Chia Bread (Bread Machine)


This is the actual recipe that I use for my chia bread. For more information on chia seeds please visit my site on the chia story.

Chia Bread Recipe Ingredients

The recipe for chia bread is just a modification of the basic recipe for bread machine made bread. The advantage is that it actually improves the taste and texture as long as you don't overdo the chia. This bread has all of the nutritional advantages you could hope for and your family will want to eat it!

This is the recipe that I have adapted for a 2 lb. loaf in my Oster bread machine:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp oil (canola or olive oil)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cups ground chia (from 1/2 cup whole seeds)
  • 3 1/3 cups bread flour
  • About 2 Tbsp. sugar or honey
  • 2 tsp yeast (about 3/4 of a package)

Chia Bread Baking Instructions

  1. Grind the chia seeds using a blender or a coffee grinder. I use a blender and let it run on high. The ground up seed can tend to stick to the sides of the blender so you may need to use a spatula to get the powder off of the sides (please turn the blender off before doing this however!)
  2. Mix the ground up chia with the bread flour and set aside.
  3. Pour the water, oil and salt into the baking pan of the bread machine.
  4. Pour in the flour and chia mixture.
  5. Pour in the sugar (or honey).
  6. Make an indentation in the top of the flour and pour in the yeast.
  7. I set my machine for 3 hours and a light crust and let it do it's work.

The final product...chia bread

Chia Baking Final Thoughts

The end product is definitely worth the effort. I have seen others mention using as much as a cup of chia to 3 cups of flour. The problem I had with this combination is that the flavor of the chia begins to change the flavor of the bread too much.

I originally used a full packet of yeast but found that the bread rose too far and hit the top of the machine. The middle of the loaf then completely collapsed and the family said that it looked like my bread had been struck by a meteor.

I am determined to find other uses for this versatile seed. I expect most of my success to be in the area of baking since this is one area where I feel that the texture and taste are enhanced by using chia.

Let me know about your experiences with chia and maybe we can get better at this together!

Comments 12 comments

aemberwood 7 years ago

This recipe is great! I used 1/3 cup whole chia seeds + 1/3 organic rolled oats for a different texture, 3 cups organic unbleached flour, and used olive oil instead of canola. I use an older West Bend bread machine a friend loaned me, on the whole wheat & light crust settings. Turned out awesome! Soft & moist, with a little bit of pleasant crunch from the whole seeds & rolled oats. I estimate one thin slice is about 2 Weight Watchers points (yay!). Easy, easy, easy! Thank you for sharing it!

john j acres 6 years ago

can coeliacs eat chia bread

john j acres 6 years ago

can coeliacs eat chia bread

Michaela B 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

This recipe will be a lifesaver. I've been trying to incorporate chia into my diet since I've started marathon training, but it's proving to be difficult. This recipe will make it a LOT easier; thank you!

camille  6 years ago

Thanks for the recipe. I keep chia seeds for my hermit crabs and i tried chia seed pudding and just don't like it but love the energy it gives. i have thyroid issues and need energy boosters. we got a bread machine for christmas so i will try this. I might use whole wheat flour instead and oats and ground flax seeds, quinoa also and bran. Ill have to do some calculating but i want to make super healthy bread. A lot of the acient grain breads i cant have as it has millet and millet causes goiter in people with thyroid diseases

elena 6 years ago

I made the chia bread without grinding the chia and I used wholegrain flour. Brown rice oil, 2 tablespoon of skin milk powder and only one teaspoon of dry yeast. The rest as your recipe. The result 10 out of 10!!!

Kerrie 5 years ago

I'll be trying it tomorrow with a combination of the recipe and some of the ideas elena has posted. Looking forward to it. Thanks

Kerrie 5 years ago

Fantastic results. Great to find these posts. Thank you

Vanessa 4 years ago

Ive made this bread three times, and it's fabulous! Thank you for this recipe. My husband, 5, 4 and 1 year olds all love it and gobble it up! It's great for sandwiches, I'm able to slice the bread as thin or thick as I want because it has such a hearty texture. The chia makes it very filling.

Breadbaker 4 years ago

Just cut into our first loaf- so delicious! I followed the recipe as written, except I left my 1/2 cup of chia seeds whole and I substituted whole wheat flour for one cup and used bread flour for the rest. Used the standard setting on my machine, and it is perfect. Thanks for posting this! Can't wait for sandwiches this week!

Fadwa Davis 3 years ago

Can you tell me how to do this bread in the oven instead of the bread maker.

Sam 2 years ago

Thank you so much..Totally yummy...followed recipe but use 1/2 white 1/2 wholemeal..very fulfilling, tasty and healthy.

Mmmm mmmm

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