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Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding

Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding is full of delicious and healthy ingredients and a pinch of nostalgia. Creamy, citrusy and tasty, it’s also good for you … a sweet, dreamy blend of zesty orange juice and smooth plant-based vanilla yogurt. It’s the perfect healthy indulgence you’ll crave. And it’s a little like reliving childhood summers with every spoonful.

Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding Easy Vegan Plant Based Recipe 01


I love Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding because it feels like an indulgence and satisfies my sweet tooth while providing a healthy kickstart to the day. The creamy texture, vibrant orange flavor, and the subtle crunch of chia seeds create a delightful combination that’s refreshing and nutritious. I really enjoy this for breakfast, but could consider it a dessert any time of day. Kids love it, too. The combination of orange and vanilla is truly reminiscent of those creamsicles from childhood.

Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding Easy Vegan Plant Based Recipe

The First Creamsicle

The first creamsicle debuted in 1905, courtesy of a young inventor named Frank Epperson. By sheer accident, he left a glass of soda with a stirring stick on his San Francisco porch overnight. To his surprise, it had frozen, turning into what we now know as the creamsicle, a delicious frozen treat loved by many.

Ingredients in Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding

Chia Seeds: Packed with fiber, protein, and healthy omega-3 fats, versatile chia seeds are renowned for their ability to provide sustained energy and promote digestive health. When soaked, they develop a gel-like consistency, making them the perfect ingredient for this pudding.

Orange Juice: Orange juice is rich in vitamin C, an immune booster, and antioxidants that support heart health. It provides essential nutrients, like folate and potassium, and aids in digestion due to its fiber content. Bonus: It tastes like oranges!

Vanilla Plant-Based Yogurt: My favorite plant-based yogurt is sweetened, vanilla Silk brand. It’s so creamy and delicious and is available in most groceries.

Maple Syrup: Just a little if additional sweetness is desired.

Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding Easy Vegan Plant Based Recipe

Why Chia Seeds are Healthy and Good for You

Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with benefits. They’re rich in fiber, aiding digestion and keeping you full longer. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, they promote heart health and reduce inflammation. Chia seeds provide essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus for strong bones. They help stabilize blood sugar levels due to their low glycemic index. Plus, their antioxidants combat free radicals, contributing to overall well-being. A small addition to your diet, but big on health!

Why Chia Seeds Make Gel

Chia seeds absorb liquid because of their unique hydrophilic properties. When mixed with water or other liquids, they form a gel-like substance due to the soluble fiber content, which helps retain moisture and creates a thicker consistency. This property makes them ideal for puddings and smoothies.

How to Make this Pudding

This only take a few minutes to make and is so simple. It can even be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge overnight. Just stir the orange juice, maple syrup (if desired), and chia seeds together and let sit for 15 minutes (or longer) until the seeds have swelled and made a thick gel. Spoon some plant-based yogurt on the top and add a sprinkle of chipped nuts and optional orange zest.

Yield: 1 serving

Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding {Vegan, GF}

Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding Easy Vegan Plant Based Recipe 01

Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding is a healthy treat combining chia seeds, orange juice, and plant-based vanilla yogurt for a refreshing and nutritious dessert. Perfect for a guilt-free indulgence or a breakfast that feels like dessert

Prep Time 5 minutes
Soak Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Silk plant-based vanilla yogurt (or your favorite)
  • chopped nuts
  • orange zest, if desired

Instructions

  1. In an 8 ounce cup or jar,, stir together the chia seeds and orange juice. Let the mixture stand for about 15 minutes or longer, until the chia seeds have swelled up and made gel. It should be pretty thick.
  2. Add a scoop of plant-based sweetened vanilla yogurt.
  3. Sprinkle on some chopped nuts and orange zest, if desire.
  4. Store for up to a few days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 11gSugar: 51gProtein: 22g
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