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Vanilla Banana Chia Pudding

Cha-cha-cha-chia! Sorry I just had to say it.  Every time I see the word chia, I can’t help but remember those chia pets from the 80’s (please don’t tell me I’m alone here).   Chia seeds have gained a ton of hype over the past few years and for good reason.  They may be tiny, but chia seeds pack a major nutritional punch as they are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients such as fiber, calcium and phosphorous which promotes bone health. They contain a higher amount of omega-3s per ounce than salmon and more calcium by weight than milk! They can also absorb many times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel (that makes for a perfect pudding consistency), which can help you feel fuller longer and more hydrated.

Always speak with your child’s pediatrician first, but generally speaking chia seeds are a great for toddlers (while I wouldn’t recommend it for infants as it may pose digestive issues).  In fact, when my now 5 year old was 2, I would mix chia seeds into his yogurt which I found really helped with constipation and digestion.  I still use them in recipes like energy balls, smoothies and this delicious make-ahead VANILLA BANANA CHIA PUDDING.  This recipe will take you less than 5 minutes to prepare is one of my go-to breakfasts when I’m in the morning rush with getting my littles to school.  It’s filling, satisfying and really SO SO GOOD!  Here are the details:

ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (I use Ripple foods nutritious pea milk or almond milk)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract (or use 1/4 teaspoon if using plain unsweetened non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 cup sliced banana + more for topping
  • optional toppings: 2 tablespoons strawberries or other fruit, 1 tablespoon chopped nuts or a drizzle of nut butter

 

directions:

Combine all ingredients in a glass container with a tight fitting lid in this order: milk, vanilla, 1/4 cup sliced banana and then the chia seeds.  Stir or whisk to help it gel evenly. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight and in the morning, top with fruits or other healthy toppings.