Rich Chocolate Chia Cake (Grain Free)

Grain Free Chocolate Chia Cake

I have a confession to make – this Rich Chocolate Chia Cake is the very first time I have experimented with Chia Seeds. Yes, I know – it’s a bit of a shock considering I write about nourishing food and have only just incorporated the nutritious chia into my cooking. (Where to find chia seeds)

I bought my 1st bag of chia seeds recently and searched through tons of recipes to find one which appealed to me. There were so many but a Chocolate Chia Cake just sounded too good to pass up. So, I adapted this recipe, though it’s also an adaptation of our favorite Grain Free Chocolate Orange Cake too…

Once I’d decided on my first Chia experiment, I got the kids involved in preparing the chia seeds for the recipe by mixing together the chia seeds with water.

I gave each of the kids one task – one poured the chia seeds into the bowl and the other poured the water over them. This helped reduce possible squabbles and both were proud of performing their respective tasks. Here’s my 5 year old pouring the water over the seeds his brother had just poured into the bowl…

Cooking With Kids Chocolate Chia Cake

I explained to them that the water would turn the seeds into a sort of a jelly.They couldn’t wait though and each dipped a spoon in to taste the chia seeds while they were soaking. I had to stop them after a couple of mouthfuls or there wouldn’t have been anything left to make our chocolate chia cake with!

So, we then watched and waited for the chia seeds to gel, sort of like our own science experiment.

When they did, my 5 year old was in absolute awe.

I seriously adore the expression on his face – a look of intrigue, wonderment and mischief, all rolled into one. You can just imagine the mischief he’s plotting with his new-found goo…

experimenting with chia

My take away for the day:

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Once we moved on with the actual cake making my 5 year old was thrilled that he got to use his favorite kitchen tool – his egg beater to combine the cake ingredients together. You can find an egg beater for your kids here:

Chia Seeds Recipes

I love that this is one of those cakes where you throw everything together (literally in my 5 year old’s case!) and just mix – minimal washing up and simple too.

Rich Chocolate Chia Cake (Grain Free)



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and grease a cake tin/dish.
  2. Place the chia seeds in a large bowl and combine with the water. Set aside for 15 minutes to gel.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter together over low heat.
  4. Stir regularly and once melted set aside to cool.
  5. Once the chia seeds have gelled, pour over the melted butter/chocolate mixture and all of the remaining ingredients.
  6. Beat together until smooth.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake dish and place in the preheated oven.
  8. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Grain Free Chocolate Chia Cake

I love the cute chia specks in this rich chocolate cake… This cake is seriously rich and moist and chocolatey! It’s the kind of cake you’ll make again and again and again…

Inspire me! Please share your favorite way to enjoy chia seeds in the comments.

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