Behold! The magical power of chia! Chia seeds definitely fall into the “superfood” category. Chia seeds contain one of the highest known plant sources of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) of both omega-3 and omega-6. Chia seeds are also high in protein running at 20% protein and provide fibre, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. They pack quite the powerful punch! Because they’re so gelatinous (which is really good for removing toxins from the body) they make for an awesome raw breakfast pudding.
This chia seed pudding recipe is a super easy raw food recipe for people who don’t have a lot of time in the morning, you can even make it the night before, if you’s rather spend that extra 15 minutes to sleep in, in the morning. Chia seed pudding is also very versatile and there are so many variations that you can try. This is how I made it this time around, but I will give you some suggestions for alternatives at the end of the post.
Raw Coconut Orange Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
For this chia see pudding recipe you will need a blender, but don’t worry if you don’t have one, there’s plenty of different ways you can make this recipe. If you don’t have a blender, I highly recommend buying one. I personally use and recommend the Vitamix blender. A good blender is one of the top 4 raw food kitchen essentials to stock your kitchen with.
In your blender make a coconut or nut milk. For this chia recipe, you can also use water or coconut water.
- I juice some fresh orange juice whether by hand, or with a citrus juicer and then add the fresh juice to the coconut milk or nut milk (or coconut water) in the blender. This makes for a delicious creamy orange drink. In this recipe I juiced 3 medium oranges and used one coconut to make coconut milk. (For this coconut milk, I just placed the water and coconut meat in the blender and blended on high).
- Then I add a little cinnamon and vanilla to the blender, to taste. I used about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 T vanilla.
- Now you have your liquid mix, all you have to do now is add chia seeds! The ratio I use is roughly 4 times the amount of liquid to seeds. And you can always add more liquid when you sit down to eat your pudding to get your desired consistency.
The thing with chia seed pudding is that you need to stir it quite frequently at the beginning so that the chia seeds don’t clump together. That’s why I like to put the chia in a jar and then fill it with liquid and SHAKE IT!! You can also simply add the chia seeds to your blender and blend on low for a few seconds to get it going.
Chia expands quite a lot so for a single serving, you probably only need 1/4 cup of chia to about 1.5 cups coconut + orange juice. You can top it with fruit or anything that you like. You can even sprinkle it with a little raw granola. This time I topped it with mango and banana, because that is what I have access to here in Hawaii, but you can add blueberries, or goji berries, any sort of super food that you like…nuts, or seeds, the possibilities are pretty endless. Or you can top it with oranges, some cinnamon and some orange zest if you like.
Also, if you don’t have a juicer, you can use any kind of liquid that’s as fresh as you can find it. I’ve made this recipe with acai juice, fresh apple juice or coconut water.
Hope you enjoy such a wonderful healthy breakfast!
Aloha from the islands of Hawaii!