Recipe: Clementine Creamsicle Chia Pudding

Yay, it’s citrus season!

When I entered the market on a particularly cold and cloudy day this past weekend, I was immediately drawn to brightness of the fresh lemons, limes, grapefruits, and oranges. I knew I had to make SOMETHING with citrus. So, I left the store with clementines and blueberries (because I thought they looked beautiful next to each other and also because I just happened to be craving both) and set off on another kitchen journey.

I decided on a chia pudding because truth be told, I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and I haven’t had a ton of bandwidth left for new recipe ideas. I’ve made a ton of chia pudding in my day, so this seemed effortless.

Reasons I love chia pudding: omega-3s, protein, fiber, and a fun texture reminiscent of mini-tapioca pearls. But, most importantly, it’s really simple to make and it’s portable – making it one of my meal prep staples!

Reasons I love THIS chia pudding: it tastes like creamsicles(!) and is unlike anything else I’ve made.

Try it for yourself!

Clementine Creamsicle Chia Pudding

(Serves 3)

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Add milk and protein powder to blender.
  2. Zest your clementine before peeling. The more you can get, the better – this is your flavor! Add zest to blender.
  3. Peel clementine and then choose your own adventure:
    • Option 1: Add whole peeled clementine to blender. This works only if you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec.
    • Option 2: Squeeze all of the juice out of your clementine and add to the blender. This is better if you have a lower-powered blender.
  4. Blend on medium speed until smooth.
  5. Next, you’ll be pouring this mixture into your individual pudding containers. Pick something with a lid that’s leakproof, as you’ll have to shake your mixture. I use 16oz. mason jars. Obtain 3 of whatever container you decide to use.
  6. Pour 1 cup of mixture into each container.
  7. Add 3 tbsp of chia seeds to each container.
  8. Cap and seal your containers and shake it up!
  9. Place your containers in the fridge for 2 hours while the pudding “sets.”
NOTE: Shake your pudding up every 15 minutes or so for the first hour! If you don’t shake your containers, all the seeds will sink to the bottom and form a solid mass which is not so appetizing. I set an alarm to go off on my phone every 15 minutes so I don’t forget. 😉

After 2 hours, your pudding should be ready to go!

Serving option: Add some blueberries or orange slices before eating to add a little extra pop of flavor/texture/nutrients/happy. I have been tossing some blueberries and clementine slices right in the jar and sealing it back up and taking it to work for breakfast. 🙂

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