Healthy Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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This dreamy, creamy, satisfying creamsicle chia pudding is perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even 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! 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.

overhead view of Creamsicle Chia Pudding

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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), one can of full-fat coconut milk, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. I blended those three ingredients together until smooth and slightly frothy. Stir in the chia seeds, let set for at least 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 love chia pudding, you might also love our vanilla version HERE!


Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding

  • Author: Cassy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large or 8 small 1x


  • 2 full cups peeled clementine segments (may substitute with any citrus)
  • 1, 13.5 ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup black chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut shavings


  1. Place the clementine segments, coconut milk, and maple syrup in a high powered blender. Blend for at least 2 minutes, or until completely smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add 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°F for 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown. Be careful not to burn the coconut and check on them often.
  4. To serve, spoon the pudding into cups and sprinkle the coconut on top.
  5. Enjoy!

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  1. Valerie says:

    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. 😉

    1. Cassy says:

      White chia seeds work, too!

  2. Maria cronk says:

    I tried this one. YUM!!!!

    1. Cassy says:

      I’m so glad you liked it!!

  3. sadie says:

    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?

    1. Cassy says:

      Good question! YES! I chew the seeds 🙂

    2. Stephanie Metzgar says:

      Hi Sadie ! since you have never used chia seeds you wouldnt know that when you soak them in any liquid for 4-8 hours they expand and fluff up and get full of liquid, they are hardly crunchy any more at all ! almost like tapioca. Hope you like the recipes !

  4. JessB says:

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

  5. Linda says:

    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.

  6. Gillian says:

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

    1. Cassy says:

      I hope you like it!

  7. Alanna says:

    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!

  8. marge201 says:

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

    1. Cassy says:

      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!

  9. Alice says:

    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.

    1. Cassy says:

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

  10. Donna says:

    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!

  11. Gabi Marquez says:

    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.

  12. Ana says:

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

  13. Felipe says:

    Very good, i like it, congratulations

  14. Anny says:

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

  15. Fernando says:

    Looks great! Congratz 🙂

  16. B says:

    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?

  17. Anita says:

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

  18. Thank you very much for the recipe, very easy to make and very tasty too, congratulations !!!
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  19. Leslie says:

    I received a pop up saying cook once eat ll week and I subscribed. I had to confirm in my e-mail. It had a link that said “confirm and download”. When I click on the link it opens a page and then immediately closes it. Im really bummed out.

  20. Leslie says:

    Never mind my comment. I’m an idiot. It was in my download at the bottom of my page. Of course I had like 5 or 6 of them coz I kept clicking the link…lol

  21. joao vieira says:

    I’ll do this today.

    Wish me luck.

  22. ana santos says:

    Amazing pictures.

    I love this site so much =)

  23. Amazing.

    I did it so easy

  24. Tracy Brown says:

    Can you share the calorie and nutrition info please?

  25. Loiuse says:

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

  26. michael says:

    I added honey because our Clementines were not super sweet. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. José Mendes says:

    Vou fazer hoje. Muito bom.

  28. Marcela says:

    Adoro Chia…vou fazer para o almoço!

  29. Brooklyn says:

    I made this and it was so good! My family loved it, it’s my favorite chia seed pudding!

  30. GILSON says:

    I was looking for something like that, thank you very much for the recipe.

  31. Vicki says:

    This sounds delicious! I’m going to pick up the chia seeds today so that I can make it.

  32. Sofie says:

    How long does chia seed pudding keep in the fridge? I’m wondering if this is a good meal prep breakfast option or if it only holds up for a day or two? Thanks!

  33. Cara says:

    I had a blood orange and satsuma on hand so used those and while I loved the texture it was pretty bitter. Might have just been the fruit I had.

  34. catherine mccartney says:

    where do yoou buy coonut shavings