This Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Bean and Mango Chia Seed Pudding is one of the first recipes I’ve made using my new organic vanilla bean powder.
If you’ve never had chia seed pudding before, it’s a super healthy pudding-like snack loaded with nutrients from chia seeds.
And, there are so many different varieties you can make too!
Although I normally make some kind of chocolate chia seed pudding, this time I wanted to try something different.
I had just received my Wild Foods order of 100% vanilla bean powder in the mail and wanted to use it to make a raw, fruity, sweet snack…and this was it!
Although these two puddings aren’t exactly identical in taste and texture, here are the 15 ingredients in a popular commercial brand:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Jell-O Tapioca Pudding
Ingredients: Milk Skim, Water, Sugar, Tapioca, Food Starch Modified, Contains less than 1% of Vegetable(s) Oil Hydrogenated (Coconut Oil Hydrogenated, Palm Kernel Oil Hydrogenated), Salt, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sodium Alginate, Flavor(s) Natural and Artificial, Color(s) Artificial, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Vitamin A Palimate, Vitamin D. (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
Like most processed and store-bought foods, it contains refined, white sugar, oils, refined salt, GMO dairy and artificial food coloring.
This healthier pudding version is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Creamy Chocolate Pudding, Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Pomegranate and Dried Blueberry Chocolate Bark or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating desserts you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Milk):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Chia Seeds:*
- excellent source of healthy omega fatty acids
- contains 700% more calcium than salmon
- contains more anti-oxidants than flaxseeds or blueberries
- contains 500% more calcium than milk
- contains 20% easily digestible vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Mangos:*
- super high in vitamin A at 25% RDA
- good source of copper at 12% RDA
- excellent anti-oxidant
- contains 46% RDA of vitamin C
- contains 10% RDA of vitamin B6
5 Fast Facts About Raw Coconut Crystals:*
- low glycemic (GI of 35)
- raw, vegan and gluten-free
- unrefined and unbleached
- contains 17 amino acids
- is an abundant source of minerals and broad spectrum B vitamins
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I don’t think this would turn out the same if you tried to substitute the pure vanilla bean powder with vanilla extract. I didn’t test it with the extract because I didn’t want to waste an entire serving of my chia pudding to try it out and because I was so pleased with my 100% organic ground vanilla bean powder. One of the reasons I switched from using the extract is because I didn’t care for the strong alcohol flavor, especially in raw snacks like this one. You don’t have to worry about that when using the powder and, it will last twice as long as the extract because you only have to use half as much. It’s the best $15 dollars I have spent in a long time, hands down.
Tip #2: This is not an overly sweet dessert (getting it’s sweetness from the mango and 2 tablespoons of granulated sweetener), so adjust the amount of mango/sweetener if you prefer a sweeter pudding. I used raw coconut crystals as my sweetener, but you can substitute with the sweetener of your choice.
Tip #3: I like to use a mason jar to mix it and then eat my pudding straight from the jar, but you don’t have to use a mason jar to mix it up. Just put all the ingredients into a small bowl, stir very well and put it in the refrigerator to firm.
Tip #4: This recipe will make 1 large serving or 2 smaller servings.
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