Skip the Sugary Puddings; Try Chia Seed Pudding Instead
I’m sure everyone remembers enjoying Jell-O pudding every now and then as a childhood treat. It was one of my favorite after school snacks. However, what we don’t fully realize as kids is just how bad these processed snack foods really are for us. I used to love having tapioca pudding, and with just a quick glance at the ingredient list for Jell-O tapioca pudding, it reveals items such as sugar, modified corn starch, and several additives, artificial colorings, and preservatives.
That’s where the blessing known as chia seed pudding comes into play. Thanks to these tiny seeds, it’s still possible to enjoy pudding as a snack, only without the huge amount of processed additives that are harmful to your body. When mixed with just a single cup of full-fat coconut milk and two cups of pureed mango, it becomes a snack option that has a texture that’s nearly identical to tapioca pudding while actually being healthy for you.
Chia seeds are widely regarded as being an excellent superfood that offers many fantastic health benefits. (1) They produce a thick gel-like texture as they expand when combined with the coconut milk that’s quite tasty and incredibly satiating as well. Loaded with protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, and antioxidants, chia pudding will leave you feeling full of energy after eating it. You’ll feel much better compared to eating normal pudding that will give you the inevitable sugar crash afterward.
To top it all off, the mangoes used in this particular recipe provide a delicious taste that strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. While not quite the same as relaxing on a tropical beach somewhere, this tropical fruit can still do wonders for you thanks to the high vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidant content they contain. (2)
You’ll be hooked once you try out this deliciously creamy mango chia seed pudding. This recipe combines the tasty tropical flavoring of mangoes with the many great health benefits provided by chia seeds to make one outstandingly good pudding that will leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the day. It’s so good that even your kids will love it as a great snack replacement to the usual Jell-O puddings which are loaded with sugars and other unhealthy additives.
P.S. – Are you looking for another delicious pudding recipe made with chia seeds that your whole family is sure to love? Look no further than this amazing easy to make dark chocolate chia pudding recipe.
P.P.S. – If you’re looking for another great recipe that makes use of chia seeds, along with a variety of other nuts and seeds, check out this great seed and nut sandwich bread.
P.P.P.S. – If you’re not crazy about coconut milk, you could also use almond milk for this recipe. Homemade almond milk only requires two ingredients: almonds and water, so you can make your own right in the comforts of your own kitchen. Here’s our favorite recipe.
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 cups chopped mango
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- For decoration (optional)
- toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
- In a jar, mix coconut milk, chia seeds, and 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
- In a blender, combine mango and 1 tablespoon of honey and blend until smooth.
- Layer chia pudding and pureed mango evenly among 4 small glasses.
- Garnish with coconut flake (if using) and serve.
More Good Chia Pudding Recipes
Tropical Chia Pudding
This tropical chia pudding recipe is wonderful for a healthy and sweet dessert. Simply stir chia seeds with the other ingredients and let them sit overnight to form into a thick pudding. Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3s. Top the pudding with tropical fruit to add fresh, bright flavors to the snack.
1 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp honey
Dash of vanilla extract
Pinch of ground cardamom
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1/2 orange, peeled and diced
1 kiwi, diced
1. Place the coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and cardamom in a glass container and stir to combine. Add the chia seeds and mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes and then stir again. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2. Top the pudding with the pineapple, orange, and kiwi. Serve cold.