Vegan Banana Chia Pudding Recipe with Blackberries

This amazing Banana Chia Pudding recipe is made without eggs or dairy and is so tasty and colorful, you’ll want to make it time and time again! Banana chia seed pudding uses the magic of chia seeds to make a deliciously thick pudding topped with a tasty blackberry sauce!

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.

Two serving bowls with vegan banana chia pudding has blackberry sauce on top and fresh blackberries and sliced almonds.
Make banana chia pudding almond milk infused!

This Banana Chia Pudding 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?

We love vegan desserts here, but it’s good to also have some healthy dessert options too.

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.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • No refined sugars, means this is a healthy snack any time of day
  • The blackberry topping adds flavor and color, important ingredients for any snack
  • Chia seeds are full of important nutrients we need in our diet!

How to Make Banana Chia Pudding

It’s so easy to make this delicious chia banana pudding.

Step One: Create the Blackberry Topping

This step is purely optional, but if you’re in to blackberries as much as I am, this blackberry topping is a must! Place fresh or frozen blackberries in a bowl and use a fork to lightly mash them. Add sweetener of choice (like stevia) and chia seeds. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate to let the chia seeds create a gel.

Step Two: Make Banana Pudding

Combine plant-based milk and bananas in a food processor or blender. Pulse until smooth. Add the chia seeds and sweetener and vanilla. Allow that to sit for a few minutes (so the chia seeds will soften). Then pulse for up to a minute to create a smooth sauce. Use a spatula to push down ingredients from the side of the bowl and pulse again.

Note: I used almond milk to make a tasty banana chia almond milk treat. However, feel free to use coconut milk to make a banana coconut chia pudding!

Step Three: Refrigerate

Pour the chia seed banana pudding into a sealed container and refrigerate for at least a few hours, up to overnight.

Step Four: Serve

To serve the chia seed custard, transfer equal amounts to serving dishes and top with the blackberry sauce.

For an extra dramatic flair, add some Vegan Whipped Cream on top!

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 banana chia pudding breakfast 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 chia custard recipe is naturally sweet, healthy, delicious, and easy. What else could you ask for! It’s the ultimate chia snack!

A bowl of chia seeds is surrounded by fresh blackberries.

Expert Tips for Chia Pudding with Banana

Use these expert tips and tricks to make this vegan chia pudding banana infused deliciousness!

  • If you prefer a smoother pudding, allow the chia seeds to sit for 5 minutes in the banana pudding sauce and then pulse again.
  • Add a splash of rum to the blackberry sauce for a boozy chia pudding
  • Try raspberries instead of blackberries
  • Add some extra vanilla extract for a boost
  • Use creamy cashew milk to make cashew milk chia pudding
  • If you’d like to reduce carbs for this recipe, add more plant-based milk and banana extract in place of actual bananas which have a higher carb count
  • Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the pudding to make chocolate banana chia pudding
  • Sprinkle a little bit of freshly grated nutmeg on top.

You can serve this banana chia seed pudding recipe 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.

A close-up of vegan banana chia pudding is topped with blueberry sauce and has fresh blueberries around it.

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Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce in a serving dish with another dish behind it and fresh blackberries around it.

Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce

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.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Banana Chia Pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 302kcal
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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 609mg17%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 14g56%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 13.1mg16%
Calcium 421mg42%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Valentine’s Day Food Celebration

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

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

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15 Responses to Vegan Banana Chia Pudding Recipe with Blackberries

  1. Hi Marly! My mouth is watering for this recipe and I can’t wait to make it! I’m so happy to be participating in the Cookies For Kids Bloggers’ Valentine’s Event with you! And I have to tell you that I absolutely love your podcast. Thank you for keeping me company while I’m driving! Have a delicious day! Gwynn at Swirls of Flavor

  2. I can just about see your expression when he told you that. 🙂 This recipe looks so amazing and sounds very flavorful. I have never cooked with Chia seeds but am inspired now. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    • Haha. Add a little “deer in the headlight” expression and that pretty sums it up. 🙂 I was hesitant on the chia seeds, but now I’m an enthusiast!

  3. I needed to thank you for this awesome read!! I unquestionably getting a charge out of each and every piece of it I have you bookmarked to look at new stuff you post.

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