This Banana Chia Pudding with zingy, lip smacking Mango Lime Purée will bring a taste of the tropics to your breakfast. It is incredibly easy to make, positively bursting with nutrition & just looking at the wonderful yellow colour will make your day brighter!
Where have chia seeds been all my life? It is hard to believe that they have actually been grown and consumed by humans since around 3500 B.C. but despite this, until a few years ago I had never heard of them. It is only quite recently that they have gained popularity and become recognized as a modern day superfood, and with good reason. They contain good amounts of calcium, protein, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, B1, B2 &B3 as well as plenty of omega 3. Whilst they are packed full of nutrients, they are relatively low in calories and because they swell upon contact with liquid they are extremely filling.
WHAT IS CHIA PUDDING?
When mixed with liquid, chia seeds become gelatinous so are great for using as an egg replacer in baking or for turning into a simple chia pudding.
All you need to make a basic chia pudding, are some chia seeds and some non-dairy milk. I like to use a creamy milk like my homemade cashew milk.
Mix it all together, leave for a a few hours or overnight, and you have a basic chia pudding. You can then add some sweetener like natural maple syrup if desired, maybe a drop of vanilla extract, then top it with or stir through some fruit. If you want a chia pudding that tastes a little more decadent check out my Healthy Caramel Chia Seed Pudding.
WHAT IS THE CHIA PUDDING RATIO?
Knowing the right chia seed to liquid ratio to make a chia pudding with a good consistency can be tricky.
To make enough for 4 - 6 servings though, all you need to remember is this:
- For runny chia pudding use ½ cup of chia seeds for every 3 cups of milk
- For a thick chia pudding use ¾ cup chia seeds for every 3 cups of milk
That will give you a basic, plain chia pudding with exactly the right consistency.
You will notice that this Banana Chia Pudding uses a slightly different chia seed to milk ratio and that is because a pureed banana is added to the mix. The banana provides its own moisture so less milk is required.
Chia pudding, to me, is kind of like a blank slate. It needs a bit of oomph and that's where I come in with this Banana Chia Pudding with Mango Lime Purée recipe.
I take a basic chia pudding and jazz it up with soft, sweet, ripe banana and a touch of maple syrup for a flavour boost. Then a simple but very delicious, zingy mango lime purée is added to really liven things up. This purée with it's combination of sweet juicy mango and tart lime is lip smackingly good. So good I couldn't stop eating it and ended up having to make another batch for my chia pudding! Make sure you have a spare mango to hand in case the same happens to you....
On top of the mango puree I added some beautiful passion fruit seeds for an extra burst of flavour and texture. The passion fruit flavour works so well with the mango and banana chia pudding but is totally optional so don't worry if you don't have one to hand.
This Banana Chia Pudding with Mango Lime Purée makes a fantastic breakfast and because it is chilled it is perfect for the warmer months. Layer it up in a mason jar and it becomes a perfect portable breakfast!
And if you love bananas for breakfast, why not give my amazing Vegan Banana Pancakes a try too? They are super yum!
Banana Chia Pudding with Mango Lime Purée
For the chia pudding
For the purée
- 1 mango
- 1 lime
- 1 passion fruit
For the pudding
- Blend the banana with the milk.
- If you don't have a blender mash the banana really well with a fork and whisk into the milk.
- Pour in the chia seeds and maple syrup and stir well.
- Cover and place in the fridge.
- Leave until thick and puddingy (at least 2 hours)
- If you don't like the texture of chia seeds then you can blend it up in a high powered blender for a smooth pudding.
For the purée
- Peel and remove the stone from the mango.
- Add to a blender with the juice of one lime.
- Blend until totally smooth.
- Layer the chia pudding and the puree up in a bowl, glass or jar.
- Top with passion fruit (optional)