You will love this super easy chunky monkey chia pudding. Chocolate, peanut butter and banana – that classic delicious combination – made into a healthier breakfast or snack option with a luxe cacao chia pudding base! It’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan. (And hey, if you wanna make it paleo, you can use almond butter!)
Trying to get by amidst renovations, work, study and general lead-up-to-Christmas madness means my food needs to meet a few requirements. 1. Must be easy. 2. Must involve chocolate. 3. Could ideally contain some kind of nutritious element so that I have the energy to keep up with everything. (But to be honest, not everything meets criterion 3 – let’s be real here!)
Something that is ticking all of those boxes for me is my easy chunky monkey chia pudding, which is alternating with my chocolate almond mug cake as one of my fave quick chocolate-y fixes. With a lovely thick, cacao-chia base, creamy peanut butter, sweet banana and crunchy cacao nibs, it’s just all of the good things. With no cooking involved and perfect to meal prep, it makes a wonderful morning breakfast indulgence. Toting this in to work on a Monday morning certainly starts my week off on a good note!
There’s no real magic involved in a chia pudding guys, it really is just mix and let it soak up into pudding perfection. This really could double as a dessert. But it’s also got some incredible nutritional properties too. Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds will see you hit almost a third of your daily dietary fibre requirements. In just two little spoonfuls! This makes a chunky monkey chia pudding an especially great addition to your day. It’s going to keep you full and be great for your gut health.
Chia pudding keeps really well in the fridge, so if you’re a keen meal-prepping bean I recommend doubling or tripling this recipe. You can just pop the serves of chia pudding in separate jars, and top with peanut butter and cacao nibs. On the day you’re eating it, top with sliced banana and you’re good to go! Chunky monkey chia pudding allllll week.
Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp cacao powder
- 150 mL almond milk (this is 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp, approximately) - or another milk of choice
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener of choice
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon - optional, for sprinkling on top
- Combine chia seeds, cacao powder, almond milk and maple syrup in a small bowl or container. Allow to sit for 5 minutes then whisk again to ensure the chia seeds soak up the liquid evenly.
- Place the chia pudding into the fridge to set, for a minimum of 3 hours or ideally, overnight (cover over bowl or use a lidded container).
- To serve, top the pudding with sliced banana, peanut butter and cacao nibs, plus a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. Enjoy!
I love the must contain chocolate requirement. Ha! This looks like a fab breakfast!
Haha chocolate is essential at this time of year…should probably be green smoothies but I choose chocolate 😛 Thanks Tina!
Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
I love the name of this recipe, and, it looks amazing too. I know my kiddos would just gobble this up.
I love everything labelled “chunky monkey” too and am pleased I have been able to use it on my blog 🙂 Thanks Kelly!
Super healthy and delicious breakfast! I love how there are a thousand ways to enjoy chia seed pudding. This is definitely a great one!
Thanks so much Vanessa! Yes, I love how versatile chia puddings are. So easy to mix up the flavours and keep it exciting!
Yum! I’m always up for chia pudding, and peanut butter… and bananas. 🙂
Me too! I’m basically living off chia puddings right now while we renovate the kitchen! This is one of my fave flavours at the moment 🙂
This is my kind of breakfast! So pretty and easy:)
Mine too! I need to start the day off with something easy!
What a great alternative to breakfast every once in awhile! I am a HUGE fan of chia puddings, and this recipe looks amazing!
Thanks Tessa! I like to have this breakfast when I need a chocolate treat – it’s so sweet and tasty but still nutritious. Perfect way to start the day!
Oh my goodness– this looks SO yummy!! I love looking at those photos! Pinned to multiple boards, and I need to make this for my kids!!! 🙂
Megan, thank you so much 🙂 I loved the photos for these too and wish my chia pudding was always so elegant haha!
My kids will adore this! They love chunky monkey EVERYTHING! Must make it for them ASAP!
Haha Lindsey I fear I may be like your kids… I am a sucker for things labelled “chunky monkey” I think I just love the name! 🙂
Such a gorgeous bowl! I haven’t had a chia pudding in so long and now your photos have me craving for one.
🙂 Thank you Jean! I went through a similar thing with chia pudding, and now I can’t get enough of it!
My little monkeys will love this for breakfast! So fun! Thank you!
Haha this is the perfect brekky for little monkeys – a little bit healthy but a little bit fun! 🙂
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
Now this is one super fun chia pudding! I love all of the toppings on it.
Thanks Emily 🙂 This is my favourite breakfast to have toward the end of the week when I need a little bit of a treat!