Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce

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.

Two serving bowls with vegan banana chia pudding has blackberry sauce on top and fresh blackberries and sliced almonds.
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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.

How to Make Banana Chia Pudding

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

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.

Step Three: Refrigerate

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

Step Four: Serve

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

For an extra dramatic flair, add some vegan coconut whipped cream on top!

A bowl of vegan ice cream is topped with 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!

A bowl of chia seeds is surrounded by fresh blackberries.

Expert Tips for Banana Chia Pudding

Use these expert tips and tricks to make this vegan banana chia pudding perfect every time!

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle a little bit of freshly grated nutmeg on 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.

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 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!

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: 302
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.

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:

Cakes and More

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

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