Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding (Plant-Based, Low-Carb)

Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding (Plant-Based, Low-Carb)

DID YOU KNOW? Chia seeds are a great plant-based food to help with weight loss.

Chia seeds rank high on the list of plant-based protein foods, making them great for putting on lean muscle, burning fat, and managing hunger and appetite.

Studies show that increasing your intake of protein can promote weight loss by curbing cravings and therefore reducing your caloric intake. Other research shows that following a high-protein diet rich in foods like chia seeds could reduce the hunger stimulating hormone, ghrelin.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to add chia seeds into your diet, I highly recommend chia seed pudding. It makes for a great snack or dessert!

Want more chia pudding recipes? Check out my Chocolate Chia Pudding and Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding recipes.

chocolate banana chia pudding

Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2-3)
1.5 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 large banana, ripe
6 tbsp. chia seeds
2 heaping tbsp. cacao powder
1 tsp maple syrup (optional, for added sweetness)
TOPPINGS: (optional)
Cacao nibs
Sliced banana
Dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add milk, banana and cacao powder to blender and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness, add maple syrup if desired and blend again to combine.

2. Pour into glass container, add chia seeds and whisk until well combined.

3. Let pudding thicken in fridge for a minimum of 1-hr before consuming. The longer you let the chia seeds soak the more delicious the pudding becomes (I like to soak my chia seeds for up to 24 hours).

4. Transfer to small serving bowl, add toppings and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

DID YOU KNOW? Chia seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.

One ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds contains 18% of the RDI for calcium. Gram for gram, this is higher than most dairy products, making chia seeds a good source of calcium for people who don’t eat dairy.

However, it’s important to know that chia seeds also contain phytic acid, which reduces calcium absorption to some extent.

“What is phytic acid?” – you might be wondering. According to Stephan Guyenet:

“Phytic acid is a small molecule found in seeds like grains, beans, and nuts that binds (chelates) certain essential minerals—particularly calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc—and reduces their absorption from food. What this means is that the nutritional value of these foods isn’t as high as you might expect if you looked them up in a nutritional database. Many traditionally-living cultures with grain-heavy diets used techniques such as soaking, grinding, and fermentation that reduce phytic acid levels and increase mineral availability.” (Learn more about phytic acid here).

Give this Autumn-inspired chia seed pudding a try. It makes for a great breakfast, snack or dessert for the fall months. 

Want more chia pudding recipes? Check out my chocolate chia pudding and lemon chia pudding recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2-3)
1 cup coconut milk (canned is best)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt
Pecans and pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

2. Store in a glass container or jar in the fridge. Let sit for a minimum of 1-hr before consuming. The longer you let the chia seeds soak the more delicious this pudding becomes (I like to soak them overnight).

3. Garnish with chopped pecans and pumpkins seeds before serving.

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Lemon Chia Seed Pudding

Lemon Chia Seed Pudding

Did you know? Chia seeds are a great plant-based food to help with weight loss.

Chia seeds rank high on the list of plant-based protein foods, making them great for putting on lean muscle, burning fat, and managing hunger and appetite.

Studies show that increasing your intake of protein can promote weight loss by curbing cravings and therefore reducing your caloric intake. Other research shows that following a high-protein diet rich in foods like chia seeds could reduce the hunger stimulating hormone, ghrelin.

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to add protein-rich chia seeds into your diet, I highly recommend chia seed pudding. It makes for a great snack or dessert!

Lemon Chia Seed Pudding

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2-3)
2 cups almond or coconut milk (unsweetened)
6 tbsp. chia seeds
3-4 drops lemon essential oil (food-grade) or 1 tsp. lemon extract
2 tsp. honey
Coconut flakes (optional topping – 1 tsp./serving)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Whisk all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.

2. Store in a glass container or jar in the fridge. Let sit for a minimum of 1-hr before consuming. The longer you let the chia seeds soak the more delicious this pudding becomes (I like to soak them overnight).

3. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and enjoy!

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Love this recipe? Then you’ll be sure to love my Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding too! Give it a try.