Mango and Coconut together in a pudding? Sounds like a match made in heaven. The delicious combination of Mango and Coconut will make you feel like you are on a vacation in the tropics all from the comfort of your home.
What Does Chia Pudding Taste Like?
As the name implies, Chia Seed Pudding tastes like unsweetened pudding. Chia seeds have a neutral, bland flavor and they soak up the flavor of whatever ingredients they are combined with. In this case, the chia seeds will absorb the flavor of the mango and the coconut milk, creating a heavenly pudding.
Tips for Making Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
- The number one tip I have for you is to use high-quality coconut milk. It will give the Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding a creamy texture.
- Stir the pudding for 2-3 minutes as that will prevent the Chia Seeds from clumping together and making the pudding lumpy.
- Since this pudding is refrigerated overnight, it will become really thick. Simply add a little more coconut milk and give it a stir to loosen up the pudding.
- Make sure you use ripe mangoes as they will sweeten the Chia Seed Pudding. If your mangoes are tart, use 2-3 tablespoons of honey instead of 1 tablespoon to balance the sweetness of the pudding.
Is Chia Seed Pudding Healthy?
This Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding is loaded with healthy ingredients. Chia seeds are abundant in the antioxidant Quercetin which can decrease your chance of developing serious health conditions such as heart disease.
Chia seeds have high levels of fiber which can decrease blood pressure levels, further lowering your risk of heart disease. Fiber may also decrease insulin resistance as well as boost blood sugar levels which helps in lowering your risk for developing Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.
In contrast, mangoes are loaded with polyphenols which serve as antioxidants that protect the body against many different diseases.
Coconut milk contains healthy fats which help you feel fuller for longer. Therefore, you will consume less food and be less likely to indulge in unhealthy cravings.
Coconut milk also contains Vitamins C and E which have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are important because they have a role in removing free radicals from the body. Free radicals increase the aging of the body and the risk of developing tumors.
Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Ingredients
Mango – Mango adds a sweet flavor to the pudding and pairs nicely with the coconut milk to add a tropical touch. As I mentioned above, the mangoes should be ripe, firm yet soft. If the mango is too soft, it will be hard to peel and cut into cubes.
Coconut Milk – Coconut milk adds a super creamy texture to the pudding along with a slight coconut flavor. If, however, you don’t like coconut milk, you can substitute it with any other type of milk such as Soy or Oat milk. If you do use another milk, just keep in mind that your pudding may not be as rich and creamy.
Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are bland so they are not used for flavor. Chia seeds are used to create the pudding’s thick and creamy texture. They absorb the flavors of the mango and the coconut milk mixture and form a gel-like texture.
Honey – Honey adds a bit of sweetness to the Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding. Honey, however, makes this pudding non-vegan. If you’re looking for a vegan pudding, you can always use Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar to add sweetness.
Maple Syrup – For a little added sweetness, Maple Syrup is drizzled as a garnish on top of the Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding.
Is it Better to Soak Chia Seeds?
For this Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, you don’t have to soak the chia seeds in advance. Interestingly enough, Chia seeds can soak up to 12 times their weight in liquid leading you to feel fuller for longer.
Since this pudding will sit in the fridge overnight, the hard seeds will have enough time to soak up the coconut milk and turn it into a soft and creamy pudding.
Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Variations
The thing I love about this pudding recipe is that you can customize it to your liking. You can change it completely or add other ingredients to it. If you don’t like a certain ingredient or want to spice up the pudding, you will find below some variations that work really well;
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Milk
You can also add an additional layer of freshly blended mango or any other fruit you like. I often also add fresh-made mango puree like in the picture below.
How to Store Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding?
This pudding can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. You can divide the Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding between mason jars and store it in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Can I Freeze Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding?
Yes, you can freeze this chia seed pudding. However, I strongly recommend that you don’t. As the pudding defrosts, the texture and consistency will be drastically altered.
Nevertheless, if you do want to freeze your Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, do so in an airtight container. You can then store this pudding for up to 3 months. Once you are ready to eat the Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, thaw it overnight in the fridge and stir it before eating.
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CHIA SEED PUDDING WITH COCONUT MILK
- 1 Mango, peeled, sliced
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk or any other milk ½ cup for before serving
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ½ cup mango, diced
- 2 Tbsp maple Syrup
- Place the mangoes and the coconut milk into a blender and blend until it is smooth and creamy.
- Pour the mango coconut puree into a bowl and stir in the chia seeds.
- Cover the Mango Coconut Chia Seed Pudding with a plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
- Stir the Chia seed pudding, and add the ½ cup coconut milk then divide in between 2 serving dishes.
- Garnish the pudding with 1/4 cup of diced mango and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup for each.
- Serve and enjoy!