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This chocolate banana chia pudding tastes sinfully rich, but it’s completely healthy. Try this easy budget recipe for your next breakfast meal prep! (vegan, gluten-free)
This chocolate banana chia pudding is healthy enough for breakfast and decadent enough for dessert. Chia seeds are full of nutrients, including fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium.
I love how this pudding thickens up just like traditional pudding, but it only takes a few minutes to make. There’s no need to stand over the stove stirring and stirring – the chia seeds do the work for you!
If you like my chia coconut pudding, I think you’ll love this recipe, too. It will take you five minutes to make, and the return on investment is huge. It’s so delicious!
Recipe for Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Bananas – The bananas should be nice and ripe for the best sweetness in this pudding.
- Coconut Milk – Use canned full-fat coconut milk for the richest, thickest chocolate banana chia pudding. Thinner boxed coconut milk or homemade coconut milk work well, too.
- Cocoa Powder – Use unsweetened cocoa powder for this recipe.
- Pure Vanilla Extract – Vanilla gives this chocolate chia pudding a little extra flavor.
- Pure Maple Syrup – I use the maple syrup from Costco, but any pure maple syrup will do. You can even skip the syrup if you’re happy with the sweetness from the ripe bananas.
- Chia Seeds – Chia seeds can be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. When combined with the other ingredients, they thicken the mixture to a pudding texture.
How to Make Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding
Mash the Bananas
Using a food processor or blender, mash the bananas to a smooth consistency. Add the coconut milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract to the food processor and process until smooth.
Taste the mixture, and add maple syrup one teaspoon at a time if needed. You may not need any sweetener at all if the bananas are very ripe.
Combine the Chocolate Chia Pudding Ingredients
Place the chia seeds in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly pour the chocolate mixture over the chia seeds and whisk.
The pudding will start to thicken right away, but for the best results, cover the bowl and let the pudding thicken in the fridge for a few hours before serving.
Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding Topping Ideas
There are so many different toppings you can use in addition to banana slices and mini chocolate chips. Try walnuts, almonds, pecans, or other nuts, peanut butter or almond butter, cacao nibs, or fresh raspberries.
Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Pudding Tips and FAQ
How to Store this Chocolate Chia Pudding
Place the chia pudding in a covered container such as a mason jar in the fridge for a couple hours to let it thicken. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or they can be frozen for later.
When Should I Eat Chia Pudding?
Chia pudding is great for breakfast meal prep, and it’s also a delicious make-ahead snack. This chocolate chia pudding is even decadent enough for dessert. You can’t go wrong eating it any time of day.
You can substitute unsweetened almond milk or another dairy-free milk for the coconut milk if you’d like. Leave out the maple syrup if the mixture is sweet enough from the bananas.
If you don’t like the texture of chia seeds, you can blend them in the food processor along with the other ingredients.
More Chia Seed Recipes
- Chia Coconut Pudding
- Chia Seed Oatmeal
- Mango Chia Pudding
- Pumpkin Chia Pudding
- Blueberry Chia Seed Muffins
- 10 Minute Chia Jam
- Strawberry Mango Chia Pudding
- Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding
Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding
- 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (2 medium bananas)
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk or other milk
- 3 tbs cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp maple syrup or to taste
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- Using a food processor or blender, mash the banana to a smooth consistency. Add the coconut milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract to the food processor and process until smooth.
- Taste the mixture, and add maple syrup one teaspoon at a time if needed. You may not need any at all if the bananas are very ripe.
- Place the chia seeds in a medium bowl. Slowly pour the chocolate mixture over the chia seeds and whisk. The pudding will start to thicken right away when you stir it, but for the best results, cover the bowl and let the pudding thicken in the fridge for a few hours before serving.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding Recipe Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $2.65 to make, or $.88 per serving. Chocolate Banana Chia pudding is a delicious, healthy recipe that tastes like an indulgence.
Note: This recipe was originally posted in 2014, and it was updated in 2024.