This banana bread chia pudding is creamy treat and it’s packed with banana flavor without any added sugars.
Sometimes recipes on the blog come from an inspiration in my daily life or adventures, other times they come from a “holy crap I have a ton of chia seeds what should I do with them?” kinda situations. Can you guess which situation this recipe came from?
“Holy crap I have a ton of chia seeds what should I do with them?” Is kind of an awesome situation really. Chia seeds, like sweet potatoes, bananas, eggs and spinach are one of those super foods that are so damn versatile.
These magic little gems absorb up to 3 times their size in water and create a “gel” that can be a fantastic texture in things like overnight oats, smoothies, protein bards and yes, puddings. Chia, aside from being super versatile boasts a variety of health benefits like 11g of fiber per ounce, 4g of plant protein, plus they contain antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
I’ll be honest, the first chia pudding I had looked like the inside of what I imagine a brain might look like and tasted the same. But like a lot of things, first impressions can be deceiving. I’ve found over many a-recipe-test, that when these little seeds are ground or blended the jell texture mixes better and tastes well, less “gooey,” without loosing its thickening qualities. I’ve used this technique before in the almond joy chia pudding with great success and it’s probably one of my favorite ways to enjoy chia.
For this recipe instead of adding any extra sugars I rely on the natural sweetness of a ripe banana, which is brought out by the healthy fats in the almond butter. And of course, if you’re feeling festive you can always add a couple chocolate chips.
I’ve been enjoying this pudding as a breakfast with a scoop of granola, as a snack or even as dessert.
Banana Bread Chia Pudding
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 2 Cups of Almond Milk
- 1 Scoop (2 tbsp) of Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 Tablespoon of Almond Butter
- 3 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
- 2 Tablespoons of Chocolate Chips
- In a blender, food processor or magic bullet, blend together all ingredients until smooth - chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving
- Top with chocolate chips
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If you’re looking for more chia-spiration you might like:
- Do you every cook/bake with chia seeds? What’s your favorite way to use them?