This Banana Chia Pudding is a fantastic make-ahead snack or dessert for little ones. Whip it up in under 5 mins and let the nutritious chia seeds work their magic. Sweetened only with fruit.
Reasons to Love Banana Chia Pudding
- NUTRITIOUS – Chia seeds may be tiny but they are packed full of important nutrients that our kids need (iron, zinc, omega 3s, fiber, and calcium to name a few).
- FRUIT SWEETENED – The banana adds a lovely sweetness, perfect for babies and young kids.
- EASY – No fancy equipment needed and can be prepped in 5 mins.
- ALLERGY FRIENDLY – This dessert/snack is suitable for most diets. It is egg, gluten, dairy, and nut-free. Note: There is potential cross-reactivity between chia and other seeds such as sesame, meaning that some people allergic to certain seeds will also react to chia.
- EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT TEXTURES – Offering a variety of different foods in the early years is so important for food acceptance when older. Chia pudding has quite a unique texture for little ones to explore and experience.
You only need three ingredients to make this delicious snack / dessert.
- BANANA – Adding banana makes the pudding lovely and sweet, without having to add any other sweeteners.
- MILK – Canned coconut milk makes banana chia pudding extra thick and creamy but any milk will work. (cows milk, almond, soy, etc)
- CHIA SEEDS – You can use black or white chia seeds. They taste and work the same and have the same nutritional benefits. However, white seeds (used in the pictures), are less visible and therefore may be more appealing for fussier children.
Optional Add Ins…
- SPICES – Bananas pair well with a range of spices so why not try adding a little cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, or vanilla.
- COCOA – Add a chocolate twist by stirring through some cocoa powder.
- FRUIT – Add a citrus twist with a little lime juice, mix with some fruit compote or simply stir in some chopped berries.
- SWEETNESS – If you need some added sweetness try stirring through some maple syrup or honey (not suitable for under 1s)
- TOPPINGS – Try some chopped fresh fruit, coconut shavings or crushed nuts
Process Steps and Top Tips
- Mash the banana until smooth
- Add the banana, coconut milk, and chia seeds to a mixing bowl/jug and mix well.
- After a couple of minutes give the pudding another good stir to make sure the chia seeds are not clumped together and are well dispersed.
- Pour into serving dishes, cover, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Make sure to stir the pudding properly. Allow it to sit for a few minutes and then give it another good stir. This ensures that the seeds don’t clump together and are dispersed well, allowing them to absorb more liquid.
- If you would prefer a smoother consistency then blend the pudding. Just remeber that it is good to introduce your baby / young child to a range of different textures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Chia seeds are packed full of fibre and because of this, you should introduce them slowly and as with the introduction of all new foods, monitor for any adverse effects. Read more about introducing chia seeds to a baby. Read more about introducing chia seeds to babies here
You can refrigerate leftovers, in an airtight container, for up to 2 days.
I tried freezing but it didn’t defrost well. Luckily it only takes 5 mins to whip up so can be made easily.
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Banana Chia Pudding
- 1 Banana
- 125ml (½ cup) Canned Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
- Mash the banana until smooth and creamy.
- Add the mashed banana, coconut milk,and chia seeds to a small mixing bowl/jug and stir until well.
- After around 5 mins give the pudding another good stir to make sure the chia seeds are not clumped together and are well dispersed.
- Transfer the mixture to serving dishes/ jars and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and thicken.
- Want it Sweeter? Add a little maple syrup or honey (not suitable for under 1s)
- Want it Smoother? Blend the mixture for a smoother pudding.
- Chia Seeds: You can use white or black. Pictured is the pudding made with white seeds, black seeds will be more visible.
- Milk: Canned coconut milk makes the pudding extra thick and creamy but any milk will work.
- Optional Add-ins: Why not try adding some spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, or vanilla. A little lime juice is also delicious or swirl through some fruit compote.
Disclaimer: This information is intended for general use only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to replace the personalised care and advice given to you by your health professional. I am not a health professional and I do not know your baby. You should always discuss any concerns or questions about the health and well-being of your baby with a healthcare professional. Please refer to my full disclaimer for more info.