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 Pudding Ingredients
I chose to make banana chia 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. While you can use dairy milk, I’ve opted for a plant-based milk here to keep it a vegan chia seed pudding.
- non-dairy milk
- chia seeds
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
- coconut flakes (I love this brand)
- sea salt
How To Make Banana Chia Seed Pudding
First, mash your bananas. I like to use the backside of a fork to do so, but your hands work just as well.
Then, you’ll combine all of the other ingredients. I just add them to the same bowl with the mashed banana, and stir.
Then, just place in the fridge to firm up overnight.
This easy banana chia 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.
Chia and Banana Pudding is Kid Friendly
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.
Here is more information about how we’re introducing solids and doing baby led weaning at 6 months.
This is the perfect baby pudding recipe for chia for baby.
We love offering chia seeds to babies.
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.
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.
Yes, it’s one of my favorite ways to increase nutrients in clients diets. Chia seeds are full of micronutrients, like calcium, iron, B-vitamins, protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. We added a little sugar with maple syrup but you can omit if you’d like to reduce the sugar content.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Chia Seed Recipes:
- Chocolate Dairy Free Pudding
- Banana Chia Bread
- Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Healthy Cranberry Strawberry Chia Jam
- 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
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?