In a blender, combine the coconut milk, fruit, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and spices on low until smooth, about 1 minute. Taste, then add more maple syrup if you prefer a sweeter taste. (Sweeter fruits like bananas will require less syrup.)
Pour your blended milk mixture into a jar that has a lid—mason and old pickle jars both work well.
Stir the chia seeds into the jar. Using a knife works well—it makes the process less messy and you can easily scrape every last bit of chia back into the jar. If you prefer a thicker pudding, add another tablespoon of chia seeds.
Cover and let thicken in fridge for a few hours. Overnight is best. It will have a pudding-like texture when it is done.
Once the pudding has set, remove it from the refrigerator. If desired, garnish it with a handful of shredded coconut, mint or basil, and nuts. Serve cold.