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Creamsicle Chia Pudding

This dreamy, creamy, satisfying Paleo creamsicle chia pudding contains no added sweeteners and will squash even the biggest craving for dessert!

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I'm almost embarrassed to admit how many attempts it took before I landed on this recipe. Short story: it took me 3 tries and I had to go back to the store for black chia seeds TWICE. Sometimes recipe development feels a lot like chipping away at a buried fossil. You have an idea (maybe even hopes) of what you're unearthing, but there's no way to know exactly what lies beneath until it has been completely extracted and dusted off.

Note that I've made chia pudding before (see one example here), but I really wanted to incorporate citrus in this recipe! Citrus is in season and I wanted to offer up a Fed & Fit Project-compliant dessert for everyone working so hard in that material. First, I worked with just citrus juice, and then just fruit, and then finally a combination of fruit and coconut milk. While the chia seeds will plump and soften as they absorb some of the liquid surrounding their cute little bodies, there's only so much liquid they can take. I've found that in order to achieve a pudding-like consistency, a full-fat coconut milk *must* be added.

Alas, it worked!! In fact, it exceeded my expectations. Instead of a citrus chia pudding, we have a CREAMSICLE chia pudding. It was more delicious and more satisfying than I thought possible.

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For this creamsicle chia pudding recipe, I used 2 full cups of peeled clementine segments (because they're just so darn easy to peel) and one can of full-fat coconut milk. I blended those two ingredients together until smooth and slightly frothy. Stir in the chia seeds, let set for at lest 4 hours while the seeds can do their plumping magic, and then serve! To garnish, I topped these little pudding cups with some toasted unsweetened coconut shavings. The texture combination (especially when fresh) was AWESOME.

If you're *not* working within the scope of the Fed & Fit Project and do like to incorporate natural sweeteners into your diet, I recommend adding a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey to the blender!

Creamsicle Chia Pudding

Preparation 10 minutes Total Time 0:10 Serves 4 large or 8 small     adjust servings
1 review

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the clementine segments and coconut milk in a high powered blender. Blend for at least 2 minutes, or until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and ad the chia seeds. Stir to combine and then transfer to the refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours.
  3. To toast the coconut shavings, spread them out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown. Be careful not to burn the coconut and check on them often.
  4. To server, spoon the pudding into cups and sprinkle the coconut on top.
  5. Enjoy!

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25 Responses to “Creamsicle Chia Pudding”

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    Valerieposted January 29, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Do the chia seeds have to be black? I’m wondering if I can make this recipe today and avoid going back to the store. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Cassyposted February 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      White chia seeds work, too!

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    Maria cronkposted January 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I tried this one. YUM!!!!

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      Cassyposted February 2, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it!!

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    sadieposted January 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve never made anything with chia before, but am curious to make this recipe! This might be a silly questions, but do you chew the seeds? I’ve only had them in GT’s Kombucha, and I do remember chewing them…kinda… But when made as a pudding…. Hm?

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      Cassyposted February 2, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Good question! YES! I chew the seeds ๐Ÿ™‚

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    JessBposted February 8, 2017 at 9:49 am

    It’s going to be a long four hour wait! Just the bit I licked from the spoon was delicious.

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    Lindaposted February 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    This was dangerously good! I didn’t have any coconut shavings in the house so I missed out on that bonus but I did add almond extract for a twist and it was amazing.

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      Cassyposted February 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Yum!

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    Gillianposted February 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I had never tried a chia seed recipe before this, it is wonderful!! I cannot wait to try some more recipes.

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      Cassyposted March 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

      I hope you like it!

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    Alannaposted March 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I’m surprised the clementine membranes don’t influence the taste! I’m remembering how bitter that can be with regular oranges, but maybe it’s not an issue with clementines? Sounds delicious!

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    marge201posted March 4, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Wow, another great chia pudding to try. Why coconut milk? Any nut milk will do, too, right? Thank you for this!

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      Cassyposted March 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      I just like the extra creaminess offered by the full-fat coconut milk. You can use other ones, just know that the consistency may change a bit. Hope that helps!

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    Aliceposted March 6, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Perfect, exactly the recipe I was needing, I’ve seen this in some places but I’ve never done it because I thought it was difficult but now that I’ve seen in your article that it’s simple to do, that’s great thank you.

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      Cassyposted March 6, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      You’re so welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

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    Donnaposted March 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    The Hubs and I both liked this, but the kids did not. I added honey because our Clementines were not super sweet. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Gabi Marquezposted March 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Perfect recipe, looks like it was made for me, I have to do it urgently, I was looking for something like that, thank you very much for the recipe.

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    Anaposted March 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Very practical and easy to do, I did not know it was that simple, I’m sure to do.

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    Felipeposted July 3, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Very good, i like it, congratulations

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    Annyposted July 31, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Looks great!! i’ll try out this recipe for sure!

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    Fernandoposted August 3, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Looks great! Congratz ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bposted August 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I don’t have enough time to chill it in the fridge! – is it possible to freeze it for a shorter amount of time/freeze it and eat it like that?

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    Anitaposted August 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I loved the recipe, I find it very easy to do. Thank you for sharing.

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    curso de bebe rebornposted October 23, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you very much for the recipe, very easy to make and very tasty too, congratulations !!!
    Ass: curso de bebe reborn

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