Oh, how I love a delicious, guilt-free dessert. When the rest of my body can enjoy my food as much as my taste buds I feel fantastic, which is why I love this Banana Cream Chia Pudding recipe. Adding chia seeds to your diet is one of the simplest ways to eat healthier. Complimented by a delicate nut-like flavor, these seeds are an easily digested superfood high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Aztec warriors used chia seeds as their primary source of fuel during conquests due to their energizing balance of protein, carbs, and fiber. Chia seeds are not only nutritious, but highly versatile. You can also add them to nearly anything including cereal, oatmeal, smoothies, or yogurt for a simple nutritious kick.
Chia seeds can absorb up to nine times their weight in water. When soaked in a liquid they begin to form a gel-like substance, which is why they are perfect for making a delicious pudding snack. I love experimenting with different chia pudding recipes. Once you understand the basic chia to liquid ratio, you can begin making your own creations as well. With its lovely frothy consistency and subtly sweet flavor, this Banana Cream Chia Pudding recipe is definitely one of my favorites.
3/4 cup almond milk or water
1 large banana
1 tsp cinnamon
1 to 2 tbsp raw honey (I prefer a lighter sweet taste and usually use only 1 tbsp)
2 tbsp chia seeds
This recipe is a breeze to make. Begin by mixing all of the ingredients except the chia seeds in a blender on medium speed until completely combined. Stop blending to add the chia seeds. Next, add the chia seeds and mix on low for five minutes or so until the texture begins to become frothy. Store the pudding in the refrigerator for at least an hour or leave it in overnight if you can. This will allow the seeds enough time to absorb enough of the liquid to develop the right consistency.
That’s it! You can top off your pudding with slices of banana and cinnamon if you’d like. This Banana Cream Chia Pudding would pair wonderfully with some tasty pumpkin bread and, though I’ve never tried adding cacao powder to this recipe, I’m sure that would also be delicious. I’m going to try that next time–banana chocolate chia pudding, anyone? Mmmm… If you have any ideas for tasty chia seed pudding creations, please let me know! I love trying new recipes.