Citrus Coconut Chia Pudding

A nutritious citrus coconut chia pudding recipe. This simple vegan and gluten-free snack is made with 3 ingredients, plus your choice of citrus for topping.

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A simple make-ahead vegan, nut-free and gluten-free snack. Make this recipe as part of your meal prep for quick snacks during the week or prepare it the night before for a simple snack to take to work. All you need is 5 minutes of preparation and a few ingredients. If you didn’t prepare the recipe in advance, no worries! This chia pudding thickens within 2 hours, so you can easily prepare it in the morning for a snack later that day.

What you need: Chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla extract and toppings of choice.

Suggested Toppings:

  • Navel oranges
  • Blood oranges
  • Clementines
  • Grapefruit
  • Maple syrup
  • Shredded coconut
hand stirring chia pudding
chia pudding with citrus

How to Make Citrus Coconut Chia Pudding

Start by mixing your chia seeds, coconut milk and vanilla extract in a jar or sealable container. Refrigerate covered for at least two hours or until the chia seeds have absorbed the liquid.

Serve the chia pudding with citrus, maple syrup, shredded coconut and other toppings of choice.

Tips to Make the Best Chia Pudding

  • I recommend stirring the chia pudding after 15 minutes of thickening. Without this, the chia seeds will likely stay at the bottom of the jar and might not absorb all the liquid. Make sure that the chia seeds are well mixed into the liquid.
  • Use canned light coconut milk for the creamiest chia pudding. Full-fat coconut milk will result in a chia pudding that’s a little too thick and rich, while coconut milk from a carton will result in a thinner chia pudding. All options work, but canned light coconut milk is my personal favorite.
  • If you’re not a fan of the texture of chia pudding, you can try blending it before serving.
  • If your chia pudding is too thin, add more chia seeds and let it sit for another 30 minutes. If it’s too thick, add more plant-based milk to thin.
  • Top the chia pudding with fruit that have been cut into bite-sized pieces to make it easier to eat.
  • Sweeten the chia pudding with your favorite liquid sweetener. I love using maple syrup.

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Citrus Coconut Chia Pudding

A nutritious citrus coconut chia pudding recipe. This simple vegan and gluten-free snack is made with 3 ingredients, plus your choice of citrus for topping.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soak time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Suggested Toppings

  • Maple syrup to taste
  • Shredded coconut
  • Orange of choice, peeled and chopped
  • Clementine, peeled and chopped
  • Grapefruit, peeled and chopped

Instructions

  • Start by mixing your chia seeds, coconut milk and vanilla extract in a jar or sealable container. Refrigerate covered for at least two hours or until the chia seeds have absorbed the liquid.
  • Sweeten with maple syrup to taste and serve with your toppings of choice.

Notes

I recommend stirring the chia pudding after it soaked for 15 minutes. This will prevent the chia seeds from staying at the bottom of the jar and will help the seeds absorb all the liquid.
Canned light coconut milk results in the best, creamy chia pudding. You can also use refrigerated coconut milk (the ones in cartons), or full fat canned coconut milk. If you use full-fat coconut milk, I recommend thinning it with a bit of water as it will be very thick. You can also use your favorite plant-based milk.
If the chia pudding is too thick to your liking, add more milk to thin. If it’s too thin, add more chia seeds and let it sit for another 30 minutes to thicken.
Chop the citrus into bite-sized pieces to make it easier to eat. I usually serve mine with one chopped orange.
Sweeten the chia pudding with your favorite liquid sweetener. I love maple syrup for a vegan option.

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