Mango Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

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I’m super stoked for chia seed pudding right now. I can honestly say I’ve never been one to crave such a thing, and I kind of put off trying it for the longest time because it seemed too … healthy. Which sounds crazy, being a dietitian and all, but I just never expected chia seeds to be so delicious in pudding form.

Here’s my best description of chia seed pudding: Tapioca pudding.

Do you remember tapioca pudding? This seriously reminds me of it because it has that same texture. Kind of gelatinous, but in a good way, and super creamy and packed with vanilla (I love vanilla) and just … comforting. It may look and sound a little weird, but trust me on this one: You’re going to love it.

Also, I made chia seed pudding even better because now it’s a fruit parfait. It’s all that creamy vanilla chia pudding with a thick layer of sweet and delicious mango puree, which is just mango, milk or water and a hint of extra sugar.  Topped with a few berries and some fresh mint, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island somewhere having a super indulgent treat, but one that’s super good-for-you … shhhhhh.

Or, maybe it’ll take you back to your childhood — like me — when you used to eat tapioca pudding right out of the little perfect-portion plastic cups.

Mango Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Serves 1


Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2½ cups milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice
  • Pinch of coarse salt

Mango Puree

  1. 2 cups frozen mango chunks
  2. ½ cup milk of choice or water
  3. 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice


  1. Fresh berries
  2. Sprigs of fresh mint


  1. In a medium glass bowl, whisk together chia seeds, milk, vanilla extract, sweetener and salt. Let sit 10 minutes, then whisk again. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Place mango, milk or water and sweetener in a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Scoop chia seed pudding into dessert glasses and top with mango puree. Garnish with berries and mint.

Note: Chia seed pudding and mango puree will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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