Banana chia pudding is like a healthy banana pudding in a glass, filled with nourishing ingredients like bananas, chia seeds, milk and shredded coconut.
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Banana chia seed pudding is Camryn’s new favorite snack. And I’m right there with her on enjoying all of it’s deliciousness. Chia pudding with banana is so addicting.
We’re no stranger to chia pudding – this chocolate coconut chia pudding is a well known favorite over here. We make it to enjoy for dessert often.
Banana Chia Seed Pudding is Great for Babies and Toddlers Too
This banana chia seed pudding recipe also works well as a healthy baby pudding or way to introduce babies (and toddlers) to new foods and flavors.
You’re probably wondering, can babies eat chia seeds? Yes – this is the perfect baby pudding recipe. 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.
My daughter (26 months) 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.
What Do You Need To Make Banana Chia Pudding?
I chose to make banana pudding with almond milk, but feel free to use any type of milk you have or prefer. Obviously, if you want a vegan overnight chia pudding, use a plant-based or non-dairy milk option.
- chia seeds
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- coconut flakes (I love this brand)
- sea salt
How To Make Overnight Chia Seed Pudding
This banana chia seed pudding recipe is extremely easy to make and makes for a hands-off healthy overnight chia pudding option.
When comparing chia seed pudding vs overnight oats, the two ideas are very similar. In one, the chia seeds are soaking up the liquid and expanding (or “gelling”), and with overnight oats, the oats are absorbing the liquid which makes up for having to cook them.
First, mash your bananas. I like to use a fork to do so. You’ll combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
Make stir before placing in the fridge to firm up overnight.
How Long Does Chia Pudding Take?
If you have more time on your hands or you really want to enjoy this chia pudding snack recipe, you definitely don’t have to let banana chia pudding sit overnight.
Simply allowing 3-5 hours should be ample. 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 chia 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.
Is Chia Pudding Healthy?
Chia seeds are full of micronutrients, like calcium, iron, B-vitamins as well as protein and fiber (more on the nutrition content here). They 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.
How Long Does Chia Pudding Last In the Fridge?
When stored in the refrigerator, chia pudding should last up to 4 days if stored in a covered container.
I don’t think you’ll need that much of a buffer though – this banana chia seed pudding recipe is too good to save for later! Especially with extra peanut butter.
These make great options for a breakfast bar, where people can choose their favorite individual toppings. Also great for brunch or a nutrient rich snack!
Other Vegan Snacks and Recipes To Try:
- Chocolate Dairy Free Pudding
- Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding
- Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
- Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Mash bananas with a fork.
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
- Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight until the chia seeds absorb the liquid and the mixture starts to "gel."
Optional Add In Ideas: cocao nibs, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, cocoa powder, dried or fresh fruit, flax seeds
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 415mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 8gSugar: 18gProtein: 10g
Are you a chia pudding fan? What toppings would you add?