Looking for a healthy option easy to make delicious dessert? Try this Coconut and Mango Chia Seed Pudding. A super simple dessert that is packed with healthy benefits, plus a good serving of fresh ripe sweet Mango and a nice creamy coconut flavor too. Bonus, this is also a great grab and go dessert, pack it in mini mason jars and you are good to go.
This Coconut and Mango Chia Seed Pudding is my expression of deep love and appreciation (possibly even obsession) with anything with Coconut and Mango. I was originally from Philippines, a tropical country with hot and humid weather. A place where coconut and Mango are something very common, just like Apples are very common in many countries. We have an abundance of coconut products which makes a lot of our delicacy coconut based. As for local fruits, Mango is one of the common one that we have. We have plenty of Mango desserts, hence my love and obsession with Mangoes. Just to give you a heads-up, this is just the beginning of the many Mango desserts and drinks that I will be sharing with you in the few months to come, at least until Summer season.
I only got introduced to chia seed sometime last year when I started exploring and enjoying oatmeal as breakfast option. As I was researching variations for my oatmeal posts, I stumbled on chia seed pudding. I bought 1 small bag and started using it for my oatmeal and I like the effect that it gave the oatmeal, not to mention the many health benefits from it. It doesn’t have a taste on its own, but it does makes the consistency of the oatmeal quite thick. Since I have one bag of chia seed to finish, I started using it to make chia seed pudding, and so here we are with my first tropical chia seed pudding variation, Coconut and Mango. This recipe uses my base chia seed pudding which I used as starting point for my flavored variations. I like eating my chia seed pudding in small amount so this batch actually is good for 2 small serving (125 ml), but I had it transferred in one small glass for better presentation and I have to say it looks attractive and more inviting when served this way.
How to serve it
You can serve it and present in in the way you like it. I love it serve this way with all the chia seed pudding at the bottom while the other half of the glass was filled with Mango puree and diced Mango. You can have it alternate too, chia seed pudding at the bottom, followed by Mango puree and diced Mango then chia seed pudding again and top layer of Mango puree and diced Mango. That would be a lovely way to serve it too.
This recipe used very few ingredients, and the Chia Seed was the star of the recipe. So I thought I’d share with you little interesting facts about Chia Seed. Here is goes.
What is Chai Seed?
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, chia seeds became recognized as a modern-day super-food only recently. In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world. Don’t be fooled by the size — these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.
Benefits of Chai Seed
- Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
- Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
- Almost All the Carbs in Them Are Fiber
- Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
- The High Fiber and Protein Content in Chia Seeds May Help You Lose Weight
- Chia Seeds Are High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Chia Seeds May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
- They’re High in Many Important Bone Nutrients
- Chia Seeds May Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
- They May Reduce Chronic Inflammation
- Chia Seeds Are Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet
Grab and GO!
No time to enjoy them at home? Pack them in a mini mason jars (125 ml) and have them to go. Even if you don’t want it to go, having it packed in a mason jar is a good way to portion it, a perfect portion for dessert or just something to go with your breakfast meal.
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 2 1/2 tbsp Chia Seed
- 2 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup (and a bit more for serving)
- 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
- 1 Large Mango – (1/2 puree, 1/2 diced)
- 1 tsp Coconut Flakes or Shredded Coconut
- Pour milk and yogurt in a mason jar or any jar with lid. Add chia seed, vanilla extract and sweetener. Shake until the yogurt is completely dissolved and leave at least 1 hour or overnight in the fridge. If the chia seed float on top, transfer the mixture in a blender and blend until it become jelly like.
- Serve: Pour chia seed pudding in a glass, followed by Mango puree then diced Mango. Garnish top with shredded coconut or coconut flakes and drizzle with honey of maple syrup.
Serves 1 – 2
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