Last week, we hosted an absolutely gorgeous retreat in Jamaica at The Runaway BnB. We were so inspired by all of the native flavors of the island, we figured we had to create a series of recipes using fresh, local produce. For this recipe series, we teamed up with our friends at Nubian Heritage, a skin and body care company that uses natural, certified organic and ethically sourced ingredients from around the world. We used their Abyssinian & Chia Seed Collection (pic below) for inspiration for this mango chia seed pudding recipe. The chia seeds in this line are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids which are optimal skin nourishment. Chia seeds are also one of our favorite superfoods, and we try to incorporate a tablespoon into our daily food regimen. We love chia seeds because they provide a healthy dose of fiber, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids — which help to protect the heart. We make sure to add them to our smoothies, cereal and oatmeal daily.
This pudding is a great yogurt alternative for all of our dairy free friends. We figured chia seeds would be perfect to pair with the sweet, tropical mango. Since mangoes are higher in natural sugar, we made sure to pair this with unsweetened almond milk, which is sugar free and only 30 calories per cup. We couldn’t decide what to top the pudding with, so we gave you two options (both dairy free as well). The first is slivered almonds, which provide a fun crunch and punch of protein. The second option is coconut cream, perfect for those of you who are going to eat this pudding as a dessert.
We promise that this pudding will rock your socks — we gave it to the camera crew and 3 of our friends in Jamaica and they loved it. You can make a bunch of variations of this recipe as well. For example, you can use berries instead of mango, which will be just as delicious. If you try this recipe, make sure to let us know what fruit and nut variations you use in the comments below. Stay tuned for part two and three of our Jamaica recipe series! Here’s the full video for how to make this beauty:
- 1 small to medium mango
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Optional: 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds OR coconut cream
- We'll start by peeling the mango and then chopping into cubes (don't worry, it doesn't have to be pretty because we'll be tossing it in the blender).
- Next, add the mango, honey and almond milk to a blender and blend away until smooth
- Add the almond milk blend to a large bowl, glass, or jar, then stir in the chia seeds
- Mix well until the chia seeds are evenly dispersed
- Place the chia pudding in the fridge. Let it sit for at least 1 hour- you can also leave it overnight if you want it extra firm
- Once pudding is firm, scoop one serving into a bowl, then top with either slivered almonds or whipped coconut cream (to make this, add two tablespoons of coconut cream into a small bowl and whisk with a fork until it resembles "whipped cream")
- This makes three portions. Have one now and save the rest for later. Enjoy!