Orange Coconut Chia Pudding

I’ve decided to turn my home into a tropical island. I’m cranking up the thermostat, playing the Beach Boys on repeat, and eating big spoonfuls of Orange Coconut Chia Pudding.

Orange Coconut Chia Pudding. Perfect make-ahead healthy breakfast. Vegan and Gluten Free

Now that we’ve bought a house, the prospects of spontaneously moving to Tahiti have, admittedly, diminished. I promised myself that this would be the year I embrace winter, instead of cursing whichever settlers were batty enough to stay here, instead of moving right on through to Santa Barbara. I envisioned myself taking up a Nordic sport—cross country skiing or snow shoeing perhaps—and becoming one with the brisk air and snow.

Thus far, my “embrace winter” progress has included buying a cute neon pink ski hat, which I have worn exactly twice while scuttling from my heated car into a heated grocery store, then back into my heated car and home. I valiantly attempted a few cold-weather runs, all of which required recovery via hot toddy.

Orange Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding. Paleo, Gluten Free and Vegan

Orange Coconut Chia Breakfast Pudding. Easy, vegan, and gluten free

Since I’m struggling to embrace the chilly outdoors, I’ve decided to create my own little paradise inside with fresh, tropically-inspired recipes like this Orange Coconut Chia Pudding. Made with coconut milk and vibrant orange zest, then topped with juicy orange slices and crispy flaked coconut, this healthy breakfast recipe is a mini island escape.

As with all food trends (ahem, kale smoothies), I was late to the chia seed party, but I’m here to stay. These little wonder specks are filled with fiber (5 grams in just one tablespoon) and have the curious quality of swelling when combined with liquid, making them ideal for creating puddings and even jams.

Use chia seeds to make vegan coconut breakfast pudding

Chia seeds are an easy, appetizing way to increase fiber intake throughout the day.No need for rock-hard bran muffins or cardboard-esque fiber cereals—we have the tiny, mighty chia! I get mine from Bob’s Red Mill and have been adding them to baked goods, sprinkling them on salads, and even blending them into smoothies. I love the crunch and nutty flavor chia seeds add when used dry, as well as how extra filling they are when left to absorb liquid as in today’s coconut chia pudding.

Coconut Chia Pudding

In addition to being healthy and filling, Orange Coconut Chia Pudding is one of the simplest make-ahead breakfasts in creation. Simply stir the ingredients together and let rest in the refrigerator. Overnight, the chia absorbs the coconut milk and transforms into healthy, filling “pudding” that is wonderful for breakfast or even dessert. A final topping of fresh orange slices and coconut flakes and we’re practically on vacation, no sunscreen required.

Orange Coconut Chia Pudding

I will, however, need a paper umbrella. And maybe a lei.

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Orange Coconut Chia Pudding

A healthy coconut chia pudding with fresh orange slices and toasted coconut. Delicious for breakfast or dessert. Vegan, Paelo-friendly, and gluten free.


Yield: Serves 3

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours (overnight)

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon honey (swap maple syrup to make vegan)

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Tiny pinch kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest

  • Sliced oranges, for topping

  • Unsweetened flaked coconut, for topping


Directions:


  1. Stir the coconut milk, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, salt, and orange zest together in a bowl or measuring cup. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  2. In the morning, stir once more. Serve topped with orange slices and coconut flakes.


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51 comments

  1. Oh man. Winter has been rough for me this year. First year living back in New England after 8 years on the West Coast. So I’ve turned into a bit of a wimp. I need to toughen up. Or just eat this while I stare out the window at the falling snow.

  2. Smart idea.  I am sooo over winter and this warmed me right up.  Now I just need a good book and I can imagine I’m on the beach.

  3. Is it even possible to embrace winter?  There are times I really wonder why I live in a place where I need to endure 4 months of cold, dark, dreary days…. while my CA friends are picking strawberries in their backyard.  But then I remember how awesome NYC is… and how I appreciate the summer months even more :)  I still haven’t tried a chia seed pudding… so I’m very VERY late to the chia train!  

  4. I’ve been meaning to try preparing meals with chia before, but have yet to do so… I think this will be the first attempt. Thanks!

  5. I like your style! If you can’t go to the tropics, bring the tropics to you. (But really, how amazing would it be to live in Tahiti?!) Beautiful dish.

  6. I too love creating tropical feel in dead winter. Last year in January, when we came back from our honeymoon in Hawaii, I created a delicious tropical smoothie and enjoyed it every morning like no one’s business. Haha
    I love your chia pudding, will make it tomorrow for breakfast.

  7. Erin this looks like such a delicious fresh breakfast!! I have yet not tried making chia pudding, I know I know I live in olden times hehe!! But so doing it now!

  8. Yay for chia seed pudding! Those little seeds are simply amazing. I will never understand how it packs so much health into such a tiny seed. Definitely will have to try this version of chia seed pudding. Thanks for sharing, Erin! And I hope I warm up a bit from eating it, too. :)

  9. This chia pudding sounds yummy, definitely something I need to try.  

    FYI, at least to me, Santa Barbara isn’t that great – lived there for 4.5 years in college.  If you want the south Pacific, try Moorea.  It’s only 10 miles from Tahiti and is one of the absolute most beautiful places on the planet (if you’ve seen the movie South Pacific, you’ve seen the profile of the island).  Bali is another one of those places, which is almost as gorgeous…  This is making me want to travel again.  Gotta stop writing.

  10. Sweetness! I must try chia pudding.  I don’t know why I’ve been holding out!

  11. I’m going to join you dreaming of this tropical island! I love chia seed pudding and this version looks fantastic!!

  12. I absolutely love the new site, Erin! I can’t resist me a touch of teal! I have a very large container of chia seeds that I have never even opened (oops!) so I think I see a mini tropical get away in my future! 

  13. Is the coconut milk from a carton or a can?

  14. Thanks for the quick reply. Will print the recipe and gather the ingredients.

  15. I just bought my first little pack of chia seeds to add to homemade granola bars, and I think this chia pudding is going to be my next little venture.  Thanks for the inspiration.  Lovely new look you have here!  

  16. Chia seeds were always smoothie add-ins, I’m so excited to have another use!  While there is no humble way to say that I have escaped Buffalo & Denver winters by relocating to Guatemala… I am super excited for a new breakfast/dessert/snack idea that embraces the new tropical lifestyle!

  17. I’m really impressed that you’re trying to embrace the winter! I’d be so miserable and bundled up in 5 blankets. I’m a wuss when it comes to the cold! So I’m loving these chia puddings even more — tropical places, here I come! Pinned!

  18. Oh, man, Tahiti sounds perfect. Another stinkin’ winter! Maybe a tropical breakfast would ease the pain–plus I need to get on the chia bandwagon, too :)

  19. Take me to the tropics with this chia seed pudding! This is the perfect snack to enjoy on a cold rainy day when I would rather be at a warm sunny beach!

  20. I love chia seed pudding!  Love this new flavor combo!!

  21. Wawhoooo…. Love that you got a little bit of Summer in your life. I do that often in the cooler months, myself. I haven’t had too much to do with chia, but everyone raves, shall defo have a crack at your recipe. Thanks Erin. Happy weekend to you. xo

  22. I totally feel you on the cold weather thing…I am just not embracing it at all this year, and I know we have a seriously long winter ahead of us here (hello! Canada!) These coconut chia puddings look like a perfect way to ignore winter! Pinned :)

  23. I am hating the winter weather this year, too! But I’m totally loving your presentation here in the cute little jar and with the lovely toppings! :)

  24. I need this tropical pudding so I can escape the bitter cold here. We had snow yesterday! You can find me by the fire eating pudding!

  25. I have like a million things to say about this post! 1. Your house is gorgeous! Just read the other post…I think it’s so cool that you’re living in his childhood home. So, so pretty! I can’t wait until my husband and I buy a home :) 2. Congrats on switching over from Law Student’s Wife! The site looks beautiful and I love the new name :) 3. This recipe looks insanely delicious. I need a little sunshine in my life, so I’m looking forward to making this! Ok. So that was only 3 things, close enough ;) 

  26. I totally feel you on pretending to be on a tropical island to escape the cold.  It’s been grey and cold here so I’ve been adding color to my food to lift those winter blues away.  This coconut orange chia pudding looks perfect!

  27. So pretty!  Love the tropical flavors here- they’re just what I need when the weather outside is so frigid!  

  28. Umm I’m there with you on the whole tropical island at home – can we just move to Bora Bora?

  29. I made this chia pudding last night and ate some today for a snack. Very good. I only had unsweetened coconut milk full on. The pudding reminds me of tapioca which I really like. Delightful, tasty recipe. Thank you.

  30. This is totally Tahiti in a cup of pudding and I love it! A perfect warm oasis in the dreary cold! Pinned!

  31. Have you tried this with almond milk?

    • Hi Joyce! I have never tried this with almond milk on its own (I have done a mix of half almond milk/half yogurt, which is delicious), but I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work. If you can find milk that has a little bit of fat in it, that will definitely have it creamier result. Also, just note that the only coconut flavor you will have is from the coconut flakes, since you’re not using coconut milk, and the pudding will have less flavor overall, so you might want to add a little bit extra vanilla extract to compensate. I hope you love it and would enjoy hearing how it turns out!

  32. This looks amazing! I love your pictures!

  33. Love chia puddings, and this one is like summer in a cup!
    Do you think I could use the full fat coconut or should I just add half full fat coconut half water ( I don’t buy the light version)


    {Teffy’s Perks}
    X

  34. What a delicious looking idea for breakfast! It looks so healthy and very yummy! Pinned :)

  35. I’ve never tried chia pudding but I’ve always wanted to! LOVE the coconut flavour- so delicious. Lovely recipe, Erin! :D

  36. Hi Erin,

    What is the yeild for this recipe? I may need to double for my family–bought the ingredients this afternoon!

  37. Ooo, I love the flavours in there. I eat chia pudding almost everyday so I’m always looking for new combos. I haven’t had an orange in a while so this will be a welcome addition this week! I can’t really complain about it being cold since I’m in Vancouver..we don’t get snow and it doesn’t really get too chilly, but I’m a big wimp in the cold so anything tropical sounds great to me! Thanks!

  38. Can you use other milk besides coconut milk

  39. Basil seeds swell up in a similar way. They taste good in drinks. They have a nice flavour too.

  40. I made this Thursday night for Friday morning brunch. It was sensational! Easy to prepare! Your directions were spot on! Thank you for sharing this fabulous party or appetizer recipe!

  41. I made this last night for today’s breakfast and wow – so good! I think it’s the orange that puts it over the top. My favorite chai seed pudding to-date.

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