Monday, October 6, 2014

Tropical Chia Pudding with DOLE Frozen Fruit

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Tropical Chia Pudding with DOLE Frozen Fruit

I wanted to come up with a simple, yet unique recipe using DOLE Frozen Fruit. I love making chia pudding and the addition of fruit makes it a very healthy dessert full of fiber and disease fighting antioxidants.

What are chia seeds?

Yes, they are the same seeds used to grow greens on the terracotta Chia plant! The chia seed is very tiny, but it's a nutritional powerhouse. Chia seeds are rich in plant omega 3-fatty acids, high in fiber (about 10 grams of fiber in 2 tablespoons) and are an excellent source of protein. They are easily digested, so they don't need to be ground like flaxseed. 

Chia seeds absorb 10 times their weight in water! When you mix the seeds in liquid, they swell and form a gel. It not only makes a great pudding, but it also helps you feel full!


Chia pudding is so simple to prepare. You can use regular milk, almond or other nut milk, rice milk or coconut milk. Add chia seeds to the milk and add some honey, maple syrup, agave or sugar. Vanilla extract adds an extra dose of flavor. You can mix it all with a spoon or even put the pudding in a mason jar and shake it up. 

Quick and easy ingredients! 

The mixture will be thin at first, but the chia seeds will expand after a few hours in the refrigerator.

The chia mixture before refrigeration. 

Chill the chia pudding for at least 4 hours or overnight. Your chia "pudding" should be thick and creamy. The chia seeds will look like tapioca. Spoon the pudding into serving dishes and add a layer of DOLE Frozen Fruit in the middle and top it off with more fruit! I added some shredded coconut as a garnish.

Dole sells Wildly Nutritious Tropical Fruit with a colorful mix of pineapple, mango, golden kiwi, papaya and strawberries. I went to 2 stores, but they were both sold out. I improvised with DOLE Wildly Nutritious Mandarin Sunshine Blend and DOLE Mango Chunks.

Tropical Chia Pudding with DOLE Frozen Fruit

Yield: 2 Servings


DOLE Frozen Fruit (I used DOLE Wildly Nutritious Mandarin Sunshine Blend and DOLE Mango Chunks)
12 oz light coconut milk, almond milk or other nut milk. (I used canned light coconut milk)
1/3 cup chia seeds (you can use white or black chia seeds)
1-2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup (I used honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla


Stir together the light coconut milk, chia seeds, honey and vanilla in a bowl or mason jar. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. The chia seeds will swell up and make a thick and creamy pudding.

Once your chia pudding is thickened, spoon into a serving dish and layer with DOLE Frozen Fruit. Garnish with shredded coconut flakes.

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