Chia pudding — the easiest breakfast, snack, or dessert. Customizable and easy to make, this is a fridge staple. You can use any milk you have on hand, add in slivered almonds, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, a dash of maple syrup, or swap the blood orange for berries or sliced banana. Make this ahead of time for a grab-and-go breakfast during the week.
Why is chia pudding healthy?
Chia seed pudding is a delicious and extremely easy way to sneak healthy fats into your diet. Chia seeds are filled with omega-3 fatty acids — fats that promote heart, joint health, and can aid in brain function. Two tablespoons of chia seeds have almost 10 grams of fiber, which is roughly 40 percent of the recommended daily intake. Diets high in fiber have been linked to stable blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, normal bowel movements, a healthful body weight, and much more. Dietary fiber is essential for our overall wellbeing.
Coconut cHIA PUDDING INGREDIENTS
Chia seeds: Chia seeds contain fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high-quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants. They may improve digestive health and lower risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
Coconut milk: Another source of nourishing fats, coconut is naturally sweet and rich in fiber.
Maple syrup: Maple syrup sweetens this chia pudding without causing a spike in blood sugar. Maple syrup contains minerals, antioxidants, and is a source of carbohydrates.
Blood orange: Blood oranges are rich in vitamin C and fiber. Beautiful in color, they have double the amount of vitamin A and antioxidants than naval oranges.
Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract provides subtle flavor, a wonderful addition to the coconut milk and blood orange juice.
Coconut Chia Pudding with Blood Orange
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (boxed, not canned)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 blood orange, juiced
- 1 teaspoon blood orange zest
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl (or mason jar), and whisk vigorously. The chia seeds and liquid should be well-combined. Make sure there are no chia seed clumps at the bottom of the bowl / mason jar.
- Store in the fridge for at least an hour.
- At the base of four ramekins (or glasses), layer one orange slice. Top with a few spoonfuls of chia pudding, evenly distributing the mixture across each glass.
- Optional – sprinkle granola, a dollop of yogurt, or shredded coconut, etc. on top. Dig in!
- The chia pudding will last, covered in the fridge, for up to five days.