Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia Bread

After receiving a sample of Greens+ Chia Seeds, I knew I wanted to try them in some different ways.

First, I used them in some muesli the other morning – very good and filling, too! I wasn’t hungry for about 5 hours after that meal.

I kept seeing my ripe bananas on the counter and knew banana bread was going to happen, but I wasn’t sure how I could use the chia seeds, too.

I found this recipe on the Greens+ website for Chia Banana Bread and modified it a little for what I had on hand.


Really – is there anything better than the smell of banana bread baking in the oven?


Nick and I were both very happy with how this turned out.

For this loaf, I ended up using the following:

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds, soaked in 1/4-1/2 cup water and set aside for 5-10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup white/ap flour
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter – yes, REAL butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  1. Mix the chia + water and let sit while you get the rest of the ingredients ready or until they’ve started to gel.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together (flours, baking powder, salt).
  3. In separate bowl, beat egg with juice and brown sugar. Add in mashed bananas, chia seeds, vanilla, and melted butter.
  4. Add wet mix to flour mix until combined.
  5. Fold in nuts or mix in of your choice.
  6. Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 for 50 – 60 minutes.


The outside of this loaf of banana bread got so dark! I loved it.


And you just can’t beat walnuts in banana bread.

If you have chia seeds, try this recipe! You won’t be disappointed.

If you still haven’t tried chia seeds and you’d like to, just email Diane from Greens+ at and let her know that you’re a Bran Appetit reader who would like to sample chia seeds. That’s it! Easy, huh  :)

What’s your favorite “kitchen” smell?

I have a few:

  • chocolate chip cookies being made
  • banana bread baking
  • my mom’s pizza casserole dish
  • bacon crisping up


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29 Responses to “Ch, Ch, Ch, Chia Bread”

  1. #
    Anne K. — August 19, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, that bread looks absolutely fantastic! That’s a great idea to add chia seeds. My favorite kitchen smells are:
    Apples and cinnamon + vanilla baking in the oven
    Banana bread
    Christmas cookies baking!

  2. #
    buffmuffy — August 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    i love the smell of cookies or cake baking. yum! fresh baked bread is also amazing.

  3. #
    Megan — August 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Lovely looking banana bread!

    I love the smell of onions caramelizing. And the cooking bacon smell is right up there too!

  4. #
    ksgoodeats — August 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    That banana bread looks great!! Chia seeds are so versatile! My favorite smells: banana bread, cinnamon baked goods, garlic, and toasted bread.

    Thanks for the link :)

  5. #
    Lizzy — August 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    o my gosh the banana bread looks so good! i absolutely love banana bread! My favorite smell is def cookies baking in the oven. I don’t even care what kind, they all smell good in my book! hahaha

  6. #
    eatingmachine — August 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    bread baking, and onions being sauteed. not together :-)

  7. #
    Kristen @ Simply Savor — August 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for commenting on my blog!

    all i have to say is: YUM i HAVE to try this! i need to get some chia seeds first though!

    Thanks for the recipe :)

  8. #
    Kristin — August 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    That looks awesome – I bet the chia seeds give it a great texture!

    My favorite kitchen smells are apple crisp in the oven, or walking in the house to the smell of dinner all ready for you in the crockpot!!

  9. #
    Food n Fitness — August 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Seriously, put walnuts in anything and I’ll LOVE it!

  10. #
    Erin — August 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Baking banana bread IS one of my favorite kitchen smells.

    The other is sauteeing celery and onions to be mixed into stuffing for Thanksgiving turkey!

    And if you know me, you know I’m a bread ho, so I’m in love with your chia bread!

  11. #
    Coco — August 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    mmm that banana bread looks awesome. I have 3 bananas that are ready to be mashed into a bread so I might actually make this! I also have chia seeds! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. #
    Hangry Pants — August 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Ooh that looks good and I have chia seeds!!!

    I love nostalgic kitchen smells. I think the smell of sunday macaroni at grandma’s house – garlic, pepperoni, tomatoes, is my favorite.

  13. #
    lowandbhold — August 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Yum! That sounds great!

  14. #
    Clarice — August 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Onions and garlic sauteing in some olive oil is one of my favorite smells, and since it’s how I start 90% of the food we eat; I smell it often.

  15. #
    Becky — August 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    yessss….thank you! I was wondering if I could use chia seeds in baked goods! I am going to try this. I love the smell of pizza baking, brownies, and any kind of cookie.

  16. #
    Paige @ Running Around Normal — August 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    That bread looks heavenly. Nice job:D I need some chia seeds in my life, haha. I love the smell of any kind of baked sweets in my kitchen, really.

  17. #
    amanda @ panda lunch — August 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Great idea using the Chia seeds for baking! That bread looks absolutely amazing! I love the smell of blueberry muffins! And also anything with cinnamon baking reminds me of Christmas time!

  18. #
    blueberrymuffins — August 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    so yum! everyone seems to be on a chi kick, I gotta get my hands on some :) I love all kitchen smells, except for burning blah!

  19. #
    Jenny — August 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    haha love the post title — i always wanted a chia pet when i was little.. why? i couldn’t tell ya!

    that bread looks divine. i can smell it from here! okay, no i cant – but i wish i could!

  20. #
    Jessica — August 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    what an awesome idea- I LOVE chia seeds and banana bread. yummy!!

  21. #
    CaSaundra — August 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Yummy!! Can’t wait to try out my Chia Seeds!

    I love how there is SO many variations of banana bread, never gets boring :-)

  22. #
    Allison — August 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I love banana bread! That sounds like a great recipe :)

  23. #
    Damjana — August 21, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    my favourite kitchen smell is the smell of baking bread! i just adore home-made bread

  24. #
    Rob — May 19, 2010 at 10:43 am

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    The article is great !!!

    Thank You.

  25. #
    Rob — May 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve never had my own chia pet or chia head or whatnot, but they look cool on TV. I just eat the seeds and I swear, they help sooo much as far as energy and feeling good throughout the day goes. I honestly started feeling so much better on a day-to-day basis after I started putting them in my smoothies about a year ago. The one’s I get are Chia Pure. Chia Seeds Right Now they are even buy 1
    get 1 free!

  26. #
    Angela Koch — April 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I made your Chia Bread recipe last night, but made a few tweaks with it since I am trying to stay away from white flour. I eliminated the all purpose flour for Garbonzo Flour and I added 1/4 cup of honey too. Thank you for your recipe, I thought the texture and taste was great.. plus my kiddos loved it for breakfast. I was just introduced to Chia Seeds a few weeks ago and love that I can bake with them too. Thank You!!

    • admin replied: — April 7th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked it! And your substitutions sound great – thanks for the reminder about this bread. I need to make it again, too!


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