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 Post subject: chia seed vs flour
PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:42 am 
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The price of chia seeds has collapsed and they are now quite affordable, maybe a fifth of the price of quinoa. I am considering what I can use them for- I am not a big fan of chia pudding (more sweet than I want to eat) and I have tried putting it in tapioca pancakes but that's about it.
If I grind it into flour, is it only usable as a jelling-agent type thing, or can I consider it as a quinoa flour type thing for adding protein and fiber? The recipes I am finding are all for whole chia.

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 Post subject: Re: chia seed vs flour
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:02 am 
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torque, I'm not aware of any recipes that use ground chia as a flour rather than an egg replacer. I haven't really jumped on the chia bandwagon myself and have only used the seeds for a few recipes, but honestly I really don't think it would work to replace quinoa flour.

You can use the ground chia seeds just as you would ground flax--either with water for an egg replacer, or just tossing a small bit in with your other ingredients to add a nutritional boost. If you're baking gluten-free and want to avoid using xanthan or other gums, a teaspoon or two of ground chia added to your recipe may work instead. (I usually use flax for this but chia would likely behave similarly).

Do you use quinoa flour a lot? I find it has a rather strong taste and prefer using millet, oats, and buckwheat.


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 Post subject: Re: chia seed vs flour
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:36 am 
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thanks for your input!
oh well. i don't bake GF. i do like to use quinoa flakes and flour, but in different applications (especially flakes, for thickening and adding texture to stews and soups, etc), i don't use large quantities so haven't really noticed taste, but i am not using a half cup in a muffin recipe, for example. I would love to use millet and buckwheat but they are not easily found here. It looks like this half kilo of chia seeds i have may last me a very, very long time....

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 Post subject: Re: chia seed vs flour
PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:11 am 
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I have about a tablespoonful of ground flax seed on my porridge every morning. Not sure what effect it has but I read somewhere it was good for you.


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