It’s so fun to see the seasonal fruits of the season hit the market and one we always look forward to this time of year is the arrival of grapefruit!
This citrus gem has always been a family favorite…like FOREVER! I grew up in Colorado where citrus trees did not grow, however my mom’s folks lived in Arizona and had all the citrus trees in their yard…lemon, lime and the biggest…grapefruit!! So I remember having boxes arrive from them full of all three fruits, but the bulk of the boxes were grapefruits!!! They weren’t huge, but they were so delicious…so we often had two at a sitting. When we’d visit them in Arizona, we’d always enjoy them picked each morning right off the tree…wow, so many warm memories associated with that tree in their front yard! This is where my siblings and I would grab a stool, climb right up and retreat to and ditch the “heat” that is so abundant in that neck of the country! Many long afternoons were spent up in that old tree…eating lunch and sucking on popsicles!
I snapped this picture of the ol’ tree back in 2004 when I was there packing up my grandparents to move from their home of nearly 50 years to be close to my mom in St. George, Utah. The tree had no fruit at the time but the memories where as thick as the grass under my toes. It was a sad farewell to this grand ol’ tree so I just had to take the picture to retain it in my memory.
This year as the grapefruit arrived at Costco I knew that I had to come up with something special to commemorate all the memories that seeing them generated. The grapefruit is paired with pomegranate seeds for tender memories – grapefruit reminds me of my grandparents and their home in Arizona and the pomegranate seeds remind me of my angel momma’s home in St. George, UT where pomegranate trees grow abundantly. A pairing of memories as we head into the holidays – a time to remember family members who have gone on before us, all the family that surrounds us here and the blessings which we all have in abundance.
The chia pudding is flavored with the pink grapefruit juice and a bit of zest…so good! The beauty is those segments and pom seeds – such an eye pleaser! I added the pistachio’s for a contrast of color and texture…so as it turns out, it ended up being the perfect dish for any holiday morning! Prep everything the day ahead and you’re all set for an easy dish the next morning!
Hope you enjoy the dish and that it may create special memories for you and your family!
pink grapefruit chia pudding
the perfect make ahead holiday breakfast dish
- Combine coconut milk, grapefruit juice, zest, chia seeds, honey, salt and essential oil if using. Stir with a whisk and make sure chia seeds are all separated and well dispersed. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes and then whisk again. It should be thickening up. Now, depending on the brand of coconut milk you use, it could be the right consistency or you may need to add more chia seeds if you want it thicker or possibly more coconut milk if it’s already too thick. It really will just vary depending on the brand. Taste for flavor and add more honey at this point if you need to. Place back in fridge and let set overnight.
- Prepare grapefruit segments and pom seeds…which you can also do ahead of time and is a huge time saver. Both the segments and the pom seeds can be stored in the fridge for a couple days.
- The next morning, spoon a little pudding into serving bowl, and if you have a clear bowl make sure they’re around the outside so they show!! Spoon more pudding on top and then add grapefruit segments, more pom seeds and chopped pistachios or nuts of choice.
- Holiday morning breakfast…done!