Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lemon Chia Pudding

It's been awhile since we had a good lemon recipe up here! Chia pudding is one of those really simple things to make that I don't make often enough. I could easily just eat this plain, maybe adding a little cocoa powder if I have a chocolate craving. But lemon pudding was right up my alley!

Just like with plain chia pudding, we are primarily mixing chia seeds with milk to create a nice jelly consistency. But we are also adding some lemon juice and zest to the mix. If you've ever made lemon bars or lemon curd, you know that the bright yellow color is not actually from the lemons. The egg yolks required for lemon bars and curd is really what makes these things bright and zesty yellow!

The same is true of this chia pudding. Lemon juice and zest don't add much color to the mix but once we add some turmeric powder, it turns a nice golden color. Turmeric has been making its way into my pantry as a buzz word super food of late. It doesn't have too much flavor, in my opinion, but is commonly used in Indian food.

This is super simple: whisk together chia seeds and milk. Add the lemon zest and juice. Give it another stir. Lastly, add the turmeric. If you prefer something sweeter, you can add some maple syrup or honey for sweetness. Really whisk this together to prevent clumps of chia seeds. I like to store this in a jar so I can also give it a good shake.

Allow to set until the chia seeds have absorbed the milk, usually overnight. This turned out very tangy so if you like more of a subtle lemon flavor, only use half a lemon. Serve chilled with raspberries on top!


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  1. In a measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the chia seeds and milk.
  2. Sprinkle in the lemon zest and pour in the juice. Stir to combine.
  3. Mix in the turmeric powder. Give it another whisk to prevent chia seeds clumps from formin.
  4. Store in the fridge in a jar or lidded container. Give it a good shake before setting aside overnight to gel-ify. 
  5. Serve chilled, topped with raspberries or whipped topping! 

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