Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding
Is there anything better than chocolate? Don’t answer that, it’s a hard no 😉 Which means that any recipe containing chocolate is equally as yummy! This banana chia pudding is not only amazing for its chocolate association but also because it’s a quick, make a head healthy breakfast. Whip up a batch the night before and save yourself sometime in the morning while still getting in a ton of nutrients.
One of the meals moms struggle with most is easily breakfast. It’s not that they struggle to get their kids to eat something, it’s that the meal itself is normally cereal or a quick muffin in the Tims drive thru. For kids and moms.
Which makes sense. In theory, breakfast takes time. And between getting yourself and the kids out of bed, dressed and off to school and work it gets a bit hectic. So something that can be made and consume in under ten minutes is often essential.
And while I can totally understand the rushed, shove something in your mouth mindset, I still strive for that “something” to be as healthy and nutrient dense as possible.
Enter banana chia pudding.
Chia seeds are one of the three foods I think every child (and mama) should have in their diets. Not only are they easy to get into your diet but they are full of some seriously awesome health benefits (you can check out some of those benefits here).
Chia seeds are high in healthy fats, fats that specifically promote fighting inflammation. For a tiny little seed they also contain a pretty good amount of protein and their fiber intake is high. Seriously, chia seeds are all around awesome.
Plus, they absorb liquid which means that when combined with fluid they create a pudding like gel that it super tasty.
Another fun component of this banana chia pudding is cacao powder! I can’t even express how much I love cacao powder (check out its awesome benefits here) and it is easily one of the most used superfoods in my house.
Not only is it calcium rich, full of antioxidants and magnesium but it makes everything chocolate! Wahoo!
So truly, this banana chia pudding kicks butt.
Not only is it full of heath promoting nutrients but you can whip it up the night before and have it ready for you in the morning for breakfast. No coking, no wait time, just a delicious, healthy option during a hectic morning.
Plus, what kid says no to chocolate at breakfast?!
And while it does make a super awesome breakfast, personally, I like to use this banana chia pudding as a healthy mid day snack. I find chia seeds gives me a bit of a perk up during mid afternoon (or maybe that’s the chocolate?) and I love the creamy texture. It makes me feel like I’m indulging in something decadent and yet it’s so healthy!
Thankfully, all you’ve got to do is whip up a batch the night before, through it in some mason jars and put it in the fringe! Breakfast or a snack, it makes the perfect healthy grab and go the next day. Plus, if you opt for an almond milk alternative it’s nut free! This means that it’s school lunch approved and perfect for kids.
This banana pudding is deliciously awesome. Thanks to the bananas it’s sweet, creamy and has enough nutrients to start off your day fueled and keep you going until your next snack.
Ingredients in the banana chia pudding
- 1 banana, split in half
- 1 cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup, separate 2 and 1
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
How To Make Chia Pudding
In a powerful blender, combine half the banana, cacao. Vanilla and two tablespoons syrup. Pour in the almond milk.
Blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and whisk in the chia seeds.
Let sit in the fridge for four to six hours. This allows the seeds to absorb the mixture and thicken resulting in a pudding like consistency.
Remove from fridge and stir in the last tablespoons of syrup as well as the second half of the banana.
Makes two servings.
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Breakfast has never been so simple.. or healthy! This banana chia pudding is sweet, creamy and full of nutrients to start off the day. Thanks to some tasty superfoods its not only chocolate based but it will get your body and mind jumped up and ready for the day ahead.. and there’s no cooking required. Win!