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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Ingredients Glossary > Glossary > chia "egg"

Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and whole foods ingredients are sometimes confusing. Everyone knows what carrots are.  But what about arrowroot starch, coconut oil, umeboshi vinegar, or miso?  Here is a growing glossary of ingredients that may be slightly off the beaten path. 

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Chia Seeds

small seeds that look like big poppy seeds.  they are high in fiber and protein, and have a gelatinous quality when mixed with water.  Can be used as an egg replacement, and when ground, flour adds a gooey quality to baked goods.  Excellent thickener in smoothies, puddings, and raw desserts. 

  • Egg replacement for 1 egg: mix 2 tsp ground chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let sit for 10-20 minutes. Whisk vigorously, then use.