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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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.
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)
- chia seeds
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- coconut flakes (I love this brand)
- sea salt
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.
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.
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.
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
Plus, they make for a great blank canvas for adding your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds and flavors in a creamy, thick mixture.
What To Do With Leftover Chia Pudding
- 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.
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.
You May Also Like:
- Chocolate Dairy Free Pudding
- Banana Chia Seed Bread
- Peanut Butter Banana Brownies
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- 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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Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32-Ounce Jug
Nutiva Organic Premium Black Chia Seeds, 32 Ounce
Carrington Farms Flax Chia Blend, Gluten Free, USDA Organic, 12 Ounce
Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Coconut Flakes, 1 Lb - Medium Flakes | Perfect for Baking | Making Coconut Milk
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?