Overnight Chia Oat Banana Pudding

Photo courtesy of To Live and Eat in L.A.

Chia seeds are all the rage these days, and it’s not just for their ability to grow into cute decorative plants! It turns out that not only are chia seeds a delicious addition to many foods, but they are also high in protein (4g. per serving) and dietary fiber (11g. per serving). They are also high in plant-based Omega-3, providing even more than a serving of salmon!

Chia seeds absorb any liquid they are mixed with, turning them into a smooth gel-like consistency (which makes for great puddings!). Chia seeds are especially great for those trying to lose weight… their ability to absorb liquid can help you feel full faster, making it less likely that you’ll want to overeat. There’s even evidence showing that chia seeds can help to reduce high blood pressure and control blood sugar, a great benefit for diabetics.

Chia seeds can be eaten raw (they are very easy to digest), sprinkled on salads as a crunchy topping or even added to cooked foods for an extra nutty crunch.

One popular way to enjoy them is in Overnight Oats. Simply combine 1/3 cup uncooked oats with 1 to 2 tablespoons raw chia seeds. Add to this one mashed ripe banana, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 cup of Earth Balance® Organic Soy Milk. Mix well and let sit in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, mix in some maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance® Natural Peanut Butter and any other preferred mix-ins (fresh berries, nuts or chocolate chips are all excellent choices). Mix well and enjoy a delicious high fiber, high protein breakfast that will fuel you for the rest of the day!

What kind of breakfast powers you through a typical morning? Let us know in the comments below for a chance to win FREE Earth Balance® in our Everyday Giveaway!

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  1. Terri Cole says:

    I love those overnight oats with chia & fruit! I eat that or a smoothie most mornings.

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  2. I usually eat 2 packets of oatmeal with flaxseed and almond milk

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  3. Hi Amber, either kind of oats will work, but we would suggest using the regular variety, not the quick cooking.

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  4. Quick question do you use old fashioned oats or quick cooking oats? I bought everything and I’m going to make it tonight but not sure which oats to use.

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    • Tracy says:

      from experience I know either works. I just prefer old fashioned. :)

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  5. Terree Cloth says:

    I really like @Dena‘s idea for Oats in a Jar. I do eat chia seeds in a protein shake everyday; I hadn’t considered adding them to oatmeal. May have to try that now.

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  6. I usually have a bowl of Natures Path Sunrise Maple cereal with 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries (that my kids and I picked at a local farm) sometimes I also add what ever fresh local fruit I have and a cup of green tea. Gives me energy to keep up with my kids.

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  7. Dena Bitel says:

    I am an Oats in a Jar (OIAJ) girl. 1/2 cup of oats, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 3/4 cup soy milk and 1 tablespoon of Eath Balance Almond Butter, with a few shakes of cinnamon. I make it up in a Jelly jar before bed, then grab in the morning, microwave for 1 minute then eat my oats with fresh berries! Keeps me fueled until lunch.

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  8. I can’t eat oats, so I use chia in my Quinoa flakes, smoothies, etc! YUM!

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  9. Oats walnuts 1/3 banana 2 packets of stevia and a sprinkle of salt. Hard to beat the taste of banana nut bread in a bowl

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  10. Paul Aubert says:

    Admittedly, those hemps shakes really hold down the nutritonal fort, I particularly appreciate the synthesis, when avocado and greens (parsley or spinach preferably) are combined, as it provides the textural smoothie-ness of a banana, but without all teh sugar. Otherwise, I have been a long time oatie, love it with turmeric of all things and nuts, (mais bien sur), and some delightful sweetness, dates and/or coconut dominate these days. Also, sprouted breads/ rudi’s (from Boulder) or ezekiel, have their moments, with the coconut spread (I’m lovin’ it!) and jam. Classic toast style with tea (Always Tea, some kind and then music on a good morning. Peace and energized and joyful awakenings to all.

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  11. Almond milk yogurt, fresh berries, and Kashi granola!!

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  12. Colleen Murray says:

    Frozen strawberries, vanilla protein powder, chia seeds, earth balance soy milk all blended in blender! Yum!!

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  13. Tracy says:

    I love overnight oats and am always looking for a new recipe to try…voila here it is! If it’s not overnight oats for breakfast then it is usually some type of bread breakfast – toast, waffles, pancakes…with EB among other toppings!!

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