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This chocolate banana chia seed pudding is such an easy, healthy breakfast or snack idea. It’s just 7 ingredients and so simple to make! Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

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Chia pudding will forever be one of my favourite easy recipes to make! There’s SO many flavour combinations you can try, very little prep time, and they’re great for a healthy breakfast, snack, or even dessert.

This chocolate banana chia pudding combines two ingredients that are just MADE for one another: chocolate + banana!

For the chocolate taste, this recipe uses nutrient-dense raw cacao powder and pairs that with mashed banana, cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla. Everything is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

As a dietitian, I love recommending chia pudding as it packs in tons of nutrition and health benefits – we’ll cover more of these below! Plus, it tastes super good, making it an easy and delicious way to get those nutrients in :).

Because it’s meant to be made in advance, this chia pudding recipe is perfect to include in your breakfast meal prep routine, or even as a make-ahead snack to keep in the fridge for when you’re hungry.

If you’re a chocolate banana fan, I think you’ll love this one!

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Recipe Ingredients Needed

This easy chia pudding recipe is only 7 simple, healthy ingredients:

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How To Make Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

To make this chocolate banana chia pudding, start by whisking the dry ingredients together in a large container. This means the chia seeds, cacao powder, and cinnamon!

Then, add the almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and mashed banana to the dry ingredients.

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Whisk everything together well, then cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours (or overnight). The chia pudding will thicken during this time.

Once the chia pudding has thicken, pour it into your blender and blend until smooth. This step is optional, but I love how smooth it makes the pudding.

Serve and add toppings as desired. That’s it!

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Topping Ideas

There are so many things you can top this chocolate banana chia pudding with! Below are some ideas:

  • a sprinkle of chopped nuts, like hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, or pecans
  • a scoop of peanut or almond butter
  • a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or cacao nibs
  • extra banana slices or other fruit (like berries)
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How To Store Chia Pudding

Chia pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Simply portion out the serving you would like, then add toppings before eating!

Recipe Modifications

While I used almond milk for this recipe, you can use any milk or milk alternative that you’d like. My only suggestion is to choose one that’s unsweetened!

If you can’t find raw cacao powder, cocoa powder will also work. Do note that it’s a bit sweeter though, so you may not need to add (as much) maple syrup to sweeten this recipe.

Blending this chia pudding is optional! It’s a great way to get a smoother, more true-to-pudding texture, but not necessary. I make many chia seed puddings without the blender 🙂

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Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a source of:

  • dietary fibre, which helps with satiety, blood sugar balance, lowering cholesterol, and regulating your digestion
    • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds provide 10 grams of fibre – 40% of your daily needs!
  • omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in heart health, brain health, and reducing inflammation throughout the body
  • protein, which provides the building blocks for your body’s tissues
    • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds provides 4 grams of protein
  • essential minerals, like:
    • magnesium
    • calcium
    • iron

Health Benefits Of Bananas

Bananas are a source of:

  • fibre-rich carbohydrates – one medium banana provides 3g of fibre.
  • micronutrients like:
    • potassium
    • vitamin C
    • vitamin B6
    • magnesium

Health Benefits Of Cacao Powder

Raw cacao powder is a source of:

  • antioxidants (like flavonoids), which help to fight free radical damage in the body
  • essential minerals, like:
    • iron
    • magnesium
    • copper
    • manganese
    • potassium
    • zinc

Raw cacao powder is not the same as your standard chocolate milk powder; it has no added sugars and is cold-pressed, meaning its nutrition is preserved during processing.

I’ve linked my favourite brand of cacao powder here – it’s a staple in my pantry!

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More Chia Pudding Recipes

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This chocolate banana chia seed pudding is such an easy, healthy breakfast or snack idea. It's just 7 ingredients and so simple to make! Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Whisk the dry ingredients (chia seeds, cacao powder, cinnamon) together in a large container or bowl.
  • Then, add the almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and mashed banana to the dry ingredients. Whisk everything together well.
  • Cover and refrigerate the container or bowl for a minimum of 2 hours (or overnight). The chia pudding will thicken during this time.
  • Once the chia pudding has thicken, pour it into your blender and blend until smooth. This step is optional, but I love how smooth it makes the pudding!
  • Serve and add toppings as desired. Or, store to enjoy later.

Notes

*SERVINGS: this recipe will serve 2-4 depending on if you’re enjoying it for a meal (breakfast) or a snack (smaller portion)! And also on how hungry you are 😉
*STORAGE: Chia pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Simply portion out the serving you would like, then add toppings before eating!
*TOPPING IDEAS:
  • a sprinkle of chopped nuts, like hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, or pecans
  • a scoop of peanut or almond butter
  • a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, or cacao nibs
  • extra banana slices or other fruit (like berries)
 
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS:
  • While I used almond milk for this recipe, you can use any milk or milk alternative that you’d like. My only suggestion is to choose one that’s unsweetened!
  • If you can’t find raw cacao powder, cocoa powder will also work. Do note that it’s a bit sweeter though, so you may not need to add maple syrup to sweeten this recipe.
  • Blending this chia pudding is optional! It’s a great way to get a smoother, more true-to-pudding texture, but not necessary. I make many chia seed puddings without the blender 🙂

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