This Tropical Chia Pudding with coconut milk and tropical fruit can be eaten anytime of the day since it is so healthy.
Breakfast or Dessert
This healthy chia pudding with tropical flavors can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. I included it in my breakfast category because it felt more like a breakfast to me.
Normally, I gravitate towards chocolate or a combination of chocolate and peanut butter for dessert, so that might have something to do with it. Also, I usually have a smoothie or smoothie bowl with fresh fruit for breakfast. So to me, this has breakfast written all over it.
This week I went to Market on the Move, which is a program here in Arizona where you get up to 60 lbs. of produce for $10. Part of the load included a box of mangoes. I've been wanting to create a tropical flavored chia pudding for awhile now. I knew this would be the perfect time, with Summer right around the corner.
For the tropical flavors of this vegan chia pudding, I used fresh mango and banana. I mixed the chia seeds with coconut milk and layered it with the fresh tropical fruit. I also layered in some coconut chips for even more coconut flavor. The end result will sweep you away to the tropics.
Easy Chia Pudding
Just like overnight oats, this easy chia pudding can be made the night before. Let the mixture soak overnight, and add the fresh mangoes and banana slices in the morning.
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Ways To Use Chia Seeds
- Chia jam
- Chia fresca
- Egg substitute in baking
- French toast
- Vegan Monte Cristo
- On apples with peanut butter
Tips For Making Tropical Chia Pudding
- Chia seeds need time to become gelatinous when you add liquid to them. They need at least 10-15 minutes to do so. I usually soak mine for an hour to overnight.
- If you prefer other tropical fruits, like papaya, pineapple or kiwi, feel free to swap them. I was planning on using pineapple in addition to mango and banana, but already had enough fruit.
- For a lighter version, use coconut milk from the carton or a can of light coconut milk.
- If you prefer a traditional pudding consistency, blend the coconut milk and chia seeds in a Nutribullet or high speed blender until chia seeds break down.
- If you prefer toasted coconut, put coconut chips in the oven at 325° for 5 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- To make parfaits, add in some coconut milk yogurt and crunchy Coconut Granola into the layers.
- Add macadamia nuts for even more crunch.
Tropical Chia Pudding
If you haven't tried chia pudding yet, this Tropical Chia Pudding is a great recipe to start.
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This is the Nutribullet that I have. It's perfect for making this chia pudding with a traditional creamy texture.
Tropical Chia Pudding
- Mix chia seeds and coconut milk. Let sit for about an hour. Add vanilla extract, maple syrup or stevia, and salt. Mix well.
- Layer coconut chia pudding with chopped mango and sliced banana into two bowls.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.