Mangoes have two seasons: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. So you know what that means...a healthy supply of fresh mangoes can be found all year round. There are so many ways to enjoy these vibrant and flavorful fruits, but today I will share with you my latest mango craze.
I'm pretty much head over heals with chia pudding. The health benefits alone are one reason. But the various creations that come from these healthful little seeds are undeniably delicious and satisfying.
I couldn't resist loading my cart at Whole Foods last week with several of these guys as they were looking awesome and on sale...bonus! As I pondered of how to make use of this score, chia pudding was a no brainer. If you have yet to try this variation of chia, you will love it!
Making the mango purée couldn't be easier. All you do is cut the mango flesh from the pit, remove the skin, and place the mango flesh into your food processor or high speed blender. Process the mango until it's nice and smooth. There are no other ingredients needed for the mango purée. It is simply yummy on its own! As a matter of fact, I make mango purée on a regular basis. My hubby loves it on his french toast and pancakes and I enjoy some in my oatmeal. So keep that in mind should you decide to make extra. I like to use homemade almond or coconut milk but use whatever works for you. So let's get started!
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 whole mangoes, flesh removed from the pit, skin removed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbs pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
fresh mango chunks
1. Prepare your mangoes by cutting the flesh away from the seed and remove the skin. Set aside the flesh from one mango. This will go into your blender in slices. But first, we are going to use the second mango flesh to make a purée. So place the mango in your high speed blender or food processor and purée the mango until it is nice and smooth. Pour the purée into an airtight container and place in your refrigerator as you will use this later.
2. Put the chia seeds in a large jar. Put your milk, remaining mango flesh, vanilla, maple syrup (if desired), and cinnamon in your high speed blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour your mixture into your jar with chia seeds. Stir everything really well, place a lid on tightly, and put it into your refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight.
4. Once your chia pudding has set, you can assemble this wonderful treat by dividing the chia pudding and mango purée into two servings. I like to layer the ingredients by starting with the chia pudding at the bottom, adding some mango purée, and repeating the process once more.
5. You can use a variety of toppings such as chopped nuts, coconut flakes, fruit, etc. I like to use freeze dried mangoes and a little bee pollen for a protein boost. Serves 2.