This four-ingredient Chia Seed Peanut Butter Pudding makes an easy, kid-friendly snack. It’s packed with protein and healthy fats and is easy to prep ahead of time.
*Originally published 8/2016. Updated 12/2023*
If your kids are anything like mine and they love to snack all day long, you’re probably constantly looking for healthy, nutrient-dense snacks that you can offer them. Of course, all kids will have their favorites. Mine particularly love Lentil Banana Muffins, Black Bean Brownies and some of my other healthy muffins and bars.
They also have their store-bought snacks – check out these 60+ Healthy Packaged Snacks for Kids. And when it comes to feeding kids it’s easy to fall into a rut. But as a Registered Dietitian, I know the importance of continuing to offer and expose kids to new foods.
That’s where this peanut butter banana chia pudding comes in! While some people may not enjoy the texture of a snack like this, you might be surprised to find your kids love it. And since it’s packed with nutrients and can be prepped ahead of time, it’s a great option to work into your snack rotation.
Peanut Butter Banana Chia Pudding
This pudding is super easy to make and great to have on hand for a quick snack or addition to breakfast or lunch. The flavor possibilities are endless but I went with a classic peanut butter and banana combo.
How To Make Chia Peanut Butter Pudding
If you’ve never tried using chia seeds to thicken something, you’ll be amazed how well this works. All you need for this snack is:
- Ripe bananas
- Milk or kefi
- Chia seeds
- Peanut Butter
When combined with liquid, chia seeds act as a natural thickening agent so all you have to do is combine all the ingredients and let it sit. I use a blender or food processor to get all the lumps out of the bananas but you could mash by hand if you want to.
Banana Peanut Butter Pudding
Here’s the recipe:Print
Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding
This Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding makes an easy, kid-friendly snack. It’s packed with protein and healthy fats and is easy to prep ahead of time.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: serves 4-6 1x
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 1 cup milk (or kefir)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until well combined.
- Refrigerate at least an hour. Pudding will continue to thicken as it sits.
If you don’t mind a little chunkier texture, you could just mash the bananas by hand.
Chia Seed Peanut Butter Pudding FAQs
Can you make chia seed pudding with kefir?
Yes! We love Lifeway Kefir and it would work great in this recipe! You could also use your favorite non-dairy milk if you prefer.
How long does chia seed pudding take to set?
Typically the pudding will thicken and set in 1-2 hours once you put it in the fridge. But I often recommend letting it sit overnight in the fridge for best results.
Can you make chia seed pudding with peanut butter powder?
Yes! If you don’t want to use actual peanut butter but still want the peanut butter flavor, you could mix powdered peanut butter like PB2 into your pudding. You could also mix in your favorite flavor of protein powder.
Why eat chia seed pudding?
Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and healthy fats. Mixing them with milk adds protein for a balanced snack that will keep you full and satisfied.
What about overnight oats with chia seeds?
If you want to take this concept to the next level, you can try overnight oats made with chia seeds. Try these Easy Overnight Oats with 6 flavor combinations for a filling meal or snack.
Other flavors besides banana chia pudding?
Not a fan of the chia seeds? You might like my Chocolate Avocado Pudding recipe instead!
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