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Mango Chia Pudding {and Whole Foods #Giveaway!}

April 11th, 2014 · 45 Comments

Move over March Madness, it’s Mango Madness right now at Whole Foods Market — aka #MuchosMangos — and they asked us to cook something up to celebrate.

Ataulfo mangos |

I asked the foodie tots what they wanted to make first, and the boy suggested smoothies. But when we blended it up with chia seeds — for an extra boost of fiber — it was so thick we decided to call it dessert. Of course, it’s really just yogurt and fruit so it’s equally suitable for breakfast, but I know I can always use another healthy fruit-based dessert in my repertoire. I’m also thinking these would be great frozen in push-pops this summer!

Mango Chia Puddings by FoodieTots

The Ataulfo mango, on sale right now at Whole Foods Markets, is a sweet, creamy mango perfect for a quick snack, or to use in a salad or salsa. Mango salsa is definitely in order for our next taco night, and I know my kids would love this Mango Miso Tofu Salad.

Back to this pudding. I used plain greek-style yogurt, two mangos, a little honey to sweeten it, and scoop of chia seeds. Most recipes for chia pudding use the chia seeds as the thickener, so they use a lot more. Because the mango and yogurt mixture is pretty thick already, you don’t need to use as many seeds, which is great if you’re just introducing chia seeds to your kids. Also, the seeds soften while the pudding sits, so do let it chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or more before eating.

mango yogurt and chia seeds |

Recipe: Mango Chia Pudding

Makes 2 servings


  • 2 Ataulfo mangos, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup organic Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds


  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glass ramekins or serving bowls and chill until ready to serve.

Note: If making these for children under 1 year, omit the honey.

FoodieTots Tip: Mangos are great for knife skills practice for little ones. The foodie tot helped peel these mangos (using a veggie peeler), and then carefully sliced them.

practicing knife skills

Ever wonder how to tell when a mango is ripe? Here are helpful tips from Whole Foods Market….

How to select and store mangos:

  • Give it a (gentle!) squeeze. A ripe mango will have a slight give, much like a peach or an avocado.
  • Don’t judge a mango by its color! Fully ripe mangos may have red, golden yellow or green skin.
  • Check the cheeks and shoulders. The sides of a mango are called “cheeks.” A mature mango should have full cheeks and “shoulders” that rise above the beginning of the stem.
  • Ripen at room temperature. If you need to speed the ripening process, place the mango in a paper bag.
  • Move ripe fruit to the fridge, which can help slow down ripening, if needed.

GIVEAWAY: Whole Foods Market is generously providing a $75 gift card to one lucky reader! Tell us your favorite use for mangos below, and follow the widget prompts for additional ways to enter. Contest closes at 11:59pm EDT next Friday, April 18.

kid-friendly mango chia pudding |

Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. All opinions, as always, are our own.

* shared with BeckyCharms & Co. WOW It’s Wednesday link-up. *

Tags: cooking with kids · dessert · kids cook monday · recipes

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maureen // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I have made mango salsa but I have also put them into muffins. I have put them over white fish as a coating.

  • 2 Rosie // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I like to use mango in salads – a mix of veggies and fruits with a raspberry vinegrette

  • 3 Kristen // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    My favorite way to eat mangoes is straight up, but if I am going to use them in a recipe, it’s smoothies first, ice cream second.

  • 4 Olivia D Hamilton // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I like using mangos in my homemade meal replacement shakes!

  • 5 Alexandra // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I love them in a mango lassi!

  • 6 Jessie C. // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I like using mango in salad and smoothie

  • 7 Amanda Sakovitz // Apr 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I love to make mango smoothies!

  • 8 Elena // Apr 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I like to make fruit salad with mango

  • 9 mysweetiepiepie // Apr 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I just recently learned how to core and cut mangoes so any and all applications are good as far as I’m concerned…

  • 10 Janet // Apr 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I love mango smoothies

  • 11 Kevin // Apr 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I like to make a kedgeree that I found in a Graham Kerr cookbook which uses finan haddies and shrimp with rice and hard boiled eggs. The sauce for it is curried and spiced mango.

  • 12 rachel // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I love mango lassis.

  • 13 Calli // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I make a great homemade mango salsa! and mango smoothies and sorbet is good too

  • 14 Jess B // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I love mangos in smoothies or with yogurt! Thank you so much for this giveaway!


  • 15 Melissa // Apr 12, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I love fresh mango salsa… yum!

  • 16 Heather S // Apr 12, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I make smoothies!

  • 17 JenniferAnne // Apr 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I buy them already peeled and cut up at Costco and just eat them right out of the container! Smoothies are aso good with mangoes.

  • 18 Lily Sheng // Apr 12, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I make mango ice cream!

  • 19 Elle // Apr 12, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I love mangoes plain but I also love to add them to fresh fruit smoothies usually along with banana.

  • 20 Jordan // Apr 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I love mango salsa, especially topping grilled chicken or fish in the summer!

  • 21 shandra locken // Apr 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Favorite use for mangos is smoothies. My go-to recipe is 1/2 cup diced mango, 1 banana, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, 2 kale leaves, 1 tbsp ground flax, 1 tsp of honey or maple syrup.

  • 22 christine jessamine // Apr 12, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I would love to make mango salsa!

  • 23 Becca F // Apr 13, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I love them in quinoa salads

  • 24 meredith // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I like to make mango lassis

  • 25 Linda // Apr 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I like mango chutney especially on chicken.

  • 26 Annette // Apr 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I like to eat them fresh, so they never last long enough for me to make anything with them. I have made salsa once and it was delicious.

  • 27 Allison Downes // Apr 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I like using Mangos in smoothies.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  • 28 Emely // Apr 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! I love mango cheesecake, so delicious and simpel! Thanks.

  • 29 Carolyn // Apr 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Salsa and Mango Smoothies. or just by themselves :)

  • 30 Sarah F. // Apr 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I love to use mango’s in fruit salads.

  • 31 Crimson // Apr 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I love mango salsa the best.

  • 32 Heather Dawn // Apr 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

    In sangria or smoothies!

  • 33 manda // Apr 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Love them by themselves.

  • 34 Portia smith // Apr 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I love them sliced into chunks and eaten fresh!

  • 35 latanya // Apr 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I like them in mango salsa

  • 36 Rona B // Apr 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I like to make a mango salsa or eat them as chunks.

  • 37 Thomas Murphy // Apr 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I like mango smoothies

  • 38 Janice Cooper // Apr 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Cut them in chunks and eat for breakfast

  • 39 Tariq Hussain // Apr 30, 2014 at 3:46 am

    LOVE these mango chia pudding and mango smoothies.

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