Tropical Chia Pudding

Tropical chia pudding with banana, mango, and lime.  Quick and easy!

Tropical chia pudding with banana, mango, and lime.  Quick and easy!

Breakfast Ready in 5 Minutes

We have a pretty solid  routine in the morning, yet curveballs do get thrown once in awhile that interrupt the flow, giving me less time to get breakfasts together.  That's when chia pudding saves the day.  I love it because it's loaded with so many good things to help kids get through their busiest days, including omega-3s, protein, fiber, and calcium - with vitamins in the included fruit to help absorb such important nutrients.  The kids love it because it seems like dessert for breakfast.  We all love it because it can be ready in 5 minutes or made the night before and placed in the fridge, waiting for the next person who could use a good boost.

I like to make snack-sized jars of this delicious stuff to keep in the fridge for such moments.  Cute little 4 ounce mason jars work great.  It's just the right amount to totally satisfy sweet cravings - with no added sugar!  Just the good stuff.  

Since we are relying on the fruit to sweeten this pudding, it's best to get both the fruit portion and chia seed portion on your spoon together.

Tropical chia pudding:  the ideal breakfast or snack.

Tropical chia pudding:  the ideal breakfast or snack.

Chia puddings travel well (as long as you have a secure lid and insulated bag) so they work for lunches, too.

This tropical treat is our current favorite.  I recently bought a crate of organic mangos and we've been feasting on them!  In fact, earlier this week my daughter and I had a great time making mango salsa together for the Cinco de Mayo celebration in her Spanish class.  Can't go wrong with mango!  

Lime enhances the lovely mango flavors.

Lime enhances the lovely mango flavors.


TROPICAL CHIA PUDDING RECIPE

QUICK & EASY

Yield:  1 full serving, or 2 snack-sized servings
Double recipe for 2 servings, quadruple for 4.

Tropical chia pudding is so quick and easy!

Tropical chia pudding is so quick and easy!

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons chia seed
4 tablespoons cashew milk or other plant-based milk
1/2 banana, sliced
1/2 mango, chopped
1/4 lime wedge

METHOD
1.  Spoon the chia seeds into an 8-ounce jar (or, for snack-sized, divide between 2 4-ounce jars).
2.  Spoon the milk over the seeds, making sure all the seeds get moist.  Give it a stir if needed.
3.  Let the mixture gel up for 5 minutes while preparing the fruit.
4.  Add the banana slices to the jar, then the mango.  
5.  Squeeze the lime over the top.
6.  Thoroughly enjoy now, or place in the fridge to be enjoyed later.  

Note:  With prepared fruit, best eaten within the day.  Can be made at night, refrigerated, and eaten the next morning.  Without the fruit, prepared chia seed pudding can be refrigerated for up to three days.  Add the fruit right before eating.