Orange Scented Chia-Seed Pudding

Chia seed is like my new lover. I want to flaunt her, dress her up and tell everybody about her. But then I want her all to myself. I don’t want her price going up like her masculine cousin, quinoa. She’s already pricey enough ($6-$9 packet). But she’s beautiful and nutritionally complex and worth every cent.

What makes her so special?

  • She has more omega 3’s than a 4oz piece of salmon.  In fact, if you had her for breakfast, you could skip your fish oil supplement that day
  • She has 12g of fiber (real stuff, not that fake processed stuff that has been infused with inulin to boost the fiber content – Kashi cereal I’m talking to you)
  • She’s a natural appetite suppressant. She swells to 10 times her size when exposed to fluid
  • She has the same amount of protein as one egg
  • She is gluten free and dairy free
  • She is rich in B vitamins and magnesium (nutrients required to counter stress)
  • She travels well
  • She’s playful and likes other food

And that’s how this recipe came about.  I was looking for a hint of sweetness without adding sugar, agave or coconut crystals. The fresh orange juice and vanilla bean was all that she needed. I soaked her in coconut milk overnight, added the other ingredients and voila, an orange creamsicle inspired breakfast!


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  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk (So Delicious)
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • pinch of fresh vanilla bean seeds
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 4 mint leaves, torn


Add chia seed to a small bowl. Pour coconut milk over chia seed. Stir. Let it sit for 15 minutes (or overnight).

Pour fresh orange juice over chia seed. Stir again.

Add ground vanilla bean, sea salt, orange zest and fresh mint. Serve.