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Mango Pudding (Dairy Free!)

Mango Pudding Recipe – This wonderfully sweet and perky Chinese dessert has become popular worldwide, and it’s no surprise why. It’s a rich, fruity, and delicious creamy treat – but is totally dairy-free!

up close view of dairy free mango pudding with fresh mint leaves - Chinese dessert recipe

Intriguing and decadent homemade Asian desserts are all the rage right now. The bright fruity flavors that are typically found in Chinese, Japanese, and Indian dishes are absolutely crave-worthy. And it turns out that many goodies are (relatively) easy to make from scratch with grocery staples.

Most Chinese desserts also happen to be dairy-free and grain-free while still offering a wonderful array of textures and tastes… Like this classic recipe for rich and silky Mango Pudding!

If you want to dip your toe in the waters of making Asian treats, this simple yet scrumptious pudding recipe with fresh mangoes is a fabulous place to start.

overhead view of 4 dairy free Chinese mango pudding dessert pudding cups with mint leaves

Dairy Free Mango Pudding

We love this Chinese dessert recipe because it is A) simple to prepare B) perky and delicious without being overly sweet and C) it’s dairy and grain-free. It’s hard to find this trifecta of recipe perfection, but here you have it!

While the pudding does need to set for a few hours before it’s ready to enjoy, prep is only 15 minutes with 7 easy-to-find ingredients.

AND this Mango Pudding is great to make in cute little glass jars. Who doesn’t love that?!

spoonful of creamy pudding with mangoes

Ingredients You Need

You might be surprised to hear that there are only 7 simple ingredients in this Chinese mango pudding recipe. To make the most flavorful and incredibly luscious dessert you need:

  • Mango pureefrom two large and juicy mangoes
  • Unsweetened coconut milkcanned
  • Hot waterto dissolve the gelatin and sugar
  • Granulated sugarcane sugar or coconut sugar
  • Unflavored gelatin powderfrom the packets
  • Vanilla extractfor a smoky, sweet flavor that pairs wonderfully with mango
  • Saltjust a pinch
fruit, gelatin, coconut milk, vanilla ingredients

How to Make Mango Pudding

First set out a large (heatproof) liquid measuring cup. Add the hot water, sugar, gelatin, and salt. Stir well and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.

measuring cup with gelatin, sugar, and water

Meanwhile, peel the mangoes and cut the fruit into large chunks. Discard the pits and peels. Place the mango chunks in the blender and puree until smooth. You will need 2 cups of the puree, so scoop some out of the blender if needed.

blender with pureed mango

Then add the coconut milk and vanilla to the blender.

adding coconut milk to the blender

Puree until smooth.

Then pour the gelatin mixture into the blender.

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adding the gelatin and sugar mixture to the pureed mango and coconut in a blender

Puree again until smooth.

Pour the mango pudding into small 4-ounce serving cups.

pouring the Chinese dessert mango pudding base into four small glass cups

Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and chill the cups in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set.

close up view of dairy free mango pudding

When you are ready to serve, garnish the cups and enjoy cold.

lined up cups of dairy free mango pudding with mint garnishes

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen mango to make this dessert?

Absolutely! If you don’t have fresh mangoes on hand feel free to use frozen and thawed mango chunks to make the puree.

How do I make this a dairy-free VEGAN Mango Pudding recipe?

To make mango pudding without traditional gelatin, simply use your preferred vegan gelatin substitute. These are typically made with agar agar as a thickening agent that won’t add any taste to the dessert. I haven’t personally tried this version but would love to hear how it works for you in the comments!

What garnishes go well on homemade Mango Pudding?

Add a few mint leaves on top for a burst of refreshing flavor to cut the mango sweetness a bit. You can also garnish this fruity Chinese dessert with toasted coconut, lime zest, or chopped cashews.

How long does Mango Pudding last

This dessert will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days.

finished Chinese dessert of pudding with mango and sprig of fresh mint to garnish

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Mango Pudding (Dairy Free!) Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 17 minutes
Sweet, perky and luscious mango pudding is a classic dairy free Chinese dessert recipe that's easy to prep in just 15 minutes. Serve cold as a summer treat!
Servings: 11 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set out a large liquid measuring cup. Add the hot water, sugar, gelatin, and salt. Stir well and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel the mangoes and cut the fruit into large chunks. Discard the pits and peels. Place the mango chunks in the blender. Puree until smooth and measure 2 cups. (Scoop some out of the blender if needed.)
  • Add the coconut milk and vanilla to the blender. Puree until smooth. Then pour the gelatin mixture into the blender. Puree again until smooth.
  • Pour the mango pudding into small 4 ounce serving cups. Cover and chill the cups for 3-4 hours to set. Serve cold with a mint garnish. Also try garnishing with toasted coconut, lime zest, or chopped cashews.

Notes

You can also use thawed frozen mango chunks.
Keep stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz, Calories: 174kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 80mg, Potassium: 156mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 502IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese
Author: Sommer Collier

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One comment on “Mango Pudding (Dairy Free!)”

  1. Great ending to a Mexican Monday meal!!1
    Made it up as written ( hardly ever do that)
    Will make again but think I will use a bit of almond extract instead of the vanilla.