Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding

by Shoshana on March 27, 2013 · 12 comments

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Chia seeds are popping up all over the place in all kinds of recipes. (Yes, the same chia seeds of ch-ch-ch-chia fame) They are being touted as the forgotten superfood, full of all kinds of essential nutrients that will give people more energy and better health. While I am sure there are a lot of great things about chia seeds I tend not to buy into the hype around any superfood. There are few foods in the world (leafy greens may be the exception) that if some is good then more is better, so instead of focusing on one particular food I instead try to eat an overall well balanced diet of unprocessed foods. That being said, I love using chia seeds in moderation because they have such a uniquely interesting texture when exposed to liquid. This property lends itself to all kinds of fun applications. When chia seeds are soaked in liquid thy expand and form a kind of gel like texture. This makes a great egg substitute for binding vegan baked goods. It also makes a great pudding. This pudding has the texture of a tapioca pudding but is even easier to make. Simply blend the ingredients together, stir in the chia seeds and let it sit overnight. In the morning you have a perfect pudding to enjoy for breakfast that is both delicious and filling. When I was developing this recipe I tested a bunch of different flavors and this was the favorite. (Surprisingly it beat out a chocolate flavor!) Sweetened only with fruit it is a healthy and satisfying breakfast, but it could also be served as a light dessert. I know that people have all kinds of different observances about what they eat when it comes to Passover. According to the cRC chia seeds are fine as long as there are no kosher sensitive ingredients added to the package. That means I will be making this for breakfasts this week for sure, along with quinoa hot cereal. They are certainly much healthier alternatives to the highly processed brightly colored crispy-o’s that my kids would otherwise want to eat. By serving pudding for breakfast I am hoping they won’t even notice I didn’t even buy the sweet cereal this year. (If they really insist on cereal I will make them granola)

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

5 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups (10 oz) strawberries, fresh or frozen

2 bananas

1 cup almond milk

3/4 cup (90 g) chia seeds

Chopped fresh strawberries for serving

Preparation

Combine the strawberries, bananas and almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass jar or bowl. Stir in the chia seeds. Cover the mixture and refrigerate overnight until thickened.

Spoon into bowls and serve with chopped fresh strawberries.

http://www.couldntbeparve.com/2013/03/strawberry-banana-chia-pudding/

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Hindy March 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

This looks fantastic. I love chia seeds and they are so good for you. I am glad that they are acceptable for pesach.

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Como pienso como March 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I have to try this! If the banana is completely ripe, it is a starch free recipe!!! Thanks for sharing it Shoshana. ; -)

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This American Bite March 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

I am always looking for ways to work with chia. Not a fan of bananas but I feel like the family will like this.

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Alison@Alibabka April 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Such a great idea! I love using chia seeds, but have never tried them in pudding!

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Alessandra (DinnerinVenice) April 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

I have heard about chia seeds, I am excited to try them out this way!

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Sarah Klinkowitz April 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I have heard of chia seeds, and have often wondered about trying them out. This looks like a good application, and I might have to try this.

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Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn April 7, 2013 at 8:18 am

I’ve been hearing so much about chia seeds lately, but all I can think of is the chia pet commercial so I’m too freaked out to eat it!

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Tamar Genger @joyofkosher April 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I can’t believe how easy this is, I just bought chia seeds for the second time, the first time I mostly just added to smoothies, but I want to try the pudding this time around. I wonder if my kids will eat it.

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Shoshana April 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

My kids love it! I actually made a chocolate version first as a way of luring them in but it turned out they like this one better. I hope your kids like it too!

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Lisa J. April 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Thought of this post when I read this article. Quite a few of the linked recipes would be Pesachdik as is, or with very little tweaking.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/food/2013/04/five-ways-to-cook-with-chia-seeds/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130414-Weekender

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Shoshana April 14, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thanks for sharing this article. Some of their recipes sound great!

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