I am obsessed with this pudding at the moment. I normally make a berry chia pudding but I had a mango which needed using and concocted this. The flavours scream summer to me, I mean, coconut and mango?! If only I lived next to a beach to enjoy this on!
Now, not everyone likes chia seeds which I totally get. The texture is a bit weird, very similar to tapioca but the seeds are smaller when they swell up. If you’re not sure if you like chia seeds but want to give this a try then I know some supermarkets do sell chia seeds ‘shots’ which are handy to use so you’re not spending too much money on an ingredient that you may not like. I think the serving size is a couple of tablespoons in the package so enough to try a recipe with.
Chia seeds are a great source of fibre (making them great for helping with bowel regularity) and they keep you feeling full, this is what makes this a great breakfast choice if you’ve got a busy morning planned and you don’t know when you’ll next get a chance to grab a snack or lunch.
You may be wondering what on earth maca is, I’ve only started using it in my recipes in the past couple of years and I am so glad I found it. Aside from the nutritional benefits, it gives a caramel-like taste to things…amazing! So what exactly is it? Maca is a root which has been cultivated in the Peruvian Andes for over 2,000 years. It is a great natural energy booster without giving you the crash afterwards and improves stamina too so great to pop in a smoothie or yoghurt before a workout. Studies have also shown it is great for balancing hormones – both male and female – and can enhance fertility. And, it tastes like caramel, in case I forgot to mention it!!
If you have never tried maca before, I suggest starting with just a half teaspoon at first and gradually build up your intake as you don’t want it to confuse your hormones.
-1 small banana or half a large banana
-flesh from 1 mango
-1 tsp. maca powder
-1/2 cup coconut milk
-2 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds
How To Make
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.
Pour into a bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours.
Serve as it is or top with fresh berries, nuts, seeds, flaked coconut, or anything that takes your fancy 🙂