I finally did it. I jumped on the band wagon. I ate chia seed pudding. And guys, it was good! It was slightly gelatinous, sweet and creamy and tasted like a better version of vanilla pudding. I can’t believe I waited so long to try it! I’m trying to catch up to everyone else and my fridge is now filled with different chia pudding flavours!
But if I’m going to share this recipe for you, I need to be honest. There are no special ingredients in this recipe. No exotic spices or cool cooking techniques. I can’t even say that it originated in another country. I don’t even know if I’m making this pudding right, but I know it tastes good, and that’s all that matters right?
It will not transport you to the loud streets of New Delhi or remind you of that time you ate those questionable oysters on the streets of Istanbul. It certainly will not make your kitchen smell fantastic or make you salivate as the aromas penetrate through the air. But I don’t care. It’s just a good, simple recipe that I’m currently in love with.
The roasted grapefruit is what has me hooked. I’m really into it right now. I’ve never been a grapefruit-eating girl, but it’s sweet and slightly caramelized and to me that’s the equivalent of “amazingly delicious!” I love these roasted citrus segments over the cool vanilla pudding. Chia seeds are super versatile, packed with protein, and can carry the flavours of anything you add to it. The roasted grapefruit segments and dark chocolate add a deep rich flavour to this vanilla pudding. The caramelized juices of the grapefruit burst in your mouth and I’m still not tired of the cool colour from the blood oranges – I add those bad boys to anything I can!
And can you believe that this recipe is actually healthy? I’m not kidding! It’s made with coconut milk and greek yogurt and topped with citrus fruit for a good vitamin C kick. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants (but who really cares when it’s just really delicious!?) and I used maple syrup as a sweetener. Nailed it!
I like packing this for my breakfast when I’m in a hurry or as a 3pm sugar craving instead of Reese’s peanut butter cups, Twizzlers, the extra coffee and a handful of my co-workers chips. *Sigh*
Enjoy my friends!
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 grapefruit
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 blood orange
- chocolate shavings for garnish
- Combine the milk, yogurt, chia seeds and maple syrup in a bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Turn on the broiler. Slice the grapefruit in half, across the equator to form 2 halves. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the grapefruit and place under the broiler to caramelize. Watch carefully, it may only need a few minutes before it starts to burn.
- When you're ready to serve, place the chia seed pudding in bowls. Scoop out the grapefruit and place on top of the pudding. Cut blood orange segments and add that to the pudding. Sprinkle with dark chocolate shavings and serve.
- *I love reserving the juices from the roasted grapefruit and simmering it on the stove so it thickens, then pouring it on top of the pudding for a richer flavour*