Vanilla Berry Chia Pudding

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I am not a morning person. I've been trying to make myself a morning person since approximately 2008 and it's seriously a lost cause. Workouts are supposed to be rejuvenating in the morning right? Not happening. A nice morning ritual of coffee and journaling or a book? No way in hell I'm giving up those extra minutes. Breakfast is also my favorite meal of the day, which you can imagine is a problem when I refuse to get up more than fifteen minutes before class starts. Behold, chia pudding. I have a love affair with breakfasts that you can make the night before and just grab out of the fridge on the way out. This is one is AMAZING. 

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I love this chia recipe specifically because of the banana and yogurt. It's SO creamy and the vanilla flavor compliments it perfectly. Because of the added sweetness of the banana, I cut the sweetener from one tablespoon to half. You could reduce sweetness even more by opting for an unsweetened almond milk. You can also feel free to substitute the coconut milk yogurt for any dairy-free yogurt that you love. For the non-vegans out there, greek yogurt is also supposed to work very well. Throw this bad boy in the fridge, pull it out in the morning en route to class, work, the gym, coffee shop, knitting class, hike, whatever it is you're getting done that day. Top with some extra berries, coconut flakes, granola, or whatever your heart desires and ENJOY YOUR EXTRA FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SLEEP!! 

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Banana Berry Chia Seed Pudding

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Author: Sedona Rae

Ingredients 

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk yogurt 
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 tbsp bee free honey or other sweetener 
  • optional toppings s/a granola, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, shredded coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Mix chia seeds and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  2. In another small bowl, mash banana with a fork. Mix in yogurt, vanilla, and honey, stirring until well combined. Add in almond milk and stir until well combined. 
  3. Combine chia seed mixture with the almond milk mixture in a mason jar, Tupperware, or other container you can put in the fridge.
  4. Stir in the strawberries just until combined.
  5. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 5 hours. Throw into a bowl, top with your choice of fruits/granolas and enjoy! :)