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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. Jeanne says:

    Hi Katie! Awesome giveaway. If I win the chia seeds I would sprinkle them on top of my protein smoothies.

  2. Lacey says:

    Chia seeds are my favorite egg replacement. They work really really well, and unlike flax, you don’t have to ground them to get them to form a nice, uniform gel. So I’d use them in baked goods and smoothies, because I always put chia seeds in my smoothies…well, when I can afford them.

  3. Haneul says:

    Oh I’ve always wanted to try chia seeds!! I would definitely eat it on top of yogurt and oatmeal, and I definitely have to try this never-ending oatmeal recipe!!!!

  4. Sherry says:

    I would love to try them in healthy baking treats, oatmeals, and yogurts. I’ve never tried them before so this would be awesome!

  5. Becky says:

    I would try using chia seeds in my homemade honey-cinnamon granola for some added crunch and nutrition! :)

  6. Katie Weber says:

    I’d love the chia seeds for salads and smoothies! And I’d love to try to make some oatmeal with them too!

  7. tasha says:

    I love me some chia seeds!! My fave way to use them is in overnight oats & in smoothies!

  8. Kerstyn LaManna says:

    I sprinkle chia seeds onto almost anything! In my granola, yougurt, cereal or even on top of salads! I would definitely like to try incorporating them in baked goods as well.

  9. Kat says:

    I love chia seeds for thickening smoothies and oatmeal! they are fun in bars and granola too :)

  10. Rotaugia says:

    I will eat them!!! Put them in oatmeal, on toast, in smoothies and for Chia Frescsa!

  11. SAMANTHA says:

    i LOVE making smoothies and oatmeal with chia seeds!

  12. I looooooove my chia seeds in oatmeal too! Serious fluffy texture!

  13. Rachel says:

    Oatmeal, smoothies, lots of options!

  14. Pamela says:

    I loved the never ending Oatmeal recipe! I tried it this weekend, and I ate it cold, I thought cold.. ew.. but I added a little agave, some blueberries and a half of a banana.. excellent. I am definitely going to make it again.. CHIA.. I love them.. they are the greatest little bitty seeds ever.. they are cute, they act like tapioca! I add them to all my smoothies, to my juices and to my oatmeal now!! THANKS

    1. Awww! I’m so excited you tried it :).

  15. Betty says:

    I just love using these tiny tiny wonders. Are all Chia’s created equal. I don’ t know but I sure would like to win yours and to a blind study. Thanks :}*

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Muffins with chia seeds for an extra oomph!

  17. Alicia says:

    I’d put em in granola, for sure! :)

  18. I’ve never tried chia seeds, but I SO want to try them this way :)

  19. Moira says:

    I would totally use these in oatmeal!!! Or a smoothie, I feel like they would be really tasty in a smoothie!

  20. Megan says:

    I’d do the obvious and put them in oatmeal 😀 But, I am curious about chia seed pudding too.

  21. Katie says:

    Love chia seed pudding! I also put them in homemade granola! Yum!

  22. Erin says:

    I will sprinkle them on greek yogurt!

  23. Ali says:

    If I were to win, I would use them in:
    Cooked oatmeal
    Raw overnight oats
    Chia eggs for baking
    Experiments with my food processor (nut butters, frosting, cookie dough)

  24. Melissa says:

    I love chia seeds! I would like to use them to make granola if I win!

  25. Jenna says:

    I would put them in smoothies and oats, and make chia pudding!

  26. Brieann says:

    I’ve not tried Chia seeds but have picked them up and put them back at the store many times. I just wasn’t sure what to do with them. I’d love to try them in the oatmeal and then experiment from there!

  27. Barb says:

    I use chia seeds in just about everything I bake! I may also grow some and make my own chia-pet :)

  28. Christina says:

    I’m so excited about your giveaway! I’ve been dying to try chia seeds but I can’t find them in stores anywhere! I would put them in my smoothies, oatmeal…. I think I’d try to put them in everything!

  29. abbey says:

    I love throwing some chia seeds in my granola bars!

  30. Lauren says:

    I would make tons of cocoa pudding with the seeds, maybe mix it into oatmeal and other baked goods. I’ve also been thinking about all the creamy soups to use it in this winter.

  31. Heidi S says:

    I bought some chia seeds, but haven’t made or taste them yet. I wanted to try them, but don’t know how to use them :) Heard great benefits about it- few simple recipes with chia are helpful. Hopefully I’d like them! Thanks for the suggestions:)

  32. Lita G says:

    I recently tried chia seeds after reading about them on your blog. Fortunately I fell in love with them because I need to eat healthier as per doctor’s orders, so chia seeds have been helpful in that aspect.
    If I won your contest, I would probably try them with more stuff besides oatmeal and bread, maybe muffins? salad? oooohhh the possibilities…..

  33. Anna says:

    I use chia in almost everything!! I might be obsessed with them…. I’ll even just eat a handful for a snack!

  34. Rayna says:

    I’d love to try how chia seeds tastes in overnight oats!

  35. Leashieloo says:

    I already stalk, er, follow you.

  36. Leashieloo says:

    I would use the seeds to make oats, I’ve been seeing this all over the blog world and am way jealous!

  37. Alex says:

    I would make so much chia pudding!!

  38. Anna says:

    I love chia seeds! I put them in my overnight oats or oatmeal, I make pudding with them, I add them to salads and peanut butter sandwiches. I have even added them to my homemade pizza crust!

  39. Anna says:

    Follow you on twitter and tweeted the giveaway :)
    I love your photos! They always inspire me to get into the kitchen and start creating!

  40. Sarah says:

    I want to try them in a buckwheat chia pudding!!!! I have seen it on a few pages. CHA-CHA-CHA-CHIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. marian says:

    I love putting chias in my granola and in my overnight oats! love the texture!

  42. megan says:

    What I would do with the chai seeds is sprinkle it over my cereal and almond milk or try the other voluminous oatmeal trick. Plus I would really like to try them on top of banana “ice cream”

  43. Alex says:

    I think I would put them in my morning cereal!

  44. alain says:

    thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! i would make chai chia pudding with my chia seeds!

  45. Sarah M says:

    thanks so much for the giveaway!! I would definitely put them in my smoothies to start…and then probably overnight oats :)

  46. Shea says:

    Great giveaway! I’d love to try them in oats!

  47. Shannon C. says:

    I would grind the seeds and put it in the batter of some chocolate chip banana bread, mmm!

  48. Natalie says:

    I would probably put them in my oatmeal or use them in a drink like in the book Born to Run. Thanks! Love your blog!

  49. Melissa says:

    Add them to oatbran …why of course:)

  50. Cari says:

    If I won the chia seeds, I would make lots of yummy green monster smoothies in a variety of flavors and plenty of bowls of super thick oatmeal!

  51. Victoria says:

    Since I love alfalfa sprouts, I would use chia sprouts in place of them in my salads! Maybe some chia crusted roasted tofu? I also wouldn’t mind growing some chia sprouts in tiny clay pots to decorate my tiny apartment!

  52. Shelley says:

    It may sound weird but I would put them in my water for more nutritional value. Also maybe in oatmeal or baked goods…

  53. Jenn says:

    I’ve never had chia seeds!!! But I’m dieing to try them. There’s so many good recipes out there, some of Julies (pbfingers) smoothies look great with them!

  54. Cheryl says:

    I would make chia pudding. sprinkle it on everything, maybe create a new recipe with it..

  55. Amy says:

    I would love to try chia seeds, I’ve been seeing them around the blog world too!

  56. Gloria says:

    Pumpkin chia pudding! I know I’m jumping the gun on fall a little bit :)

  57. melanie says:

    i’ve been making chia protein pudding with coconut flakes and dried fruit. so tasty! would love to be able to replenish for supply!

  58. Katie says:

    I would use the chia seeds in my green smoothies – I need the extra hydration for Bikram!

  59. Trina says:

    I’m new to the health and nutrition world, so I haven’t tried these yet. Would love to tho! I think I’d start out easy with them in my Pineapple Citrus Oatmeal muffins.

  60. Allie says:

    I LOVE chia seeds–I use them most often in my overnight oats and to make protein powder pudding.

  61. Laura says:

    I’ve never tried them. I think I would sprinkle them over peanut butter for a little crunch.

  62. taberrah says:

    sounds awesome! im just wondering how many calories this has…

  63. Dandelion says:

    I can tell school is really taking over my life, because when you pointed out the black dots in the oatmeal, I thing “Nuclei of fibroblasts in connective tissue”…

    Anyway, I love chia seeds, but I’ve never mixed them with oats before- I’m trying to get more healthy seeds into my diet, and this is a good way to do it :)

  64. sarah beth says:

    I think the better question is what WOULDN’T I do with chia seeds? Cookies, oatmeal, pudding, soups, bubble tea, etc. etc. etc. etc.

  65. Hayley says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe!! I have been looking forever to try and find a great voluminous/overnight oatmeal recipe! I made this and it keep me full till lunch! The only thing i changed was adding flax seeds instead of chia because I did not have any chia. Thanks! =]

  66. Katrena King says:

    I have wanted to try these ever since I saw a Dr. Oz program featuring them. Who would have thought you could eat the annoying, ‘ch-ch-ch chia seeds that we got so sick of hearing on the chia pet commercials!

    1. Haha seriously! Now if only we could’ve eaten furbies to shut them up ;).

  67. Stephanie says:

    I like chia seeds in my smoothies, as an egg substitute in my baking, OR in my chili to thicken it up. Chia seeds are amazing!!!

  68. Elzie says:

    Hey! I was just wondering if you had ever tried adding wheat bran to oatmeal? It adds a lot of volume to oatmeal without adding lots of calories and it is rich in fiber, omegas, starch, protein, vitamins and dietary minerals. Wheat bran = 30 calories for a 1/4 cup. :DDD

  69. Cierra says:

    Can you use chia seeds in your baked oatmeal cakes? And can you do the never-ending oatmeal trick where you add extra liquid, and then use THAT for baked oatmeal? Or would it turn to gross mushiness?

  70. Elise says:

    As a lover of baking AND all things nutrition (funny right?) I am obsessed with your blog!!! So happy I found it!!! I eat oatmeal with chia or flax seeds for breakfast everyday already, however tried your Volume trick today!!! Genius!! Can’t wait to try your desserts!! Congrats on the fabulous site!!!

  71. Dick Waskey says:

    Yes, we eat foods that we do not enyoy a whole lot just because they are good for us.
    We eat 1/2 cup of any type of “Dry” bean every meal. At first we did all these extravagant things to make it taste great but now we do not. We eat them and it’s almost like just taking a “Supplament” or a vitamin… I have even just opened a can of black bean and eaten them cold…

    When I have time I take my soaked and cooked black beans, saute them with a tiny bit of bacon grease, onion garlic and then add a little strong elderberry vinegar. “The BEST!!”

  72. Jane Borduin says:

    I eat chia seeds every morning for a snack. Soaked in coconut milk, and with some fruit yogurt added it is a delicious. Great opportunity for creativity to make delicious treat.

  73. Jane says:

    I eat chia seeds every morning for a snack. Soaked in coconut milk, and with some fruit yogurt added it is a delicious. Great opportunity for creativity to make delicious treat. The health benefits are worth it.

  74. Alison Bond says:

    Love, Love Chia seeds in just about anything I can put them in……mostly shakes, puddings, pies, but also love them in Kombucha drinks!! Umm think I would add them to my newest love, your Pumpkin Bread bowl!! mmmm

  75. Melinda says:

    My favorite recipe with chia seeds … every morning I have 1 cup fresh kale,1 cup of fresh spinich ,1/2 apple,1/2 bananna ,/1/2 avocado ,1 tsp hemp seed ,1 tsp chia seed and 1 cup coconut water blend and enjoy.. delicious… I need those free chia seeds…

    Thank you,

  76. Katie Z says:

    I love chis seeds! Chia pudding is a fav pre-hot yoga food! I make it with 1/2 cup nonfat plain keifer (hemp milk or almond milk is delicious too), 1 scoop protein powder, 1-2 Tablespoons chia seeds…mix and let sit for 10 mins~! I also like to mix in 1 TBS canned pumpkin puree fpr Vit A and fiber!

  77. Lindsey says:

    Absoultuly love, love these recipes! Thanks for all the awesome cooking!

  78. Daniela says:

    gosh this is SO good! i’m eating it right now and make it at least once a week :) and i use the melted banana trick for sweetener + i add in some chopped date. i love it when i can eat GIANT portions and not feel like i’m overeating. case in point, i love this recipe! please share more giant-portion recipes soon!

  79. Kelly says:

    I make chia seed pudding with powdered peanut butter and in my morning oatmeal and smoothies :)

  80. Sheryl says:

    I LOVE chia seeds! I use them in my smoothies every morning and add them to just about anything! If i win them I’ll be sure to try them in …well…anything I haven’t yet tried them in! they are a fun addition to juice with an extra little “pop” in your mouth!! :)

  81. Monica says:

    Thanks, Katie! I actually did feel a little pressured to try something I was pretty sure I hated…chia seeds! My husband and I tried them about a year ago and just could not find a way to incorporate them into our diet that wasn’t disguisting (to us). I don’t know how I missed your post on it.

    BUT, after browsing around your site the other day, I came across this recipe and thought, “Phtt…if Katie put it in oatmeal I bet it tastes pretty good. Guess I’ll give it another shot”.

    SO, maybe not pressured, but inspired to try something again. Thanks again for the great recipe. It’s been my breakfast three days running :)

  82. Bee says:

    Hi I have wanted to know this for ages and was wondering if you could help me? I have heard chia seeds are really good for thickening things and adding nutrients to e.g. possidge and I wanted to get some but they are really expensive! Howver linseeds/flaxseeds are uch cheaper and i was wondering what the difference was and which one I should buy? If they are both pretty much the same I’ll know to buy flax because they are also cheap! Thanks!!

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Sorry, they are not the same. Try a place like WalMart for cheaper chia seeds.

    2. Nicole says:

      Try buying them in bulk from a grocery or health food store – they’re so much cheaper in the bulk bins then they are prepackaged.

  83. Umi Akiyoshi says:

    can i cook this in a mason jar instead of a pyrex cup?

  84. Eva says:

    This is so good! I’ve just got my my braces, so my teeth are very sensitive and this recipe is my saviour! It goes wonderfully with the cereal milk and I’m sure I’ll be making this recipe a million times more!!

  85. angie says:

    Put them in drinks (I like how they become gelatinous and I like the sound of the word gelatinous, on oatmeal, in muffins, on fruit, and wherever else my imagination and taste buds lead me… 😉

  86. Joanna says:

    Hey Katie have you ever tried camelina seeds?

    They are a good substitute for chia.

  87. anonymous says:

    This is my new favorite breakfast recipe. I am OBSESSED!!!

  88. Kate says:

    Great recipe! I’ve been making them all week!

  89. Pippa says:

    I love the idea of this and I’ve tried it a few times now, you get such a great yield for such a small amount of oats! I can’t seem to get over the chia taste/texture though. It feels a bit frogspawny to me.

    Any tips on things I can add?