Simple Banana Chia Seed Pudding

  Mar 2, 2021  |  #Recipes

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.

Banana Chia Seed Pudding is Kid Friendly

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

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If you want more toddler snack recipes, check out this roundup with 50+ ideas. 

Ingredients For Banana Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

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.

  • milk (using a plant based or non-dairy milk option will keep this as a vegan overnight chia pudding)
  • bananas
  • chia seeds
  • vanilla extract
  • maple syrup
  • coconut flakes (I love this brand)
  • sea salt
  • cinnamon

Other optional ingredients: flax seeds, peanut butter powder, protein powder, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder

ingredients labeled in a bowl for banana chia seed pudding

 

How To Make Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

  • Mash Your Bananas – I like to use the backside of a fork to do so, but your hands work just as well. 
  • Combine all of the other ingredients – I just add them to the same bowl with the mashed banana.
  • Stir – Then, just place in the fridge to firm up overnight.

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. 

ingredients for banana chia seed pudding

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. 

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How Long Does Chia Pudding Take To Set?

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. 

process shot to make banana chia seed pudding

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. 

Is Chia Seed Pudding Healthy?

Yes, it’s one of my favorite ways to increase nutrients in clients diets. Chia seeds are full of micronutrients, like:

  • calcium – an important component of bone health
  • iron -which helps deliver oxygen to cells
  • omega 3 fatty acids – these help with inflammation, skin and brain health 
  • B-vitamins – which help produce and deliver energy throughout the body
  • protein – important for muscle growth, recovery and satiety 
  • fiber – a nutrient most Americans aren’t getting enough of

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.

overnight chia seed pudding in mason jars with gold spoons

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. 

What To Do With Leftover Chia Pudding 

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.

  • Fridge – When stored in the refrigerator, chia pudding should last up to 4 days in the fridge if stored in a covered container.
  • Use it for meal prep – Meal prep chia pudding can be a lifesaver for busy mornings. You won’t have to think about breakfast!
  • Freezer – I know I always wondered Can you freeze chia pudding? Yes you can! If you make this in bulk and won’t get to it within 3-4 days, just freeze it for up to 3 months. 

 

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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. 

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Easy Banana Chia Pudding

Easy Banana Chia Pudding

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Banana chia pudding is like a healthy banana pudding in a glass, filled with nourishing ingredients like bananas, chia seeds, milk and shredded coconut.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mash bananas with a fork.
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  3. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight until the chia seeds absorb the liquid and the mixture starts to "gel."

Notes

Optional Add In Ideas: cocao nibs, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, cocoa powder, dried or fresh fruit, flax seeds

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?

7 responses to “Simple Banana Chia Seed Pudding

  1. I’m loving this healthy take on banana pudding! I can still enjoy those amazing flavors without all the sugar! Great idea with this!

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