Banana Chia Seed Pudding {Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free}

This Banana Chia Pudding is naturally sweetened, healthy, whole30 approved, and is seriously delicious! I hope you give it a try!

chia pudding

 

If you’re not familiar with cha-cha-cha-chia seeds (I couldn’t help myself, we sing that all the time around here!), they’re amazing. If you put them in liquid and let them set for a couple hours they soak up the liquid to make a thick, creamy, tapioca-like pudding. It’s a great way to get chia seeds into your diet.

whole30 and post workout

I’ve made chia seed puddings in the past but didn’t start making them regularly until starting the Whole30. The Whole30 book recommends eating right after you workout (or pretty close to it), which I never do. I usually wait at least an 1 1/2 or 2 hours then I’m STARVING and eat all the things I can find – totally not good. So I started making chia seed pudding as a post-workout snack.

Even though chia seeds don’t have tons of protein, which is needed after a workout, they have 3 grams per Tbsp which isn’t terrible. If you want more protein you could add some unflavored or vanilla collagen peptides (Whole30 approved, love it – an amazing protein powder with tons of health benefits) or other approved protein powder (I love Dr. Axe’s Bone Broth Protein Powder and I think it is compliant). Besides protein, they also have omega-3’s, calcium, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants – these little seeds pack a punch!

snack, breakfast, or treat

This isn’t just an after workout snack though! It can be made the night before for breakfast the next morning (my daughter’s favorite), eaten as a mid-day snack, or you could make it in the morning for a simple pre-made treat at the end of the day.

If you’re not a big fan of the chia texture, you can blend it into a creamy pudding, just add a bit of sweetener such as a date or maple syrup. I have absolutely no idea why, but it’s just not as sweet after it’s blended. But for those of you who like a little texture, just leave it!

It’s naturally sweetened, healthy, seriously delicious, and easy. I hope you give it a try!

It will last a couple of days in the fridge if you can leave it that long 🙂

Helpful Hint:

All you have to remember when making chia pudding is to use 3 Tbsp. of whole chia seeds per cup of liquid, then the sky’s the limit in terms of flavor options so experiment and have fun! You can add various sweeteners, extracts, cocoa powder, spices, fruit, nuts, seeds, and on and on. If you have any great flavor combos let me know in the comment section!

BTW- If you’re not into the chia pudding thing, you may enjoy my Paleo Vanilla Pudding or my Easy Paleo Chocolate Pudding – both are egg free 🙂

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Banana Chia Seed Pudding {Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free}

Since this is a Whole30 recipe it's not overly sweet. Feel free to add maple syrup if needed.
Course dairy free, Dessert, gluten free, paleo, whole30
Cuisine American
Keyword banana chia pudding, banana chia seed pudding, dairy free chia pudding, dairy free pudding, paleo chia pudding, paleo dessert, paleo pudding, vegan chia pudding, vegan pudding, whole30 dessert, whole30 pudding, whole30 snacks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 184 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 C Non-Dairy Milk I use unsweetened cashew milk but I've also subbed 1 Cup with full-fat canned coconut milk and it was extra creamy and delicious!
  • 2 Ripe Bananas + more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon + more for garnish
  • 1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla or vanilla powder for the Whole30 purist
  • 1/3 C + 1 Tbsp Whole Chia Seeds

Instructions

  1. Place non-dairy milk, bananas, cinnamon, and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large mason jar.
  3. Add the chia seeds, put on the lid, and shake to combine. Make sure there are no lumps and the chia seeds are evenly distributed.
  4. Place in fridge for 2+ hours to overnight, or until thickened.
  5. If you prefer a smooth pudding, blend on high in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Add additional sweetener such as a date or maple syrup as needed.
  6. Serve garnished with banana slices and cinnamon. Or garnish with bananas and toasted coconut for coconut cream pie flavor 🙂
  7. Store covered in fridge. Stays fresh up to two days.
Nutrition Facts
Banana Chia Seed Pudding {Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 358mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 9g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 8.7%
Calcium 13.1%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

this post is part of Real Food Friday

Posted January 21, 2017 by Cassidy in Bars & Snacks, Breakfast & Muffins, Desserts, Egg Free, Milk & Cheese Substitutes, Nut Free, Paleo, Vegan, Whole30 / 2 Comments

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2 responses to “Banana Chia Seed Pudding {Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free}

  1. Cassidy,
    This banana pudding sound delicious. I love using chia seeds to make pudding – it such a wonderful super food. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

  2. This pudding is soooo delicious! I thought I wouldn’t like the texture, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve been looking for protein alternatives because I feel bad eating so much meat while on the whole30 and this recipe helps a lot! Thank you so much.

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