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How To Make A Chia Egg
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How To Make A Chia Egg


How to Make a Chia Egg

Chia eggs are simple to make, contain a lot of nutrition and consist of only two ingredients – chia seeds and water. They are naturally vegan and gluten free.


Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, which help raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and can help protect against heart attacks and strokes.  They are also high in fiber, iron and calcium. If you want to know more about the health benefits of chia seeds click HERE.


If you are serious about eating healthier, then I highly recommend chia eggs! Why? Because traditional chicken eggs have more calories, more cholesterol (chia eggs have no cholesterol), more fat, less calcium, less iron, less carbohydrates (chia eggs have complex carbs) and no fiber.


  how to make a chia egg by intentionally eat a fork mixing a chia egg in a glass dish


Granted you won’t want to scramble them, but they can be used as an egg substitute in cookies, cakes and quick breads. Give them a try and you’ll be surprised at how easy and versatile they really are!

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How to Make a Chia Egg

Chia eggs are simple to make, contain a lot of nutrition and consist of only two ingredients - chia seeds and water.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 egg
Calories 60kcal
Author Cindy at Intentionally Eat


  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp water


  • Mix chia seeds with water in a small bowl. 
  • Let it rest and thicken for 5 minutes.


*This is not my original recipe, but one that is used by many plant based bakers. 

I love using chia eggs in my 125 Calorie Chocolate Cake and my Black Bean Brownies 

Did you know Chia seeds make great pudding, too! Check out this simple recipe for  Easy Chia Seed Pudding!


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  1. Whitney Roberts Kutch

    I have never had chia… does it have a crunch to it? I really want to try this as your post has raised my curiosity!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Cindy Author

      They have a little crunch if you don’t hydrate them and just sprinkle them on a salad. If you hydrate, like the “egg”, then they have a gel consistency.

  2. Tracy

    I love using chia seeds in baking, especially bread, but I’ve never made them into a chia “egg”. I’ve always wanted to try a regular egg substitute in a cake, so really need to give it a go!

    1. Cindy Author

      You won’t get as much “lift”, but you’ll get a lot more nutrition!

  3. Anshika

    I love chia seeds, it’s so healthy. This is one ingredient i always keep in my kitchen.

  4. Marjie Mare

    I had no clue what chia was until I read your post, and now I also know how to make chia egg. Thanks.

  5. danielle

    Good to know! I may have to try and come up with a few vegan recipes just for the heck of it 🙂

    1. Cindy Author

      It’s a great way to add calcium, magnesium and fiber!

  6. Stephanie

    5 stars
    I never knew chia seeds could substitute for an egg like this! I have chia seeds in the pantry because we like to add them to our smoothies, but I’ve never really tried them any other way. I love pudding, I’ll have to look at that recipe next!

    1. Cindy Author

      They are a great sub and boost nutrition! You’ll love the pudding!

  7. Rose

    I don’t have any Chia on hand. I would be interested in trying this recipe and checking it out as a substitute.

    1. Cindy Author

      You can also make a flax egg – 1 Tbsp flax and 3 Tbsp water if you don’t have chia. Chia seeds are great to have on hand because they will last a long time and you can throw them into smoothies and salads to boost nutrition.

  8. Kristyn

    I’ve only had chia in a drink. I’ll try this out though.

  9. David Elliott

    I am definitely curious as to how this tastes. I know some friends who really love doing the chia seeds in water and I have heard about the pudding. I will have to try making this.

    1. Cindy Author

      The pudding is yummy! Chia eggs shouldn’t have much taste, just enhance your baked good.

  10. Sue Tanya Mchorgh

    I have never heard of Chia egg. I am very curious to know how it tastes. Thanks for sharing your recipe on how to make a chia egg.

    1. Cindy Author

      It really shouldn’t have much taste, just enhance the flavor of your baked good.

  11. Cia Black

    I never had chia that I know of. Does using Chia eggs as a substitute change the taste of the end product?

    1. Cindy Author

      No change in flavor, but it might not rise as high as with a chicken egg. However, you will be cutting cholesterol and fat, plus adding omega 3, calcium, magnesium and fiber.

  12. Kristi Ann

    This is interesting. I had no idea you could substitute an egg for this mixture. I am definitely going to give this a try!

    1. Cindy Author


  13. Ithfifi

    5 stars
    I had never heard of a chia egg before but what an awesome and simple way to cram in so much goodness, I will have to try this. I like how healthy and easy this is to do!

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy!

  14. Quirky Homemaker

    I have chia seeds in my fridge and ground flax seeds. I was going to use one of them as an egg substitute a couple weeks ago, but never did. It’s definitely something I want to try in recipes soon. Thanks! Pinned it. 🙂

    1. Cindy Author

      Awesome! I like to use flax eggs in heartier baked goods, since they have a nutty flavor and chia eggs in more delicate tasting treats.

  15. Flora_the_Sweaterist

    5 stars
    I’m so glad I came across your post. It seems that I’m developing a slight allergy to chicken egg (depending on the way it is prepared) and it’s good to know that it can be replaced in some cases with chia egg.

    1. Cindy Author

      I hope the recipe helps!

  16. Elizabeth O

    5 stars
    What a great idea, using these as a substitute for egg. Chia seeds are really healthy so this recipe is great.

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  17. Joanna

    I don’t think I have ever heard of chia egg. I know that the chia seeds are very healthy and I have often added them in smoothies, but never thought that they could be used at cooking something else.

    1. Cindy Author

      They are amazing!

  18. Jennifer Prince

    That’s super interesting! I have put chia seeds into smoothies and such, but I haven’t experimented with it more. My mind’s wheels are churning! 🙂

    1. Cindy Author

      It really packs nutrition into your baked goods!

  19. Heather @thedomesticdiva

    5 stars
    I love chia seeds and how versatile they are. I had no idea that you could use chia seeds as an egg substitute. I’m going to have to try this out soon. Is there anything these little seeds can’t do?

    1. Cindy Author

      They are amazing!

  20. Josselyn Radillo

    5 stars
    I love Chia Seed and ddin’t know I can do eggs!! Now I’m trying this ASAP

    1. Cindy Author


  21. Claire

    I’m sitll not sure if I am a fan of chia yet, but this looks so so simple to make!!

    1. Cindy Author

      When you bake with them there is no taste or texture at all.

  22. Peps Goh

    It took me a while to understand what you mean by a “chia egg”… But allow me to rephrase in case I misinterpret. Do you mean the white transparent film chia seeds produced after soaking in water looks like tadpole eggs, or even normal eggs but with black seed instead of yellow yolk, hence the name?

    1. Cindy Author

      Thanks for the question! A chia egg refers to simply soaking chia seeds in water which causes them to expand and thicken. You then use that substance instead of a chicken egg. Hope that clears it up for you.

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