Dairy Free Banana Pudding – only 3 main ingredients
This delicious banana pudding is so smooth and a great snack or breakfast choice for you that is packed full of energy and this three-ingredient banana chia pudding is so filling. A little bit more about chia seeds. I had no idea what this was when I bought them; I love to research so you know I had to find a reliable source to find out a little bit more.
Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food. Containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. According to WebMD and the antioxidants are high on Chia Seeds.
It is perfect if you are rebooting your system by trying the whole 30 program. What is the whole 30- for 30 days you eat food that won’t inflame your body, so pretty much a clean diet. Here are the foods you would cut, sugar, alcohol, legumes, dairy, processed foods, and beverages. Good things its only 30 days, right? I haven’t gone as far as trying this program, but a few years ago I cut out all processed food and eat a clean and healthy lifestyle, and it does work. My aches pains, depression went away, and I lost over 50 pounds, so it does work, but of course, everybody is different just listen to yours. If you are looking for a quick and easy paleo recipe this would be perfect you just make it the night before and its ready for you the next morning.
Here is a close up of the chia seed paste, the first step in making the dairy-free banana pudding. It doesn’t take long at all for it to firm up. You just measure 2-1/2 Tbsp Chia seeds and mix it with 1 cup of water and let it sit for about 30 minutes. It looks like a small science experiment when it firms up.
Here is the can of coconut milk that I used. At first, I thought it was too thick, but then I noticed all the liquid on the bottom, so you want to make sure you stir it until it is smooth and silky.
Blend the very ripe bananas and full-fat coconut milk.
A little bit more about chia seeds. I had no idea what this was when I bought them; I love to research so you know I had to find a reliable source to find out a little bit more. Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. According to WebMD and the antioxidants are high on Chia Seeds.
Mix it all banana mixture, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt.
What exactly is Coconut milk and are there different types?
Coconut milk has the liquid consistency of cow’s milk and by simmering one part shredded coconut in one part water. Coconut milk is the basis of most Thai curries. According to the Healthy Eater, Coconut milk can be a healthy cow’s milk alternative for people who don’t like almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk. Also, coconut milk seems to do a better job of whitening coffee or tea than the others but with slight coconut flavor.
It’s also a great way to add flavor and good fats to recipes.
Dairy Free Banana Pudding
Optional – extra banana and sesame seeds for topping.
Combine the chia seeds and water in a pint jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake to get all the chia seeds mixed in with the water and to break up any lumps. Set aside for 30 minutes, occasionally shaking to break up any pieces.
In the bowl of a food processor or a blender, combine bananas and coconut milk and pulse until smooth. Pour banana mixture into a quart sized bowl (make sure to use a silicone spatula to scrape out everything) and mix in the cinnamon, salt, and chia gel.
Store refrigerated and serve cold.
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