Ever want to win anyone over to Chia-seed-love?? Just feed them a bite of this Chia pudding!! Who could resist cocoa powder, banana, cashew-milk creaminess? Whip it up in 5 minutes or less, let it rest in the fridge overnight, and Voila! Either you can impress a crowd or nourish and empower yourself with a delish breakfast or snack!
Chia seeds are all-the-rage folks. Really. At least at my house! Whenever I want to get the kids to like something that I know is super nutritious, I find I have to present it right the first time. If I mess up, I gotta wait awhile until they forget about it or re-disguise the item another way.
Chia seeds fit that bill. They are a must. Omega-3s, Calcium, iron, fiber, anti-oxidants, you know! The good stuff. But I made them awhile ago and they weren’t good enough. The kids were like blah… And the hubbs was like nah… Oh dear. Waiting period ensued.
Thankfully chia seeds last practically forever, so waiting didn’t mean my seeds went bad. Yes! Enter a LOT of bananas. Yes, hubby loves smoothies so he bought a bunch of bananas at a big discount to freeze (see pic below – yes this is 7AM in my house.)
But I didn’t let him freeze them all. I had this idea:
Cocoa powder + a very ripe Banana = Sweet Chocolate
Sweet Chocolate + Cashews = Creamy Sweet Chocolate
Creamy sweet Chocolate + Chia = Creamy Sweet Chocolate Pudding
(No I’m not trying to teach you the Associative Law for Addition 😉 But you get it!)
The result (with a few additional tweaks) was fabulous and very well received. (Thank you cocoa powder!) I can rest a little easier now… Healthy and Delish are back together. 😉
If you’re interested here are a few links to the Cocoa powder and Chia Seeds you see I’m using above. These are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage of the sale if you purchase through my links!
(I’ve also made a cocoa-free version of this and just added a little cinnamon in place which is also a top 5 favorite!)
That’s about it for now ya’ll! Please leave a comment and rate this recipe so I know what you think!
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Cocoa-Banana Chia Seed Pudding
Create this luscious creamy Chia Seed pudding by blending cashews, cocoa powder, and banana. It rests overnight for a power-packed breakfast, treat, or snack. Irresistible goodness!
- 1/4 cup Cashews raw/unsalted
- 1 cup Water
- 1 Banana peeled
- 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder unsweetened
- 1 tbsp Agave
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
Add all ingredients Except! Chia seeds to blender and blend until completely smooth.
Pour blended mixture into bowl or jar suitable for refrigeration and add Chia Seeds mixing until well distributed with a utensil.
Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Top with granola, bananas, coconut - whatever!
If you are not using a high-powered blender, you may want to quick-soak your cashews for a few minutes by bringing a cup of water to boil, remove from heat, add cashews and let them sit in the water for 15 min. Then drain and follow directions.