Grinding chia seeds is a great way to add these nutritious superfoods into your daily routine. It makes adding them to your favorite recipes a breeze and increases their nutritional value by helping your body absorb more essential vitamins and minerals.
Today I’m sharing the basics of how to grind chia seeds and how to use them!
If you’re ready to make some chocolate chia pudding, create chia powder by grinding chia seeds first will create the smoothest pudding texture.
- Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
- Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
- Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
- Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
- Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
- Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
- Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
- Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
- Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
- Chia seeds — You’ll need a large quantity of chia seeds, at least one cup, if not more. This allows the blender to work most efficiently. If you have a spice grinder, you can churn smaller quantities.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- USEFUL —Chia powder is nice to have around. You can make chia pudding, egg replacements, and more.
- EASY — Make a big batch of ground chia seeds and store it in the freezer.
- NUTRITIOUS — Studies suggest ground chia seeds are more nutritious than whole chia seeds.
Can you grind chia seeds in a Vitamix?
Grinding chia seeds in a Vitamix is easy, but you’ll need a significant quantity, at least one cup. The added volume helps create an even ground texture.
Does grinding chia seeds destroy nutrients?
Not only does milling chia seeds not destroy their nutrients, but it also enhances the bioavailability of their nutrients, making them more accessible for your body to absorb.
Why Grind Chia Seeds
You don’t have to grind the seeds, but there are plenty of reasons why to do it:
- Flour Substitute — Chia powder has a neutral flavor and can be used to replace some of the flour in your favorite recipes, such as vegan pancakes or vegan bran muffins.
- Nutrition — Chia seeds are one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on the market. They are packed with protein, fiber, and essential fatty acids (omega-3s). Grinding chia seeds increases your body’s ability to absorb their nutrients.
- Better Texture — Whole chia seeds are a pain. They are slimy and tiny and can easily get stuck between your teeth. Grinding them creates a much better texture.
Four Ways to Grind Chia Seeds
Regardless of the process you use, your chia seeds must be raw in order to pulverize them into a powder. Soaked seeds cannot be ground.
- Food Processor — You can use a food processor and pulse in short bursts. It helps to grind 1 to 2 cups of seeds at a time. I personally don’t prefer using a food processor. The seeds dance around the food processor but don’t get ground into a fine powder as I prefer.
- Vitamix — My favorite tool to make chia powder is the Vitamix. You need to use at least a cup, but I’m always blending at least 2 cups of chia seeds at a time. Then I refrigerate or freeze the powder.
- Grinder — The perfect chia seed grinder for small quantities is an electric coffee mill or spice mill.
- Hand — If you have a pestle and mortar, you can grind chia seeds by hand. It’s another excellent way to grind up small quantities.
Store chia powder in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Once you know how to grind chia seeds, you’ll want some recipes to use them in. I love adding ground chia to my chocolate energy balls. I even use them as an egg replacer for cookies, such as these carrot cake cookies or vegan peanut butter cookies. Here are more of our favorite recipes for using chia seeds:
Grinding Chia Seeds
- 2 cups whole chia seeds
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.