Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

Every year we defend our mango trees from squirrels and raccoons, but this year we have an even more despicable pest lurking about. Human mango thieves.Glenn mango treeSome guys were poking around our yard under the ruse of “trimming trees” around electric wires.  They were driving a bucket truck, which is the ultimate mango-picking vehicle, allowing them to pick a tree clean in a matter of minutes.  Sure, maybe they were actually there to trim around the wires, but there was a giant pile of mangos on the back of the truck. The guy was standing directly under the mango tree, staring up at the fruit. He was missing part of his lip, while the other part was clamped around a cigarette. mangovarietyI know this sounds like a Carl Hiaasen novel. Such is life in Florida.

The guys took off as soon as Toby went outside to see what they were up to.  My friend said the same guys recently trimmed trees for an old woman on the island.  She gave them cold drinks while they worked. After they left she discovered her mango tree was completely stripped, and the drink cans were left strewn on her lawn. 

In the mean time, we picked all the mangos from our front tree. Now they’re all ripening safely on my kitchen counter, away from the squirrels and human rodents.  valenciapridesEach day I’m slicing them up. When I’m not eating them over the kitchen sink, I’m finding new recipes.chiapudding-4Chia pudding has been on my experiment list for a while, but I held off, mostly because it reminds me of tapioca.  My brother and I were always suspicious of tapioca, which is not a flavor, just a weird texture which we likened to frog eyes. chiapuddingChia and tapioca are both thickening agents.  Tapioca is a starch derived from cassava root. It’s made into pearls which add a distinctive chewy texture to puddings.  Chia are tiny seeds from a flowering plant in the mint family that are very high in omega-3’s.  The seeds have a coating that becomes gelatinous in liquid, but they retain a little crunch in the center. All it takes is a spoonful of chia seeds in liquid and the whole thing thickens right up, no cooking involved. I’ve grown to love the texture, and now you can find little jars of it in my fridge all the time.  I like it best with coconut milk, and I add shredded coconut and vanilla beans for more rich, decadent flavor.mangochiapuddingIt’s a creamy, cold dessert waiting in the fridge, ready to be topped with your favorite fruit.  
chiapuddingmangoWhich is mango, of course.

Mango Coconut Chia Pudding
  1. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  3. 1/3 cup chia seeds
  4. 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  5. 1 tablespoon honey
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste*
  7. a good pinch of sea salt
  8. your favorite dessert-variety mango, diced
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a blender or whip them together by hand. Pour into individual dishes (6 half-cup jars work well). Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Serve topped with fresh fruit.
  1. *vanilla bean paste is vanilla extract with ground vanilla beans. The seeds scraped from a whole vanilla bean are an awesome substitute, but you can also just use a couple teaspoons of regular old vanilla extract.
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Mango Coconut Chia Pudding-- a creamy cool summer treat.

11 Comments Mango Coconut Chia Pudding

  1. Cheryl July 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Gosh that’s a great idea with chia seeds.
    So these guys were at the Emerald house? I saw them timming trees for the electric company. What old lady did they take the mangos from?
    Island coconut telegraph needs to know lol

    1. suwanneerose July 28, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Hey Cheryl, I figured the island coconut telegraph would need more information! Yes, they were on Emerald. The truck said “Trees, Inc.” in green letters. They’ve been reported to the police, and the police have asked anyone who sees them stealing to please photograph or video it for evidence. They can’t do a thing if they’re not caught in the act. I heard someone mentioned the same guys on the Pine Island Facebook page, so you might be able to find more there.

  2. kELLEY July 28, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Well, there’s the possibility you’ve ruined tapioca pudding for me now that you’ve mentioned frog eyes, but I’m still willing to try the mango recipes… since I have some mangoes…. 🙂

    1. suwanneerose July 28, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Sorry about the frog eyes! ? Enjoy the mangos, Kelley!

  3. Nicole July 28, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Shame on those mango thieves! now I’ll need to add this one to my own list of “must tries” 🙂 Looks so yummy and inviting with that colorful mango.

    1. suwanneerose July 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! It’s too darn easy not to try. Also super healthy, which means it works for any everyday dessert. I can’t see any reason why I shouldn’t eat it for breakfast, too. 😉

  4. Darrell Williams July 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you.
    This was awesome.

    I also find myself telling those workers how important the mangos are to my kids diet and while I don’t mind sharing, I do prefer people to ask first.

    Thanks for all the great recipes.

    1. suwanneerose July 28, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      I appreciate that, Darrell! You’re in the same situation, with a beautiful tree right next to the street. That’s a great way to deal with it. I love sharing with friends and family and anyone who asks, but having our tree stripped of fruit while we’re away would be completely devastating. That’s our breakfast all year!

  5. Mary Shambach July 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Your Grandpa used to guard his mango tree and as you can imagine he gave those potential thieves a reason to not come back 🙂 LOL! Hope you save some in your freezer for me. Love.

    1. suwanneerose July 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      You’re right Aunt Mary Ann, Grandpa did teach me a lot about guarding mango trees! ? I’ve definitely got some mangos with your name on them.

  6. Danielle August 1, 2016 at 8:34 am


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