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Creamsicle Chia Pudding

This healthy pudding is an easy make-ahead breakfast. Made with coconut milk, fresh oranges, chia seeds and a splash of vanilla, it tastes like a creamsicle! You can also enjoy it as a healthy dessert. 
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chia seed pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 189kcal

Ingredients

  • cup unsweetened coconut milk (refrigerated, not canned)
  • 1 cup orange segments, pith removed (plus more for topping)
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • ¼ tsp orange zest

Instructions

  • Puree the coconut milk, orange segments, vanilla extract, and honey (if using) in a blender until smooth. 
  • Stir the orange puree and chia seeds in a medium bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stir again to make sure the chia seeds are evenly distributed.
  • Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours. Once the pudding is set, stir in the orange zest or use it for garnish. Portion into individual jars for easy grab and go breakfasts, snacks, or healthy desserts.

Notes

NOTE: In the photo, I simply pureed extra oranges in the blender to top the chia seed pudding. This an easy way to add some extra color, fun, and extra flavor to the recipe!

How to make good chia seed pudding

Get the liquid to seed ratio right. If you miss on this, the pudding won’t gel and you’ll end up with a soupy mess.
Use any kind of milk but make some adjustments. Regular (dairy) milk and creamier non-dairy ones like coconut or cashew milk work in a 1 cup milk to a ¼ cup of chia seeds ratio. Thin liquids like rice milk may need more chia seeds to create a more rich and luscious texture. I have not tried that one and I would not try this with oat milk.
Give it a final stir. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes before you put it into the refrigerator to set. When exposed to water, chia seeds tend to clump together. Stir the pudding to make sure the seeds stay evenly distributed. This will help the chia pudding thicken properly and prevent clumping.
Consider a blend. If the appearance turns you off, try white chia seeds or blend them in. White chia seeds would be perfect in this creamsicle chia pudding. 

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 47.9mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 1.6mg