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.
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!
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.
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
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- 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.
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.
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. *