Chia Egg, a great egg substitute! If you’re looking to make great Vegan baked goods, this Chia Egg Recipe is a must! You’ll use this Chia Egg Recipe as a replacement for real eggs in a variety of baking recipes. So, if you want to know How to Make a Chia Egg, we’ve got you covered. It’s really a very simple recipe and you’ll find yourself using this Chia Seed Egg Substitute in all your Vegan baked recipes.
Why We Love This Recipe
- Great substitute for eggs. So, for Vegans, knowing how to make a Chia Egg is pretty important. You’re going to make this little recipe a close friend of yours. You’ll use it in most of your baked goods to replace eggs. However, I would caution you not to put oil in a pan and try to make an omelet with this Chia Seed Egg Replacement. These seeds don’t, I repeat don’t, taste like eggs. However, when you put them in baked goods, your taste-buds aren’t going to know the difference.
- Very quick recipe! This is probably the quickest recipe imaginable. You’re going to put Chia seeds in water and whisk them until thick. That’s it. It takes maybe 5 minutes at the most.
- Extremely healthy! Chia seeds are a very healthy food source. So, let’s take a look at some of their benefits.
- Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants, inhibiting the production of free radicals which cause cell damage (1).
- These seeds are mostly all fiber which makes them a low-carb food source.
- They absorb roughly 12 times their own weight in water causing them to expand which increases the feeling of fullness when they are consumed.
- One study found that consuming Chia during breakfast increased satiety (2).
- High in protein; roughly 14% of their weight consists of protein.
- Chia seeds contain a well-balanced profile of essential amino acids which helps the body absorb more of their protein (3).
- They are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia Egg Recipe
- Chia seeds
How to Make a Chia Egg
- Seeds. Place one tablespoon of chia seeds into a small dish.
- Water. Pour 2 1/2 tablespoons of water over the chia seeds.
- Combine. Mix well with a small whisk or fork until mixture begins to thicken.
- Thickening. Let rest for 5 minutes so the thickening process can complete.
What are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are very tiny black seeds which come from a plant called Salvia hispanica and are related to mint. They were an important food source for Aztecs and Mayans who recognized the seeds for their strength and energy producing capabilities. They felt rather strongly (pun) about this because the word “chia” means “strength” in the Mayan language. Chia seeds have only recently become part of the modern, health-conscious, diet but many are quickly admitting that the Aztecs and Mayans were on to something.
What is a Chia Egg?
Great question and here’s my short answer. It’s not an egg but it’s a mixture of Chia seeds and water which becomes viscous when stirred and acts as a binding-agent similar to eggs when used in baking. You can use a Chia Seed Egg Substitute when making recipes like baked oatmeal, cookies, cakes, and muffins. However, as a stand-alone-recipe to be consumed as are eggs (omelets, scrambles, etc..) it doesn’t work. It’s really best as a Chia Seed Egg Replacement.
Do Chia Seeds Need to Be Ground Up Before Use?
No, they don’t. It’s common practice just to place them in water whole, stir them, sit back and watch the magic happen.
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Chia Seed Egg Substitute Recipes
- 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons water
- Place Chia Seeds into a small bowl.
- Pour water into same bowl with Chia Seeds.
- Whisk Chia Seed and water combination until it begins to thicken.
- Let mixture stand for 5 minutes until thickening process is completed.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 4gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
The Vegan Plate attempts to provide accurate information. However, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.