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Simple Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Banana chia seed pudding is like a healthy banana pudding in a glass, filled with nourishing ingredients like bananas, chia seeds, milk and shredded coconut. This is a great chia pudding for toddlers and an easy meal prep breakfast!

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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 good, because the banana adds a natural sweetness that just mashes into the thickened chia pudding texture. 

We’re no strangers to chia pudding recipes – this chocolate coconut chia pudding is a well known favorite over here. We make it to enjoy for dessert often.

We also love adding chia seeds to our high protein overnight oats recipes – such a great nutrient dense add in!

But this chia seed banana pudding caught us off guard, because we have been having it on repeat for the past few weeks!

overnight banana chia seed pudding with peanut butter

Why You’ll Love Banana Chia Seed Pudding

  • Nutrient-dense – Of course we want food to taste good, but it’s even better when it’s nutritious AND tastes good! This banana chia seed pudding recipe is full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, B-Vitamins, antioxidants, protein, healthy fats and more.
  • Easy meal prep breakfast – If your mornings are rushed, making this chia seed banana pudding the night before will make your morning meal quicker and easier. These make great options for a breakfast bar, where people can choose their favorite individual toppings.
  • Hands off recipe – This easy banana chia pudding recipe is extremely easy to make and makes for a hands-off healthy overnight chia pudding option. Just mix everything together, put it in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning -add more toppings if desired.
  • Can take it on the go – Invest in some mini mason jars or these overnight oat cups for a quick chia seed pudding on the go! Did I also mention that you can freeze it for later?! I often ate this as a healthy breakfast for pregnancy after dropping the kids at school. It was easy to stomach!
  • Kid friendly– Chia pudding for toddlers is my favorite way to introduce chia seeds to babies and littles. The chia seeds thicken everything up, so it’s easy to eat on a spoon, or I should say, self-feed with an ezpz spoon! This is a great chia seed recipe for baby led weaning, too! T
  • Easy to add other toppings and additions – If this banana chia pudding recipe isn’t up your alley, add in blueberries, strawberries or another fruit! 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. 

Ingredients For Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Here’s everything you need to make your own toddler chia pudding with bananas.

ingredients labeled in a bowl for banana chia seed pudding
  • milk – I chose to make my chia banana pudding with almond milk, but feel free to use any type of milk you have or prefer! Soy milk or dairy milk will offer more protein.
  • bananas – ripe bananas will add more natural sweetness!
  • chia seeds
  • vanilla extract
  • maple syrup – you can omit this for babies and younger toddlers if you want to eliminate added sugars
  • coconut flakes (I love this brand)
  • sea salt
  • cinnamon


  • An oat milk chia pudding or a cashew milk would also mesh well with the creaminess of a banana. While you can use dairy milk, I’ve opted for a plant-based milk here to make it a vegan chia seed pudding.
  • The coconut flakes are optional, but can be a great way to introduce an allergen to baby or toddlers!
  • To amp up the nutrition further, you could consider adding flax seeds, peanut butter or peanut butter powder, protein powder, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, dried fruit, etc.

How To Make Chia Banana Pudding

First, mash your bananas. I like to use the backside of a fork to do so, but your hands work just as well. 

This could also be a great task to give to an older child to let them “help.”

Then, you’ll combine all of the other ingredients. I just add them to the same bowl with the mashed banana, and stir.

ingredients in clear bowl to make banana chia seed pudding
process shot to make banana chia seed pudding
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Banana chia seed pudding topped with banana slices and coconut flakes in mason jar |

Then, just place in the fridge to firm up overnight! Like overnight oats, with chia pudding, the chia seeds are soaking up the liquid and expanding (or “gelling”).

When waiting for banana chia pudding to set, expect the seeds to 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. 

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. 

Is Chia Seed Pudding Safe for Toddlers?

Yes, chia seed pudding is a healthy option for toddlers, and a great way to introduce chia seeds to kids. My toddler loves this banana chia pudding as a chia pudding snack recipe with extra cinnamon peanut butter

Chia seeds are a great source of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and fats are so important for babies’ growing brains.

This chia and banana pudding recipe also works well as a healthy baby pudding or a way to introduce babies (and toddlers) to new foods and flavors. 

This is the perfect baby pudding recipe for chia for baby. I would just recommend omitting the maple syrup for babies.

Here is more information about how we’re introducing solids and doing baby led weaning at 6 months

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

overnight banana chia seed pudding in mason jars with gold spoons


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.

Is banana chia pudding healthy?

Yes, chia seed banana pudding is a healthy meal or snack for kids and adults. Chia seeds are full of micronutrients, like calcium, iron, B-vitamins, protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. You can reduce the sugar content by omitting the maple syrup.

How long is chia pudding good for?

Chia pudding stays fresh for about 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months! 

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overnight banana chia seed pudding in mason jars with gold spoons
Yield: 2

Easy Banana Chia Pudding

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.



  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."


*You can omit the maple syrup if serving to babies.

Optional add in ideas: cocao nibs, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, cocoa powder, dried or fresh fruit, flax seeds

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 415mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 8gSugar: 18gProtein: 10g

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  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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