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Jun 5, 2014

Sprouting Ideas: Chia

You’ve heard of Chia pets. Chia seeds. I wrote a little about it a while ago while experimenting (messing around really) with it in a spiced peach jam.

Full of nutrition, minerals … healthy benefits.
Ground chia seeds are great in bread and cakes. 
Now come the sprouts. Great in salads and sandwiches. Saw this on several sites and I decided to give it a go. I love sprouts … all sorts. They’re expensive to buy. Dunno why … it’s so easy and quick to grow. 

Has anyone tried sprouts on buttered bread? You know those dainty little things called cucumber sandwiches? Replace them cucumbers with sprouts, lashings of butter and lovely soft white bread …. or whatever healthy alternative soft bread you like. I’m going for something that pleases my tummy and fussy tongue buds …nothing healthy here …. oh … fine …. health food … ground chia seeds bread? Close your eyes while you chew on them … minus the crunch, they taste like cucumber…use your imagination.

Anyway …. I had fun growing these cute thingies. 
I’d used the plastic container for coffee machine pods. You can use old egg cartons, unglazed clay tiles, any shallow container. 

On clay surfaces, just sprinkle an even layer of seeds on a soaked tile. Give the seeds a spray of water and continue spraying it daily keeping them moist. They’ll turn into a gelatinous goop but it’s fine. They’ll sprout soon enough. 

Here’s what I did for mine …


coffee pods container / egg carton
cotton buds
Chia seeds


Wet the cotton buds and and fill each hole of the container. 
Sprinkle an even layer (do not over crowd the seeds) on the soaked cotton. 
Leave on a sunny window sill or any sunny area but not in direct sunlight. 
Sprinkle water on the cotton buds daily or whenever it looks/feels dry. 
It’s important to keep it moist.
Wait patiently for those cute thingies to sprout. 
Trim when sprouts are about 2-3 cm tall…about 2 weeks or so.

Throw out cotton and start all over.


  1. Brilliant. Never tried chia sprouts.
    I wonder how different bean sprouts are from chia sprouts, from the nutrition perspective.
    Replace cucumber with sprouts - hope you are not planning on travelling to the UK:)

    1. Good sharing, for healthy purpose, Chia seeds offer the highest volume of Omega-3, as well as addition fiber (soluble and insoluble) along with vitamins or perhaps minerals you don’t usually get whenever you take sea food oil. Chia seeds giving you long lasting energy during the day moving in deep, restful sleep during the night time. May read this article about Chia seeds at:

  2. Hi Ping! I never thought of sprouting these things. My packet of chia seeds is still hibernating in the pantry. Keep forgetting to add them into my bakes until I put my cakes/muffins into oven. I love sprouts in my salads, I usually buy alfalfa or whatever sprouts that I can find at the supermarket. I ought to try chia sprouts next :)

  3. You have almost convinced me to buy the super-expensive chia seeds! I love sprouts (they don't sell chia sprouts here I think). I suppose they are as healthy as the seeds alone (or maybe even more). And I'm sure I'd prefer them rather than seeds.

  4. I usually sprouting beans.. but chia...hmm..thx Ping for sharing this idea :)

  5. I never tried sprouting stuff - I always fear the way people say to do it in a jar with washing the seeds daily and all. This sounds much easier, like growing young plants. I think I can do that. And while I think chia pudding and such things are vile, this actually sounds delicious! Nom! Ok, where's that old egg carton?

  6. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post !Amaranth