Oofta, that’s a long title!!
I just couldn’t shorten it up friends, because that’s exactly what this recipe is.
Chocolate. chia. pudding.
with layers of fresh strawberries and bananas nestled into a mason jar.
Will leave you feeling full, satisfied and guilt free.
Totally was going to name this banana split chia pudding…
Later to find out a banana split also has pineapple in it??
Whomp whomp…. ohhh well!
Anyways, I do love chia seeds! I eat them daily either on top of yogurt or in a smoothie like this favorite - Banana Almond Breakfast Smoothie.
I had heard about chia pudding forever ago, but it took me until recently to actually try it.
Kind of a common thing for me haha….
Now, for those of you who aren’t super familiar with chia seeds, when they meet liquid, a jelly like film surrounds the seed.
When mixed with milk, and allowed to soak overnight it turns into a wonderful pudding texture.
Add in some pure maple syrup for sweetness and fresh fruit…voila chia pudding.
INCREDIBLY simple and versatile. Literally a hundred different ways you could make this.
By putting it in a mason jar, the idea is you can bring it with you wherever you go. For a snack, meal or dessert. Even make a bunch ahead for the week!
I created this recipe after trying a bunch of different small batches one night. My favorite that I had made was chocolate banana….but I thought it was missing something.
STRAWBERRIES of course!
I also decided to add some extra protein by mixing in plain greek yogurt!
Heres the awesome recipe! Suggested to make it the night before.
Chocolate Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding
- 1/2 C. Almond Milk
- 1 heaping Tbsp. Chia Seeds
- 1 tsp. Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp. Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 C. Plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 Strawberries
- 1/2 Banana
- Mason jar (optional)
1. First, find a small container with a good cover. Add Almond milk, chia seeds, syrup and only 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder (other 1/2 tsp. added later!) Place cover on tight and shake for about 30 seconds or until well combined. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 5 hours. Needs this time to set and become thick like pudding.
2. Remove chia pudding after it has set and place into a small bowl. Add plain greek yogurt, and the rest of the cocoa powder (1/2 tsp.) Stir until combined. Test for sweetness adding more syrup if desired (just remember its added calories!) Set aside. Prep fruit -slice banana and strawberries.
3. Time to start building the pudding layers in the mason jar (or a bowl if you don’t have a mason jar.) I found it best to start with a layer of pudding on the bottom. Then add bananas and strawberries. Alternate as many times as you wish. Don’t overflow too much if you are planning on sealing mason jar to enjoy later. Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 5 days.
Making this pudding was the first time I had bought fresh strawberries in months! Such a sad thought!
On the bright side, it makes me ecstatic thinking about strawberry season and all the delicious things I want to make
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!