Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds are one of our favorite add-ins for a lot of our recipes, since they can be sprinkled on top, blended in, or mixed in for texture to almost any recipe, and the bland flavor of the seeds won’t impact the overall taste of the meal. Our advice to you is always keep a floss stick nearby since these tiny seeds always manage to get wedged in between your teeth, but we can’t stop-won’t stop using them in our recipes for all the health benefits they yield. They are a superfood, meaning they pack a ton of health benefits, and the more we can incorporate a superfood into our meal, the better!

For this recipe, our key ingredient is: Chia Seeds    

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Chia seeds have quite a few nutritional benefits when broken down. They are full of fiber, which many people are lacking in their balanced diet. Because of the high fiber content, they are also a low carb food. They are also full of B vitamins and zinc, and are naturally free of gluten.
  • If you have been reading our blog for a while, you have probably noticed we are all about healthy skin. Another great benefit of chia seeds is that they are high in antioxidants. They promote the repair of damage in our skin’s tissue, fight signs of aging, and protect against free radical damage.
  • Chia seeds are a great add-in hack to keep you full longer. Because they absorb water and moisture, adding them into your meal will help keep you full for a longer period of time, which means less snacking and reaching for junk in an afternoon slump.
  • We are all about easy protein boosting options. For every 1 ounce of chia seeds consumed, your body will receive 4 grams of protein. They are a great option if you are looking for meat replacements or increasing your daily protein intake in general.
  • Gram for gram, chia seeds actually contain more omega 3’s than salmon! Omega 3’s are a fatty acid which helps the functionality of your heart, and improve brain and eye health.

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Banana Chia Seed Pudding

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium banana (very ripe)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • Optional: sliced bananas, blueberries and/or sliced almonds for topping

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a blender, blend banana, almond milk, almond butter, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth.
  2. Transfer to sealable container and stir in chia seeds.
  3. Let sit in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  4. Serve as is or garnish with some of the delicious topping listed above (recommended)

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 4 Servings, Serving Size: ½ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195, Total Fat: 10.5, Saturated Fat: 1.2g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 50mg, Total Carbohydrates: 20.7g, Dietary Fiber: 12.3g, Total Sugars: 3.7g, Protein: 5.8g

We hope you love this one! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

XO,

Amanda and Christina

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