Aug 8, 2023 by Hannah Sunderani
This Mango Coconut Chia Pudding is a quick and easy, 6-ingredient recipe, starring my Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding, pureed mango, and toasted coconut. It takes just 20 minutes for the pudding to thicken, and is one of my favourite recipes to meal-prep for a healthy breakfast filled with tropical flavours!
This recipe was inspired by the breakfasts I enjoyed while on a trip to the Bahamas with my family. It was the perfect light, healthy, and refreshing way to start the day!
After testing multiple times since returning home, I finally got the perfect thick and creamy chia pudding consistency. (Too often, I hear that chia pudding recipes are too runny!) This one is perfectly thick after 20 minutes, and will thicken a little more the longer you wait. (And, if you need a tutorial for how to make chia pudding, I’ve got that for you too!).
No matter what time of year you make this mango chia pudding recipe, you’ll instantly be teleported to a beach side breakfast and feel like you’re on holiday. Mango and coconut is such a classic combination that feels so tropical and summery. (And even my husband and 2-year old son loves it!)
So, set aside the Overnight Oats and let me tell you exactly how to make this mango chia seed pudding so you can make it at home pronto!
For full ingredient measurements, scroll down to the full recipe card at the bottom of this post!
In addition to toasted coconut flakes, here are a few delicious topping ideas to complete this healthy breakfast.
Start by preparing the Coconut Chia Pudding base. In a medium skillet, toast the coconut flakes, stirring frequently, until lightly golden, about 3-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside while you prepare the remainder of the pudding.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the chia seeds, coconut milk, agave, and salt. Whisk everything together until well combined. Allow the mixture to sit and hydrate for about 5 minutes. Then, after 5 minutes, give it another good stir and add additional agave if you prefer a sweeter pudding.
Tightly cover the pudding and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or preferably overnight to thicken.
Then, the next morning, if the pudding is too thick, thin out the consistency with a splash of coconut water to taste. If it’s too thin, stir in an additional 1 teaspoon of chia seeds and wait 10 minutes to check the thickness. Continue until you’ve reached your desired thickness.
Lastly, make the mango puree. In a high speed blender or magic bullet, add the soft mangoes and agave. Blend for 1 minute until the mango mixture is smooth.
Layer the thick and creamy pudding and blended mango puree in cups to create pretty layers. Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top for a delicious crunchy topping and enjoy!
Creamy mango chia pudding has several health benefits! It’s rich in fiber, beneficial to heart health, and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants. I also find it helps support my digestion and reduce the bloat associated with IBS. It’s easily one of my favourite healthy breakfasts and as an added bonus my two-year-old son, Ollie, loves it too.
Chia seeds are a great food to incorporate into a daily balanced diet, but the key is balanced. Consuming an excess amount of chia seeds on a daily basis would likely not be helpful and may lead to indigestion or discomfort due to the high fiber content.
If your mango chia pudding is crunchy, there are often two causes: not soaking the chia pudding for long enough or using bad (expired) chia seeds. In order for the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and develop their gel-like texture, it’s incredibly important to allow the mixture to sit for at minimum 20 minutes, but ideally several hours!
If you did refrigerate the chia pudding for a good length of time and the chia seeds are still crunchy, it is likely you have old chia seeds. Chia seeds that are past their appropriate shelf life have difficulty absorbing liquid. When this happens, it’s best to discard the chia seeds or use them for other purposes such as blending into smoothies or smoothie bowls like this Acai Bowl.
Layering the fresh mango puree between layers of creamy coconut chia pudding is strictly for aesthetic. If you don’t like the layering technique, you can also stir the mango puree directly into the chia pudding! It’s still equally as delicious and will turn your sweet mango chia pudding a beautiful yellow colour.
When stored in an air-tight container, mango chia pudding will generally keep for up to 5 days. I usually store mine in individual glass jars such as a mason jar or repurposed single serving jar. Mango puree can also be frozen for up to 3 months in an air-tight container.
I hope you love this Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe as much as I do! It’s the perfect healthy pudding for busy mornings, a filling afternoon snack, or a healthy dessert. If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons App for more healthy vegan recipes like this! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have.
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