How To Make Chia Gel
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups water (filtered)
This makes a 9:1 ratio (water to seed), which is an ideal ratio for a basic Chia gel. You can experiment with using more or less water to attain the consistency that you desire.
Add water (slightly warm water will form gel faster) into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Pour dry Chia seeds into the water. Shake container for 15 seconds. Let stand for 1 minute and shake again. This mixture (Chia Gel) will store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
How to Use Chia Gel
Add Chia Gel mixture up to equal parts by weight to sauces, soups, drinks, salad dressings, dips, cream cheese (or cream cheese substitutes), jams, jellies, preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereals, yogurt, puddings, or other liquid or creamy foods. The Chia gel won’t affect flavor, but definitely increases nutritional value.
Chia Gel Benefits
Chia Seeds hydrophilic structure holds water, so when mixed with foods (e.g., sauces), it displaces calories and fats without compromising flavor. Chia gel is therefore also a great replacement for fats in baked goods.