This EASY 6-ingredient Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding Parfait is naturally sweetened and chock full of healthy nutrients!
I love healthy eating. Well, I love the idea of healthy eating. You know, before 2016 started I had “those” healthy eating, stay fit, work out all the time resolutions. Ehh. Ask me how I’ve been doing regarding said resolutions, ha!
With my work schedule being so hectic, I have to admit that it is incredibly hard to stick to the healthy eating/working out plans. But I am trying my best to incorporate healthy snacks in my daily routine. I work in a huge office where we have a cafeteria that houses a lot of unhealthy food. I constantly have to bypass the potato chips to get to the healthier choices.
So I’ve started doing a lot of research on healthier snack options and I’ve found a real winner. I’ve been playing around with a few different chia seed pudding recipes and this one is my favorite. If you’re not familiar with chia seeds; they are little seeds that contain a powerhouse full of nutrients. Chia seeds are quick and easy to use with an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. It’s crazy to think that these little seeds contain so much goodness for your health but they do.
Chia seeds have a similar health benefit to flaxseeds, but I prefer chia seeds because I don’t have to spend extra time grounding them up. Chia seeds are also high in omega-3, which is great for people who do not consume a lot of fish.
To make a basic chia seed pudding recipe, you only need 3 ingredients; chia seeds, almond milk, and maple syrup for a natural sweetener. My recipe is an overnight version of the pudding, which is great because you basically combine all the ingredients together and let it work it’s magic while you sleep.
Once the chia seeds have absorbed the almond milk and reached its pudding-like consistency, you can top your pudding with all sorts of toppings.
I love the combination of strawberries and bananas with my chia seed pudding along with some crunchy granola. These parfaits make the perfect breakfast or snack; they’re packed with nutrients and they keep you full.
Other toppings you can choose include blueberries, mango’s, raspberries, apples, pomegranate- the list is endless!
This chia pudding parfait is:
- Quick and easy
- 3 cups almond milk
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2½ tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup bananas, sliced
- ½ cup granola
- In a large bowl, whisk together almond milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup.
- Cover mixture and let sit out for 15 minutes and then stir to prevent clumping.
- Refrigerate pudding overnight (if you can, every so often, mix pudding- no big deal if you can't).
- Stir pudding well and spoon into desired bowls and top with fruit, granola, etc.