Chia seeds are nutritious – full of omega-3s, calcium, antioxidants and fibre – and as such they are often labelled as a must-have superfood. While I would take wild salmon and pastured eggs over any hyped up superfood, there is a time and a place for chia seeds in my life. Usually in a form of a chia seed pudding that can be made for a quick, on-the-go breakfast or as a simple and nutritious dessert.
This coconut mango chia seed pudding is a super easy recipe that you can adapt to create new variations with different dairy-free milks, soaked nuts and seeds, shredded coconut, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon and other fruits and berries.
You can make chia seed pudding ahead of time (a few hours prior or overnight), however the chia seeds will puff up and be ready to be enjoyed within 15 minutes, so you can make these first thing in the morning before jumping in the shower.
You can use a larger bowl or a simple glass container to make a batch of the pudding or you can mix the chia seeds with the coconut mango puree in individual glasses, cups or mini mason jars.
For coconut milk, I used a can of full-fat coconut milk (55-60% coconut content) which I shook well before opening. If using thicker part of coconut milk or coconut cream, add extra water to dilute it to milky consistency.
You can get chia seeds in most health food stores and online. Find it on Amazon here.
- 1 mango, diced
- 1 cup coconut milk (see notes)
- 1 tablespoon honey or other natural sweetener of choice
- 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- Garnish: raspberries or other berries
- Place half of the diced mango in a blender or a food processor together with coconut milk, honey and lemon juice. Process until smooth.
- Pour the coconut mango mixture into a container and add the chia seeds. Stir through and leave for 15-20 minutes, until the chia seeds have puffed up and the mixture turned into thick, pudding or jelly like substance. If making ahead of time, cover with a lid or some cling wrap and refrigerate for anywhere between 2 hours to overnight.
- To serve, divide the pudding between two glasses and add the remaining diced mango and some berries of choice.