Nutty Banana Chia Pudding with sweet maple syrup soaked walnut pieces – simply delicious!
If you want a super simple to make, lightly sweetened and healthy dessert, look no further. This Nutty Banana Chia Pudding fits the bill! And it isn’t heavy or rich.
Besides a dessert, it’s also the perfect, tasty evening treat, an after school snack or just a simple healthy breakfast. And it’s a vegan recipe that’s gluten-free and made with no refined sugar – just naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and bananas!
About Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have a neutral flavor so they’re very versatile and combine well with just about any fruit, nuts, milks or spices. They’re high in fiber, protein, calcium and omega 3-fatty acids.
They absorb liquid, plump up and thicken to form a gel-like consistency. That’s why when they’re soaked in any liquids like almond milk, coconut milk or other milks, they become “pudding-like”.
For this Nutty Banana Chia Pudding you need
- Chia seeds
- Almond milk (unsweetened)
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Bananas for mashing and slicing
- Pinch of salt and cinnamon
- Walnut pieces
How to Make Banana Chia Pudding
- Add the chia seeds to a medium/large bowl.
- To the chia seeds, add the unsweetened almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a pinch of cinnamon.
- On a separate plate, thoroughly mash the ripe bananas and add them to the mixture.
- Whisk or stir everything together very well to combine.
- Let sit for about 3-5 minutes and give another whisk or stir.
- Cover your bowl and put it in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
- Remove from the fridge and spoon the pudding into glasses or jars of your choice, layering 1st the pudding, then some sliced bananas and maple syrup soaked walnuts, and then another layer of chia pudding. Top it with more banana slices, a portion of the maple syrup walnuts and even other fruit if you so desire!
After adding the wet ingredients and the mashed banana –
Such an easy to make, healthy and delicious treat!
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Nutty Banana Chia Pudding
Banana Chia Pudding
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 ripe bananas, 2 for the pudding and more for middle layer and topping slices
- a couple pinches of salt
Maple soaked walnuts
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces, broken into smaller pieces
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- a couple pinches of salt
First the Maple Soaked Walnuts
- Add the walnut pieces to a jar with a tight fitting lid.
- Mix together the maple syrup, vanilla, the cinnamon and a couple pinches of salt and pour over the walnut pieces in the jar.
- The maple syrup liquid will pool in the bottom of the jar, so shake the jar frequently or flip it over regularly so that all the nuts will have a chance to be soaked in the maple syrup.
For Banana Chia Pudding
- Pour the chia seeds into a large enough bowl to mix with the other ingredients.
- Add the unsweetened almond milk, the vanilla, maple syrup, a couple tiny pinches of salt and the cinnamon.
- Next, thoroughly mash 2 ripe bananas on a separate plate and add to the mixture
- Whisk or stir everything together very well to combine. Let sit for a few minutes and whisk again, cover with plastic wrap or covering of your choice and place in the refrigerator.
- Refrigerate for at least one to 2 hours to thicken or even overnight.
- When the Banana Chia Pudding is chilled, remove from the refrigerator and start putting your jars or glasses together.
- For 4 servings, layer in this way: first add 5 - 6 Tbsp of the chia pudding to the bottom of your jar or glass, then add a layer of sliced bananas and 1 Tbsp of the maple soaked walnuts, then, on top of that, add another layer of the chia pudding and finally top that with slices of banana, another 1 Tbsp of the maple soaked walnuts and other fresh fruit if desired. Do this for each portion. Serve and enjoy!
- This recipe makes 3 cups of Banana Chia Pudding before the layers - so you may end up with a little extra leftover.
- 2 ripe mashed bananas are used in the Chia Pudding and you will need another 1 or 1 1/2 bananas for the middle layer and topping.
- The maple soaked walnuts make 1/2 cup. So for 4 portions you need 1 Tbsp of nuts for the middle layer and 1 Tbsp of nuts for the top of each Chia Pudding.
Inspired by: Choosing Chia
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