This mango chia pudding is a refreshing, healthy dessert or breakfast. It’s sweet, nutritious, free of gluten, vegan, and dairy-free.
A tropical treat sounds really great about now, doesn’t it? What about a healthy, gluten-free, vegan tropical dessert?
This mango chia pudding is a great recipe to try throughout the whole year. It’s a much better choice than a typical frozen treat or frozen beverage.
It’s still fresh and full of flavor but also has a lot of health benefits.
How Healthy Is Chia Pudding?
Chia pudding is very healthy! Here’s why.
Chia seeds are considered a superfood in the health food world. And this is all for a good reason.
Just a small amount contains high levels of fiber and protein.
Also, chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids. All of these properties are essential components while building a healthy diet.
This recipe is made without added sugar. This is because maple syrup is used instead.
It’s also vegan because the recipe uses coconut and almond milk instead of a dairy-based option.
One serving can be considered a fuel-filled snack or be an addition to an already healthy meal.
One serving is about 337 calories. This is much less than the number of calories you would find in a sugary frozen yogurt treat or beverage.
You can enjoy the pudding for breakfast, lunch, snack, or even dessert. It pairs well with other protein-filled meal options.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Here are all the ingredients you’ll need for this chia pudding.
Chia seeds – Chia seeds are the key ingredient here! They have high levels of protein, fiber, and omega-3s. These seeds are gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and even keto-friendly.
Almond milk – Almond milk is a great dairy alternative with low amounts of sugar and calories. Furthermore, almond milk is high in vitamin E and calcium.
Coconut milk or cashew milk are other alternatives if you can’t find almond milk.
Vanilla extract – Using pure vanilla extract is the best option to cook with. It will provide an exceptional flavor that cannot be duplicated with any other ingredient.
Of course, you can omit it if you don’t have any on hand.
However, it’s not recommended. The added vanilla flavor makes a big difference in the final product.
You could also substitute with a small amount of vanilla bean paste or another type of extract (like almond).
Maple syrup – Maple shouldn’t be replaced with an artificial version because it’s best when it’s 100% pure. Pure maple syrup is how the pudding is naturally sweetened. It also provides antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals organically.
Sea salt – Sea salt is going to help elevate the flavor of this pudding. You can substitute it with kosher salt.
Frozen mango – Mango adds immune-boosting properties to this recipe. It also helps with digestive health and is even proven to lessen the risk of some cancers.
Frozen mango is going to work best here for the right consistency. Plus, frozen mango is easier to find in the grocery store and more cost-effective.
Coconut milk – Canned coconut milk can be found with other ethnic foods in the grocery store. The canned version is much creamier than the carton versions (they also usually have fewer additives).
Coconut milk is highly recommended to obtain that tropical flavor we are looking for with this recipe. But almond milk would be a good substitute if you cannot find coconut milk.
For decoration (optional)
Unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes – Coconut flakes will add great texture and flavor to the final product. You can bring it to the next level by quickly toasting the coconut in a saute pan for a really unique flavor.
How to Make Mango Chia Pudding
First, gather all of the ingredients to start making the recipe.
Start by blending the mango and coconut milk to create the creamy mango mixture.
Then mix together the chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and sea salt in a bowl.
Then, you will cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.
Now you must be patient! But this time is vital for the pudding to “set up.”
The chia pudding must chill for at least two hours.
Finally, after the chia pudding has been chilled, it’s time to serve.
You will portion out two servings into two small serving bowls or glasses. First, scoop out the chia pudding.
Then you will top the chia pudding with the mango mixture. Lastly, garnish with coconut flakes.
Grab a spoon and enjoy!
Can Toddlers Eat Chia Pudding?
We already learned that chia pudding is a great snack option for adults, but what about children?
Is chia pudding a safe snack for little ones to eat?
Fortunately, yes! Chia seed pudding (and chia seeds in general) are a great addition to a toddler or child’s diet.
They are a safe option because the seeds are small enough not to be a choking hazard.
Suppose your little ones don’t enjoy the unique texture. In that case, you always have the option to puree the chia pudding mixture together before chilling.
Can You Microwave Chia Pudding?
Chia pudding doesn’t always need to be served cold. You can always have the option to warm it up.
In fact, using the microwave will speed up the process of creating the pudding. Instead of chilling, simply put the chia pudding in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
It’s best to check the pudding in 20-second increments and stir as it heats up.
Give it a try when you’re feeling like trying something different!
Chia Pudding Ideas
- Coconut Chia Pudding
- Banana Chia Pudding
- Cacao Chia Pudding
- Blueberry Chia Pudding
- Strawberry Chia Pudding
Watch More Chia Pudding Videos
More of a visual learner? Check out more chia pudding recipes in my video and a tutorial on how to make this chia pudding too!
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
For decoration (optional)
- Unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- In a separate bowl, whisk together chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and salt.
- Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Add frozen mango and coconut milk to a blender and blend.
- Divide the chia pudding mixture out of the fridge into two containers. Pour the mango mixture over chia pudding. Decorate with a few coconut flakes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 glasses Serving Size: 1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8.2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 31gNet Carbohydrates: 21gFiber: 10gSugar: 17gProtein: 6.5g
Nutritional values were obtained with automatic software using the amounts of products used. To get the most accurate representation of the nutritional values, you should calculate them with the actual ingredients used in your recipe. You are solely responsible for the nutritional information obtained to be accurate.