when I don’t even want to turn the microwave on 😉

  175. Emma says:

    I add chia to everything: vegan overnight oats (from Oh She Glows), smoothies, dips, sauces, you name it! I’ve never tried them in regular oatmeal, though…That might have to be my next venture!

  176. Anna says:

    I always add chia seeds to my smoothies! I could use more.

  177. Elizabeth says:

    If I won, I would try them for the first time since I never have before!

  178. alex says:

    id make this oatmeal!

  179. Karen says:

    If I win I would add them to my overnight oats every day for extra nutrition and crunch!

  180. Megan says:

    I love using chia seeds to make chocolate freezer cookies. I mix cocoa powder, mashed banana, almond milk, vanilla, and whatever cereal I have on hand, add chia seeds to thicken it up, form cute little balls, and freeze them for a quick chocolate fix.

  181. Lauren W says:

    I want to try chia seed pudding but can’t bring myself to but a whole bunch unless i know I like them. Winning a bag would be great! 😀

  182. If I win, I will put the chia seeds in my oatmeal and in homemade health bars!

  183. Johanne says:

    I will use the chia seeds in my smoothies and oatmeal and yogurt!

  184. Erin says:

    I have never tried chia seeds yet, but I have wanted to for awhile. I would put them in my yogurt and oatmeal!

  185. Amy Latterner says:

    If I had chia seeds I would use them in many desserts like brownies (instead of eggs), PUDDING :) (i love contrasting textures), yogurt, and of course overnight oatmeal. When I wake up in the morning to my overnight oats, i add half a melted banana 😉 (your trick), molasses, and a bunch of spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger to make gingerbread oatmeal! The best! I think the chia seeds would make a great addition, but I don’t have a local health foods store available. Thanks for the oppertunity

  186. Lisa says:

    I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds for a while. I want to make chia pudding, use chia eggs for baking, put it in oatmeal and smoothies, and make lemon chia muffins. Great giveaway!

  187. Emilia says:

    I use chia seeds for just about everything! Favorite uses: putting in oatmeal, grains, and smoothies :)

  188. Emilia says:

    I also like using them to make chia pudding :)

  189. Emma says:

    Chia seeds! I’d put me in my oatmeal for sure. Also, in baked goods and a “negg”

  190. Emilia says:

    I love using chia seeds for oatmeal, smoothies, baked goods and pudding :)

  191. Mellie says:

    I’d love to try chia seeds! I bet they’d be good in granola, or bread, or even nut butters.

  192. Shelby says:

    I love chia seeds! I would put them not only in my oats but also in smoothies, chia pudding, and baked goods!

  193. Jessica P says:

    I like to put them in smoothies….they plump up!

  194. Kelsey says:

    I’d add them to my oatmeal…I’d also like to try them in a smoothie.

  195. Molly says:

    With a big bag of chia seeds, I would make chia shots everyday to have with my breakfast!

  196. Jenny$1983 says:

    I confess I’d probably eat overnight oats 3 times a day if I could, so that’s mainly what I’d use them for, but I like them in baked goods as well: I made Angela’s (Oh She Glows) Cherry, Banana and Coconut Bread (that *does* taste as good as it sounds, by the way) a few days ago and they’re in that, you just get the odd tiny crunch in with the smooth buttery texture and it’s wonderful! Occasionally I like them in smoothies too, I like the texture they give the smoothie ’cause I like ’em thick! 😀

    Thanks :)

  197. Rachel says:

    I’d like to try your recipe! 😀 Sounds great…and maybe this chia pudding that I’ve heard so much about.

  198. Kady says:

    I usual use chia seeds to make voluminous oatmeal and sometimes in smoothies – I would like to try some other recipes though, like chia seed pudding or using them in bars.

  199. Hawai'i Leah says:

    I use this incredible go-to chia cracker to give me an energy kick before a heavy workout, trail-run or hike. And interestingly enough, my supply of chia seed is almost depleted…..hmmm…?

    To make my chia energy crackers, I just soak the chia seed for about an hour in kambucha (my guess is that other fruit juice would work as well), then drop the puffed up mixture in tablespoon sized rounds onto my dehydrater trays (i’m sure low temp in the oven would probably work too). Once fully dehydrated, these chia crackers hold together to make a perfect energy packed little cracker round. They are crispy, just barely sweet, and loaded with healthy energy for endurance without the sugar crash! Gotta try them!

  200. Mary L. says:

    I like adding chia seeds to smoothies for a little protein boost. I’ve also heard you can make “chia egg” in a similar manner to a “flax egg” though I haven’t tried it yet.

  201. Elle says:

    I would use the chia seeds to bake with and add them to my oatbran! i LOVE chia seeds :)

  202. Karen D. says:

    I love using chia seeds in oatmeal and also when making homemade granola bars.

  203. Rachelle says:

    Call it weird, but I like to mush a banana with a tsp of pb and combine it with a tbsp of chia seeds and some almond milk. I think it tastes delicious :)

  204. Kayla says:

    I love stirring chia into raw oatmeal!

  205. Linda says:

    Never used chia seeds, but I’ve wanted to for a long time. Not sure where to find them where I live, but I keep hearing how they’re so great, and I think chia pudding looks delicious. Maybe I should try harder to hunt some down.

  206. Kathryn says:

    I love adding them to oatmeal!

  207. i would make chia seed pudding and add it to oats of course! ive been wanting to try em for so long!

  208. Jessy says:

    With chia seeds I would try to make a pudding (I’ve been wanting to try them for a long time now, but they don’t sell them here) and use them in other breakfast creations! 😀

  209. Amy says:

    I would put chia seeds in everything! Overnight oats, sweet potatoes, pancakes, desserts, and more!

  210. Emily says:

    I would put chia seeds in oatmeal, I’d also love to try to make protein pudding!

  211. hipveganchic says:

    i would use the chias to make a yummy raw poridge for the hubs. complete with pepitas and dried fruit and nuts. he would love me forever!

  212. Melinda says:

    I’ll make chia seed pumpkin muffins. Yummers! Especially in fall.

  213. Amy says:

    If I had a bagful of chia, I would make a lot of oatmeal, smoothies, cookies, whatever!!!

  214. Esther says:

    I would put the chia seeds in oatmeal!!

  215. kspar66 says:

    I will put them in my cereal e.v.e.r.y.d.a.y. 😀

  216. Liz says:

    I would put the chia seeds in my non-dairy milk shakes (to keep them more creamy), in my never ending oatmeal!!, in my salads, smoothies, baked goods (chia eggs) and maybe even plant a chia seed garden! :) hopefully a sprout isn’t in my bra like yours 😛 haha 😀

  217. Anu says:

    I still haven’t tried chia seeds! I would definitely try them in my oatmeal.

  218. kate says:

    I love chia seeds I use them in everything especially oatmeal!

  219. I’d make lots and lots of raw coconut-chia porridge!

  220. Inge says:

    I would use them as egg-replacers so instead of flax egg chia egg :)

  221. haley marie says:

    Overnight oats! Yum-o!

  222. Katie says:

    I haven’t been able to find chia seeds where I live, so I’m looking forward to trying all sorts of recipes including oatmeal 😀

  223. I love chia seed, I put them in my overnight oats on a regular basis.

  224. Ann Claire says:

    I would make this oatmeal or Alex’s ( 7 layer bars!

  225. Pamela says:

    I love using chia seeds in my overnight oats. One of my favorite combos is oats, vanilla almond milk, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, raisins, and cinnamon! Chia seeds are also great in homemade granola!

  226. Nicole W. says:

    If I had a bag of chia seeds I would add it to my oatmeal, cookies and smoothies.

  227. OMG awesome!! I’d use these in chia pudding, quinoa flake bakes, and overnight oats!!!

  228. Shanna-Banana says:

    I’ve been meaning to pick up some Chia seeds, because I’m always seeing them used in breakfast recipes, especially oatmeal and other things of the sort. Seeing as breakfast is, hands-down, my FAVORITE meal of the day (serving it up Shannon’s way;), if I won this lovely, conveniently-timed giveaway, I’d use the chia to make all sorts of scrumdiliumptous breakfast oatmeals and puddings, etc. in a variety of flavors (classic favorites and new ideas). I might even try a granola of some sort sometime in the future with the chia (can you do that, I wonder?) : )

  229. Christine says:

    If I win I’ll add the chia seeds to yogurt and salads!

  230. Hanna says:

    I will add them in my oats!

  231. Ashley says:

    I put Chia Seeds in my oatmeal every morning! I also love them in smoothies!

  232. Rebecca says:

    I put them in and on everything…my bf thinks i’m crazy…i think i’m okay with that

  233. Tara says:

    I’m gonna use the chia seeds in muffins and overnight oats! Maybe even granola bars if i’m feeling especially daring.

  234. Jenn says:

    I’ve never used chia seeds, but I can see these guys on top of salads, in oatmeal, or even sprouted on and layered on salads or sandwiches. YUM!

  235. Angela says:

    I’d use the chia seeds in lots of muffins n smoothies n oatmeal (of course)!

  236. Sarah says:

    I use chia seeds almost every morning in a raw blend of apple, banana, collards, and celery. Leaving it a little choppy and adding chia seeds and cinnamon makes it taste/texture similar to oatmeal.

  237. Lindsey says:

    The first thing I would do with chia seeds is put them in my oatmeal!!! (such as this recipe!) And then I’d probably try pancakes w/ them

  238. Cindy says:

    I’d use the chia seed to make a giant bowl of oatmeal ;D , some pudding, and i would put chia seeds as a crust on tofu and as a crunchy texture to dishes!

  239. Jenn says:

    I love chia seeds in overnight oats! Best way to thicken it up! I also like to sprinkle them on pb and banana sandwiches! Gives it a nice crunch =)

  240. Blair says:

    The first thing I’d do with chia seeds is use them in this recipe, then sprinkle some in greek yogurt and some fruit, and use them in overnight oats. Yum!

  241. Summer says:

    Mmmm Chia inn frozen yogurt.. because that makes it healthy, right? 😉

  242. Michelle Hollie says:

    I have never tried them but would love to try them in oatmeal or cream of wheat> Hope I am chosen to get some of them to try.

  243. Kate says:

    I love chia! If I win I’ll make endless batches of chia chocolate pudding. yum

  244. Noelle says:

    My favorite way to use chia is in yogurt. I add a couple tablespoons per cup of yogurt, and let it sit covered in the fridge until super thick. Yum!

  245. I always put chia seeds in my overnight oats! I’m running low, though…. :)

  246. lindsey says:

    I really want to try chia pudding! It looks so good!

  247. Mandy says:

    I’d put them in my overnight oats, with banana and cocoa powder and peanut butter! Yummy.

  248. Erin T says:

    I love putting chia seeds in my oatmeal!

  249. If I won this giveaway I would continue to use chia seeds in my overnight oats and hot oats daily depending on the season! :)

  250. Lauren B. says:

    If I won a giant bag of chia seeds, I would fill my bathtub with them and go for a swim! :)

  251. Melissa says:

    I would use these for chia pudding and put it in oatmeal!

  252. Lexi says:

    I would love to have Chia seeds, but they’re sooooo expensive. If I were lucky enough to win your giveaway, I would make the never-ending oatmeal recipe, all those amazing sounding chia seed puddings, and experiment with it in the kitchen! Mmm…

  253. Erin says:

    I’d put my chia seeds in a smoothie for starters, or homemade granola bars.

  254. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE chia in absolutely everything! Oatmeal, smoothies, brown rice…

  255. I would sprinkle the chia seeds on EVERYTHING – toast with nut butter, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, etc!

  256. Jen says:

    I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds, but I hate to spend a lot of money if I don’t know if I like them. First up–this never-ending oatmeal bowl!

  257. Keondra says:

    I would put them in my OATMEAL! =)

  258. Lori says:

    I love chia seeds in my greek yogurt and smoothies!

  259. Wendy says:

    I would use chia seeds in muffins, smoothies and my morning greek yogurt. Would love to win these!

  260. Irina says:

    Chia seeds are my go-to egg replacer! I also make chia pudding out of them and add them to my post-run smoothies. I love love love them!


  261. maryz says:

    I would try chia seeds in overnight oats in a jar.

  262. sara says:

    I use chia seeds everyday more than once! It is a weird obsession but I love them!! I would love to win some since I go through them like no other!

  263. Ashlyn Nunes says:

    What WOULDN’T I do with chia seeds! I am a fourteen year old in a family of unhealthy eaters, therefore if I want to splurge on an expensive, health food such as chia seeds I have to use my own money (and really, I can’t afford that!!!)

    I absolutley love to cook/bake and I could make chia pudding which I’ve been dying to try (not literally, but you get the point (; ) it as a thickener in my overnight oats or even my beloved hot oats, and in pancakes, does that even work?? I guess I will find out!! Also in baked goodies such as cookies, and in my smoothies for an extra dose of nutrition because after all, I am a growing soccer player and I need my grub!!

  264. Kristen says:

    I would attempt for about the 10th time to make overnight oats… For some reason, mine never seem to turn out as well as yours do!!!!!! I hope I win 😉

  265. Emily says:

    I would eat them in overnight oats! (like every other morning :) )

  266. Jialin Zhang says:

    I’d love to have them on top of my morning smoothie, or maybe incorporated in some egg dish? :)

  267. Corey says:

    I wasn’t a big fan of chia pudding either, but I love chia seeds in my oatmeal and baked goods!

  268. Green Groats says:

    I add chia seeds to everything!! Oatmeal, smoothies, dips, you name it. I also love making chia seed pudding too! Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway, Katie.

  269. carol says:

    Great post! I love your site and your recipes so much! I use tons of chia seeds – in raw crackers, granola bars, on salads and for raw wraps. I haven’t tried chia pudding yet – so I guess that would be one of the first things I would try. Thanks so much for the giveaway opp!

  270. blossjoss says:

    I must confess I’ve never tried chia seeds. But I am dying to try them in overnight oats and chia pudding. And perhaps homemade protein snack bars and breads. The possibilities seem endless!

    Also-I’m a first time commenter. Love your blog. Love chocolate. :)

  271. sarah says:

    i use chia seeds in oatmeal, smoothies, and home made granola!

  272. Ruby says:

    I’d definitely try using chia seeds in my early daily oatmeal breakfast!

  273. I’d make chocolate chia seed pudding 😀

  274. TJ says:

    I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds forever, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere in D.C. I guess the first thing I would do is to try adding them to oatmeal, just to get a feel for it.

  275. Monika says:

    The first time my mom bought chia seeds, I would always put them in yogurt, I had no idea what else to do with them. My mom bought them because she said I wasn’t eating healthy enough at the time! When we ran out, my mom stopped buying them because they’re pretty expensive.

    A few months later, I came across this Chewy Oat Squares recipe: One of the ingredients is chia seeds, so my mom bought them again. After that, we kept on buying them! Everyone in my family loved the oat squares, even my brother who hates healthy food! I haven’t made them in a while, and some free chia seeds would probably encourage me to do so 😀

    Then I found this Chewy Granola Bars recipe: For the 1 cup combination, i would add chia seeds, shredded coconut, pepitas, and sunflower seeds. They are deee-licious!

    What I’ve been doing the past few months is adding them to oatmeal along with flax seeds, cinnamon, honey, and shredded coconut. It’s so good! You don’t even taste the chia seeds (if you don’t add too much.)

    And last but not least, I’d obviously use them to make your awesome recipes!

    1. Ooh thanks, those recipes both look really good!

  276. Molly B says:

    I would make some overnight oats… yum!

  277. A. Cook says:

    I’m laughing out loud over chia seeds sprouting in your sink. Sorry you had to deal with the mess but at least you got a funny story out of it! You won’t believe it but I still haven’t tried chia seeds, though I see them literally every day on blogs. I think I would want to make overnight oats with them–theylooked so healthy and tasty in all of the pics I saw!

  278. Wendy says:

    I saw a recipe for chocolate pudding using chia seeds that I would love to try if I win!

  279. Claire says:

    I’ll probably try adding them into pancakes. Can never go wrong with pancakes :)

  280. Kasey says:

    I love chia seeds!! I use them in everything to help bind things together! I make overnight oats with them and eat it every morning, I put them in baked goods and mix them with some peanut flour and almond milk to make pudding!!

    And I tweeted :-)

  281. Danielle says:

    I’d add a spoonful to my oatmeal to bulk it up…yum!

  282. Colleen says:

    I have never had chia seeds and would love to try them, I will make lots of “Colleen’s Creations” (baking experiments) with them!

  283. Patty Blake says:

    Soooo..I know you said someone ONLY from the US could win this. However, IF by chance I did win, the chia seeds could be sent to my mom, and she could send them to me!! :)

    I currently live in Seoul, South Korea. Therefore, I sadly can not buy chia seeds here…

    If I had them, I would sprout and add them to your AMAZING green smoothie/mint-choc chip ice-cream (which I can’t get enough of, by the way^^)!!!

    1. Oh wow, so cool that you live in Seoul! I went once, when I lived in China, and it was so much fun!

      Chocolate hugs from TX :)

      1. Patty Blake says:

        WOW… you are such a traveller!! I love it! Before I go home (I’m on an ESL teaching contract here), I REALLY want to go to China!! If you are interested in cooking/baking vegan Korean food, check out: She is AMAZING (be warned though, with her restaurant reviews… you may find yourself wanting to come back here!! haha). She also has TONSSSSS of veganized Korean recipes!!!

        There is a traditional Korean dessert/celebratory/snack food called 떡 (pronounced dduck…), or in English, simply rice cake (don’t be fooled, it isn’t ANYTHING like a dry, crispy, Americanized rice cake…). You may even know what I’m talking about since you lived in China! Not that I’m hinting at anything (hehehe), but I always imagined what it would be like to have it flavored with chocolate/pb or blueberry/banana^^.

        On a completely different and random note… I might actually be moving to TX next April/May/June!!

        Rice and kimchi (vegan, of course^^) hugs from Seoul!!! :)

  284. Melanie says:

    I love to put chia seeds in my oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies…pretty much anything! It gives a great texture and has so many health benefits.

  285. Nikki says:

    I have been wanting to try chia seeds for months now! I have been unable to find them in my small town, however. I want to try chia pudding, I want to put them in my smoothies, I want to try them in no bake cookies… I have a long list.

  286. Katie R says:

    I would put them in my oatmeal and muffins! So yummy!

  287. Clarissa says:

    I’d stir them into yogurt or make pudding or baked things with them!

  288. Ashley C says:

    What an awesome giveaway!! I do follow you on twitter (amc91) and I would love to try the Chia seeds to make the never-ending oatmeal!!

  289. Heather says:

    I would absolutely make Chia pudding!

  290. Heather says:

    I follow you as well.

  291. Isobelle says:

    I have chia seeds in my oatmeal or bran-flakes every morning. I think I go through a bag every two weeks! I love them though. They’re great for smoothies and baking too.

  292. Yin says:

    I would put chia seeds in my overnight oats!

  293. Sara R. says:

    I would put the chia seeds in my oatmeal…I do this every morning and I love it!

  294. Tamar says:

    I used to not like avocado, so I can relate. Although, I have to say, it’s one of my top 5 favorite foods now! I love chia seeds. I put them in my smoothies every day and I love the chia pudding phenomenon too. Just a bit of almond milk and stevia, delicious! I would definitely make great use of the lovely chia seeds!

  295. April says:

    I’ve been wanting to make power bars with chia seeds!

  296. Sarah says:

    I really want to try them! i’d add them to my oatbran and peanutflour pudding i make to make both more vulumptious!

  297. Kelly says:

    I had some chia seed agua fresca when I was in Michoacan, and I’d love to recreate it.

  298. Anita Ruiz says:

    Due to budgeting I took chia seeds off the list but if I won the first thing I would do is sprinkle them on my oatmeal….I get all giddy just thinking about it.

  299. Carolyn says:

    I would love some chia seeds to add to my morning meals! I have been looking for ways to spice up my breakfast to make it fill me up more and keep me from feeling hungry soon after eating! id love chia seeds for oatmeal and other breakfast items :)

  300. Jen says:

    I would put them in my morning smoothie. Chia seeds are great fuel for a workout! And great for recovery too.

  301. Erin says:

    What would I do with the chia seeds if I win them? What wouldn’t I do? I would be trying so many new recipes! I would probably throw some into my smoothies as well! What a great giveaway!

  302. Maria says:

    I’ve never had overnight oats (!) or chia seeds, so I’d like to use the chia for that :)

  303. Nichole says:

    I’ve never tried chia seeds! but I’m all for trying new foods. mm. If I just happened to find myself with a bag of chia seeds, I would put them to good use, starting with this oatmeal!

  304. Jill says:

    I’dlove to try chia seeds with my yogurt.

  305. Jenny says:

    I would put chia seeds in my oatmeal!!

  306. Anastasia says:

    I’d use them to make chia seed pudding! mmmmmm :)

  307. Chia seeds are great for making cookies! they are so soft and delicious :)

  308. Jillian says:

    I’ve been dying to try this in a muffin that I make and also in a recipe from my favorite raw foodist’s pudding!

  309. says:

    Chia seeds with Greek yogurt and a vitatop – best breakfast!!!!

  310. Leslie says:

    I like to sprinkle them right on top of my oatmeal and salads (not cooked in like in your recipe), and I use chia gel to substitute half the oil in many of my baked goods (makes a super moist and chewy cookie!).

  311. Jo says:

    I love chia seeds! I add them to just about everything – mostly chia seed pudding and my smoothies, but also scones!

  312. Julene says:

    AFTER using them in voluminous oats I would definitely give something like this a try:

  313. Michelle says:

    I have also recently became a huge fan of chia seeds! I have been putting them in my smoothies, in overnight oats, and using them as egg replacers in cookie and muffin recipes. I was also a little weary of them the first time I tried them- they way they gel up looks kinda creepy, but now I really love the gel-y texture, especially in my oatmeal.

  314. Claire says:

    I’d love to reap the benefits of the chia seeds by putting them in my protein powders… IN addition to trying them in my oatmeal, of course!!!

  315. Mona says:

    If I every win a pack of chia seeds, I might try growing them . . . . like those “chia bush” commercials! 😀
    And then I’ll probably try them in yummy recipes like your’s :)

  316. Lorin says:

    I would make overnight oats with chia seeds. I use yogurt now for overnight oats, but am interested in how it tastes and the texture is with chia seeds.

  317. Sara says:

    I would love to bake with Chia seeds; ie. Lemon chia seed cookies (instead of poppy seeds), Brownies, Blueberry pie, Chocolate chip cookies… LOTS of possibilities!! :)

  318. Taya says:

    Chia seeds!!! Those have been on my wishlist for the longest time – I never buy them because they seem so expensive, but then I regret not getting them! I’d definitely add them to my oatmeal, smoothies…so many possibilities!

  319. Kate says:

    Experiment! I’ve not had occasion to purchase chia seeds, but I would love to play around with a big bag of freebies :)
    thanks…I enjoy your innovations!

  320. Alyssa says:

    I would see if the chia sprouts would work in smoothies, and let’s be honest…I’d totally bring my Chia Head out of retirement.

  321. Meredith says:

    i would love to try chia seeds in my oatmeal. i use xanthan gum as a thickener, but would love to have some variety and use cha-cha-chia!

  322. Donna says:

    I already eat them in my oatmeal every morning. I’ve been meaning to try chia pudding.

  323. Liz says:

    I would do exactly what you did! That looks delicious! I usually just place them in my oats and mix them around and eat them up!

  324. Caitlin says:

    I think I would like to try chia pancakes!! I usually make pancakes with raspberry preserves, but could you imagine snickerdoodle chia pancakes? Healthy AND delicious! (Need those omega-3’s from somewhere!)

  325. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE chia seeds! I would definitely use them for smoothies or oatmeal!

  326. Beth says:

    I generally put some chia seeds with water and let them sit overnight (and bulk up), then I throw them in a smoothie in the morning!

  327. Savannah says:

    I’ve been adding Chia seeds to my To my oatmeal for quite a while now!:) they’re a great thickener for that, yogurt, And Smoothies.

  328. ilana says:

    I’ve actually never tried chia seeds and would love to try them… )I’ve had a hard time convincing my family to purchase chia seeds! :(
    I would love to try out your chia seed-filled recipes!

  329. Hannah Bone says:

    Oh how I’d love to add them to many things! Oatmeal, cookies, smoothies, yogurt, muffins…so so many baked goods!

  330. Katherine says:

    I will be adding them to my oatmeal! Hmm, and I have been dying to try that chia pudding type recipes.

  331. Denise says:

    I would add them to oatmeal mostly, but I’ve also been wanting to try them in bread recipes, too!

  332. Rosalind says:

    I am in love with chia! They’re also really pretty looking upon close examination, like teeny tiny marbled pebbles.

  333. Kathy says:

    If I were to win the chia seed giveaway, I would definitely put them in oatmeal my too! LOVEeee how it thickens the oatmeal up, though I also love to throw chia seeds in my smoothies! :)

  334. Robin Flores says:

    I have been wanting to try these every since I saw this post!

  335. Diana says:

    I’d love to try them oatmeal and chia pudding.

  336. Jillian says:

    Chia seeds are one of my favorite! I made some bread with them using almond flour and it was delicious! Dense and moist…. I would like to expirement with some more chia baking!

  337. Megan says:

    I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds since I’ve first heard of them (sadly, only a couple of months ago!), but never seem to have time to track down where I might get some. I would definitely like to try them in whatever form I can – I’m particularly curious about a recipe I saw about sprouting them and making socca with them! And definitely smoothies as well, as I’m always looking for things to add to my blended concoctions!

  338. Ashley C. says:

    What wouldn’t I do with a big bag of chia seeds? Smoothies, oatmeal, granola bars, muffins, pudding… I would make it all!

  339. Hannah says:

    Hi, I would use the chia seeds in a green monster smoothie, from the blog oh she glows-

  340. Lexi says:

    I would definitely use them in oatmeal. I love how they make it nice and puffy :)

  341. alena schoeller says:

    i would use them in so many ways (more than i can think of!) i have read in blogs like yours about the oatmeal and how it expands but also in other things…on top of smoothie bowls, granola (YUM), new recipes to make things healthified and just to add more protein to my healthy lifestyle :)

  342. Kari says:

    If I were to win the chia seeds (let’s cross our fingers that I do!) I would use them in my quinoa granola, smoothies, oatmeal and would even throw some on top of ice cream if I’m feeling really wild and crazy!:)

  343. Rachael says:

    Okay. I’ve NEVER tried chia seeds before. However, everytime I go to Whole Foods, I see a bag of them and think to myself, “i really need to try those sometime…” Now would be perfect! I don’t even know what I’d do with them, honestly…muffins, granola, oatmeal, baking, and what about cookies?! The possibilities are endless! :)

  344. Kiriel says:

    I’ve never had chia seeds, but I keep seeing blogs about them! And then just today, I found a recipe for chia coconut pudding! I think that sounds absolutely amazing and I think that’s what I would try to do with them. Or the chia asparagus omelet recipe I also found.

  345. lynne says:

    I’ve never tried chia seeds, but I would probably use them in a granola bar or just plain ‘ol granola!!!

  346. Kayleigh says:

    I would most definitely put those chia seeds in some oatmeal=]

  347. Sharon says:

    If I win the giant chia seeds I will use them in my overnight oatmeal…a raw oatmeal concoction that is similar to your cooked one…yum, yum, a cold treat on a summer morning!!!!

  348. Stephanie says:

    omg if i win this giveaway i will burst with joy!
    just like the chai seeds when they get mixed into a yummy batch of oatmeal and make it creamy and thick. i mean plus i can be cool like all you bloggers and oodle with love over my bag of chai seeds. :)

  349. i would add chia seeds to my oats and granola bars!

  350. Susie says:

    I love ch-ch-ch-chia! They’re divine sprinkled on nut butter, banana, and granola toast, mixed into oatmeal or baked goods, or added to salads.

  351. Amanda says:

    I’d put them in oats and chia pudding (and the other 4000 recipes that everyone’s been making with chia!). :) I’ve never had ’em, and I’d love to try ’em. Right up my alley. :)

  352. I’ll make chia pudding, overnight oats, cook them with my regular oatmeal, use them as a smoothie thickener, grind and use them as egg replacer for baking, and so much more!

    Have I mentioned that I love chia seeds?

  353. Laura says:

    I haven’t yet tried chia in oatmeal, but I love them in other foods :)

    And I do follow you on Twitter!

  354. Hannah says:

    I would definitely try them in oatmeal… I’ve never had them any other way before!

  355. Molly says:

    I love Chia seeds!! If I win I will sprinkle them on my salads, cook them into my oats, mix them with yogurt, eat them with every meal, and practically bathe in them. nbd. :)

  356. Renee V. says:

    If I had chia seeds I could finally make your recipes as well as a few others I’ve saved the way they are meant to be! Not to mention experiment myself.

  357. Natalia says:

    I would love to try making chia pudding! Actually, I would love to try chia seeds period!

  358. I would add chia seeds to my oatmeal! That’s my fav way. I wonder if you can make chocolate covered chia seeds….hmmmm

  359. I would add chia seeds to my oatmeal! That’s my fav way. I wonder if you can make chocolate covered chia seeds….hmmmm. Oh, and I tweeted about the giveaway!

  360. Sarah says:

    Mmmm chia! I will definitely be trying this. If I win the chia seeds, I will also sprout them and then incorporate them into some homemade granola:)

  361. Laura says:

    I have never sprouted them but I have started adding them to oatmeal, granola and protein bars. What next…?

  362. claudia says:

    i was going to buy them once but they were really expensive- $11 for a teeny bag! i’ve seen so many recipes using chia seeds, but the first thing i’d make is a HUGE bowl of chocolatey chia voluminous oatmeal 😀

  363. Molly says:

    I would most likely use them in my oatmeal just like you:), or vegan overnight oats. Perfect for summer:)

  364. Suzanne says:

    Lots and lots of chia pudding! Yum!

  365. Merritt says:

    I would definitely use the chia seeds to make chia seed pudding with peanut butter and chocolate… my very favorite flavor combination!

  366. kayleigh says:

    i would definetly use the chias in my oats, i still havent gotten to try that!

  367. Mona says:

    I use Chia seeds in everything – in oatmeals, on salads, in smoothies, in puddings!

  368. Bethany says:

    Oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, and granola bars!! The possibilities are endless!

  369. Elizabeth says:

    I want to start baking with chia seeds. I was reading the gluten free girl blog and she bakes with chia seeds to give body to breads. Sounds good to me.

  370. Kathi says:

    What don’t you do with Chia Seeds? :) I put chia seed in my smoothies, my oatmeal, my baked good heck I guess you eat them by the spoonful if you wanted! I can not live with out these little beauties. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  371. Nikki says:

    I would hide them in baked goods and feed them to my fiancee

  372. Jeri says:

    I would put chia in everything… yogurt, smoothies, baked goods, etc!

  373. annie says:

    chia seed pudding, yum!

  374. Lauren says:

    I would use them in my oatmeal, my favorite way!

  375. Kim says:

    Hehe, your chia seed disaster story was pretty funny 😀

    I know I can’t enter the contest but I felt compelled to tell you about my experience with chia. It’s been almost 10 years since the hype started about the health benefits of chia, and it was hard to find. Also expensive. But I bought a small package for the sole purpose of growing little chia plants for my community garden to sell at a fair! Apparently the fully grown shrubs are quite pretty-about 5 feet high and wide with purple flowers. I didn’t actually try eating chia for another 5 years!

    1. Purple flowers? Oooo that sounds fun lol!

  376. I would make OATMEAL! And pudding. :)

  377. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to try your oatmeal with chia seeds!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  378. Kayla says:

    I have never tried chia seeds and I would love to! I would use them to supplement my difficult but essential Gluten free and vegan diet. I definitely need to try them in oatmeal! I would also try them in possibly baking, and smoothies!

  379. Toni Hardy says:

    I love chia seeds – I am new to using them – but love how they fill you up and you can put them in anything!!

    a few of my favorite raw vegan recipes with chia seeds are:

    Sweet Shortbread Chia
    4-5 tbsps chia seeds
    2 cups fresh apple juice
    2 tbsp lucuma powder
    1/2 cup dried mulberries
    1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

    Soak the chia seeds in the apple juice. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Leave to soak for at least 10 minutes before consuming.

    ‘Chia Fresca’
    2 tsp chia seeds
    10oz pure water
    juice of one lemon or lime
    agave syrup or raw honey to taste

    This is still a popular drink in modern-day Mexico. Simply stir the ingredients together and enjoy.

    Fruity Chia
    3 small or 2 big apples
    8 dates, pits removed
    4-5 tbsp chia seeds
    1/4 cup dried mulberries

    Blend the apples and six of the dates together. Transfer that mixture into a bowl and stir in the chia seeds and mulberries. Chop down the remaining 2 dates into pieces and stir those in too. Leave to soak for at least 10 minutes before consuming.

    Bana-paya Chia
    1 banana
    1 cup papaya flesh
    6 dried Turkish figs
    4-5 tbsp chia, ground

    Blend the banana and papaya flesh together. Put the figs in this mixture and leave it to soak overnight. Blend the whole mixture, including the figs, the next day. Stir in the ground chia seed. Serve.

    Banana-nut Bread
    2 cups vegetable juice pulp (preferably at least half carrot)
    8 tbsp ground chia
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    1/2 cup raisins
    5 bananas
    Mix together the veggie juice pulp and bananas in a food processor. Add in the ground chia and let the food processor run until the seeds are completely mixed in.
    Transfer the mixture to a bowl with the walnuts and raisins and mix them in thoroughly by hand. Shape into a loaf. For major yumminess, top with ?Cream Cheese? (see below).

    Cream Cheese
    Flesh of three avocados
    9 dates
    juice of 1 or 2 lemons
    big handful of dulse seaweed


    1. These recipes sound awesome! I definitely want to try the bread, especially! (I can’t leave a comment on your blog, because I don’t have a google or worpress open id. But thanks for mentioning me!)

  380. Karen Andrews says:

    I’d put them in my Sweet Potato Spoon bread!!!!
    3 small sweet potatoes, baked and peeled
    3 c. almond milk
    2 c. yellow cornmeal
    1/2 t. salt
    3 T raw brown sugar
    dash or two of stevia
    2 t. baking powder
    1 t. melted coconut oil
    1/2 t. baking soda
    egg replacer to equal 3 eggs
    Preheat oven to 375. Combine 2 c. “milk”, cornmeal and salt in a large saucepan. Stir well w/whisk and cook over medium heat 4 mins. Remove and stir in sweet pots and sweeteners of choice. Combine potato mixture, remaining “milk”, powder, coconut oil, soda and egg replacer in large bowl and stir well. Place into sprayed 11 x 7″ baking dish and bake 40 mins. or ’til done in center! Of course…the 1/4 c. chia seeds will make it all the better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy!

  381. steph says:

    Me and my kids love chia pudding and of course we put it in our oatmeal and sometimes cookies:)

  382. margaret hutchings says:

    If I won the chia seeds, I would give them to my husband who eats them on Everything. He even read a whole book called Chia.

  383. Toni Hardy says:

    Sent a big “shout out” to you and a link back on my blog on today’s post!!

  384. Dorothy says:

    I love chia seeds in my oatmeal! I just saw a recipe for chia crackers in a catalog. I think I would try the recipe if I won!

  385. Kaycee says:

    yay for chia seeds! i have a bazillion ideas for chia seed recipes. i would probably make some chia seed pudding (chocolate flavored, of course), along with some bread made with chia seeds, chia seed filled smoothie, chia energy bars, chia pancakes, chia oatmeal, chia BOATmeal….the possibilities are endless ;p

  386. Katherine D. says:

    If I win the chia seed giveaway, I’m making oatmeal and chia overnight oats…ASAP :)

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  387. Jessie says:

    I’ve never tried chia seeds (to be honest I’d never heard of them until I read this post!). So if I got my hands on some I think the first thing I’d do would be to test this out as it looks yummy!

  388. Nikki says:

    Chia seeds in oatmeal sounds delicious! I don’t eat a lot of oatmeal because I have to watch my grains in general, but I love chia seeds in energy bars with nuts, seeds, coconut, protein powder, and some fruit. I enjoy reading your refreshing view of food and your insight into what’s healthy and tasty to one person isn’t necessarily so for another is so right!

  389. Haley N says:

    I love chia seeds! I bought them once and sadi havent restocked. I like to put them on yogurt, in oatmeal, and surprisingly, it’s great to put in chili to thicken up :)

  390. Sonya says:

    I add them to baked goods and recently to my homemade larabars…so good!

  391. Alessandra says:

    Chia seeds are (one of) my favorite things ever! If I were to win the chia seed giveaway, I’d make loads and loads of chia seed pudding! I also add them to my raw protein smoothies (along with chocolate!) for extra texture, fiber and omegas! YUM chia!!

  392. Haley N says:

    I follow you on twitter and I tweeted :)

  393. Christine says:

    Mmmm, chia seeds! I love to use them in overnight oats and chia banana pudding. I put them in smoothies too! Yum! :-)

  394. M says:

    I’d put them on my cereal or stir them into yogurt or make chia eggs with them!

  395. Sarah says:

    I would use them in smoothies and baked goods. I love their texture.

  396. Alaina says:

    why, i would make oatmeal of course!

  397. Alaina says:

    And i follow you on twitter

  398. Alaina says:

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand i tweeted! 😀
    i love chia seeds!

  399. Naomi says:

    I do sometimes eat foods I don’t love but I won’t eat anything I hate. My chiropractor suggests avoiding this or having that and I do what she says because I trust she is helping me. Without guidance, it’s all a crapshoot. I like chia – the crunch is fun. I assume it’s good for me and the advantage over flax is you don’t need to grind it. I go simple and toss some in my Greek yogurt. And then I pick my teeth before leaving the house because those suckers like to hide in all the nooks and crannies!

  400. Leigh says:

    Hi Katie!
    We love chia seeds over here. They are great in green smoothies, raw granola (I make my own with sprouted buckwheat, sprouted raw almonds and chia seeds….yummm), chocolate mint chia pudding and chocolate almond chia puddings. They are soooo good! Thanks!!

  401. Diane says:

    I recently discovered chia seeds, after exploring some of my favorite food blogs, including CCK. And I gotta say that I am so happy I decided to try them! I put them in my oatmeal and overnight oats to give thicker consistency. Right now I am training for a half-marathon, and I have noticed that adding chia seeds to my breakfast has made me feel a lot more energized throughout the day! In the future, I plan to try out more recipes using chia seeds – smoothies, baked goods, even pasta sauces… the great thing about them is that they are so versatile :)

  402. Raychel says:

    I LOVE chia seeds! If I were to win, I would DEFINITELY use them! I add them to my oats (I stir them in at the end of cooking) or as sprinkles on almond milk ice cream (your recipe, too, by the way- my family and I LOVE it!)

  403. Jen says:

    I’ve been LOVING this recipe lately, adapted from Ashley’s recipe at Make a chia egg, with 1 T chia seeds 3 T water, let it gel (about 10 mins). Add 1/4 cup corn meal, 1/4 cup water, a hefty sprinkle of nutritional yeast, some cayenne pepper. Microwave for 2 mins. It’s the perfect vessel for any “condiment” — salsa, guac, hummus, chili, tomato paste, quark, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. I have one almost every night while my husband has his nightly bowl of ice cream (I never thought I’d choose a savory dish over ice cream!) and I’ve been making a major dent in my chia seed stash since doing this. Before, I only used them in oatmeal or smoothies. It would be great to replenish my stock!

  404. Laura says:

    it took me a bit to get used to chia seeds but now it’s weird when I eat oats without them. i’m almost out, so this giveaway comes at the perfect time! :)

  405. Cathy says:

    I have never tried chia seeds. I heard it has omega 3 and it is good for the digestive system. If I happen to be the lucky person, I would make gluten free chia cookies with coconut flour, a banana and dates. Love your recipes!

  406. Melonie says:

    If I were lucky enough to win the chia seeds I think I would try them on everything, since I don’t know what they taste like and they seem nutritious enough for that to be an okay thing 😉

  407. Leilani says:

    If I win :) I will use the chia seeds in my smoothies & oatmeal.

  408. I would put chia seeds in my oatmeal, protein pancakes and smoothies!

  409. Laura T says:

    I would grow out the chia seeds as a grass snack for my felines to nibble on. When put in matching a small pots it would like decor aswell.

  410. Maxene says:

    I have never had chia seeds before, and I can’t imagine not liking them, so after a few test rounds, I will invite my friends over for breakfast and make a coconut-banana chia pudding. I will make a lot of pudding :)

  411. Elizabeth says:

    I know I’m not eligible, but I’m curious. Do chia seeds lend any flavour to the oats? What do they do?

  412. sara says:

    I love to use chia seeds in my power bars. They are so good and fill me up!

  413. sara says:

    i tweeted!

  414. Kalynn says:

    I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds for a long time, but still have yet to do it! So, obviously, I’d love to win this!

  415. Kalynn says:

    I’m already a follower of yours on Twitter!

  416. Oh, how I adore chia seeds! I use them everyday in my morning green smoothie and in baking. (:

  417. Tasha says:

    I enjoy reading your blog everday and enjoy tring new recipes. Thank you. I would have fun trying new recipes with the chia seeds. Enjoy the pudding one too!

  418. Leslie Paquette says:

    I would add the chia seeds to my overnight oats.

  419. Rachel Lauren says:

    I like them in oatmeal and in baked goods

  420. I love chia seeds in overnight oats!

  421. And I already follow you on Twitter :)

  422. Jenn says:

    Chia seeds! I’ve just gotten into them this past month on the blog world. Have seen them but never bought them. Got my first bag at an Amish grocery store in northeastern IN! I plan to put them on every bowl of oatbran and oatmeal and sprinkle them in my cereals and yogurts. One thing is…always check your teeth after eating them:)

  423. Anita says:

    I wouuld use the chia seeds to make a pudding with unsweetened coconut milk. I could add this to my morning overnight oats also. As for the carrott juice, yes, it can be rough. Better mixed with orange juice and maybe a hint of ginger. Carrott cake is better.

  424. Caroline says:

    Cool chocolate malt chia pudding!! I just bought a new canister of the chocolate malt ovaltine flavor and am in love. I’ve been fantasizing about how fantastic it would taste in pudding form…make my fantasies come true!?!

  425. Victoria says:

    I add these amazing little seeds in my smoothies daily. There so great for digestion and getting some extra omegas in your diet. I also use the Salba seeds in addition to flax & hemp seeds in my smoothies.

  426. Larissa says:

    Yumy stuff! I love chia seeds! If I win some I plan to use them in my homemade granola and granola bars for my kids!

  427. kathryn says:

    Oh man. If I won those seeds, I’d make the most awesome smoothie ever. With, like, banana. And chocolate. And spinach. And maybe even a little coffee.

  428. Chelsea says:

    I’ve never tried chia seeds, but I’ve been dying to make overnight oats using chia seeds to thicken!!!

  429. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE chia seeds! I like to sprinkle them on salads, use them in smoothies and especially in overnight oats! Pick me! :)

  430. Emma says:

    Hey Katie! New reader, first time commenter! I have been dying to try chia seeds ever since they first appeared in the blog world in overnight oats like yours and as a binder in baked goods, similar to flax eggs. I have never tried either of these (you introduced me to voluminous oats and baked oatmeal a few weeks though and no joke, I have had one or the other every morning since!) but what I would probably use them first for is pudding! I am a vegetarian, not vegan (sorry….I love my dairy and eggs!), but I am a pudding fanatic and have had so much trouble making it from scratch, either with eggs or cornstarch.

    Anyways, I have spent hours reading over your blog since stumbling across it and have tried several recipes with rave reviews. Thanks so much for the great ideas and recipes!

  431. Kelly says:

    I have been wanting to try chia seeds and would definitely try the never ending oatmeal because with 4 kids it would be perfect:)

  432. Sharon says:

    I love chia seeds. I would put them on cereal, put them in a smoothy and use them as an egg replacer in baked goods. They are really marvelous!

  433. raechel says:

    I have yet to make over-night oats, so I’d totally do that if I won the chia seeds! But I also love them like sprinkles on banana soft serve! Also in smoothies, of course. And homemade granola bars! And on salads! Oh chia seeds, I love them so! : )

  434. duckchick says:

    I love putting chia seeds in my smoothies! 😀

  435. Monique says:

    I have this muffing recipe that calls for chia seeds and pumpkin. I want to try them out before the fall season so I can serve the perfected ones at parties I’m hoping to host.

  436. tea-bag says:

    i’d definitely add the chia seeds for egg replacements and to pump up my overnight oats!

  437. Becca says:

    Oh, Katie, If I won the chia seeds, I add them to my oats!
    I also have a few healthy cookie recipes I put them in. Yum! I tried the “pudding” you can make from chia, but it was too slimy for my taste.
    I’d also give some to a gluten-free lady at work. She’s been dying to try them, but they’re so expensive around here she hasn’t done it yet.

  438. Terri Sue says:

    I love chia sprouts. i’m old enough that i was an adult when the first chia pets came out in the 70’s. a friend gave my husband and i one and we were hooked. i also have bread recipes that call for them and like to add a tbs. to a pot of rice. believe me if i won they would not go to waste!

  439. Lisa Fine says:

    I really want to try making chia seed pudding. I keep seeing recipes for it on food blogs, and would love to create a chocolate chia pudding recipe.

  440. Tina says:

    My only experience with chia seeds was on several Chia Pets I had in college. (Please tell me someone else had these!) I didn’t even know you could eat them until recently. So I guess if I win, I’ll be trying this recipe!

  441. mare says:

    i would definitely make lots of delicious variations of chia puddings!

  442. Nicole says:

    This recipe looks pretty delicious. I also love making chia seed pudding!

  443. Cindy says:

    I like chia seeds in muffins, oatmeal, and I grind them and put them in fresh baked bread–super yummy and it gives a nice, flavorful crunch in the crust!

  444. Maddy says:

    I love chia seeds! I would stir them in to my oatmeal and use them in baked goods as chia eggs!

  445. Kalyn says:

    Katie, I know exactly what you mean about feeling an almost “pressure” to eat certain things that others are because of the health benefits; however, you make seriously valid points in this post! I however, do really enjoy chia seeds. My favorite way to eat them is just sprinkled in a bowl of yogurt, raw oats, berries, and honey.

  446. Shiloh says:

    I totally want to try chia seeds in my morning smoothies! I also wonder how it would be to bake with them… or make granola, yum :)

  447. Serena says:

    If I won the chia seeds, I’d make my first ever Chia pudding! And I’d put them in my oatmeal, and make vegan desserts…

  448. Angel says:

    I would use the chia seeds to make lots and lots of chia energy balls – kind of like your fudge babies. Yum, yum, yum. Oh, and some chia pudding now and then, and if I had a LOT of seeds, I’d experiment some, because I do like them. What fun!

  449. Sophie says:

    i would love to try chia pudding!

  450. Sarah says:

    I’ve always wanted to try chia seeds.. especially in oatmeal, cereal, and smoothies!

  451. elyse says:

    i’ve always wanted to try chia seeds but i’ve only seen them in pudding and oatmeal, and they’re a little pricey to only be used in two things! but i’d still love to try them!

  452. Ashley says:

    I use them in smoothies and oatmeal!! Fingers crossed =)

  453. Kalese says:

    I have yet to try chia seeds but I would like to try the pudding or bake them in fresh bread. Thanks Katie!

  454. Michelle says:

    I love to put them in my oatmeal and my smoothies! But I think I will start trying them in baked goods and pancakes!
    Love your blog!

  455. nicole says:

    I would use the chia seeds in my morning green smoothie, to help keep me fuller longer. I would also use them in my morning oats.

  456. Jean says:

    I’m just sooooo happy to find out that I’m not the only o e who loves oatmeal this much. My family thinks I’m nits. I’d try chia seeds in oats if I win some.

  457. Jill says:

    If I won the chia seeds I would try to use them more in smoothies and as an egg replacer.

  458. kirstin says:

    I love chia seeds in overnight oats and for chia pudding!

  459. kirstin says:

    I already follow you

  460. Veronica says:

    I’m not familiar with all the things you can do with chia seeds, so I hope it’s not too unoriginal to say that if I won them, I’d make your neverending oatmeal first!

  461. Necia says:

    Chia, chia, chia! Oh the many ways to consume. I would mix with my oats, mix with my smoothies/shake. Mix with water for my run, and oh I would try to create my own fuel gel.

  462. Lindsay says:

    I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds for awhile, but I haven’t just yet. I’ve heard they’re a great binding agent for gluten free recipes and they’re so good for you!

  463. Maya says:

    I’d bake something with chia seeds as a replacement for eggs. I can eat eggs, but my brother’s vegan and I hear chia seeds are a good alternative!

  464. Amy says:

    I’ve only gone through one bag of chia seeds so far,but my favorite way to use chia seeds is to just eat them by the spoonful. I love the nutty taste and the transformation they make after they hit my mouth. I just have to remember to check my teeth in the mirror after my chia snack. :)

  465. Beth says:

    I would make overnight oats with my new chia seeds! mmmm

  466. Kristin says:

    What don’t I do with Chia? It is the ultimate heartburn remedy, for one. Take a Tbs dry and 5 min later drink lots of water. It absorbs excees acid and gets rid of the burn. Awesome! Besides smoothies, sauces, baked goods, and oatmeal, I like my chia pudding: cocoa, agave, a dash of vanilla, a bit of coconut oil for richness, and raw milk (you can use almond milk). Shake. Shake again in 5 minutes. Serve with raspberries and mash them in. Heaven!!!

  467. Megan says:

    I love chia in my oatmeal! I have tried the puddings and can’t find a recipe to like! I also put it in my regular cold cereal with almond milk, tasty!

  468. jose says:

    I LOVE CHIA SEEDS!! I put them in water and oatmeal and baked goods yum!

  469. AJ says:

    I’ve only used them in shakes and crockpot oats. Would love to experiment with other ideas, though. ( my 12 year old likes to nibble on them plain!)

  470. RA says:

    I want to try chia seeds in a smoothie on my exam days. I’ve heard they give great boosts of energy, and that is certainly something I need to power through our test days that last all day long!!! It would be a wonderful way to cut down on my coffee 😛

  471. Ahhh I would love to win this! I have yet to splurge and buy chia seeds, so I’d love to test them out, first! I’d totally add them to my morning bowl of oats, or to a smoothie!

  472. Marion says:

    First off…I am LOVING all the fun breakfast ideas! And sweet ideas… The cookie dough dip made of garbanzos is freaking genius! I used the uneaten leftover as a cookie base…unbelievably good!!

    As far as chia seeds go, I know it’s used an awful lot in facial products now, but I am hearing alot about food application. I am interested in it’s nutritional content- I wanna put it in everything to boost texture, taste and value. :) I love to experiment, like you do!

    Thank you for all the great ideas!! 😉

    1. Aww, thank YOU for the sweet words :)

      1. Anonymous says:

        In case you wanted to try it-

        about 3/4 dip recipe
        about 3/4 cup oats
        1/2 cup almond flour
        1/2 cup(ish) unsweetend shredded coconut
        few tbsp sunflower seeds
        dash baking soda
        dash salt
        4 tbsp applesauce

        Mix. Drop. Bake at 350 for around 15 mins or so… Enjoy the awesomeness! 😉

        Obviously, I am not a professional blogger…I don’t even pay attention to exact amounts. 😛

        1. Thanks! That sounds awesome!

  473. Marianne says:

    I’m with you on not wasting your time on foods you don’t enjoy. I do think everyone should give foods a fair chance to decide if you really do or don’t like them, because sometimes you may only enjoy them in one specific preparation, but if not, then why eat them? It’s not like there are any nutrients we need that are only contained in one food on earth, so just find the variety of items that work for you, and enjoy!

  474. Sam says:

    I love to top smoothies with chia seeds!

  475. Courtney says:

    Hi Katie,
    I’ve never used chia seeds before because I’ve never been able to find them in my area. I’d like to put them in smoothies, make your never ending oatmeal, and chia pudding and a quinoa flake bake as seen on the Tie Dye Files. I really love oats and am always looking for new, delicious ways to dress them up. :)

  476. Makenna says:

    I have been wanting to try chia seeds!! I think chia seed pudding looks great :)

  477. Morgan says:

    I would put them in tons of smoothies!

  478. Meghan says:

    I would definitely try chia pudding and of course put loads in my oatmeal!

  479. Holy comments!! I add chia seeds to just about everything I eat. Such a fabulous way to get those omega 3’s!!

  480. Kathryn says:

    I always put chia seeds in my oatmeal.

  481. Carissa says:

    Ohhhh Katie! I love chia! I am a big fan! I put them in smoothies, cereal, oatmeal…and I’m thinking of trying them in a quinoa fried rice dish! I hope I win! :)

  482. Carissa says:

    Tweet entry completed!

  483. Barefootcookingirl says:

    Hmmm….gonna have to try this. What would I do with a freebie big bag of chia seeds? Start sprouting them babies, and then putting them in everything!

  484. hippierunner says:

    I love chia seeds on my raw blueberry oatmeal.

  485. hippierunner says:

    Follow you on Twitter and tweeted it!

  486. Whitney says:

    I’ve been so curious about trying chia seeds! Maybe this can be my chance :) I would definitely start by putting them in oatmeal.

  487. Weslea says:

    I make a delicious pudding with chia seeds using almond milk, cashew butter, and cinnamon… Delish!! I follow you on Twitter as well.

  488. Katherine says:

    I honestly put chia in everything! Anytime I open my cabinet, I think, “ooh chia would be good it…” I still haven’t tried chia pudding, so that is the first thing I would make!!

  489. Cathy says:

    I have been wanting to try Chia Seeds but have been unable to find them in a store in my area. Hopefully I win so I can finally try them!

  490. Kelly says:

    I buy chia seeds in bulk I use them so much. I use them to make my own gels for when I race and ride my bike, I use them in my chia fresca drink. I would love to win some chia seeds.

  491. Christine says:

    I’d use it in my oatmeal every morning! Or to make a chia egg!

  492. Minerva says:

    I will use the chia seeds to make “eggs” for vegan recipes. I used a chia egg last week for a batch of mexican black bean burgers…mmm