Hello, my loves! I’ve been keeping myself busy in the kitchen lately because It’s crunch time to get that Summer body in check. If I don’t prepare my breakfasts ahead of time, I usually grab something on my way out the door that I end up regretting later.
I made this chia pudding the night before and let the chia seeds soak and soften while I was asleep 🙂 . That way it was chilled and ready for me to take out the door the next morning. It tastes amazing, too!
Why Chia Pudding?
Chia seeds may be tiny, but they serve up some HUGE health benefits. These tiny seeds are even considered a superfood. Chia seeds !contain a great source of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, B vitamins and much more.
- Loaded with antioxidants -Antioxidants halt the duplication of free radicals, which damage cells and contribute to aging and certain cancers.
- Fiber Fiber Fiber! – If you want to stay fuller, longer, then chia seeds just became your best friend! Because of all the fiber, chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like and expanding in your stomach. A little bit goes a long way!
- Protein – Another great reason to chomp up these tiny seeds. High protein intake reduces appetite and cuts down on snacking!
So, now that you know what a powerful tool these tiny seeds can be in guiding your healthy lifestyle, it’s time to whip up an amazing chia pudding!
COCONUT BANANA CHIA PUDDING
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Note: This recipe makes a pretty large serving for a pudding. It fills up almost the entire wide-mouthed mason jar shown above. It could last you 1-3 days depending on how much you eat at once. Remember, it’s nice and filling! If you want a smaller amount, cut the recipe in half.
MATERIALS & PREP
- Blender or Magic Bullet.
- Soaking your chia seeds overnight is best, but is not necessary.
- 2 Organic Ripe Bananas
- 1/2 cup almond Milk
- 2 TBS Organic Shredded Coconut Flakes
- 1 Splash Vanilla Extract (Optional)
- 2 TBS Organic Whole Grain Chia Seeds
- 1 Handful Organic Blueberries (Added later)
Blend up all ingredients but the blueberries and chia seeds in a blender or Magic Bullet. Do not over-blend. You want it to be on the thicker side (unless you prefer thinner pudding).
Add the chia seeds last and just pulse the blender or bullet once or twice to spread the seeds evenly.
Put mixture in a container (I use a wide mouth glass mason jar, which you can find here) and keep in the refrigerator over night. Soaking the chia seeds overnight allows them to soak and swell up. If you’re in a rush, you don’t need to soak the pudding overnight. It will be good to go immediately or in a few hours.
Either way, the nutritional content is the same, you just will have harder seeds if you don’t soak them long. The end result of the soaked chia seeds will be a gel-like consistency.
I just threw a handful of organic blueberries and some more coconut shavings on top for some extra zing, but the pudding was amazing on its own. It was full of flavor and I loved the texture. Don’t be afraid to add some of your favorite healthy toppings like flax seeds, dried cranberries or even a little bit of honey!
What’s your favorite healthy breakfast? I’d love to hear!
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,
NATURALLY NICOLE XO