Starting the day off on a healthy foot has been a goal and focus of mine for the past year. As a working mom of 2, mornings are typically a whirlwind of lunch prep, fast and furious getting dressed, kid breakfast negotiations, and multiple school drop offs. By the time I get to the office, I would eat the closest food available, usually something with empty calories and lots of sugar, and felt lousy the rest of the day. But I found a way to focus on my health in the morning alongside my family needs, with a few easy and good for you breakfast options that I can eat quickly or on the go. Today I’m sharing one of my favorites, a vegan chia pudding recipe, that is chock full of healthy bits and has me feeling great all day long.
What is Chia? Chia Seeds are tiny white and black seeds from Central American derived plant related to the mint family, Salvia Hispanica L. Chia seeds have grown to be a popular superfood since it is a significant, high quality source of plant based protein, fiber, and omega-3s, antioxidants, calcium, and iron. One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 5.6 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, along with more vitamins and minerals.
Why I love Chia Seeds? They are a superfood for all the reasons mentioned above, and their high fiber content means eating this Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding Recipe I feel fuller longer, preventing me from filling up on empty nutrient junk food during the day. High fiber foods also promote healthy digestion and regular detox of the digestive tract. And Chia Seeds are full of plant based protein, essential for me as I’m transitioning to a plant based diet and lifestyle. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo and Keto approved – this Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding Recipe is an awesome for you morning or mid day snack.
Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding
2 cups unsweetened oat milk
6 Tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup flax seeds
2 Ripe bananas
2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey
4 Tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional Toppings: sliced bananas, extra peanut butter, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, berries
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until well combined.
Pour into individual serving containers (mason jars, glass storage containers) and seal.
Refrigerate at least an hour, preferably overnight. Pudding will continue to thicken as it sits.
When ready to serve, top with a few banana slices, peanut butter, hemp hearts, cacao nibs, or berries.
Makes 3 Servings
Have you tried vegan chia pudding before? Let me know in a comment below!