Not only is it holiday season and my birth month, but it’s also Finals Season! The greatest time of the year indeed
As an undergraduate, I didn’t realize how grateful I was for my dining hall until finals came around and it gave me one less thing to worry about. My last semester of college I lived in an apartment off campus but didn’t have traditional finals since I was writing my thesis, so preparing my own meals wasn’t that big of a deal.
But now as a post-bacc, life is very different and when exams/finals come around, efficiency is the name of the game. I’d also rather have more money to spend on gifts for family and friends than spend it eating out, so I’m always looking for easy snacks and meal ideas that are satisfying, healthy, and easy to prepare.
So here we are! Cranberry Orange Chia Pudding!
If you aren’t a fan of typical chia puddings because of the texture, then you’ll love this blended version, which breaks up the chia seeds just a little bit–enough to not get the typical lumps but instead leaving you with a more creamy, smoothie-like pudding.
Cranberry Orange Chia Pudding
- 1 cup fresh cranberries (half a package)
- juice of one orange (or about 1/2 cup of orange juice)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp lemon extract
- agave or stevia to sweeten (I used 1 1/2 tbsp of maple agave and liquid stevia to round it off)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 6 tbsp chia seeds
1. Heat the cranberries, orange juice, lemon extract, vanilla extract, and agave/stevia. You just want the cranberries to soften and start to break down (you don’t need to boil it). *Note: You can juice your orange in a juicer or just squeeze it, but be sure to blend it well to break down any orange bits that get in
2. Once the cranberries break down, take it off the heat and let it cool for a minute or two.
3. Put it in your Vitamix or blender of choice. Add the almond milk (or your milk of choice) and blend until the cranberries are broken down completely and you have a liquid.
4. Mix the liquid with the chia seeds and stir to thicken. After it starts to thicken, put it back in the blender and blend to break down the seeds.
5. Let it sit for a few hours to gel up and enjoy hot or cold.