Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, calcium and fibre, chia seeds are all the nutritious rage at the moment. I’ve been crunchifying chia seeds in my home-baked granola for a while – the best breakfast! – and recently also started working on a chia seed bread recipe. Using chia seeds in baking is a great way of integrating these little nutri-bombs into your diet and while the seeds won’t add much in terms of taste, your breakfast slice of high-energy chia bread will certainly keep you going for longer.
My picks of the best chia bread recipes
Here are the top 5 recipes from across the web for using chia seeds in bread baking.
- Buckwheat & chia bread (a gluten free option) by Thehealthychef.com
- A life-changing loaf (muesli in a loaf) by My New Roots
- A simple chia crispbread by Nyoutritious
- A wonderful apple-blueberry-chia sourdough loaf by Bread & Companatico
- My own recipe for an easy and very tasty chia seed loaf with rye flour and rye flakes (see below)
Chia Seed Bread Recipe
Chia bread ingredients
- 275g white bread flour
- 175g wholemeal rye flour
- 75g rye flakes (you can also use oat flakes)
- 9g salt
- 7g dried yeast
- 50g chia seeds
- 385g water (300g to make the chia gel and the remaining 85g to be added to the main dough)
How to make chia bread
- In a medium bowl, combine 300g of the water with the chia seeds and stir. Immediately, the chia seeds will start absorbing the liquid and within 30 minutes you will have a thick gelatinous liquid. This chia gel will help keep the bread moist.
- While the chia gel is maturing, combine the flours, rye flakes, salt and yeast in a large bowl.
- Add the chia gel and the remaining water (85g).
- Knead for 10 minutes. Try to resist the temptation to add more flour at this stage. The dough will be wet and sticky due to the high level of hydration (i.e. the water to flour ratio). Try to work with it without adding more flour and you’ll be able to achieve a great open crumb.
- Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a lid. Rest for about an hour at room temperature.
- Deflate the dough and shape into a round loaf on a lightly floured work surface.
- Prepare a proofing basket and place the loaf into the floured basket for its second rise. Cover with a polythene bag to keep the moisture in. Depending on the temperature in your room, the second proof may take approx. 1 or 2 hours. The fully proofed loaf will have expanded significantly.
- Preheat the oven to 220°C for about 20 minutes.
- Turn out the loaf onto a baking tray lined with baking paper or onto the preheated La Cloche baking dome (as I did for the loaf in my photo).
- Bake for 10 minutes at 220°C before decreasing the temperature to 200°C and bake for another 45 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack.
And if you really don’t fancy baking chia seed bread yourself despite all these great recipes, I would recommend to buy this organic chia and flax seed rye bread from Biona. It tastes fantastic and ticks a lot of nutritional boxes.