Banana Chia Pudding

Enjoy this easy, vegan, and clean banana chia pudding for breakfast, as a snack, or dessert. 

Banana Chia Pudding | Enjoy this easy, vegan, and clean banana chia pudding for breakfast, as a snack, or dessert.  | A Sweet Pea Chef

Summer BBQs are big around here.  We love grilling and hanging out on the back patio and, well eating.

Besides the BBQ meat, one of my fave things about summer is that sweet banana pudding.

BUT I do not love the artificial pudding, which is so often called banana pudding.

Or the refined sugars.

Ingredients used to make banana chia pudding: fresh banana, vanilla extract, unsweetened almond milk, pure maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and chia seeds

Last year, I shared this homemade banana pudding recipe and it was amazeballs delish.  But, alas, not clean.

So, if you have a cheat day to use (like I did last year!) for your next BBQ, then that’s a fine use of a cheat meal.

BUT, if you want to hold off on the cheat meal and avoid the refined schtuff, this banana chia pudding is a very, very tasty alternative.

And, honestly – what could be easier than chia pudding?
Fresh banana mashed with a fork in a bowl to make banana chia pudding

How to Make Chia Pudding

Ever wondered how to make chia pudding?  All you do is mix the chia seeds with the milk, sweetener, and flavorings of your choice in a jar and let the chia pudding chill overnight to thicken. It’s so dang easy.  And good for you too!

In general, the ration of chia seeds to liquid should be 3 tablespoons chia seeds for every 1 cup of liquid.  Sometimes, like in this recipe, the banana adds liquid as do a few other ingredients, so it may vary slightly.  But, in general, 3 tablespoons chia seeds to every 1 cup will be a good baseline for how to make chia pudding.  You can also use either white or black chia seeds for making chia seed pudding – because of the lighter color of this banana chia pudding recipe, I use white chia seeds – but the taste and texture is exactly the same as the black chia seeds.

Are Chia Seeds Healthy?

Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. In fact, just two tablespoons of these tiny seeds have almost 10 grams of fiber—about 40 percent of the recommended daily intake.

Chia seeds thicken almost any liquid, which makes them great for getting that creamy pudding-like texture even when you use dairy-free milk.

If you don’t like the texture of the seeds and want the pudding to be completely smooth, just blend everything together before placing in the fridge to soak.

Bowl of mashed banana to be used in banana chia pudding recipe

PLUS I’ve been asked a lot recently to share more vegan recipes, too – so this banana chia pudding recipe is a win-win-win!  Woot!

Let’s go over some of the goodness involved in this here banana chia pudding recipe, okay?

  • easy
  • clean
  • tasty
  • high in protein (9.3g in one serving of PUDDING! whuh??)
  • no double boilers needed (or cooking whatsoever)
  • great texture
  • high in fiber
  • you get to eat banana pudding – duh!
  • no refined sugar

Close up of ingredients combined in a mixing bowl, used to make banana chia pudding Straight on shot of banana chia pudding before being placed into the fridge, which is in a mason jar against a neutral background

Does this mean it will taste EXACTLY like the banana pudding you’re used to?  No, of course not.  This will not taste artificial, super duper sweet, or bad for you.

Instead, it will taste incredibly yummy, satisfying, and smooth…which, if you’re anything like me, you totes appreciate with your clean eating because you want to eat healthy and still love your food.

Overhead shot of banana chia pudding served in a mason jar and topped with crushed cashews : Close up of a spoonful of banana chia pudding, ready to be enjoyed

Okay, so let’s talk toppings.  In these old banana pudding cups, I topped them off with homemade nilla wafers. Again, delish, but not clean.

So, you know what’s a clean alternative that tastes great, provides that nice crunch, and actually is good for you?

Cashews!

I know – right?  Cashews??  On banana pudding?

YAAS – stay with me…it’s shockingly tasty and adds the perfect flavor and crunch to make it so yummy.

Bowl of banana chia pudding garnished with sliced bananas and crushed cashew nuts, ready to be served and enjoyed

So…try this banana chia pudding out for yourself or for your summer BBQ guests.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do and that it hits that sweet spot for you, while still allowing you to live that healthy lifestyle!

Because healthy food should be delicious, too!

Banana Chia Pudding

 

5 from 2 votes
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Banana Chia Pudding
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Refrigerate
5 hrs
 

Enjoy this easy, vegan, and clean banana chia pudding for breakfast, as a snack or dessert.

Categories: Clean, Dessert, gluten free, Healthy, Summer, Vegan
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: banana chia, banana chia pudding, banana chia seed pudding
Servings: 2 puddings
Calories: 149 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 tbsp white chia seeds (can also use black chia seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, as needed for additional sweetness
  • garnish sliced bananas, chopped cashews
Instructions
  1. Add the mashed banana to a small container - I like to use glass mason jars, followed by the white chia seeds, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. For a little added sweetness, you can also add in a little pure maple syrup.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 5-6 hours, to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and thicken.
  4. In an air-tight container, this pudding will last in the fridge a good 4-5 days.
  5. When it’s ready to eat, I like to top it with some sliced banana and chopped cashews for a little crunch.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Banana Chia Pudding
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.2g10%
Saturated Fat 0.7g4%
Sodium 3.8mg0%
Carbohydrates 21.8g7%
Fiber 8.2g33%
Sugar 7.3g8%
Protein 3.9g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

14 thoughts on “Banana Chia Pudding

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  2. Ok. I’m completely addicted to that recipe.

    I have been doing it 5 times in 2 weeks. Basically, I eat it everyday. This is healthy and soooo good.
    I’m pregnant and I plan to make this exact recipe for my baby when the time comes!

  3. This is a fabulous recipe – thank you! By far my favorite proportions for chia pudding. Could you substitute the banana for strawberries or mango for an alternative flavor profile?

  4. 5 stars
    I haven’t made this yet, but what a good breakfast it would be. And I almost always (except this week I forgot to buy them) have bananas and all the other ingredients in my house. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks Lacey.

  5. I love banana pudding, but I also love chia puddings. This recipe is a winner. I will be making this tonight. I already have everything that I need,

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