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Old 06-05-2010, 07:22 AM   #1
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Chia Flour

Does anyone use this? Do you like it? Pros? Cons? Taste?
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:23 AM   #2
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I love chia seeds, I haven't seen it sold as flour. I put chia seeds in smoothies and puddings, it's a great thickener. I use it in ground meats as a binder. I also make a gel with fresh strawberry puree or even plain water for ice cream yogurt, minute muffin or french toast eggs.
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I forgot to add they're tasteless. They come in white and black the taste is identical. I don't have any cons to add, they're great!!!
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I use Chia Seeds, but I've been curious about the Chia Flour
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I also forgot the gel is good in salad dressings as a thickener too.
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Does anyone use this? Do you like it? Pros? Cons? Taste?
Hi t&r…
We don't bake so we have not tried it as flour.

When it is ground into other 'things' (in gel form) the seeds as they shred produce some husks but very small and earthy in texture (which would probably disappear when powdered).

I have seen Chia flour, but you can make your own in a coffee mill (the cheap top load kind used for grinding spices). No need to pay exorbitant prices for it.

I’d guess it's tasteless-ness might be a drawback in baking since flours add a lot of variety in flavor to baked goods. I’ve not seen/heard the flour talked about in the searching I’ve done like the seeds are...


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I tried making pancakes with ground chia seeds. As Larry said, the pancakes had no taste of their own, only the cinnamon and sweetener I added. I think chia seeds could be used as a flour, but I quit experimenting because of the price.
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I have used it in waffles. It cooks up great, it softens, it doesn't stay crunchy.
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Thanks, yeah the chia flour is quite pricy, but I did see it at one place for considerably less than I've seen it elsewhere so I was considering giving it a try. But ya know what? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I really like almond flour. I don't do a lot of baking. I make my pancakes and minute muffins with flax and nut flours and those work just fine, so I'll probably skip the chia flour.
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At the health food store where I bought my first batch of chia seeds, the chia flour was actually cheaper than the seeds. I didn't look at the nutrional info, but would there be an advantage over almond or coconut, like the fiber or fat contents?
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