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As I was sitting in our kitchen having a snack this afternoon, because that’s what I do these days (#pregnant), I noticed our fruit bowl harboring two old bananas.

Still hazy from a nap, I glanced outside hoping for changed weather, but the rain was putting on a show with a darkened sky to match.

No surprise here in Germany. Since experiencing the frequency of gray, rainy days here over the years, I now refer to rainy weather as “Germany weather.”

Such is life! When there’s rain, I’ve learned, you’ve got to make your own sunshine.

Enter those old bananas, a desire for something sweet, and the ability to make Kyle’s tastebuds happy. About 5 minutes later, I had my own sunshine in this delicious concoction.

One of the key ingredients to make this pudding thicken are chia seeds.

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These little guys are:

  • Rich in fiber, protein, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals
  • A decent source of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Hydrating: Chia seeds absorb 9-12 times their weight in water! (source)
  • Versatile: They can be used as an egg replacement (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp of water), thickener, and additional condiment to smoothies and oatmeal

Though I don’t use them on a daily basis, they are fantastic additions, and serve their nutritional and textural purpose in this recipe.

Enjoy this pudding as a sweet snack or dessert!!

ban date choc chia pudding

Banana Date Chocolate Chia Pudding

Ingredients

*Serves 2

2 bananas (preferably very ripe)
4 dates (Medjool taste the best)
1/2 cup coconut milk 
1 tbsp raw cacao powder 
2 tbsp chia seeds 
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

1. In a food processor or blender, puree all ingredients EXCEPT for the chia seeds.
2. Pour even amounts of the pureed mixture into two separate glasses or small dishes.
3. Add 1 tbsp of chia seeds to each glass, and allow chia seeds to thicken at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes.
4. Chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve!

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