Full disclosure: when attempting this recipe I actually made 3 different kinds of pudding. Strawberry banana, chai banana and peanut butter banana. But I am only sharing the recipe for the Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding because it was hands down the best of the three. Absolutely delicious. And SO EASY to make. You’ve gotta try it!
The basics of chia seed pudding are pretty simple: Some form of milk alternative and some chia seeds. The difficult part is getting the flavors and consistency right.
I used almond milk as the base. I’ve tried coconut milk but it comes out really thick. I whipped in a banana, fresh peanut butter, a little Nuzest vegan protein powder and some vanilla powder for flavor.
This recipe makes 2 servings. I poured half in each of 2 little jam jars I found and threw them in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning, I topped them off with diced banana, peanut butter and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Absolutely delicious!
The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Why the hype? Well, for starters, chia seeds are one of the worlds most nutritious food calorie for calorie. And take a look at some other health benefits of chia seeds:
- Loaded in antioxidants
- May aide in weight loss
- High quality vegan protein
- High in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Helps stabilize blood sugar levels
- Increases satiety in meals
- May improve chronic inflammation
Plus, they are super easy to incorporate into your diet. One way is through my overnight chia pudding! It’s delicious!
Overnight Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbs smooth peanut butter
- 1 fresh banana
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder Try Nuzest Clean Lean Protein in Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 banana, diced
- 1 tbs peanut butter, melted
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Blend all pudding ingredients except chia in a blender until smooth. Then stir in chia until evenly combined (or blend on low).
- Pour evenly into 2 glass containers and put in the refrigerator overnight.
- When ready to eat, top with diced banana, melted chocolate and a sprinkle of chia. That's it! Enjoy!
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