Banana Chia Pudding with Yogurt

Feb 25, 2019

Do you need a new breakfast recipe to switch things up in your morning routine?

I’ve got you covered!  Try out my easy breakfast prep recipe for banana chia pudding with yogurt.

When I was interning my mornings usually involved me racing around my apartment trying to get ready as fast as possible, so I could sit in 2 hrs of rush hour traffic just to get to my site on time.  During this time I realized how hard it actually was to eat breakfast in the morning.

While I’m usually a fan of sitting down and enjoying a meal, mornings are not the time for that.  Instead, I learned to prepare my breakfast Sunday afternoon or evening.  This would ensure I was good to go for the week.

Banana Chia Pudding with Yogurt

Why is it important to eat breakfast?

Everyone has probably heard that eating breakfast is important.  Although what is the science behind this?  Part of this suggestion is based on the fact that after sleeping at night our bodies have fasted for over 10 hours.  This means in the morning our blood sugar levels are low.  Since our brain’s main source of energy is glucose, it is important to eat in the morning to stabilize our blood sugar levels and feed our brain the energy it wants to perform optimally.

To do this I recommend eating a combination of carbohydrates and protein. Carbohydrates such as oatmeal, cereal, toast, vegetables, and fruit will provide your body with energy.  Protein sources such as eggs, greek yogurt, and nuts will help you stay full longer.   Studies also show a correlation between breakfast and increased vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake.  Some other benefits of eating a balanced breakfast include:

  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Improvements in mood
  • Boots your metabolism

Banana Chia Pudding with Yogurt

How to make chia pudding with greek yogurt:

Making chia pudding with yogurt is just as easy as making it with only milk.  Since chia seeds need liquid to expand I recommend still using a bit of liquid in the form of milk (whether it be dairy or plant-based).  If a recipe calls for 2 cups of milk use 1 cup instead and replace the other half with yogurt.  Since yogurt contains some water the chia seeds will expand.  The addition of greek yogurt will increase the amount of protein in your breakfast.  As I mentioned before this will help you stay fuller longer.  Plus greek yogurt also contains gut-friendly probiotics.  The full recipe below will give you the exact ratio for incorporating greek yogurt into the chia pudding.

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Banana Chia Pudding with Yogurt

Banana Chia Pudding with Yogurt


  • Author: Heather Lasco, RD
  • Total Time: 40 minutes or overnight
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Banana Chia Pudding with Yogurt is an easy and convenient breakfast prep for on the go. Inspired by southern banana pudding, this banana chia pudding with yogurt is a tasty and nutritious breakfast option.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, or plant based yogurt
  • 1 cup milk, dairy or plant based
  • 3 bananas, mashed;1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix Greek yogurt milk, mashed bananas, maple syrup, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together until well combined.
  2. Divide evenly between four jars or containers. Let the chia pudding sit overnight in the fridge.
  3. Top with chopped walnuts and enjoy!

Notes

Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes

Keywords: overnight chia seed pudding, Banana Chia Pudding with Yogurt, yogurt breakfast recipes, on the go, easy, healthy, vegetarian, vegan friendly, snack idea, chia seeds

Other easy recipes for breakfasts on the go:

Yogurt Bento Box with Raspberry Chia Seed Jam 

PINEAPPLE CARROT CAKE BAKED OATMEAL

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