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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 seeds

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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Small seeds that look like big poppy seeds.  Chia seeds are high in fiber and protein, and have a gelatinous quality when mixed with water.  Ground chia seed and water can be used as an egg replacement, and adding the flour to baked goods helps to bind and maintain moisture.  Whole seeds can be mixed with liquid for tapioca-style puddings, and make an excellent thickener for smoothies.  

  • Egg replacement for 1 egg: mix 1 Tbsp whole or ground chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water, and let sit for 20 minutes.