In the South, Banana Pudding is a tradition and everyone has their favorite recipe but often they are filled with artificial colors and flavors. Very little about it is real except the bananas. This week I saw that Chick Fil A is offering their Banana Cream Pie milkshake for a limited time but with 24 grams of fat – 12 being saturated fat, 780 calories and 104 grams of sugar (that is over 1/2 c. of sugar) I had to re-create this with way better stats!
Chia nutrition facts:
- a single serving contains 41% of the recommended daily fiber intake with the ideal ratio of soluble to insoluble fiber
- contains 64% of the omega-3 fatty acids you need in your daily diet
- six times more iron than spinach
- a great source of a complete protein with all amino acids
- it contains the important mineral boron which helps transfer calcium to the bones
- offer six times more calcium than regular milk does and eleven times more phosphorus and four times more potassium than dairy milk
- Chia Seed is not only rich in vitamins and minerals, it also comes with a high antioxidant value, which is expressed through an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) unit of 82 micromoles TE per gram. The average ORAC value of most vegetables, fruits, and nuts is approximately 1.4 to 95 micromoles TE per gram so Chia seeds seem to be one of the best sources of antioxidants known to man.
It is said that one serving of Chia seed sustained an Aztec warrior all day – I wonder what they would have thought of my Banana Chia Pudding? Even if you aren’t a Aztec warrior I am sure that you will find this tiny powerhouse to be a great addition to your diet. It will keep you fuller longer, increase your stamina, help build muscle and keep you on track!
|Banana Cream Chia Pudding|
- 1 c. unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 c. flax, almond, rice, or soy milk
- 3 lg bananas, ripe
- 1-2 t. vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste)
- 4 large dates, pits removed and chopped
- 1/2 c. chia seeds
- Organic Vanilla Wafers or Graham Crackers (optional)
- Dried Banana Chips (optional)
- Toasted Almonds or Walnuts (optional)
- Granola (optional)
- Real whipped cream (optional)
- In a blender or food processor add your 2 c. milk, 2 bananas, vanilla, and dates. Process until banana and dates are thouroughly broken down.
- Pour into a container and add Chia seeds, whisk to combine.
- Continue to whisk every few minutes for about 10-15 minutes and then place in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight.
- Top with slices of fresh banana using the last banana, whipped cream, toasted nuts, dried banana chips, granola, or real whipped cream.
- Serve with Vanilla Wafers or Graham Crackers.
Make this the night before and it will be ready for you to have the next day. When packaging portion into smaller containers and then into the lunch box it will go quickly and easily. Pack wafers or graham crackers for dipping separately so they don’t get soggy.
I found Organic Vanilla Wafers at Whole Food as the substitute for the Nilla Wafers so if you feel inclined to add them these are a better alternative!