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Chia Pudding with Banana

Banananananananananana.

Banananananananananana.

I'm happy to report that I spent today filing taxes, getting a deep tissue massage, and shopping for meal prep like a true adult. I am also eating almond butter out of the tub and drinking way too much coffee. In my sweat pants. Watching Grey's Anatomy. Rethinking everything. When eating a banana at night before bed is considered a "cheat", you know it's time for a life break.

Thank you, Chia Pudding, for being easy to make and nutritious and paleo and macro-fitting and delish. You have given me the life break I needed. I would also like to mention that this is one of those recipes that you should completely reconstruct to fit your own life break. Add almond butter, take out the blueberries, eat it plain! (though I recommend mixing it with SOME fruit because eating it by itself doesn't taste like much.) As Oprah says on the Weightwatchers commercials we've all seen ad nauseam, "this is the JOY of [making Delish Chia Pudding]."

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (optional)

Steps:

  1. Stir chia seeds, almond milk, and one banana together in a fancy jar, tupperwear, or other vessel that has a lid. (Note if you're using almond butter: blend almond butter, almond milk, and bananas together FIRST. Then add chia seeds)
  2. Chill in refrigerator over night or give it at least 3-4 hours to chill.
  3. Remove from refrigerator. Sprinkle blueberries, almond slivers and any other fruit on top of the pudding.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

I'm definitely going to be making this recipe again in a variety of different ways. At first, I was taken aback by the lack of sweetness in my first iteration. But after diving in, I realized the blueberries and bananas alone created a nice subtle sweetness. It was a reminder that not everything has to been beat to death with sugar! Perhaps this next time I will add the almond butter (using the recipe found on Justin's instagram!) and maybe consider different fruits. The possibilities, friends! The possibilities!!

Let me further point out that I brought the pudding to another Family Breakfast Friday, and the crew enjoyed it! So make it for your crew, and let me know what you think!

8.6g fat/17.2g carbs/5g protein/147 calories (per 1 serving of 5. This breakdown also includes the almond butter. The totals will vary depending on the fruit you use and if you add almond butter.)

Note: I am not a nutritionist, and the above f/c/p breakdown is an estimate. Please consult a physician or dietician before embarking on a regimented diet.

My crew, my loves.

My crew, my loves.