You may remember the ch-ch-ch-chia pet commercials?! Well, it turns out that the seeds that make the green “fur” on those cute little animals makes a great ch-ch-chia gel egg too!
Gel Eggs are a great binder in place of regular eggs for vegans or for those who are trying to cut down on animal protein in general. Not to mention, they’re super easy and can be a tasty treat too! Up to 2 eggs can be substituted in most recipes and you can actually use chia seeds or flax seeds.
If you have a spice grinder, grind some chia and/or flax seeds. This is the preferred method as the seeds (especially flax seeds) can go rancid very quickly due to the oil that gets released upon grinding. Any extra is best stored in the freezer for this reason. Flax seeds have a very nutty flavor while chia seeds have a much more subtle nutty flavor so keep that in mind when determining which seeds to use for your recipe.
Once you have your milled seeds, whisk 1 tablespoon of seeds with 3 tablespoons of filtered water and store in the refrigerator for around 15 minutes or as long as it takes to get the same gooey consistency as an egg.
Even though the milled flax seeds I have on hand could use some more grinding, they’ve still been working for me!
Both chia and flax seeds are high in protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a great source of *complete protein and can absorb more than 9 times their volume in liquid which helps you to feel fuller and stay hydrated longer! This is why I like to have chia seeds before and/or after my workout either in the form of a chia egg mixed with some honey and cinnamon or in a canteen of water with the juice of a lemon. (Lemons are full of electrolytes!) I swear since I’ve been doing this, I’ve had a ton more energy to get through my workouts! Chia seeds also make a great thickener for smoothies and can be thrown into just about any recipe due to their mild flavor!
*Chia seeds are one of the few plant sources of complete protein because they contain all the essential amino acids your body can’t produce.
Did I mention I love chia seeds? Ch-ch-ch-chia!