Raw Orange Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

by Susan on April 5, 2011

chiaI have been having a craving for oranges lately. Big juicy oranges. Maybe it is because we are actually starting to get hints of spring, or maybe because I just need some citrus. I also was longing for some new and interesting breakfast ideas. It’s been a long winter! I bought a big bag of oranges and put together this raw food recipe for Orange Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding. It’s a hit. Honestly, you could eat it any time of the day but it made a beautiful breakfast for me this morning. I topped this with the granola recipe from Rawmazing Transitional Foods.

Orange Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

  • 1/4 cup almonds, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 dates, softened with pits removed
  • 3 oranges
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • Granola for topping if desired (from Raw Transitions)

1. Place almonds and water in high-speed blender. Process until well blended.

2. Remove to nut milk bag and strain.

3. Place almond milk back in blender with dates. Blend until very smooth.

4. Remove the zest from one orange and add to the almond milk date mixture. Segment the insides of the orange and set aside.

5. Juice the two remaining oranges. Add juice (aproximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup) to the almond milk and zest. Stir.

6. Add chia seeds, stir. Let set for 20 minutes.

7. Stir in orange sections that you set aside.

*Serves 2

One of my favorite kitchen tools is the micro plane. It makes zesting a breeze.

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Noelle April 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

I like your version! I did not get too many interests on my post but it is probably the most delicious breakfast! I had been craving oranges too! Great minds think alike! http://www.singerskitchen.com/2011/03/orange-chia-pudding-parfait.html


Stacy L April 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I love chia puddings! This sounds great. I’ve been eating clementines like crazy right now too. Sounds like I have a new breakfast for tomorrow. :)



Tara April 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog! I just finished making your almond butter (yum!) and then found this recipe for chia seeds…which I just bought and don’t yet have much idea what to do with, though I love them at restaurants so far. This looks so good, I’m going to have to make it for breakfast tomorrow, with the almonds left over from making butter. :)


Nadia April 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

I think we are all on the chia train :))) I love those little seeds too :)


Shernell Cooke April 6, 2011 at 1:19 am

I love the orange zest photo the most Also this post oddly reminded me that I have a watermelon that I have to get too,so thank you for that :) God bless !


Patti April 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thank you Susan. This looks beautiful and delicious. I can’t wait to try it.
BTW: A little birdie told me today is your birthday!
Happy Birthday! xo


Susan April 6, 2011 at 10:33 am

Yes, thank you! It is!


ruby April 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

happy birthday greetings susan, hope you enjoy the special (raw) birthday energies on your birthday.


Rita April 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I prepared this for my brunch today. Delish!!! I did have to add a little of my fav raw vanilla. Surely one of these days I can prepare someone else’s recipe without tweaking it a bit. I did shoot over to your ‘Shooting the Kitchen’ website and I do believe the photos are some of the MOST gorgeous one’s of food that I have ever laid my eyes upon. Thank you for your work!!!!


Susan April 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Thank you!!


Mary Turtle April 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Happy Birthday kiddo! Are you having fun with your girlies?


Dot D. April 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

How much almond milk do you get from this mixture when squeezed thru the milk bag?


Susan April 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Exactly enough for the recipe! Honestly, probably about 3/4 cup?


Lila April 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

HHAAPPYY BBIIRRTTHHDDAAYY!!!!!!! Thanks for the yummy recipe!


Nadia April 7, 2011 at 1:24 am

Oh, I’m a bit late, but still… Happy birthday! :)
What makes life interesting is the opportunity your dreams to come true, I wish all of your dreams to be fulfilled! :)


Susan April 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!


Roberta April 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I have been trying your recipes for a month now and I am extremely pleased! Are all the daily recipes you put on the site included in the Raw Food Recipes section? I would like to be able to access them at a later date to keep trying them! Thanks! :)


Susan April 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm

They go in as I have time to update them. You can always bookmark a recipe or use the search function, or search under categories, or….buy the book!


Jay April 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm

My partner and I discovered Chia seed about a year or so ago and are always looking for new recipes to try. I have to say this one is just great! Very tasty and really healthy!


Annie April 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Hi ! Can we just put those two oranges without the peel in the blender without juicing them? It will blend easily in a vitamix…


Susan April 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

You can try it. It will probably off set the other ingredients and change the taste and proportions. Plus, you won’t have as much orange flavor.


Jeani April 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Susan ~
My 79 year old mother lives with me, and she suffers from dementia. She doesn’t always recognize utensils, or food items, (or people, animals, cars, etc.). She sits in the kitchen and watches me and askes lots of questions. This morning, she didn’t recognize fresh garlic. She used to be a great cook, and loved to eat, so her lack of recognition sometimes makes me sad.
Anyway, I made this pudding today, and she had no idea what chia is, so we talked about that while I worked in the kitchen. When it was ready, and she tasted it, she first said “Mmmmm”.
Then she tasted more and said me it tasted like an orange creamsicle tapioca .. I was shocked that she came up with that so fast and was totally confident in her statement. She wanted to know how I heard of that, so I told her, and showed her your site on the computer. She thinks that we must be good friends for you to send me such wonderful recipes, and beautiful pictures. I told her that you and I have never met, or spoken, but she insists we must have.
So, your site will be another way for me to bring her some beauty and goodness.
I apologize for the length of this ‘comment’. :- )
Thank you again for what you do.


Jacqui MacNeill (Escents Aromatherapy Essential Oils) April 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

That’s funny. I’ve been craving oranges lately too. I guess it’s that time of year! :) This breakfast pudding recipes sounds delightful. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!


Susan April 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Jeani, thank you for taking the time to write and let me know. You really made my day and touched my heart and actually brought tears to my eyes.


RH April 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I added a bit of vanilla and it was quite tasty, but I must say that even though I used less liquid than the recipe calls for this never set up for me with a truly “pudding” texture. It was more of a gloppy soup. A tasty, gloppy, soup.

Also, for me this was enough for three or four servings.


Susan April 16, 2011 at 6:45 am

Rachel, I have made 100’s of chia puddings and honestly never had one not set up. But if for some reason your chia seeds didn’t set up correctly, the fix is extremely easy. Just add a few more chia seeds! :-). I wonder if you got a strange batch of seeds?


Jennifer June 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

I have made several chia puddings from different recipes, and the only one I’ve had set correctly was one that called for blending it first. The last 2 times though, even that hasn’t set. I’ve tried different brands of almond milk, and have also tried coconut milk, and both of them mixed. We live in a hot climate so I keep the chia seeds in the fridge. Could that be causing it? I thought the seeds might’ve been getting old since I’d had them for a while, so I bought new ones — and it happened again. :(


Susan June 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

Hi, Jennifer, Did you try this recipe and it didn’t set up? That is really strange. Are you following the recipe exactly? It does take a bit… :-)


Lauren April 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Hi! I have some lovely raw milk, and I was wondering how that would work in the pudding instead of Almond Milk?? If so, about how much would you recommend using? Thanks!!


Susan April 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I don’t use raw milk but I would assume that since it is a liquid and almond milk is a liquid, you could do an even exchange.


Zann January 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I just stumbled upon this website two days ago and I love it. I made this recipe yesterday and apart from the zest (which I will remove next time) it was completely delicious. I loved it. So filling and yummy.


Linda Gillette February 19, 2012 at 1:22 pm

is it ok to use the zest of oranges when even organic oranges still contain chemicals?


Linda Gillette February 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

to Jeani:
thank you for being so patient and loving towards your mother, many adult children would not show such love and kindness in caring for their parents, especially while dealing with such a difficult disease. I have what is called “younger onset Alzheimers” and while to most, I am still highly functional, most don’t realize the frustration of never knowing what I will remember and won’t, what I can do and can’t because it changes from day to day. Take good care of yourself while you care for your mother. God will bless you many times over.


Human April 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Dear Susan,

Thank you very much for your recipes and beautiful website! I tried this recipe and it was really good! Also broccoli salad was great! You are very talented!

Best Wishes!


Dani April 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Hello from New Zealand, Firstly I’d like to thank you Susan for all the hours you pour into your amazing recipes. I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t work out and I don’t believe that will happen. This breakfast recipe is WONDERFUL and REFRESHING. Initially when I stirred in the orange juice, it curdled and I was horrified. I left it alone for 20mins and when I checked back it was not only curdled but it had separated too. I’m pretty sure this happened because I started making half the amount that the recipe called for and then somehow ended up doing the full amount for some ingredients, so I had to go back and readjust some things. I just want to assure people that a simple stir and the addition of the orange segments solved the whole thing and turned it into the most filling and sustaining breakfast. I will definitely be making this on a regular basis and sharing with others too. Have a great day :)


Laura November 13, 2012 at 12:54 am

I made this for breakfast this morning and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all day. Can’t wait to make it again. It’s so easy. The couple of times I’ve given my husband chia pudding he hasn’t liked it but this recipe won him over. Thanks Susan!


Linda June 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I just bought your great dessert book. Are all of the recipes on your site in your Rawmazing: Over 130 Simple Raw Recipes for Radiant Health?


Caroline Davis October 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm


I would like permission, please, to include some of your recipes in an e-book I am making in raw food diet and recipes. I would of course, indicate where I got the recipe and accompanying photo.


Susan October 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Please email me privately at Susan@rawmazing.com. Is this a non-profit book?


Judith April 4, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Just made this and it is delicious. I didn’t have peas so I hooped a big handful of cilantro and it still tasted great. Thanks!!!


stephanie maricich April 10, 2014 at 11:22 am

regarding your raw orange chia seed breakfast pudding :-)
I don’t know what a nut milk bag is? Though I feel sheepish for not knowing can you explain?
Thank you so much


Susan May 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

It is a mesh bag that you strain the nut pulp out of the nut milk with. We carry them in the Rawmazing store. Cheers!


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