Banana Chia Pudding is a super quick and easy way to make a pudding for little people. Sweetened with fruit it has no added sugar and it is an allergy friendly recipe.
I often make this Banana Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk but it will work equally well with any milk, including cows milk, soy, almond etc, you can literally choose whichever milk you would like or your child prefers or can tolerate
Can babies have chia seeds?
I believe it is ok for babies who are at the age for starting solids to have chia seeds.
I have spent quite some time scouring the internet and clinical journals to find any evidence-based information around chia seeds for babies. I could not find anything of note.
The information I found related specifically to introducing chia seeds into baby’s diets were either written by companies marketing chia seeds or by other mum/food bloggers about their opinions on chia seeds for babies. I did find a few less specific references.
For example, the NHS suggests chia seeds as a source of omega 3 fats for babies who are vegan (as vegan babies won’t be having oily fish in their diet).
I also found a review out of Helsinki looking at the approving chia seeds as an ingredient to bread and they found no public health risk.. but other than this it was slim pickings as far as evidence-based guidelines around chia seeds and babies.
As I said in the first sentence, of my answer, I believe babies can eat chia seeds.
The emphasis is on the ‘I’ and the ‘believe’ as I could not find any evidence-based guidelines to either agree or disagree with my personal opinion.
I am comfortable for my babies to have chia seeds but this is something you should check with your health care professional if you are not sure if they are suitable for your baby.
Chia seeds contain fibre, plant-based fibre, omega 3 fats, and antioxidants.
Chia seeds do have a gelling/thickening ability, hence why their addition to a liquid makes a lovely thick pudding.
You should be aware that this can mean they will also thicken your baby’s bowel motions. This is not necessarily a problem BUT if your baby is a baby who tends towards constipation keep this in mind.
Introduce them slowly, don’t give huge serves to young babies, but as they grow I think chia puddings are the perfect snack or toddlers and children
Egg Free Baby Custard – banana chia seed pudding
Yes, you read that right, a chia seed pudding like this banana chia pudding is essentially how you can make an egg-free custard.
It is also a no cook/no heat custard which is also brilliant if you happen to be in the one-handed cooking phase of your life (ie. you are a one-handed cook because you have a baby on your hip!)
I have another kid-friendly chia pud on my site, my apple pie chia pudding is flavoured with apples and cinnamon and added sugar-free too.
Essentially you can turn any smoothie into a chia pudding, so if you have a smoothie combo they love, try adding some chia seeds and turning it into a spoonable pud!
Hot off the press is my healthy chocolate pudding another chia pud that kids absolutely love.
Banana Chia Pudding -A Vegan and Paleo Custard
This banana chia pudding recipe is both vegan and paleo. I am neither vegan or paleo but I do believe in eating a diet rich in plants and low in sugar, so this means my recipes often fit these dietary patterns although my family is neither vegan or paleo.
This pudding should be suitable for most little ones when they start their solids / complementary foods journey
If you are looking for another healthy take on custard, my peanut butter mousse is also super simple and a perfectly healthy dessert for little people.
Previously on My Kids Lick The Bowl
- One week ago: apricot choc chip & chia no-bake bites
- One month ago: healthy apple pie oat bars
- Three months ago: apple oat pancakes
- Six months ago: baby led weaning muffins – apple banana and carrot
- One Year ago: healthy baby rusks, easy homemade teething biscuits
- Two Years ago: healthy mac n cheese with hidden vegetables
- 1 ripe banana (approx 100g)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk (approx 80 - 85 ml)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- Blend the banana and coconut milk together as if you were making a smoothie
- Add the chia seeds, give a few pulses to mix them in through the smoothie, but so as not to completely demolish them. You can also just stir them in if you prefer
- Pour into a serving bowl or jar, refrigerate for a minimum of 20 mins before serving
- Chia seeds take time to soften and gel, please ensure you leave the pudding for a minimum of 20 mins before serving to ensure you get a smooth custard-like texture. You can prepare it well in advance, ie prepare and refrigerate overnight.
- This recipe will work with any type of milk, ie cows milk, soy, almond, oat, any milk that tickles your fancy
- This recipe has no added sugar, depending on your kid's palates you may need to add some, a little maple syrup, honey (for over ones) or even a date popped into the smoothie will add sweetness. But try it without as you never know!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 13.3gSaturated Fat: 7.8gCholesterol: 5mgCarbohydrates: 12.2gFiber: 4.9gSugar: 3.1gProtein: 4.8g