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Banana Chia Breakfast Pudding

Kind of sad, isn’t it, that until I was thirty years old this was the first thing that popped into my head whenever anybody said the word “chia”?:

(You too, I bet!) Chia seeds are incredibly nutritious (fiber! antioxidants! those precious omega-3s!), and they’re so easy to throw into a smoothie, cakey bread (like banana or lemon or pumpkin), or warm breakfast cereal. I had a really delicious chia pudding for dessert at Quintessence awhile back, and when I spotted some too-ripe bananas in the fridge while I was home last month, I decided to make something similar for breakfast.

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Gathering whatever I have on hand, experimenting, and taking notes—I need to do this more often! This being a raw pudding with no surprise ingredients, honestly, it was hard to mess up. My mother happily gobbled up a bowl, and she doesn’t eat more than a bite of the things I make if she doesn’t actually like them.

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Here’s the recipe (if you can even call it that):

  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp. chia seeds stirred into 1½ cups water
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (optional; if you use berries and super-ripe bananas it’ll be sweet enough without it)

Let the chia seeds sit in water for a few minutes so they “glub up.” Mash bananas with a fork and mix all ingredients together. Yields 4½ cups, so about four servings. (That said, I gobbled it all up apart from the cup I gave my mom.)

Next time I’ll try letting the seeds soak in almond milk so it’ll be creamier. I also want to try a more autumnal chia pudding with pumpkin puree!

3 Comments to Banana Chia Breakfast Pudding

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Is the taste similar to cream of wheat? It looks wonderful!

    • October 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      It’s cold and fruity and refreshing. I don’t know what to compare it to!

      • October 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

        (Haha, I just noticed in the second photo that you can tell there’s no furniture in the room!)

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