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!
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.
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!
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.
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Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce
For the Blackberry Topping
- ½ cup blackberries
- ½ teaspoon sweetener*
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
For the Banana Pudding
- 1½ cup plant-based milk vanilla
- 1 moderately ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon sweetener*
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Additional optional toppings: Granola sliced almonds, coconut flakes
- 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.
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:
Cookies and Bars:
- Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookie Bars from Julie of Julie Blanner
- Spicy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Becca of Two Places at Once
- Coconut Almond Biscotti from Kathleen of Fearlessly Creative Mammas
- Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Deborah of Taste and Tell
- Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies from Lisa of Blogghetti
- Frosted Sugar Cookies from Becca of The Salted Cookie
- 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.
- Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies from Sue of It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Cakes and More
- Heart-Shaped Pink Velvet Bundt Cake from Julie of The Little Kitchen
- Fudgy Chocolate Mug Cake from Gwynn of Swirls of Flavor
- Cannoli 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
- Rice Crispy Treat Hearts from Heather of Totally Tailgates
- Strawberry Valentine Marshmallows from Serena of SerenaLissy
Whatever Valentine’s Day dessert you’re trying, enjoy!