Banana chia pudding is like a healthy banana pudding in a glass, filled with nourishing ingredients like bananas, chia seeds, milk and shredded coconut. A super simple recipe for your weekly meal prep!
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This banana chia pudding recipe is Camryn’s new favorite snack. And I’m right there with her on enjoying all of its deliciousness. Chia pudding with banana is so addicting.
We’re no stranger to chia pudding recipes – this chocolate coconut chia pudding is a well known favorite over here. We make it to enjoy for dessert often.
This banana chia seed pudding recipe also works well as a healthy baby pudding or a way to introduce babies (and toddlers) to new foods and flavors.
Here is more information about how we’re introducing solids and doing baby led weaning at 6 months.
Can babies eat chia seeds? Yes, they can! This is the perfect baby pudding recipe for chia for baby.
Once you start introducing solids to your baby, you can definitely include chia seeds in other recipes and snacks or as a chia pudding for toddlers. Chia seeds are a great source of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and fats are so important for babies’ growing brains.
Are chia seeds safe for toddlers? Absolutely. My toddler also loves it as a chia pudding snack recipe with extra cinnamon peanut butter.
If you want more toddler snack recipes, check out this roundup with 50+ ideas.
I chose to make banana pudding with almond milk, but feel free to use any type of milk you have or prefer. I think an oat milk chia pudding or a cashew milk would also mesh well with the creaminess of a banana.
That’s it! See, it’s super simple.
This easy banana chia seed pudding recipe is extremely easy to make and makes for a hands-off healthy overnight chia pudding option.
Just take it out of the fridge and enjoy in the morning -add more toppings if desired.
Like overnight oats, with chia pudding, the chia seeds are soaking up the liquid and expanding (or “gelling”).
The overnight chia seed pudding will start to solidify as the seeds soak up the liquid.
I’ve found that the best chia pudding ratio is 1 1/2 cups of milk to 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp chia seeds. So, that’s what I have always followed.
While there is an option for overnight chia pudding, it can set in 3-5 hours if you’d like a quicker option.
If possible, try to stir the contents halfway through to help the chia seeds absorb the most liquid as possible.
This is what it will look like about halfway through as the banana chia seed pudding begins to gel.
The seeds will continue to soak up the liquids and make it nice and thick.
You could even add yogurt, for extra thickness and creaminess. Plus, you’ll get more protein, calcium, Vitamin D and probiotics.
The thickness is good in this recipe for chia breakfast pudding because the toppings will more easily get stuck in the thickness. I think a thick and creamy chia pudding is also SO much more enjoyable.
I love pairing this healthy banana pudding with my favorite coffee protein smoothie! A perfect breakfast match made in heaven.
Yes, it’s one of my favorite ways to increase nutrients in clients diets. Chia seeds are full of micronutrients, like:
In short, chia seeds don’t really change the taste or flavor of the recipe, but completely make the texture and banana chia pudding itself complete.
Plus, they make for a great blank canvas for adding your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds and flavors in a creamy, thick mixture.
Sometimes, I like to serve it as a chia pudding bowl so there’s more room for toppings, or enjoy it as a chia seed dessert option.
How long is chia pudding good for? About 3 days. You have a few options for the leftovers from this banana chia pudding recipe if you don’t consume it by then.
These make great options for a breakfast bar, where people can choose their favorite individual toppings.
While you can half it to make it a chia seed pudding recipe for one, I prefer to just make it in bulk for meal prep or to freeze.
Optional Add In Ideas: cocao nibs, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, cocoa powder, dried or fresh fruit, flax seeds
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Are you a chia pudding fan? What toppings would you add?