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Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding

June 13, 2019

This Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding makes a refreshing and healthy snack recipe made with fresh or frozen berries and sweetened with just a touch of honey! It also is a great dessert for one or for guests!

Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding for a healthy breakfast or snack with refreshing raspberry and a lemon zest #chiapudding #vegan

My name is Davida and I am addicted to rewards cards.

I suppose there are worse problems in the world to have, but right now my reward card obsession is getting out of control. One card in particular has a genius marketing concept and I am pretty much their dream customer. Allow me to introduce you to my PC Plus Card aka my new best friend.

If you’re not familiar with it, the PC Plus Card is the reward card associated with the Canadian grocery store chain called Loblaws. When I moved, the closest grocery store to me became a massive Loblaws superstore. My friend Ellie who is my grocery guru convinced me that I needed a PC Plus card. For the record, it didn’t take much convincing.

The concept is simple. They track what kinds of groceries you buy and based on your purchases they “reward” you with points that can be earned on products you would normally buy the next time you shop. So for example if I buy a lot of apples (I do) then they will reward me with 200 points for every dollar on spend on apples the next time I shop. Basically it sucks you in to buying even more of things you may already have because you figure “hey I get points!”.

It actually has been particularly useful especially considering my excessive food spending and food hoarding tendencies. In fact in 6 short works I earned 20 000 points which equates to $20 worth of free groceries. Yes, I did a happy dance in front of the cashier as I stalked his screen for my total PC points number.

But this also means that my food hoarding has gone into overdrive. Remember when I bought 7 bags of frozen fruit because they were on sale? Well, guess what appeared in my PC Points offers? Frozen fruit! Since it meant 800 more points I came home with three more bags. Moral of the story is that you better expect lots of fruity recipes because I have enough frozen fruit to feed Kate Plus 8 and the Duggar family combined.

Healthy Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding made with fresh raspberry and a lemon zest zing #chiapudding #vegan

What is Chia Pudding?

Chia pudding is pretty much exactly as it sounds: a pudding made from chia seeds. In addition to being a great source of omegas, chia seeds are incredibly water absorbent and can absorb up to 5 times their weight in water. This also makes them a great source of fiber and can help get things moving along…if you know what I mean!

Chia pudding can be made many ways but using fresh or frozen raspberries adds an extra does of antioxidants and vitamin C from the fresh lemon. Honey is also one of my favorite ingredients and I love that it’s a source of natural sweetness with all kinds of nutritional benefits. Feel free to adjust the honey depending on preference.

Healthy Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding made with healthy ingredients that are vegan and gluten-free

How to Make Chia Pudding

Making chia pudding could not be more simple! Generally the rule of thumb is this: 2 cups of liquid to 1/2 cup of chia seeds. The rest is all customizations. For this Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding you will need:

  • non-dairy milk
  • chia seeds
  • fresh lemon
  • vanilla extract
  • raspberries (fresh or frozen will work)
  • honey (or other sweetener)

Just stir together all ingredients in a jar or container, stir and let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours. That’s it! Let’s make some chia pudding…


Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 2 cups milk (I used lite coconut milk, but any kind of non-dairy milk will work)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp honey (or agave or maple syrup if vegan + more if desired)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large, sealable container. Make sure all chia seeds are mixed in.
  2. Let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  3. Serve cold with toppings of choice (I added additional raspberries and honey)

This Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding makes a refreshing and healthy snack recipe made with fresh or frozen berries and sweetened with just a touch of honey! It also is a great dessert for one or for guests!

Like this recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding
Blackberry Green Tea Chia Pudding
Very Berry Chia Pudding


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    April 1, 2014 at 5:33 am

    oh Hai. At least your card provides better dividends than most of the cards we have here. Pretty sure my mum has this department store card she had since the 80’s and so far, her point accumulation equates to maybe a CD. A CD. People don’t even listen to CD’s anymore.

    I used to not mind chia seeds until one embedded itself in my teeth. And ironically, same issue with raspberries.

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    Miss Polkadot
    April 1, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Hoarding? Me? Never. Oh, wait, now that you remind me… Do you think the 1lb+ jars of almond butter count and the big jar of chia seeds I picked up yesterday because, hey, it was the last day they were on offer and who cares I still have enough to last me for a few weeks at home? If I don’t happen to give chia pudding another try, that is. In that case, yes, I might be a hoarder and I might need to move to Canada because we don’t have reward cards over here.
    Frozen fruit – or frozen anything,really – is probably one of the very few items I can resist buying when they’re on offer. Just because the freezer compartment of my fridge is the size of a shoe box. Yes, it might make me shed a tear at times.

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    April 1, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I want such a card!! Actually, we have a similar concept, but not that fancy. BUT, you can pay cosmetics with the earned points. Means it is empty before I even load up a high number of points, cause I always pay my cosmetics with them. Speaking of, I should rush to the store and spend all the points immediately – cause the card belongs to Sandro (hehe, and an evil grin….sorry.)
    This Pudding. I want it in my face right now. It looks so perfectly pretty and fresh – I think this will happen for my birthday. Which is next month. Thirty effing six. EEEEK!!!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    April 1, 2014 at 6:27 am

    lol. I am big on using my store cards, coupons, and stocking up when my favorites are on sale. Right now I am loving my Target card for the 5% off everything plus I love their new Cartwheel app which offers more sales plus the additional 5%. Every penny counts!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    April 1, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I’m actually the complete opposite! Having too much food around stresses me out because I start feeling like I have to use it all up ASAP, and it’s the same way with stuff in general — just don’t like clutter. That being said, that totally doesn’t apply to nut butters… I think I have 8 open jars at the moment 😆

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    April 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

    My local grocery store has a rewards card but it is NOT that good! I mean, I go there all the time and my points still have not added up to a single thing…sooooo….

    I am so happy for fruit season! This pudding sounds delightful!

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      July 27, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      I love to add antioxidants to my diet because they help to remove toxins from body. When you said ‘using fresh or frozen raspberries adds an extra does of antioxidants and vitamin C from the fresh lemon ‘, the recipe caught my attention suddenly and interested me a lot.
      I will definitely going to try it this week!

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    April 1, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Hhahhah. I wish my grocery store did that! I food hoard lettuce. …..guess how well that works out. Yeah, it doesn’t. I always buy too much. Oh, and I used to be addicted to coupons. Like every time I would get one I would HAVE to use it. …still sort of like that actually.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    April 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

    After you posted about frozen fruit going on sale I tried to convince John we should stock up. I mean, why wouldn’t he be on board? Then he reminded me we are moving in like a month and a half so stocking up on food is basically the opposite of what we should be doing. So what I’m trying to say here is I’m jealous of your frozen fruit stash and I can’t wait for all the fruity recipes!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    April 1, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I freakin’ love my PC Plus card. I think I have about 40 000 points right now? That’s a lot of free food! And every week I get points on eggs and squash, so apparently the card knows me pretty well.

    Also, I’ve never made a chia pudding. I want to try, but they freak me out a little.

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    April 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

    This looks delicious!!!
    We don’t have the grocery store you’re talking about here…but we shop at a store called food lion, and they have a reward card for coupons…ive had the card for years and apparently some other family has another copy of the card – it seems they spend a ton on groceries…then I go and buy just a little bit and get 6 billion coupons. Totally working in my favor. And…thanks to the ‘Smither’ family for giving me your coupons 🙂

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    April 1, 2014 at 8:15 am

    this sounds fabulous!! I love raspberries and lemon together!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    April 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

    This, my dear, is why you are a food blogger and I write about how to fake having a boyfriend. Can’t wait for when I come and visit and you can cook me all this stuff.

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    Paula - bell'alimento
    April 1, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Yes totally love my rewards cards and this pudding to boot!

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    April 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Gosh, I really need to get me some of these little seeds. This pudding sounds beyond delightful, and so perfect for spring! Lemon and almost anything is a perfect combo in my book 🙂

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    Jess @dearhealthyness
    April 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Reward cards can be addictive! Though I have a couple of them, I basically ALWAYS forget to use them, unless it is the freshmart card, which I do remember (that’s my favorite natural store here in PR). However, I do know loooooooooots of people that actually use them, and have lots of them!!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    April 1, 2014 at 10:13 am

    i do use rewards card when i can but i dont think we have that system..if i did i will probably have similar problem 😛

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    April 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I love that you get grocery points! I there was something like that around here. The grocery stores near me don’t offer anything free! It’s so frustrating, especially because everything is so expensive!

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    April 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Oh yes! My favorite combination of flavors!! My grocery store has just started doing that as well and it is quite dangerous. I now am in possession of many boxes of pasta thanks to good sales and all I want to eat is linguine. I have a chia seed pudding recipe going up soon with raspberries as well!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    April 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I love getting rewards and coupons, but it’s always a challenge because my love of a good deal directly conflicts with my desperate need to NOT be a hoarder. It’s a constant struggle.
    That chia pudding looks delish. I love chia seeds and I love pudding, so I should probably make this!

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    April 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    We stock up on beans like you wouldn’t belieeeeeeeeeeeeve. If zombies ever attack, we could survive on beans alone. And dog treats.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    April 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Oh well, my name is Consuelo and I’m addicted to lemons and raspeberries so I’m off to the store to buy some chia seeds. This looks too good!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    April 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    If I were rewarded for buying apples I think I’d never have to work again. Reward cards on the bomb diggity, espesh when you buy allllll the food like we do.

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    April 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Haha I have the opposite problem, Davida. I don’t take advantage of the benefits from those customer cards! Kinda a good thing to be obsessed with 😉 Loving the use of lemon in this! I have added lemon before, brings a nice freshness to chia pudding! SO many possibilities with chia pudding flavors. Thanks for sharing!

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    DUDE…I am aLL ABOUT the rewards. Anything and everything, along with a good deal or a sale! HAHA! This is my kind of post, oh and of course the chia pudding is GORGEOUS!

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    That’s a LEGIT rewards program. I love super targeted stuff like that (the marketing geek in me). I buy ALL THE FOODS. Mainly because my dad funds my grocery shopping. That reminds me he left a check for me whoops… ALSO WHY DON’T I HAVE RASPBERRIES RIGHT NOW ugh. I need to get avocados on the way home so… might need to get this. Also why is lemon juice so key with chia pudding??

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    Vicky and Ruth / May I Have That Recipe?
    April 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Davida, you are so funny loved this post and I am looking forward to seeing all your frozen fruit recipes specially if they are as healthy and great as this one. I just want to reach into my screen and grab one of those chia puddings!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    April 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I go through phases with chia pudding, but I think I’d like this a ton because of the raspberries! I As far as food hoarding, I always like to make sure I have peanut butter and frozen broccoli in the house!!

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    Genevieve @ Gratitude & Greens
    April 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my God, I have the worst food hoarding tendencies. And mad shopping habits. Totally get where you’re coming from… On another note, these chia puddings look amazing! And you’re right, there could be worst things than having a rewards card addiction. My rewards addictions usually involve book shops and health food stores…

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    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    April 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my gooooodness!!! You have combined two of my favorite foods: lemon and of course, raspberries! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    April 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    HaHa – I love that you are a food hoarder. But, it’s all for a good cause – to get more points and ultimately you are saving money by spending money so it’s a win!!!
    My grandma was a food hoarder – pretty much when you opened the pantry or fridge you had to jump back just in case stuff started falling out!!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    April 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Hehehe. Go on with your club carb savings woman!

    I love fruit and have a mini heart attack when I run out of frozen strawberries. They’re such a staple in my fridge! Maybe I need to start hoarding them so that it never happens again…

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    April 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Dude why don’t I have a PC Rewards Card yet? I’m pretty much a self professed Loblaws/Fortinos addict. I actually refuse to live in a city that doesn’t have one haha. I’m not so much of a food hoarder though – I hate having too much stuff in my pantry. The exception is Barney Butter because I have to order a case of it from the US several times a year. 😛

    LOVE me some chia pudding though. This looks amazing and the pictures are gorgeous!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    April 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I hoard Greek yogurt and nut butters like it’s my job. Three big containers of Greek yogurt is sparse in my house. And it’s just me eating it!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    April 1, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve been craving chia puddings lately so this comes at a great time! I love lemon in just about anything so this is perfect 🙂

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    April 2, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I love fruit, either frozen or fresh so you keep those recipes coming.

    I’m pretty sure my CSA has turned me into a food hoarder. I got so used to working with large volume I almost thrive on it now. Costco sure doesn’t help either because their potatoes come in a 20 pound bag, brown rice in a 12 pound bag and kale in a pound and a half bag. Of course, I bought them all. I suspect this week is going to be very cleansing for me.

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    April 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

    IT”S VEGAN!!!! I can’t wait to try it out 😛

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      Davida Kugelmass
      April 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

      about freaking time I posted a vegan recipe!!!! Love you xo

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    April 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

    That pudding looks really good. I use to obsess with the Hallmark rewards card. I was always waiting for my little reward checks to come in the mail! Now I think it may be the froyo reward cards 😉

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    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    April 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I definitely need to finally make some chia pudding. I LOVE using chia in baking, so now I’ll need to with cooking as well. I’m also a sucker for rewards. 100 AirMiles day at Safeway?! You better believe I can find $100 of food I “need”. heh.

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    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    April 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I adore my PC plus card! Especially because I use my PC credit card to shop for all food for work, so the points add up quite quickly and I get to benefit from them!

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    April 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Not gonna lie. I didn’t read anything you wrote I just gawked at the pics. Nice work my lady boo!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    April 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    True story: I have more rewards cards on my keychain than I do KEYS! 😯 That PC card sounds like a frickin dream come true…and a recipe for disaster for my food hoarding tendencies! Oh girl, if you could SEE my pantry…it’s so intimidating! I could seriously eat one serving of grains every day for a year and still probably have some left over! Eeeeek! (??) So yeah, basically…if the world ends, we should just get together. With your freezer and my pantry, we’d eat like queens!

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    April 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Haha, you crack me up. Love you, mean it! I’ve never tried chia seeds but I’ve seen so many tasty looking meals with it, inlcuding this one. I really must try it.

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    Michelle @ Esculent Dreams
    April 5, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I’ve been so addicted to chia pudding lately 😉 This is gorgeous!!

    I’m a huge fan of rewards cards and DO seem to hoard food (on occasion) haha 😉 As long as I use it all in the end!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    April 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I’m on a strict no food-hoarding budget- aka I’m moving in 4 months and need to eat through all of my food- and it’s so bad I actually think it will take that long to get through it all. This means other than produce, nothing can be bought until I’m 100% desperate. Things could get interesting….that is the only reason PC Points haven’t completely sucked me in. Talked to me in 4 months though 😉

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    October 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Could I use strawberries instead?

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    July 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Made this exactly as stated except used the whole lemon for juice and zest. SO, SO, SO good. Fabulously refreshing and will be a staple. Thank you!!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      July 8, 2015 at 6:38 am

      So happy you enjoyed! It’s a staple in my house too! I switch between raspberry and blueberry but it’s the lemon that totally makes it. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

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    October 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    So I found out fresh raspberries were on sale for $.98 per 6 oz. flat this last week. Instead of loading myself up with them and THEN looking for ways to use them like last time (resulting in my first and only foray into cookie-making so far), totally unaware of their non-existent shelf life, I dug this recipe out of my collection and made some plans. Since it called for a cup, I got two things of raspberries… ’cause I’m a derp and considered weight instead of volume. So now I have this and another raspberry chia pudding in my fridge. Anyway, on to the lavishing of praise! This is uh-mazing! My boyfriend REALLY loves it, so I expect to be making more in the future. I did add an extra tablespoon of chia seeds to help it thicken up more (I like my pudding to fight back). Thanks sooo much for the recipe! So simple and easy. 🙂

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    November 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    So what keeps the milk from curdling when you add lemon juice?

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    November 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    So what keeps the milk from curdling when you add the lemon juice?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      I’ve never run into that issue but then again I always use non-dairy milk which won’t curdle! I’d recommend it with non-dairy milk.

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    February 10, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Hello! This looks delicious and that’s what I want for breakfast tomorrow morning!!!
    I have one question. It’s probably a language thing… how much is 4 1/2 T chia seeds and 1T honey. Is it tbsp? cups? I don’t want this screw up such a simple recipe!!! Thanks in advance,

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      Davida Kugelmass
      February 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      No worries! “T” is tablespoon 🙂 Hope this helps! Enjoy!

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    March 14, 2016 at 12:45 am

    This looks SO good, however I have made it twice now (with cashew milk) and it doesn’t thicken up at all ? Ugh, I wish it would work, it looks so good!

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      July 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Ugh, I had the same problem! Mine was totally soupy the next day. I doubled the amount of chia seeds, and then it started to thicken, but the flavor wasn’t what I was hoping for. I’m going to try it again with less milk (probably just a cup) and more lemon and see how that works.

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    September 27, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Hey! I just tried this but did not have coconut milk, you say in the recipe any milk will work so I used almond milk. It looks like once you add the lemon juice though that the milk curdles. Did I do something wrong or have other people had this issues?? Thanks for advice!

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    Lizette M. Driskell
    January 31, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Wow! This looks delicious. I love to eat raspberries. I will try to make this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this post it’s very helpful for making this recipe.

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    Ritu Shah
    February 21, 2020 at 2:26 am

    It looks beautiful and very yummy

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    jordan tours
    March 5, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Delicious look

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