Benefits of Chia Seeds (and 27 Creative Ways to Use Them!)

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I’ve been using chia seeds in drinks and as an egg substitute in recipes for years. In fact, we just had homemade chia seed pudding with lunch today. While chia seeds can be an incredibly useful ingredient, especially for egg free or gluten free families, there is also a lot of conflicting information about these little seeds.

What are Chia Seeds?

Salvia hispanica, or the chia plant, is a species in the mint family that is native to Central America. The seeds of this herb are known as “chia seeds” and they have gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years.

Not only are they gluten/grain free naturally, but a single serving is reported to have:

  • as much calcium as a glass of milk
  • more Omega-3s than a serving of walnuts
  • as many antioxidants as blueberries.

They give you tons of energy but also won’t keep you awake at night and are supposed to be great for weight loss. Because they can absorb many times their size/weight in liquid, they are great for avoiding dehydration during exercise or exposure to heat.

Are Chia Seeds Good for You?

Chia seeds have a fascinating and long history of use by several cultures. I’m hesitant to use the word “superfood” because the word is so over-used in modern times and also because there are some confounding factors that may inhibit nutrient use.

Supposedly, the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans used chia as a staple of their diet and as an energy food. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and they were known as the “Indian Running Food” because runners and warriors would use them for sustenance while running long distances or during battle.

The Original “Super-Food”

Though these ancient cultures may not have completely understood the nutritional breakdown of these power-packed seeds, they noticed the benefits, and we now know that chia seeds are a good source of:

  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Protein
  • Vitamins A, B, E and D
  • Minerals and vitamins like calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, and others
  • Antioxidants

Chia Seed Benefits

Benfits of Chia Seeds

Small but mighty, chia seeds have a variety of benefits (and a few cautions!) and are considered by many to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

1. They Are A Great Source of Protein

The chia seed is a great plant source of protein, containing 4.7 grams of protein per ounce. They contain all eight essential amino acids, a rarity for a non-animal based food and are much higher in protein than many other plants. They still don’t compare to animal-based proteins, but especially considering the other beneficial properties of chia seeds, they are worth consuming regularly.

2. Packed with Other Nutrients

Don’t let their tiny size fool you… chia seeds are a big source of many nutrients!

Just two tablespoons (about an ounce) contains 10 times the Omega-3s of an equal serving of walnuts, more iron than a cup of spinach and a host of other nutrients in smaller amounts. They are also a great source of beneficial fats, fiber and about as many antioxidants per serving as blueberries.

In fact, chia seeds contain the highest level of Omega-3s of any known plant. It is important to note that they contain Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA) form found in plant foods but not docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the form found in fatty fish.

The body can convert some ALA to DHA, but it is relatively inefficient at this process, so ideally, we should consume both ALA and DHA from food sources.

3. Support Digestion

There are several unique properties of chia seeds that make them beneficial for digestion. They are an excellent source of fiber at 11 grams per ounce. In fact, of the 12 grams of “carbohydrates” found in chia seeds, 11 are from fiber, which is indigestible to the body and which does not raise blood sugar or affect insulin levels like other forms of carbohydrates.

Essentially, the net carbohydrate in the chia seed is only 1 gram per ounce, making them a naturally low-carb and high-fiber food, with one serving providing the recommended daily amount of fiber. This fiber works as a pre-biotic in the digestive system, so while it isn’t digested and used directly, it feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut and may help improve gut health.

Chia seeds also have a unique ability to “gel” due to the soluble fiber content and the fact that the outer shell is hydrophilic and has the ability to absorb over 10x their weight in liquid. This makes them filling and satisfying. Researchers think that this gel action also occurs in the stomach, creating a barrier between carbohydrates and enzymes in the stomach which slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. This may account for some of the reported endurance benefits of chia seeds.

I’ve listed a few of my favorite recipes below that show how our family uses chia seeds, especially for breakfast.

4. Natural Appetite Suppressant

Chia Seeds are often recommended for those who are trying to lose weight Their ability to expand and slow digestibility helps keep a person feeling fuller longer. (source)

Additionally, as a good source of both protein and antioxidants, they may nutritionally support the body in other ways that promote weight loss. Due to their hydrophilic properties, chia seeds also promote hydration, which is important for maintaining a healthy weight.

Though the research is mixed on chia’s ability to directly promote weight loss, experts seem to agree that they are a great addition to a healthy diet and for those of us with kids who are hungry all the time, they are an easy (and filling) addition to many common foods. I love to serve some form of chia seed pudding for breakfast since it helps keep my kids full until lunch.

5. Promote Energy and Endurance

The Mayans and Aztecs originally used chia seeds for their energy and endurance benefits. They were known as “Indian Running Food” and warriors and athletes often consumed a chia seed gel prior to their events to maintain energy and stamina.

It turns out that these same benefits are just as applicable in modern times! In fact one study, found that a chia gel was as effective as energy drinks for maintaining athletic performance. In the study, participants were split into two groups. One group was given an energy drink, and another an energy drink/chia seed gel. Participants completed various running and endurance activities and their results were compared. The study found no difference in performance between the two groups and concluded that chia seeds were as effective as energy drinks in promoting athletic performance.

If you really want to optimize performance, try making this natural homemade energy drink and adding chia seeds for some added benefits!

6. Versatile and Easy to Use

Chia seeds can be easily added to many foods and drinks. They can be used whole or ground and can even serve as an egg substitute in recipes. Unlike some “superfoods” like spirulina, chia seeds don’t have a strong flavor and can be easily used in recipes and added to smoothies without affecting flavor.

I always keep a big bag of chia seeds on hand for use in recipes and to add to foods.

One Caution: Phytic Acid

Like all grains and seeds, chia seeds contain compounds called phytates that block the absorption of certain nutrients. These anti-nutrients are the reason that many ancient cultures soaked and fermented grains and seeds prior to eating them. This is also the reason that some people prefer to avoid them (and most other grains and seeds as well).

Chia seeds are naturally gluten free and are a good source of many nutrients, as I explained above. Though they do contain anti-nutrients, they do not contain as high of levels as many other nuts and seeds. There is also some evidence that soaking and rinsing the seeds may help reduce the levels of these compounds.

Since I typically use chia seeds as a thickener or added in moderation to recipes and not as the core part of a meal, I don’t worry too much about their phytate content. Some people experience gastrointestinal distress from consuming chia seeds in large amounts, so of course, don’t eat them if this happens to you.

How to Use Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can be used in various recipes and added to favorite foods. Depending on the texture you want to accomplish, there are several ways to use them:


Most sources recommend soaking chia seeds for the most benefit. Since they are hydrophilic, they will attract water in the body if not soaked or added to liquid, so if you choose not to soak them, it is best to drink a lot of liquids after consuming them. Additionally, at least one person has gotten chia seeds lodged in his throat after attempting to consume them dry, so it is not recommended to consume them un-soaked (they are difficult to chew).

Ground Up/Powdered

Another way to use them in recipes is to grind them up into a fine powder. This is especially helpful when you are using them as a thickener or want to get the benefits without changing the texture of a food. There is also some evidence that it may be easier for the body to absorb chia seeds when they are powdered before eating. See below for ways to incorporate ground chia seeds as an egg substitute or thickener.


If adding directly to foods or recipes that contain liquid, it isn’t necessary to soak or grind chia seeds first. They can be added directly to smoothies, soups, drinks, or even meat dishes to thicken without needing to soak first.

Uses for Chia Seeds

My Favorite Uses for Chia Seeds

I always keep chia seeds on hand in my kitchen for these various uses:

1. As a Safe Egg Substitute

I recommend a lot of egg consumption and many of my recipes contain eggs. I occasionally get questions from readers who need to adapt a recipe to avoid eggs, and from my research/testing, chia is one of the best options for this.

To substitute for an egg: Use 1 tablespoon finely ground chia seeds (grind them dry in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder) and 3 tablespoons of water per egg in a baked recipe (does not work in place of eggs for omelets though…)

2. To Make Healthy Pudding

My kids favorite use of chia seeds is to make a homemade pudding with them. It’s easy to make and actually really healthy. Our go-to recipe is:

Put in a blender and blend until smooth. Will thicken in about 10 minutes in the fridge.

There are endless flavor variations. You can omit the cocoa powder and vanilla and add a cup of strawberries for a strawberry version, or add cinnamon and nutmeg for a Chai Chia Pudding.

View the printable recipe here.

3. To Thicken Soup or Gravies

If you don’t use cornstarch or thickening agents, it can sometimes be a challenge to thicken different culinary creations. Just add a couple tablespoons of chia seeds (powdered or not) at a time to reach the desired thickness.

4. To Make Grain Free Crackers

I’ve made several variations of these, including just mixing them with equal parts coconut milk to thicken, adding some garlic powder and sea salt, and baking at a low temp for a couple hours. I haven’t measured out my recipe yet to post here, but here’s another one that looks great.

5. To Thicken Meatballs Instead of Breadcrumbs

I married an Italian, so meatballs get made pretty often around here. His grandmother’s recipe calls for breadcrumbs, which I don’t use, so I just throw in a couple tablespoons of ground chia seeds (per pound of meat) in place of bread crumbs. Also works to thicken meat-loafs, batters, etc.

6. Sprouted for Salads

Ever had little sprouts on a salad at a restaurant? You can make them yourself. Just put some chia seeds in water, drain the water off and leave in a jar for a couple days. Every 12 hours or so, rinse with water and pour the water off. In a day or two, you’ll have little chia sprouts, which leads to the next use of chia seeds:

7. Homemade Chia Pet

These are the same seeds used to make the chia pets you can buy for ($20) in the store. Save about ($20) and make your own. Just fill a (porcupine) shaped pot with dirt, sprinkle some chia seeds on top of the dirt and water. Viola! Chia Pet. I also discovered when my kids spilled their chia seeds that they were eating for a snack that they grow in areas that don’t get much sun and that are often trampled (under the treehouse) and prevent mud. Now, the kids get to eat chia seeds under their treehouse often, and the ones that spill prevent mud. A win-win!

8. To Make Homemade Energy Gel

Seen the commercial for those new (corn syrup filled) Gatorade Gels and Chews? Here’s a healthier variation that kids will love: Add a couple tablespoons of chia seeds to a cup of coconut water. Let sit for about ten minutes and you’ll have an incredible energy gel! Beats the socks off of Gatorade for hydration and energy and you get to avoid the fake colors, fake flavors and GMO corn 🙂 Also works for grown ups for endurance activities like running a 5K without training at all (ask me how I know that….)

9. As a “Breading” for Baking Fish and Chicken

Mixed with some almond flour and garlic powder, or even by itself, Chia Seeds make an excellent “Breading” for fish or chicken. It toasts up well and provides a nutty, crunchy flavor without the grains (another win-win!).

10. Kid-Friendly Chia Seed Squeeze Pouches

The flavor combinations are endless, and the recipe requires only a few ingredients. Chia seed squeeze pouches are one of my kids’ favorite snacks, and with these reusable pouches, your kiddos can enjoy them too.

11. Chia Seed Energy Bars

This is my favorite way to use chia seeds so far! These energy bars are a great snack or treat for kids or a healthy breakfast addition if you need extra energy. They are also nut, dairy, and grain free so they are safe to send to schools even if there are allergy restrictions.

12. Coconut Chia Porridge

When you crave a warm, nourishing breakfast, this coconut chia porridge will satisfy. It’s grain-free and features a delicious flavor combo of figs, pistachios and vanilla beans. My kids love it, and I love that it nourishes them, plus meets my need for avoiding eggs as breakfast.

13. Awesome Egg Substitute

Since finding out I’m allergic to eggs, I’ve tried lots of variations for replacing them in my favorite recipes. Chia seeds make an awesome egg substitute. Read about how to use chia seeds, plus seven other egg replacement options here.

14. Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars

I love the convenience of energy bars, and my kids requested a chocolate-flavored one, so I created these chocolate coconut energy bars, with optional chia seeds (which I recommend you add!). Enjoy all the taste and convenience, minus the junkie ingredients typically found in store-bought energy bars.

15. Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

If you avoid store-bought jams and jellies loaded with sugar and lots of other unmentionable ingredients (I was recently surprised to see red dye in a strawberry jam- c’mon, strawberries are already red!), you’ll love this strawberry chia seed jam from Mommypotamus.

16. Blueberry Chia Seed Smoothie

For a fast meal or snack that doesn’t require many ingredients or, ahem, actual cooking, but still offers tons of nutrition, this blueberry chia seed smoothie from The Family That Heals Together will keep both mama and kiddos happy, for more reasons than one.

17. Chocolate Chia Mousse

What’s better than having dessert and knowing it’s good for you? Don’t compromise your food standards for a treat; this chocolate chia mousse from Healy Eats Real will satisfy your sweet tooth (just look at that perfect mousse texture!) while healthy ingredients like chia seeds and coconut milk will satiate you with good fats and protein.

18. Paleo Sticky “Rice” Balls

These fun snacks from A Girl Worth Saving use chia seeds in place of rice for a healthy, low carb version of this Chinese treat.

19. Chia Seed Breakfast Cereal

If you’re on the grain-free bandwagon, cereal is likely a thing of the past. But you can make a grain free cereal by soaking the chia seeds overnight in milk (or a milk substitute like almond or macadamia milk) and top with your choice of seeds, chopped nuts, fresh fruit, or spices like cinnamon. You can also use slices of banana or vanilla extract to make a delicious breakfast.

20. Strawberry Matcha Chia Pudding

Matcha is all the rage these days, thanks to its super healing and energizing green tea origins. This fun take on chia pudding with strawberries and matcha tea from Paleo Magazine looks amazing.

21. Spinach Salad with Creamy Chia Vinaigrette

A beautiful salad is nutritious on its own. Pair it with a chia seed-based dressing, and you’ve got a winner! Check out this spinach salad with creamy chia vinaigrette from Get Inspired Everyday.

22. Chia Seed Kombucha Energy Drink

While it may sound fancy, this energy drink contains just a couple of ingredients so it’s easy to throw it together and sip throughout a busy day. If you make your own kombucha this drink tastes delicious after it’s been through a second ferment to add more flavor.

23. Multi-Seed Crackers

Serve these crackers up with a slice of avocado or cheese for snack time. Get the recipe from Gourmande in the Kitchen here.

24. Low-Carb Chia Bread

This chia bread from Rosanna Davison Nutrition is grain-free and low carb, and looks like it would be fantastic for a sandwich or French toast!

25. “Peanut Butter” and Jelly Overnight Chia Pudding

More filling and way more nutritious than oatmeal, this “PB” and J overnight chia pudding from PaleOMG is perfect for breakfast or after a workout.

26. Chocolate Dipped Caramel Nut Bars

One more from PaleOMG, because I thought we should end with what looks to be basically a healthy candy bar. These chocolate dipped caramel nut bars look amazing and are super healthy to boot!

Where to Get Chia Seeds?

Thanks to their recent surge in popularity, you can find these chia seeds at many regular grocery stores and most health food stores as well. I often also buy them in bulk online (from here) and keep them on hand for recipes.

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Tim Jackson. He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, and a Functional Medicine provider. He holds a B.S. Degree in Health Science and Chemistry from Wake Forest University. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

Ever tried chia seeds? Sound too weird? What is your favorite use? Share below!

Chia seeds have many uses and benefits due to their high nutrient content, and are great as an egg substitute, for making chia seed pudding, and more!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


352 responses to “Benefits of Chia Seeds (and 27 Creative Ways to Use Them!)”

  1. Jen Avatar

    I thought chia seeds are high in phytic acid. What do you do to reduce it?

  2. Martha Avatar

    or just search pet TickleMe Plant to grow the house plant that moves when you Tickle It

    1. Stefanie Tuohy Avatar
      Stefanie Tuohy

      We get ours at Costco, A large bag is only 9.99 I have not found anywhere else that compares in price!

      1. wanda harness Avatar
        wanda harness

        Hi Felicia, I shop at Costco. Can you tell me what section of the store I can find the Chia Seeds? It may be that all Costco stores do not carry them. Thanks in advance.

    2. Brenda Arndt Avatar
      Brenda Arndt

      If you don’t have a Costco near you, Walmart sales 4 16oz. packages for $32.74. I just bought some. Trying anything so I don’t have to have bariatric surgery. Hope this works.

    3. wanda harness Avatar
      wanda harness

      I live in Memphis, TN and I see two people purchase the Chia Seeds from Costco. I searched online and could not find them. Did you actually purchase them in the store? Which section of the store can I find it.

  3. Sarah Avatar

    How many carbs do they have in them? I am new to this blog and starting to follow the nutritional plan but also have been trying to stay under 80 carbs per day to lose weight.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      They are relatively low. If you incorporate a tablespoon or so of chia seeds for energy during the day it shouldn’t have any effect on your carb count but should give you an energy boost…

  4. Ling Avatar

    Does anybody know if you can pre-make/store the chia gel? Im a distance runner training for a marathon and I’d like to pre-make some gels to store and take on my long runs. Hoping I can make one big batch to divide and store away for the weeks to come.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I don’t think I’d make it that far in advance, but you could easily just toss the chia seeds into a bottle of water and shake. It would be ready in 5-10 minutes…

      1. Sherrie Yazzolino Avatar
        Sherrie Yazzolino

        This works very well, been doing this every day for about 8 months now. Pretty tasteless. One tbsp to a 24-30 oz water bottle.

  5. Kim Avatar

    I’ve been using Chia seeds for a week now and I love it!  I’m a convert!  I put in straight water and love it!  My husband thinks I’m crazy but he hasn’t tried it – too scared.  I put it in muffins, cereals, smoothies, it’s tasteless and for all these benefits, I’m forever hooked now!

  6. Linda Theobald Avatar
    Linda Theobald

    I add 1/4 cup of chia seeds to every 2 lb loaf of bread I make. No taste difference, adds the benefits and looks pretty too. I don’t soak or grind, just dump the seeds in the bread machine along with 1/4 cup flaxseed. Up here in Washington, we have Winco, a grocery store that carries a LOT of bulk foods, and chia seeds run about $8.50 per pound.

  7. Jc Avatar

    Hi from England, I’m an old-timer who looks after himself, can’t remember how I got here, but you made me go and buy chai seeds, I’ve chucked some in a cup of cocoa, cool.

  8. Jinc Avatar

    i didnt see your recipe for the energy drink, only the gel. could you share the recipe please?

  9. Viola Avatar

    I already eat chia in my morning smoothie and as a gel drink with juice!  Your comments about them being used to sustain warriors and runners, and during “endurance activities like running a 5K without training at all” got me thinking:  does anyone use chia gel during labor?
    I’m preggo now, so its on my mind…anyone use chia gel during labor or immediately before?  Might be good especially if I end up in a place (hospital) where they don’t let you eat or drink during…

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I haven’t, but it’s a brilliant idea! I’ll definitely try next time, but if you try them, please let us know how it goes! Best of luck for an easy labor!

  10. Amy Avatar

    Made the pudding…. reaction from the kids not so great.  It was very thick, and I guess we were all expecting a more pudding-like consistency.  I like it, though!  Mixed with some cut up fresh peaches and it was really yummy!

    If I use less chia seeds, will it come out a little less thick and chunky?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Yes, if you use fewer seeds it will be thinner, and grinding the seeds to a powder before mixing can also help…

  11. Sarah Tangalakis Breinich Avatar
    Sarah Tangalakis Breinich

    Chia seeds sound like they pack a pretty big nutritional punch! However, you mentioned that they contain linoleic acid, which is the same acid known for increasing risk of skin cancer (as noted in another blog post of yours). So, what about that?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      It is in a slightly different form and to the best of my knowledge, the type in Chia has not been correlated with increased risk of skin cancer….

      1. Sarah Tangalakis Breinich Avatar
        Sarah Tangalakis Breinich

        Cool, Thanks. I’ll have to check it out. Enjoying your blog a lot these days! 🙂

  12. Lin Avatar

    Question:  for the pudding, do you grind the chia seeds first?  If so, measured ½ cup before or after grinding?  THANKS!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I usually do and measure 1/2 cup before grinding…

  13. Pookie Avatar

    Love this article!  I just read something yesterday about blending gelled chia with fruit for a sugar-free jam replacement, too.  A recent convert to chia, we eat them every morning gelled with almond milk and berries, and I’ve noticed they help my gluten free baked goods (especially bread) stay moist a lot longer.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Love the jam idea… going to experiment with that!

    2. Jess Bagnall Avatar
      Jess Bagnall

      could you send me your recipe for bread. I use a bread making machine and make approximately a loaf a week.

  14. Jessica McKnight Avatar
    Jessica McKnight

    I’ve been using them in “Refrigerator Oats.”  1/4 c old fashioned oats, 1/4 c plain greek yogurt, 1/3 c milk, 1.5t chia seeds is the base recipe, then add sweetener/fruit as you prefer.  I like 2t maple syrup and 1/4c fresh blueberries.  Mix it all up and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  Breakfast will be waiting for you the next morning!

    1. Michelle Turner Avatar
      Michelle Turner

      I have done a version of this for months now and have never looked so forward to breakfast. Delicious.

    2. Sana Avatar

      do you microwave in the morning? or eat it cold. Any cooking before at all?

    3. Damodara Avatar

      Sounds great! Do you happen to have the calorie/nutritional info for this preparation. I am using “myfitnesspal” and logging in my meals. This would help. Thanks!

    4. Damodara Avatar

      The Refrigerator Oatmeal and also the Healthy Pudding (both with cocoa and with strawberries) Sounds great! Do you happen to have the calorie/nutritional info for this preparation. I am using “myfitnesspal” and logging in my meals. This would help alot. Thanks!

  15. Alicia Avatar

    I use ground chia seeds in place of flaxseed meal for muffins, and I have used it a lot as an egg substitute just because I didn’t have any eggs.  They work great!  

  16. Karey Avatar

    I make dairy kefir and add chia seeds and some stevia to sweeten – 1 qt kefir, 1/4C chia seeds, packet of stevia – stir occasionally so the seeds don’t settle to the bottom and they start gelling which then they remain thruout the kefir. I eat this with fruit every morning. My husband started using it as a salad dressing and now I do too! We’ve added cocoa powder to it like your pudding. Some people we’ve served it to don’t like the texture, as some of your commenters said.

  17. Luna Avatar

    What about the phytic acid? I thought chia seed is high in it.

    1. Petra Avatar

      Agree +1. Chia is a “sometimes” treat, not the wonder food it’s been made out to be. The phytic acid actually strips many of the minerals that you think you’re taking in, and the excess of insoluble fiber does the same. Have some as a snack every now and then, but don’t eat it every day and definitely don’t feed it to your kids on a daily basis.

      1. Olga Avatar

        Be careful when eating them dry. Don’t ingest too many dry seeds at once. Take a little…down with water…and so on. There was a man who needed medical attention because the chia seeds gelled up in a wade in his throat. Stupid man.

        I finally got my husband to take chia in stirred in water. We are exercising and trying to lose weight. Chia helps. I thank all the commenters for giving me new ideas.

        What I won’t do is take chia seeds at the same time as taking our vitamin/mineral supplements. I don’t know if the chia would carry out (to the toilet) those spendy supplements. I’m researching that now. That’s how I ended up on this site.

      2. Olga Avatar

        What about the soaking and then rinsing, and/or sprouting like other grains to remove the phytic acid?

        1. Nicole Avatar

          I’m not sure if it fully reduces phytic acid content, but I soak them overnight (in the fridge) in raw milk with a few tablespoons of kefir. We then add raw honey, a little vanilla, and sometimes berries. By morning it has gelled into a nice pudding that is delightfully cold and refreshing, and is hopefully lower in phytic acid. Katie, any thoughts on this?

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