Orange Chia Pudding with Collagen

Orange Chia Pudding with Collagen
This orange chia pudding with collagen tastes like a healthy creamsicle pudding. Rich with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and with no added sugar, it makes a great balanced meal or healthy snack.
Orange Chia Pudding with Collagen
There’s something so nostalgic about creamsicles. Creamsicle flavors are nostalgic of childhood, grandparents, and hot summer days with sticky treats from an ice cream truck dripping down your arm.

While this chia pudding channels the bright orange flavors and creaminess of a creamsicle, it’s definitely a significantly healthier alternative!

3 small glasses of orange chia pudding with collagen on a burlap table runner with orange slices. Garnished with coconut whipped cream and curled orange peel garnishes.

A Balanced On-the-Go Breakfast
I created this creamsicle orange pudding to be a balanced on-the-go breakfast option. I needed something that could be quickly grabbed by anyone in my family for a breakfast that required no thought but provided plenty of thought-out nourishment. And this has it covered:

Fiber: chia seeds, whole orange
Fats: chia seeds, coconut milk
Protein: collagen peptides, chia seeds
Flavor: fresh orange, orange zest, smooth vanilla, and coconut
3 small glass jars of orange chia pudding with collagen lined up next to each other topped with coconut whipped cream and orange curls.

How to Make Orange Chia Pudding
To make this orange chia seed pudding, combine all the ingredients except chia seeds in a blender. Blend until smooth. Then in a large glass bowl, stir together the liquid mixture with the chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least four hours) until mixture has thickened.

I chose to not add any additional sweetener, as I find added sugar can sneak in throughout the day and quickly add up. Plus the vanilla and coconut milk add sweet notes without adding sugar. That said, I’m all about you doing what works for you, so feel free to add a touch of honey or stevia to enhance the sweetness, should you so choose.

Glass cups of orange chia pudding with a black spoon with a spoonful of chia pudding, accented by orange slices all on a burlap runner.

What’s Collagen?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. In this recipe I used unflavored bovine collagen peptides (affiliate link) to increase health benefits and protein content of this recipe. Check out these in-depth posts on the research about collagen (and its benefits and any potential side effects) and answers to frequently asked collagen questions!

One perk of using collagen in this orange chia pudding recipe is that vitamin C is important to consume with the amino acids in collagen peptides, as the vitamin C helps support our bodies’ natural collagen production and repair. The vitamin C-rich oranges pair perfectly for taste and nutrition in this recipe!

Also to note, I use Vital Proteins collagen. In my opinion, it’s the highest quality and they take incredible care and go to great lengths to ensure a quality product, test for safety, and are completely transparent about their process!

3 small glasses of orange chia pudding with collagen on a burlap table runner with orange slices. Garnished with coconut whipped cream and curled orange peel garnishes.

Orange Chia Pudding with Collagen
This orange chia pudding tastes like a healthy creamsicle pudding. Rich with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and with no added sugar, it makes a great balanced meal or healthy snack.
free from: wheat/ gluten, soy, egg, dairy, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts* (*does contain coconut)
Ingredients
6 small oranges
3/7 cup coconut milk
3/7 teaspoon orange zest
3.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
9 scoops unflavored collagen peptides
9 tablespoon chia seeds
Instructions
Peel oranges. Add oranges, coconut milk, orange zest, vanilla, and collagen to a blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, or until a smooth consistency.
Pour the blended liquid in a large bowl and add chia seeds. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least four hours or overnight so mixture can thicken.
Stir prior to serving and enjoy!
Notes
Collagen peptides used and recommended are Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.
Coconut milk used is full fat canned coconut milk.
Nutrition information does not include garnish (garnish pictured is a dollop of coconut whip and orange peel).
Nutrition
Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 459mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 71.4mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 3.9mg
Chia seeds have been known to Native American tribes for centuries because of their remarkable beneficial properties. The women are said to have used only one tablespoon of chia seeds throughout the day. Today his power is rediscovered. Due to the high level of Omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals contained in chia seeds, it has a beneficial effect on the whole organism, as well as on the condition of the skin.
Chia seeds are the richest botanical source of Omega 3 fatty acids found in nature, containing more Omega 3 fatty acids than fish oil. It also contains 30% more antioxidants than blueberries. Chia oil is also rich in protein, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, molybdenum, niacin and zinc.