This mango chia seed pudding is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It’s sweet, satisfying and filled with beneficial nutrients and fiber.
Listen, I know you are sick of eating oatmeal every morning (at least I know I am). This chia seed pudding is a great way to switch it up. Plus, it’s high in fiber and tastes great with some fruit puree.
Personally, I think chia seeds are the coolest. The way they gel up in liquid… my inner nerd finds this so interesting. Because of their gelling capabilities, they form this really nice pudding-like texture when mixed with milk or a milk alternative.
You can also add chia seeds to your smoothies and oatmeal. They are very versatile and add lots of beneficial nutrients and fiber to your meals.
Ingredients for Mango Chia Seed Pudding
Before making this recipe make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Many of these ingredients are shelf stable, making this a great staple breakfast.
- Mango: ideally fresh, but frozen would work too
- Chia seeds
- Milk: or a milk alternative such as oat or almond milk
- Maple syrup: if you don’t have any on hand, honey works as well
- Vanilla extract
How to make the mango puree
The mango puree is super easy to make and only takes a few minutes. Simply transfer the mango to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add small amounts of water if needed until the desired consistency is reached.
If you are using frozen mango, I recommend defrosting the mango you need in the refrigerator overnight before blending. Blending the mango when frozen leads to a more icey texture. But, if that’s what you prefer then go for it.
What chia seeds do I recommend?
There are plenty of chia seeds on the market and while most are good, here are a few that I recommend trying out from some yummy chia seed pudding:
Is chia seed pudding good for you?
Yes! Chia seeds are very nutrient dense foods and are good for your health. One fourth cup of chia seeds contain 14 grams of fiber, 7 grams of omega-3 fatty acids and 7 grams of protein.
They are an excellent source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin K, calcium iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc, which are all essential nutrients.
Overall, the chia seeds in this mango chia seed pudding provide a wide variety of vitamins, fiber, healthy fats and protein. They are a great addition to a healthy and balanced diet.
Is chia seed pudding good for losing weight?
Yes! Chia seed pudding can be a great addition to a weight loss diet. Typically, food that are high in fiber, protein and water content are great for weight loss because they help you feel more satiated and full.
This chia seed pudding contains 16 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein, making it a great breakfast for weight loss. You can even add a scoop of protein powder to the pudding to make it even higher in protein.
Lastly, it’s important to note that no food can make you lose or gain weight. In the end, you need to burn more calories than you expend to lose weight. So while foods high in fiber, protein and water can aid in weight loss, they don’t induce weight loss in and of themselves.
Make sure you are consuming a wide variety of foods throughout the day, mostly from nutrient dense sources and maintaining a small calorie deficit. Stay consistent and you will notice weight loss over time.
Do you have to soak chia seeds before making chia pudding?
To make the chia seed pudding, combine the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix and let sit in the refrigerator for about 1-2 hours. This gives the chia seeds time to soak up the liquid and create a gel-like consistency.
There is no need to soak the chia seeds before mixing all the ingredients together. This will just make the chia seed pudding too liquidy, which isn’t great.
Do chia seeds make you poop?
Chia seeds contain a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which can help you poop. Insoluble fiber works by bulking up your stools and making them softer, easier to pass. On the other hand, soluble fiber creates a gel-like material and slows digestion.
Typically insoluble fiber will aid in constipation and soluble fiber will aid in diarrhea. That being said, it’s important to have a mixture of both. Both fibers aid in digestion and digestive health.
Can you eat chia seed pudding every day?
Yes! You can absolutely eat chia seed pudding every day (as long as you aren’t sick of it). It’s a great source of fiber and nutrients and a great addition to a healthy diet.
This being said, it’s important not to eat the same meals every single day. Variety is an important component of a healthy diet because it helps prevent nutrient deficiencies.
So while it’s fine to keep your breakfast consistent, make sure to switch up your lunches and dinners to get in a variety of nutrients.
How can I add more protein?
There are a few different ways you can boost the protein content of this mango chia seed pudding.
First, choose a high protein milk. I recommend Trader Joe’s Ultra Filtered 2% milk which has 14 grams of protein per one cup.
You can also add a scoop of protein powder. I like using an unflavored whey protein powder because it doesn’t really add much flavor.
What other fruit is good with chia seed pudding?
You can add many different varieties of fruit purees to this chia seed pudding. It’s super versatile and works with many kinds of fruit. Here are some examples:
The options are endless. You can even add jam or jelly on top of your chia seed pudding to add some extra fruity flavor.
How should I store this?
If you have leftovers, you can always store it for later. Simply transfer the chia seed pudding to an airtight container (if it already isn’t in one) and store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
You may notice that the chia seeds absorb more liquid the longer they sit, so if the mixture becomes too thick, simply stir in some extra liquid. Simple as that!
Mango Chia Seed Pudding
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 mango
- water as needed
- Combine chia seeds, milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a cup. Use a spoon to mix all the ingredients together. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator.
- Blend mango in a food processor or blender until pureed. Add small amounts of water if necessary.