Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Protein Pudding

Who doesn’t love pudding?! Have you ever tried CHIA pudding? It’s one of the easiest snacks/treats you’ll ever make…and it can be loaded with nutrients to boot! Kids love it, grown ups love it, it’s super versatile (choose whatever flavors you like!), and takes no time at all to throw together. 

And now for a little nutrition nerdiness: Chia seeds are naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Helloooooo support for a healthy brain, cell walls, inflammation and hormone levels, skin, mindset, you name it! There’s a reason you hear about the seemingly magical properties of omega-3 fatty acids all the time - they really are a super nutrient and provide serious health benefits - especially if you don’t get enough on a regular basis! 

Omega-3s from plant sources (like nuts, seeds, etc.) aren’t quite as available for use in the body as those from marine sources (fatty fish, algae, etc.), but do still add up, so don’t discount them! 

In this version of chia seed pudding, I use seasonal fruit (I LOVE strawberry season!!) along with some handy dandy protein powder to make a balanced snack - a good source of healthy fats, protein and smart carbohydrates. The banana and strawberries lend a natural sweetness, so there’s no need to add more sugar/sweeteners. If you try this out and want your pudding a little more sweet, try adding a second ripe, mashed banana. Check out my recipe for coco-mocha protein chia pudding for a slightly more decadent, dessert-like flavor combo. 

Like I said, you can’t find an easier to assemble treat out there - combine ingredients, stir, and let sit to set/gel for at least 2 hours. Chia is kind of like tapioca - it absorbs water, so letting it set in the fridge is what give it it’s pudding-like consistency. Well that’s enough jibber-jabber - time to create! 

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Strawberry Banana Chia Protein Pudding: 

Makes 6-8 servings. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other milk of choice
  • 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced (you can use fresh or frozen)
  • Optional toppings: peanut butter! (who doesn’t love strawberry, peanut butter & banana?!), your favorite nuts/seeds, cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, cacao nibs, or some bits of delicious dark chocolate!

DIRECTIONS: 

  1. Mash ripe banana in bowl until mostly smooth. Add in protein powder, almond milk, and vanilla extract, whisking until smooth mixture is smooth - this mixture will be very liquid. 
  2. Add chia seeds and immediately whisk to disperse seeds throughout the liquid mixture so the seeds don’t clump together. 
  3. If you prefer, you can divide mixture into single serving containers. It also does well left in one big bowl for anyone to scoop out as they please. 
  4. I divided the strawberries between mason jars, poured in the pudding mixture on top, then topped with more strawberries for grab & go, single-serve snacks. If you want to leave the pudding in a big serving big bowl, gently fold in strawberries after chia seeds are incorporated. 
  5. Place bowl or single-serve containers into fridge and let set at least 2 hours or overnight, then enjoy a nice, cool treat! 

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