A healthy, gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy-free dessert cum breakfast with a slight Indian twist, this mango and Coconut Chia Pudding is ready in no time and makes for a perfect snack too. 5 Ingredients and you’ve a kick-ass recipe ready on your table. Perfect for a fuss-free summer dinner too 🙂
When I first found out about chia seeds and pudding little did I know that it would make so much of a difference in my weight loss journey. There are a zillion recipes that use chia and my Mango Cake with Oats and Chia seeds is one of them. Yes, chia in a cake 🙂 You’ve gotta try it to believe it. But this mango and coconut chia pudding is the easiest dessrt you could possibly try 🙂 Dessert for breakfast and breakfast for dessert.
So yeah, the Mango season is the best of all seasons and one reason why you can’t hate summer. While there are many mango and coconut chia puddings out there, what’s the big deal about chia and the rage around it you may ask? This chia pudding has a slight Indian twist to it. Red the recipe to know what it is 😉
Here are 10 interesting facts about Chia Seeds:
- Chia seeds have their origin in Mexico and Guatelmala. Today they’re grown all overt he world for their health benefits and are considered as super foods.
- The chia plant (Salvia hispanica), sometimes referred to as chia sage, is a member of the mint family.
- The word Chia is derived from the Aztec word chian, which means oily – Chia is very high in polyusaturated fatty acids and omega 3 fatty acids. The seeds can yield between 25–30% extractable oil.
- These seeds can be used to make a natural fruit jam in place of pectin or added into your baked goods, granola bars, granola and homemade snacks.
- Chia seeds are a source of selenium (15 g serving). Selenium is necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system. It is also necessary for normal thyroid function, the maintenance of normal nails and hair and contributes to normal spermatogenesis.
- Chia seeds are high in dietary fibre. The soluble dietary fibre in the chia seeds plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy and contributes to regular laxation, which makes them a good natural treatment for constipation.
- Chia is hydrophilic and can absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. This makes it helpful in maintaining body hydration, something that is especially beneficial for athletes who need to remain hydrated during races and endurance activities.
- Chia seeds are so high in antioxidants that they do not spoil easily and can be stored for long periods, unlike flax seeds.
- Aztec warriors and runners are believed to have sustained themselves for an entire day on just a tablespoon of chia.
- The name of the Mexican state of Chiapas, originally called Chiapan, translates loosely to “river where the chia sage grows.”
Source: Montagudriedfruitsandnuts & Healthdairies
Alongside these benefits, Chia is great for heart health, brain health and gut health in all its glory.
Mango and Coconut Chia Pudding | Vegan and Gluten Free
A healthy, gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy-free dessert cum breakfast with a slight Indian twist, this mango and Coconut Chia Pudding is ready in no time and makes for a perfect snack too. 5 Ingredients and you've a kick-ass recipe ready on your table. Perfect for a fuss-free summer dinner too.
- You can use regular milk in case you don't have coconut milk, but this gives it a distinct flavour.
- You can also use soy or almond milk in place of coconut milk for a vegan option.
- If you want a quick chia pudding, slightly warm the coconut milk and soak the chia seeds. You can refrigerate it for 2-3 hours if not for 8 hours. Best results 8 hours for chilled chia pudding.