When putting together the menu for Mother’s Day, I wanted something yummy, but also super healthy and nutrient rich. I was about to dig out my cookbooks when I remembered this little gem of a recipe that my favorite neighbors shared with me awhile back.
Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding with Bananas #vegan #glutenfree

When my neighbors served this at a potluck last year it was gobbled up by everyone – chia-lovers and chia-virgins alike. Seldom do I come across a chia seed recipe that I would call a crowd-pleaser, but this certainly is one!

Like many chia seed recipes, this comes together very quickly, but I’d definitely recommend making it a day in advance, as the soak time will allow the seeds to soften up and reach a tapioca-like consistency.

When we served this we sliced up some bananas (1/2 per person) and then toasted up some coconut flakes to sprinkle on the top. Not only does this add great flavor, but mixes up the texture a little for anyone who might be sensitive to the mouthfeel of chia seeds. I can vouch for bananas, but I’d bet strawberries or blueberries would be a great option too!

Odd as it sounds, this is also the second time I’ve eaten this dish alfresco – first at a neighborhood potluck, this time at my mother-in-law’s place in front of a roaring campfire. Doesn’t get much better than that! 🙂

Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding with Bananas

Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding with Bananas


  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cups shredded coconut (reduced fat, unsweetened)
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds (white if available)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon saigon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas (sliced)
  • 1/8 cups flaked coconut (toasted)


In a medium bowl or jar, combine coconut milk, shredded coconut, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Stir or shake until well blended. Place in refrigerator and leave to soak overnight or at least 3 hours. Serve with sliced bananas and toasted coconut flakes.

Serves 4.

Adapted from Petite Kitchen
Recipe and photos from Mayhem in the Kitchen!
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