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Mango Pudding (gluten-free & dairy-free)

Have you ever had Mango Lassi? It’s a spectacular mango yogurt drink available in most Indian restaurants.

Not quite a smoothie. Not really a milkshake. Just cool and creamy and screams, “mango!”.  Perfect with that flaming hot, flavor packed Indian dish you just ordered.

Yep. That’s how I rolled (when I still could have yogurt). Got one every time.

I originally thought I’d post a non-dairy version of that beloved drink.  Then my mind started down a different path and “boom” (as they say in some circles) mango pudding was born.

The Thai and Chinese cultures boast a beautiful mango pudding made with gelatine. Not quite what I was dreaming about. I opted instead to mimic a classic—chocolate pudding—and substitute the bold flavor of the chocolate with the bright taste of mango.

It was a pleasant success. It’s a combination of sweet, almost citrusy, mango and creamy coconut with a hint of secret spices and topped with a crumble of pistachio. Very very pleasant. I will be making this often!

Mango Pudding

In a small measuring cup or bowl whisk together to create a slurry and set aside:

2 tablespoons coconut milk or water
4 teaspoons arrowroot
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

Mix together and heat in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until it just reaches a simmer:

1 1/2 cups mango puree*
6 ounces coconut milk (full fat) or plain coconut milk yogurt
2 tablespoons agave nectar (more or less to your taste)

Lower the burner heat to low and slowly stream the slurry into the mango mixture whisking it to combine. Continue to whisk gently until the pudding begins to thicken, about 2 or 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat and pour into four individual ramekins. Refrigerate until cold. Serve topped with crushed pistachios.

*Mango puree: I used Trader Joe’s frozen mango puree. According to their gluten-free list all their frozen fruits and vegetables are gluten-free. The package does not state gluten-free so please use your own judgment. Alternatively you can use fresh mango—probably two—peeled, diced, and pureed in a blender with a tablespoon or two of water. Frozen mango is another option; process the same as you would fresh mango to create the puree.


Ali from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen posted Mango Coconut Pudding using kudzu as a thickener.
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Reader Comments (20)

Oh I used to LOVE mango lassi in the dairy full days! Had not even thought about it, but I guess you could make it with soy yoghurt too...
This pudding looks divine! I love the orangey colour and the combination of mango, coconut and cardamon must be just perfect! My mouth is watering looking at it... Thanks for sharing this, its great to find a pudding recipe like this that doesn't not use silken tofu, this seems lighter and fresher!

Teenie Foodie

I've never used tofu in cooking...the arrowroot works well and I always have some in my kitchen. Visited your blog! Love it. - Nancy

Mar 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Teenie Foodie

Mmmm! This looks and sounds absolutely heavenly! I'm imaging it layered with coconut milk and coconut flakes right now... mm!

Elise - Coconut flakes = perfect topping! -Nancy

YUM! I love mango lassi and coconut! I'm going to make this with coconut milk yogurt. I might even try using So Delicious passionate mango flavor. Should be an interesting experiment!

Christie - great idea. Let me know how it works out. -Nancy

Mar 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

I love a good Mango Lassi, it was one of my favorites when we would go to Indian food. But l agree, it can be hard on the tummy, so a dairy free pudding sounds great. I didn't know Trader Joe's had a mango puree, I've seen the frozen mango pieces before but not the puree. I'll have to check it out the next time I go.

Sylvie - TJ's mango puree made it so easy. I found it near the frozen fruits. -Nancy

This sounds like a nice refreshing dairy free dessert that my son would enjoy!

Mar 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

This sounds great! I have really been enjoying mangoes the last couple of years and a mango pudding sounds perfect!

Trying to comment again. Last time I entered the letters 6 different times and then lost the page. Technology is not my friend today. Fingers crossed this time will work. Gorgeous pudding. Mango is one of my favorite flavors! This looks so simple ... and so delicious, Nancy! :-)


Mar 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

I totally leanred something new! Its such a beautiful and (seemingly refreshing!) recipe!

Mar 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Nancy, this looks so refreshing and delicious! I bet you could make a mango lassi too, with that coconut milk yogurt you helped me find for making Luke's cobbler.

Oh, Nancy...looks SO divine!! :)

Mar 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGigi

THis is GORGEOUS!! It really amazes me all the wonderful things you are able to concoct without dairy, gluten, etc. You are truly talented.

Thanks! I never would have imagined it myself before I started this blog. -Nancy

Mar 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookbook Queen

My mom is crazy for mango - I know she would LOVE this!!

The mango pudding looks lovely! Will have to make one soon, I love mangoes :)

Mar 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

Lovely! the arrowroot is an old fashioned setting agent for blamange, good to revive it. The salt would help bring out the sweetness too. Yumm...

Mar 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInTolerant Chef

Mmm, sounds absolutely heavenly! I could really use a taste of summer right now!

Tracy - me too!! Nancy

Mar 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Nancy, this sounds so perfect!! Mango pudding!! I live this recipe! I am totally going to try and make this. I also think it would make a really yummy filling to a cake that i am going to be making for a party in April. Just perfect!

Ooo, Kim! I love the idea of using the pudding as a filling in a cake. Can't wait to hear more about it! Nancy

Yum! What a lovely dessert... Perfect for the warmer weather that I hope is on the way!

This looks very easy and I have all the ingredients! Will be making this for dessert tonight fo sho.

Jenny - Enjoy! Nancy

That color is SPECTACULAR! I just bought a mango yesterday! Now I know just what to do with it! I can't wait to let my sister try it as well! She's been craving sweet & creamy! Thanks Nancy!

Mar 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwenderly

Wow! I love mango and this sounds like a great out of the ordinary way to enjoy this yummy fruit! Can't wait to give it a try!!

Apr 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
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