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Banana Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds seem to be all the rage right now. I see them popping up in everything from smoothies to pancakes to puddings to savory dishes. Why you may be wondering? First, let’s talk about what a chia seed is. I always like to know what I am putting in my body. Chia seeds, sometimes called an “ancient grain” since they widely used in Latin America by the Aztecs and other people living at the time, are a seed that comes from an herb plant. Thinking chia pet? It’s the same plant, except this time we are eating the seeds, which are packed with nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats. They actually have 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon, are known to help people stay full, and help endurance athletes go the distance.

Since I can’t help but jump on this type of bandwagon, I have starting throwing chia seeds in my morning oatmeal, smoothies, or yogurt but haven’t ventured much further out than that. That is until today’s pudding. It actually couldn’t be easier to make – just mix up the chia seeds with some liquid and let sit for 4 hours. The end result tastes surprisingly great. A little reminiscent of tapioca and worthy of breakfast, dessert, or snacking.

Banana Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
Servings: 1 serving
Serving Size: full recipe
Nutritional Info: 132.7 calories, 3.7g of fat, 21.5g of carbohydrates, 6.5g of fiber, 3.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

Ingredients

  • 1/2 chopped banana
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Optional: Sweetener

Instructions

  1. Mash the banana in the bottom of a jar or bowl. Add the chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Stir everything together.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours or more. Eat for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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15 Response to Banana Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

  1. Lana on June 3, 2013

    I don’t mean to be rude, but are you sure the points are correct for this? I get one point for the chia seeds and one point for the milk. Everything else is ‘free’, no?

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    • Kristen on June 3, 2013

      This is one of those recipes that people likely will count different ways, kind of like smoothies – some people count the fruit, others don’t. For all the recipes I post, I run them through the points calculator and share that number. However, you are right and technically this could be 2 points plus if you just count the milk and chia seeds.

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      • Lana on June 3, 2013

        Thank you. Either way, this sounds delicious and is breakfast tomorrow. Also, you’ve helped me lose almost 40lbs since January, so thank you for that too. :)

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        • Kristen on June 4, 2013

          Just went back and double checked and I actually inputted canned coconut milk which has more points than the packaged kind available in the refrigerated section, like an almond of soy milk. The new points value I am getting is three when put in the ww calculator.

          Reply
      • Cathy on June 4, 2013

        Sorry…I just posted this question without reading this post. Thank you! Half a banana is only 1 point if counting the fruit.

        Reply
  2. Alyaa on June 4, 2013

    Hi, can I use normal full cream milk instead of coconut milk or almond milk?

    Reply
    • Kristen on June 5, 2013

      Yes – just adjust the calories and points.

      Reply
  3. EllenM on June 4, 2013

    I just learned about this at my meeting this week, re: fruit points being counted differently in recipes.

    In smoothies, for instance, the fruit is turned into a different consistency, like juice (which is counted), so it makes sense to count it.

    Love this recipe and am going to try it today.

    Reply
  4. shannon on June 4, 2013

    Hi Kristen, I have been hearing a lot about chia seeds…do you get the seeds from the grocery store, or do you have to go to a vitamin shop? I haven’t looked for them yet…thanks!

    Reply
    • Kristen on June 5, 2013

      I buy mine in the bulk bins at Whole Foods or Sprouts. Trader Joe’s carries them near me as well as some grocery stores.

      Reply
  5. Elizabeth on June 5, 2013

    I sure hope this shows up in your weekly meal plan!. It looks great, and only 3 points. Fantastic!

    Reply
  6. Hallie on June 10, 2013

    I keep stumbling upon recipes with chia seeds, but I don’t buy them because they are so expensive. Are there any alternatives or can they be omitted??

    Reply
    • Mare on July 1, 2013

      It defeats the purpose. People put chia seeds in because of all the health benefits. Omitting it just leaves you with milk and fruit.

      Reply
  7. ee on June 22, 2013

    It look like a smoothie to me

    Reply
  8. Kate on July 5, 2013

    This is beautiful!! Loved it!!

    Reply

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