Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce

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This Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce recipe was created as a delicious, gorgeous dessert. You know, something you could share with your love on Valentine’s Day? I think I hit the jackpot, don’t you? But, then again, it could also be the ultimate in healthy snacks. You decide! If you’re into healthy, romantic, vegan desserts, check out my Cherry Vanilla Energy Bites recipe. Or if you’re in the mood for lovely, how about Vegan Chocolate Cherry Jello Shots.

Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce is such a healthy an easy dessert recipe. You can eat this as a tasty snack, or have an after dinner sweet. It satisfies your sweet tooth in the most healthy way possible!

I recently asked Shawn about New Year’s goals. Normally when I ask him that question, his answer is usually that he doesn’t have any. He prefers to live his life the way he wants to live it every day rather than waiting for some arbitrary event, like a different day on the calendar with a new year attributed to it. If you take that to mean Shawn is a relatively disciplined person, you would be right. You know how they say opposites attract? What does that say about ME! 🙂

But this year he shocked me with a couple of resolutions.

One of this goals was to reduce the amount of refined sugar in his diet.

We were walking side-by-side, which is a good thing, because it meant he couldn’t see the expression on my face. But, then again, even if he had seen my face, I’m not sure he could have interpreted it correctly.

Imagine me with a little devil on one shoulder saying, “What? No more refined sugar? How am I going to get my baking fix in? Then imagine a little angel on the other shoulder saying, “Yes! It’s so much healthier for my man to not be eating all that refined sugar.”

Then imagine me in the middle with a look of surprise.

That just about sums it up. I was happy/sad at the news. But only in the moment. It didn’t take me long to get my head churning around healthy dessert ideas. There are plenty of ways to have sweets in your life without refined sugars. Take, for example, my Vegan Date Caramel Sauce. Serve that over some N’ice Cream and that’s one sweet, little dessert.

Vegan Date Caramel Sauce

Why You’ll Love Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce

First things first, let’s talk about how easy this recipe is. It’s a matter of stirring the ingredients together and plopping them in the fridge to chill out for awhile. Then an hour later, you’re good to go. Sweet!

Maybe the most difficult part will be heading to the store to get chia seeds. But then again, there’s always Amazon.

As I said above, we’re focusing these days on recipes that use less refined sugars. Look, we all could use reducing our sugar consumption. According to the NH Department of Health and Human Services guide on sugar, two hundred years ago the average American ate 2 pounds of sugar per year. Today we eat that much in just about a week. There’s no doubt that reducing the amount of refined sugar in our diets is a good idea. That’s why this Vegan Banana Chia Pudding recipe is so perfect. It’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup and fruit. Then there’s also the chia seeds.

What is Chia?

Remember those chia pets? What was that, the 90s? I’m not sure, but we’ve learned in the meantime that chia seeds to a whole lot more than make clay animal pots sprout fur. Chia seeds are from Mexico and the word chia means oily. The chia plant is an herb in the mint family. But we’re talking about the seeds here.

Chia seeds are a great source for the following:

  • Thiamine, basically Vitamin B1, an essential nutrient
  • Niacin, basically Vitamin B3, another essential nutrient, a lack of which can reduce metabolism and cause intolerance to cold
  • Omega-3s, an essential fatty acid considered necessary for human health
  • A variety of other nutrients such as folate, calcium, iron, and more

One thing we really love about chia seeds is that the create a gel-like substance we exposed to liquids. That’s why we use it to create pudding.

So, this recipe is naturally sweet, healthy, delicious, and easy. What else could you ask for!

Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce

Did you know I’m passionate about plant-based diets? Here’s why:

  1. Eating plant-based makes you green. That’s right. Plants are great for the environment. The more plants you eat, the more you reduce your carbon footprint. That’s because factory farming for meat contributes AT LEAST half of all manmade carbon emissions. That’s a lot. So, eating more plants does more than improve your health, it helps the earth too.
  2. Vegan diets help animals. If you love animals, there’s no reason to eat them.
  3. Vegan diets are good for you. A vegan diet can lead to a decrease in cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and more. If you hope for improved health, a vegan diet is a great way to achieve it.

Also, vegan diets are romantic…because it helps you and your love stay healthier longer.

This Recipe May Not be your Jam

This recipe just isn’t all it could be…without you. How romantic is that? ❤️

But seriously, it’s like every recipe you look at is saying, BE MINE!

OK. OK. Enough with the valentine’s day references. Hopefully you get the idea. The best thing you can do with this vegan banana chia pudding recipe, is make it your own. That means change it to your liking. In case you’re curious, here are some ideas for changing up this vegan banana chia pudding:

  • Add a splash of rum for a boozy chia pudding
  • Try raspberries instead of blackberries
  • Add some extra vanilla extract for a boost
  • Add a scoop of Vegan Whipped Cream for some extra fancy deliciousness
  • Sprinkle a little bit of freshly grated nutmeg on the top

You can serve this Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce on a special Saturday night gathering, or even a simple weekday dessert. If you’re like us, you’ll be making this recipe on repeat.

Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce

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Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce is such a healthy an easy dessert recipe. You can eat this as a tasty snack, or have an after dinner sweet. It satisfies your sweet tooth in the most healthy way possible!
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Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Enjoy this creamy, delicious, and gorgeous Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce. It's made with only a few ingredients but lots of flavor.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
Ingredients
For the Blackberry Topping
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ teaspoon sweetener*
  • ½ teaspoon chia seeds
For the Banana Pudding
  • cup plant-based milk vanilla
  • 1 moderately ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener*
  • cup chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Additional optional toppings: Granola sliced almonds, coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Place the blackberries in a bowl. Mash with a fork. Add the sweetener. Stir to combine. Add the 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add the plant-based milk and banana. Pulse until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon of sweetener. Pulse again to combine. Add the chia seeds and vanilla. Pulse one more time. Pour into a lidded container.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 45 minutes to an hour, or overnight. It will thicken more the longer it sits, so if you prefer a firmer pudding, refrigerate overnight.
  4. When you're ready to serve, pour equal amounts into two serving dishes. Top with equal amounts of blackberry sauce. Add almond slivers, granola or coconut flakes for garnish.
Recipe Notes

* I prefer maple syrup, agave, or honey. You can also use stevia in the same quantities.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 95mg 4%
Potassium 609mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 39g 13%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 17g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 9.8%
Vitamin C 15.9%
Calcium 42.1%
Iron 18.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Help Fight Pediatric Cancer

I am participating with several of my food blogging friends in the Good Cookie Food Blogger  Valentine’s Event. Our main goal is to celebrate food, love, and to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Did you know that cancer is the number one cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.? There are 40,000 U.S. children actively battling cancer right now. Right now only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes toward childhood cancer. We all have to do something to make a difference.

Join with me and my food blogging friends to make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

We have a  goal: to raise at least $3000 by February 28. There are three companies participating in this campaign:  Dixie Crystals, Land O’Lakes and Mediavine have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000!

Currently, we have raised: $1,515 we are a little over HALF WAY towards our $3000 goal, will you help us with a donation today? Every little bit helps.

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Now, on to the Valentine’s Day Food Celebration. Below you’ll find cookies, bars and desserts, all themed around Valentine’s Day.

 

Heart-Shaped Pink Velvet Bundt Cake from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookie Bars from Julie of Julie Blanner
Frosted Sugar Cookies from Becca of The Salted Cookie
Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies from Sue of It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Fudgy Chocolate Mug Cake from Gwynn of Swirls of Flavor
Cannoli {in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer} from Sheila of Life, Love, and Good Food
Red Velvet Pizzelle from Liren of Kitchen Confidante
Microwave Chocolate Ganache from Melanie of Melanie Makes
Brownie Ice Cream Valentines from TammyJo of The Chocolate Cult
Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies from Lisa of Blogghetti
Rice Crispy Treat Hearts from Heather of Totally Tailgates
Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce from Marly of Namely Marly
Spicy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Becca of Two Places at Once
Coconut Almond Biscotti from Kathleen of Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Strawberry Valentine Marshmallows from Serena of SerenaLissy
Strawberry Sugar Cookies from Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Fudge Cookies from Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction
Double Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies from Natalie of The Devil Wears Parsley
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Macaroons from Ashley of Spoonful of Flavor
Salted Chocolste Caramel Chip Bars from Emily of It Bakes Me Happy
Red Wine Brownies from Nicole of For the Love of Food
Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies from Denise of Chez Us
Easy As Pie Cookies from Ashley of A Cup of Charming
Skinny Gluten-Free VDay Cookies from Jessica of Pensive Paleo
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookies from Carolann of Apron Warrior
Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies from Jessica of My Baking Heart
Peppermint Brownie Cookies from Aimee of Aimee Broussard & Co.

Whatever Valentine’s Day dessert you’re trying, enjoy!

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