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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…

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Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding

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

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!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

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

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

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    Chelsea
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Joanne
    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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      Srishti
      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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    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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    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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    [email protected]
    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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    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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    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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