This banana cream pie chia seed pudding is creamy, sweet, and packed with yummy banana flavor! Fresh bananas, caramelized in a delicious honey butter sauce and layered with silky chia seeds, make for a sweet treat any time of day.
Delicious Banana Chia Pudding
We LOVE chia pudding recipes here at Fit Foodie Finds, and this time, we’ve really outdone ourselves with this banana chia seed pudding.
First of all, the honey-butter caramelized bananas make it taste JUST like a banana cream pie. Second, it’s topped with graham cracker crumbs for the ULTIMATE crunchy, creamy, flavorful combo. And lastly… it tastes so good; you wouldn’t believe it’s healthy. We’ve got a winner!
What is chia seed pudding?
Chia seed pudding is a dish where you essentially soak chia seeds in liquid, where they expand into a gelatinous substance. When combined with banana, honey butter, and oat milk, it tastes exactly like banana cream pie!
Why you’ll love it!
Makes for effortless meal prep.
It’s one of the healthiest ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Delicious AND nutritious!
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The Perfect Healthy Breakfast or Snack
I have been cooking, eating, and baking with chia seeds as long as I can remember. They truly are a superfood and for so many reasons.
Here are some fun chia seed facts
- Packed with omega-3 fatty acids
- High in protein and fiber
- Great source of calcium
- Helps you poop!
- Rich in antioxidants
Chia seeds are gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and dairy-free. Furthermore, their nutrition profile is pretty stellar, too! Check it out:
chia seeds nutrition
Per 2 tablespoons:
- 139 calories
- 4g protein
- 9g total fat
- 12g carbs
- 11g fiber
Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding Ingredients
- Chia seeds: any kind of chia seeds work. The most common chia seeds you can find are black and white chia seeds. We’ve used both! Our #1 tip is to make sure your chia seeds are as fresh as possible and not expired, or they will not expand.
- Oat milk: we prefer unsweetened, plain oat milk for this delicious recipe, but you can use any kind of milk or liquid you want. Coconut milk, almond milk, cow’s milk, etc., work just as great!
- Vanilla extract: vanilla adds extra flavor while enhancing the other wonderful flavors of banana, graham cracker, and honey.
- Honey: used to make delicious honey butter that the bananas cook in. It also acts as a healthy, natural sweetener.
- Salt: a pinch of salt makes all the sweet ingredients of this chia pudding even sweeter!
- Butter: combined with honey, butter creates a creamy consistency for that classic banana cream pie taste.
- Bananas: you can’t have banana cream pie chia pudding without bananas!
- Graham crackers: makes for the perfect, crunchy, and flavorful topping!
#1 Chia Seed Pudding Tip
Our #1 tip is to ensure your chia seeds are as fresh as possible and NOT expired. If you use old/expired chia seeds, they will not expand properly. Speaking from experience over here!
How to Make Banana Cream Pie Chia Seed Pudding
STEP 1: PREP + SET
Mix together chia seeds, oat milk, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of honey in a medium bowl until well combined. Be sure the honey is completely dissolved and isn’t sticking to the bottom of the bowl.
Then add a pinch of salt to the bowl and stir again. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
*Pro Tip: If the pudding comes out too thick, add a few more tablespoons of oat milk to make the pudding creamy.
STEP 2: CARAMELIZE BANANAS
Once the pudding has thickened, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add butter. Allow the bananas to cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until the bananas begin to caramelize. Then, remove them from the pan.
STEP 3: ASSEMBLE + EAT!
Grab a jar or glass and add about 2 tablespoons of chia seed pudding to the bottom. Next, add a layer of caramelized banana (3-4 slices) and top with another 2 tablespoons of pudding.
Add one more layer of bananas, then top with whip cream and graham cracker crumbs. Repeat until you have 4 small cups of banana cream pie chia seed pudding. Serve and enjoy!
What does chia seed pudding taste like?
Chia seed pudding is creamy and has a slightly seedy, gelatinous texture. As a result, it’s the perfect neutral base for adding various sweet flavors. In other words, the taste of your pudding will ultimately depend on what ingredients you add to it.
Why do chia seeds have a warning?
Since dry chia seeds absorb approximately 10-12 times their weight in liquid, eating them can cause an increased risk of choking. Although rare, it’s still important to keep this in mind when consuming these little seeds.
Why didn’t my chia seeds turn into pudding?
Chia pudding that doesn’t thicken is due to either stale chia seeds or poor mixing. Next time you make chia seed pudding, check the date on your chia seeds and thoroughly stir your ingredients together.
Store chia seed pudding in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Chia seed pudding is a great dessert or snack to double or triple because it lasts for so long in the fridge!
Banana Cream Pie Chia Seed Pudding
- ½ cup whipped cream or dairy-free whipped cream
- Add chia seeds, oat milk, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of honey into a medium bowl and mix until well combined. Be sure the honey is not sticking to the bottom of the bowl and that it completely dissolves. Add a pinch of salt to the bowl and stir again. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
- When the chia seed pudding has thickened, stir, and if the pudding is too thick, add a few more tablespoons of oat milk to make the pudding creamy. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and add butter. When the butter has melted, add 1 tablespoon of honey to the skillet and whisk the two ingredients together. Place the banana slices into the honey butter. Let the bananas cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the bananas start to caramelize. Remove them from the pan.
- Add about 2 tablespoons of chia seed pudding into the bottom of a jar or glass, and then add a layer of bananas (3-4 slices). Add another 2 tablespoons of pudding on top of the bananas, and then top the pudding with one more layer of bananas. Top with whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs. Repeat until you have 4 small cups of banana cream pie chia seed pudding.
Tips & Notes
- The whipped cream is optional in this recipe.
- We also tested this recipe with almond milk and whole milk. Both work great, but you get a creamier pudding using oat or whole milk.