Mango-Coconut Pudding

Ali Segersten Feb 10, 2010 28 comments

I know Valentine's day is right around the corner, but instead of adding to the plethora of chocolate recipes floating around in cyber-space, I thought I would share a non-caffeinated dessert suitable for little children. This recipe also happens to be in compliance with the Phase 2 guidelines for the Elimination Diet.

This smooth, creamy and slightly sweet pudding is dairy-free. I was inspired by a mango pudding recipe found in the the current issue of Eating Well. This issue has a great article on mangos including photos of how to properly peel and cut a mango. The recipe below is a twist on the Cherry Pudding recipe found in my cookbook. The secret ingredient? Kudzu! How many of you have heard of or used kudzu before? It has wonderful thickening and gelling properties and is very soothing and healing to the gut.

You can find Kudzu in the bulk spice section at your local health food store. It is quite expensive per pound but you will only need a few tablespoons. It comes in little white powdery chunks and can be tricky to measure sometimes. For the 6 tablespoons needed in this recipe, use a 1/4 cup measure and level off, then measure 2 more tablespoons.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Hi! First of all I have your cookbook and I love it! Secondly, I would like to try and sub grass-fed gelatin for the kudzu? Do you have a suggestion on how much of the gelatin I would use. I don't think it would be as much as the 6 tablespoons of kudzu...


This was so delicious. Tasting the mango (I used frozen!), coconut milk (I used light), and agave nectar mixture from the blender, I realized there's no need for icecream. . Still I made the pudding which was perfect. That night, I soaked some chia seeds in vanilla almond milk and defrosted some frozen cherries and blueberries. Next morning I added these things, plus some toasted pumpkin seeds and more toasted coconut, to the leftover mango pudding for a yummy breakfast!


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YES! Your comment inspired me so I threw half the batch into my icecream maker....of course it's probably best eaten right away because it hardens so much in the freezer but I'm sure it will still make a tasty trat later. I bet it would be good with mango chunks mixed in too.

Do you think this could work if it was cooled and put into the ice cream maker for a delicious frozen treat?

Do you have any additional kudzu recipes? I'd like to explore this ingredient more! :-)

GOrgEous photo! This looks delish. Quick question for ya, what is kudzu?

May I use Arrowroot Powder if I can't find Kudzu? Would that work?

We are on the elimination diet and wondering if vinegar can be added back in phase 2 with the lemons and limes? It is on the NO EAT list for Phase 1, but is NOT on the NO EAT list for Phase 2. Same thing with mushrooms, which we love. We are ready to start Phase 2 tomorrow, and so far we are all feeling more energetic throughout the day. Plus I've lost a bit of weight which is a bonus!

I made this pudding for Valentine's Day and it turned out fabulous. Loved by the whole family! I did use tapioca starch instead of kudzu and it worked out great. We were naming the fruits that could also be substituted (strawberry, banana) a great stock recipe. Thank you!

Irenicineri - I buy my kudzu in the bulk spice section at my health food store. I think Eden Foods also sells some in small packages.

evaline - Vanilla is kept out because of the alcohol, you can use a glycerine extract if you would like or just leave it out. Hope you enjoy! :)

Ariana - I don't ever use gelatin because we have one vegan in the house so I have no idea how to use it. The original recipe from Eating Well uses gelatin so I know it can be done! :)

Anon - I use Native Forest brand organic coconut milk. The only ingredients are coconut, water, guar gum. Guar gum is a soluble fiber from a bean and fairly harmless. :)

Barb - I bet peaches would work or most fruits for that matter. Tom brought home a load of organic mangos about 2 weeks ago and other than eating them I didn't know what to do with them. As I was cleaning up the books and magazines from the floor one evening I spotted the mango article in Eating Well and the rest is history! :) Looking forward to hearing how the peaches work here.

Thanks all for the sweet comments! Hope you enjoy! :)

Wonderful! That looks like heaven! Simply delicious =D.

Ali, You must have come up with this last week when the Coop had those gorgeous, huge organic Tommy Atkins mangos on for so cheap! There aren't any this week--cheap or expensive. I have a boat load of peach chunks out in the freezer. I'm going to try it with them. I'll report back.

these look wonderful - I love kudzu! and mango! and coconut! what a lovely little treat. i was just looking at your coconut milk ice cream recipe, i just bought an ice cream maker and am now figuring out what to do next! :) -Kim

I've been dying to try kudzu since I first learned about it in nutrition school--just haven't gotten around to it yet! The pudding looks great, and makes me crave mango. And I bet the combination with coconut milk is to die for!

Have a happy (perhaps chocolate-free?) V-Day!)

I love how simple this recipe is! It sounds delicious.

Has anyone tried to cook this (or the cookbook version) using stevia?

Thanks and best wishes,


Kudzu! Haven't tried it yet... I always learn something new from you!

Anonymous, if you have the "Thai Kitchen" brand at your store, it is preservative-free. I have found it at most grocery stores in the Asian section. It's the red can.

Do you see any problems using canned coconut milk? All the ones I see have preservatives.

Hey for those of us who can't find or can't afford kudzu and/or are trying to use up what we have....could you use gelatin instead?

Also, could you use other fruits? Which ones?

This looks wonderful for my mango loving son! Thanks, Ali!

These look too good to be true! I'm currently obsessed with both coconut and mango. How did you know?
Hope you're having a great week!!!

As I've said before, I need to start harvesting all that kudzu on some property we have. LOL Gosh, this looks spectacular, Ali. Love the photos. This is another one of your desserts that would be great to make for my support group. :-)



Yum. Do I need to say more? :)

Yay! I was just trying to come up with a light desert for a Thai themed menu for catering...thanks!

Irenicineri, if you have a Whole Foods, I have gotten it there.

Ali - I'm on phase 2, but I thought Vanilla was a no-no until challenge? Is that because of the alcohol or are some people sensitive to vanilla (how awful) ?

I will try this recipe for sure!

These look fabulous. Now. Where does one purchase kudzu?

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