Mango Breakfast Chia Pudding

Mango Breakfast Chia Pudding

I've been feeling like my breakfasts needed a jolt of inspiration, and this mango breakfast chia pudding is a step in the right direction. It's creamy from nut milk, naturally sweetened with pure mango puree, and you can top it with as many nuts, seeds, and powders as you like.

Mango Breakfast Chia Pudding Recipe

I asked a bunch of you about your breakfast routines (here on Instagram), and was floored by the nearly 600 responses! If chia pudding isn't your jam, definitely check out the breakfast comments attached to that photo - SO many great alternate ideas. 

Mango Breakfast Chia Pudding Recipe

Chia Pudding for Breakfast! Start the Day Strong.

Today's recipe, it's super simple. First of all, I love chia for breakfast. Chia seeds are protein and fiber-rich, and are the richest plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. You can read more about why chia is often thought of as a superfood here. In practice, they keep me full, are a great vehicle for flavors I love, and are wonderfully versatile.

Mango Breakfast Chia Pudding Recipe

Make it Your Way

This chia pudding is super nutritious. It is vegan, dairy-free, gluten free, and naturally sweetened. As I mention above, you can boost it with as few, or as many toppings as you like. If you have a look at the photo below, you'll see toasted almonds, shichimi togarashi spice (or use a pinch of cayenne), bee pollen, frozen mango pureed with a hand blender, banana chips, quinoa crispies or crisped brown rice. 

Mango Breakfast Chia Pudding Recipe

Also, chia seeds are just cool in general. It's because of the way chia seeds expand and gel up that the whole concept of chia pudding works. In addition, you can sprout chia seeds, use them to thicken dressings, or as a base for chia puddings like this one. They're great!

Add some crunch!

Lastly, the crunch factor, let's talk about it! It's important. I like crunchy toppings on chia puddings, and the more the better. It contrasts with the the way chia gels. Banana chips are great, quinoa crispies are another favorite, and you can't go wrong with toasted nuts and seeds. Enjoy!

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Mango Breakfast Chia Pudding

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To make the mango puree, process a bag of frozen mango in a blender, or with a hand-blender. I like to do a big batch at a time, and portion it out into baggies. Also, you can use your milk or mylk of choice here. I like oat milk, almond milk, or almond-coconut milk blend here. The mango makes this bowl naturally quite sweet. If you think this needs added sweetener you can use coconut nectar, maple syrup, stevia, or honey, to taste.

Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup mango puree
  • 3/4 cup almond or oat milk
  • pinch of good salt
  • top with any or all of the following: quinoa or brown rice crispies, bee pollen, shichimi togarashi or cayenne, toasted almonds, banana chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the chia seeds with the mango puree, and stir well. Add the almond milk and stir well. Allow to sit for 15 - 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the chia seeds completely bloom and soften. You can also do this step a night ahead, which makes for a great overnight breakfast. 

  2. Just before serving, top with any of your chosen toppings.

Notes

Serves 2

Serves
2
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
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  • I am trying to change my diet and i came across your website. Your recipes look amazingly delicious and interesting. I want to try something new and out of the ordinary. Thanks

    Dora M Garcia
  • @Tracey--I used to live in Berkeley and found bee pollen at farmers markets from a honey vendor. I don't remember which, but it might be the Tuesday Ashby one. I totally want to try mango puree as a chia pudding sweetener. I used to make chia pudding in a mason jar when I worked at the farmers market because it would be a perfect filling grab and go on a hot day when I had to wake up super early.

    Shila Soni
  • I often add chia to leftover fruit smoothies for a similar treat. So good, and different every time, depending on the smoothie. Delicious with berry-green smoothies.

    Lisa
  • I love all things chia pudding. Looks yummy. I’m in Berkeley - can you suggest places to get bee pollen and quinoa crispies?

    Tracey Goldberg
    • Hi Tracey - Not 100% sure, but I'd try Berkeley Bowl? Or you can definitely get both at Rainbow Co-Op just across the bridge in SF.

      Heidi
  • I love your recipes, your photography, your inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us! Jennifer

    jennifer huber
    • Thanks Jennifer! xx!

      Heidi
  • OMG! this looks amazing! I never thought of combining any fruit puree with my chia pudding while it rests in the fridge. I usually add it as a topping, but I'm sure this will make it more delicious. I have some good ripe peruvian mangoes at home... so I can't wait to try this soon! thanks for the idea!

    Susanna
  • Hey Heidi, This looks really nice although this is the first time i'm seeing such a recipe but looks tasty. I will give a try and update you.

    Nicole
  • This looks amazing, going to make it this weekend for my weekday breakfasts. Do you make the quinoa crispies or buy them? I live in SF too if you buy them locally.

    Sheila
    • Hi Sheila, I buy them - usually at Rainbow, but alot of the corner health food stores also have them in bins. Enjoy!

      Heidi
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