Mango Chia Pudding

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This Mango Chia Pudding has become another favorite of mine, because it is so easy to prepare, it is low in calories, provides so many nutritional benefits, but also keeps me full for a long time.

Mango Chia Pudding

I love a quick pudding like this one on busy mornings. Mango Chia Pudding is such a quick dish, and very visually pleasing, while also being tasty and a solid breakfast. Not a lot of foods check all of those boxes! Some of my other favorite breakfast puddings are my Raspberry Banana Chia Pudding, Black Rice Pudding, and Instant Pot Brown Rice Pudding.

Mango Chia Pudding

You can use coconut milk or almond milk for this pudding.  If you would like, you can make your own Almond Milk or Coconut Milk, or you can use store bought.  If you use coconut milk, you may add a little maple syrup if you desire, but it is not necessary at all.

Remember the television commercial- Chi Chi Chia, chia pet in the USA? Chia seeds have so many health benefits, who would have known that these tiny seeds are such a power-house of nourishment?

Mango Chia Pudding

Where Do Chia Seeds Come From?

Chia seeds are a white, black, or gray staple cereal, actually from the sage plant family, cultivated and eaten as a staple within the native Aztec civilizations of Mexico for thousands of years.

They contain omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, and fiber. They have a bland flavor and can be added to smoothies, soups, bread, salad dressings, and jams, whole or ground.

In recent years, the term “superfood” has been thrown around used to label a variety of novelty ingredients, however I truly do consider chia seeds a superfood. I believe they qualify for the term because of their nutrients so densely packed in such a tiny package, making it literally a superpowered food.

A mere one-ounce serving of chia seeds has a significant amount of many vitamins and minerals necessary for the human body to function, along with fiber, protein, and omega-3s, while only being under 140 calories. To make it even better, the seed’s walls are thin enough for your body to absorb what it needs without you needing to grind them up, making it truly as easy to eat as it gets.

ingredients for mango chia pudding on a cutting board

What Are Chia Seeds Good For?

These little seeds can be very helpful as a part of a weight loss regime. When chia seeds are mixed with water or milk, the seeds swell in size and become gel-like. The seed’s protein and this fiber-filled gel are digested slowly, which makes you feel full quicker, and keeps you full for longer, while also keeping your blood sugar stable.

As I mentioned before, chia seeds are high in fiber, so they act as a broom while passing through the colon. Their fiber content also helps to prevent or alleviate constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and diverticulitis.

Chia seeds, when grounded, can be substituted in baked goods for eggs, oil or butter, similarly to flaxseeds. This not only adds extra nutrition, but also causes your recipe to contain less fat.

Read more about chia seeds’ nutrition and health benefits here.

Are Chia Seeds Gluten-Free?

Chia seeds are naturally free of gluten. Since they also are high in fiber, which is amazing for your digestive tract, this makes them even more beneficial for those on a gluten-free diet, many of whom have digestive issues.

mango chia pudding layered with chia pudding and mango/banana puree

What Is In Mango Chia Pudding?

  • Non-Dairy Milk: I have used almond or light coconut milk, use your favorite!
  • Chia Seeds: One of the star ingredients, used to thicken the pudding and adding nutrition.
  • Maple Syrup: My favorite sweetener for puddings, you don’t have to add this unless it is not sweet enough for your liking or you are using unsweetened milk.
  • Banana: These are the perfect breakfast fruit, and I love adding it for sweetness.
  • Mango: The flavorful star of the show, who doesn’t love mangoes?!

How To Make Mango Chia Pudding?

  • Combine your almond or coconut milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup in a glass jar, and stir until fully combined.
  • Cover jar and allow to sit refrigerated for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Prepare the banana and mango puree by adding both ingredients to a blender and mixing until fully incorporated.
  • Layer the chia mixture and mango banana puree alternately in containers of your choice.
  • Garnish with extra mango chunks.
  • Serve immediately, or keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Mango Chia Pudding

Can Dogs Eat Chia Seeds?

There is absolutely nothing toxic to dogs in chia seeds, meaning if they accidentally get a taste you have nothing to worry about. There is actually a good chance chia seeds are in fact great to supplement your dogs diet!

The fiber and protein content in chia seeds is great for a dog who loves to eat and seems to be constantly hungry, making them fill full quicker. Once you are sure they are getting the nutrition they need otherwise, and just like to constantly eat, then adding a little chia seed to their diet might help them not go begging for food as much throughout the day, while keeping their caloric intake quite low.

Dogs also need omega-3 fatty acids just like us, and most kibbles and other preserved dog foods tend to only be a good source of omega-6 fatty acids. 

Most recommend soaking the chia seeds and adding them as a kibble topper, or using them to make your own dog treats.

If you do add these to your dog’s diet, be sure to only add a few tablespoons as a supplement to their diet, not a replacement. As with all advice I give to humans with the disclaimer of checking with your medical provider, also do please check with your veterinarian for your pets.

How Long Do Chia Seeds Last?

The dry seeds are a great staple that you can buy in bulk and keep around for a long time, anywhere from 2-5 years, once they are kept in a cool, dry place.

The soaked seeds need to be refrigerated, and can only be kept for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 182 kcal / 761 kJ
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Protein: 29 g
  • Carbs: 4 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Ready in: 10 min
  • For:
  • 2 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine your almond or coconut milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup in a glass jar, and stir until fully combined.
  2. Cover jar and allow to sit refrigerated for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Prepare the banana and mango puree by adding both ingredients to a blender and mixing until fully incorporated.
  4. Layer the chia mixture and mango banana puree alternately in containers of your choice.
  5. Garnish with extra mango chunks.
  6. Serve immediately, or keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Notes

Mango Chia Pudding

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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8 Comments
  1. KP
    October 13, 2020

    This recipe looks and taste amazing!! Thank you

  2. Keta
    January 26, 2020

    This looks lovely! Can’t wait to try it, I’m making it as a treat for my cousin who has Stage 4 cancer……

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      January 26, 2020

      Keta thank you, prayers for healing for your cousin. You are such a blessing in your cousin’s life, truly remarkable!

  3. Maureen
    March 26, 2019

    Put this together last night and just finished with the banana and mango this morning. I made it to give to my 17 month old granddaughter for breakfast. She is enjoying it right now. There was a good amount left so I just put it in a bowl. This is sooo YUMMY! The flavor combination of fresh mango and banana is pure perfection! Can’t help but make the “mmmmm” sound after each spoonful. Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe Michelle!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 26, 2019

      Maureen, I’m so happy that you and your granddaughter enjoyed it. I’m so tickled. I want to encourage you to make sure she drinks adequate amounts of water since chia seeds are so high in fiber.

  4. Peggy
    September 1, 2018

    I have been enjoying this recipe for the past week and it is amazing

  5. Platt College
    August 30, 2016

    I love Mangos. They should be a superfood!