Healthy meets indulgent in this easy overnight Cinnamon Maple Chia Seed Pudding with Bananas Foster Topping. Sweet and savory chia seed pudding with sticky, boozy, crunchy and nutty bananas foster make for a magically delicious breakfast, snack or dessert!Helllllllllo, friends! How was your weekend? As always mine was pretty good, but not long enough. Is it ever?
We finally binge watched ‘Making a Murderer’. I know I’m late to the party, so you will have to indulge me… because, OMG.
In case you haven’t watched it yet, you absolutely need to add it to your “to-watch” list, like yesterday. Such a great documentary. But, fair warning, it might be dangerous to your health, because I’m pretty sure my blood pressure sky rocketed.
And it also might be dangerous to your trust in our justice system. I was always aware our justice system is, well, not so just, but that documentary made me feel sick to my stomach.
So, for those of you who have watched it, where do you stand? I’m nosy. I can’t say whether or not Avery is innocent or guilty, but I will say there was an abundance of reasonable doubt in that case, and I’m not sure how any sane person could have come up with a guilty verdict. Maybe the jury forgot one teeny-tiny detail: to find a defendant guilty it must be BEYOND any reasonable doubt.
One thing I can say with 100% certainty? You won’t find me moving to Manitowoc County in this life time.
After seeing M.A.M. I had to google search some of those police, officers of the court, and attorneys to see if they still held a job “upholding” justice. I told you I was nosy. 😉
Let’s just say karma is a real thing as far as some of these people are concerned. Ahh-hem – Kratz and Lenk.
Cinnamon Maple Chia Seed Pudding with Bananas Foster Topping
This isn’t just any ‘ole breakfast though, this is healthy meets indulgent serious breakfast business, people.
Have you hopped aboard the chia seed bandwagon yet? If you have, awesome, then you probably already know how delicious this is. If you haven’t, trust and believe this pudding is a fantastic place to start.
Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and almost all the carbs in them are fiber. Pretty much, they are winning in the health benefits department. You can add them as a topping to all the things… think salads, sandwiches, smoothies, etcetera.
Or, you can soak them overnight in almond milk, allowing them to get all gelatinous and plump and devour them as a pudding. A magically delicious and healthy pudding.
This chia seed pudding is sweet and savory with warm, cozy cinnamon-maple undertones and those scrumptious pops of jellylike chia seeds.
But, that creamy dreamy bowl of pudding becomes epic with the addition of bananas foster on top. The bananas foster topping is sticky, boozy, crunchy, salty, nutty and adds even more cinnamon deliciousness to the pudding.
What is chia seed pudding?
Chia seed pudding is a cold, creamy, delicious superfood that is perfect for breakfast, snack time, or dessert.
Chia seed pudding is simply a type of pudding made up a sweetened liquid (milk, coconut milk or non-dairy milk) thickened with chia seeds. Since chia seeds have an ability to gel liquids, they can thicken almost any liquid to a pudding-like consistency.
What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
Chia seeds are a member of the mint family and are popular for their reported health benefits.
Chia seeds are high in omega-3’s, fiber and protein! As well, chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and are an good source of iron and calcium!
What is Bananas Foster? Why is it called Bananas Foster?
Bananas Foster is a delicious dessert consisting of bananas, vanilla ice cream and a sauce made up of brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, banana liqueur and dark rum. Typically the alcohol in the sauce is added last and ignited.
Bananas Foster was created in the New Orleans’ restaurant, Brennan’s, by Paul Blange and Ella Brennan in 1951.
In the early 50’s, New Orleans was a major port of entry for bananas being shipped from Central and South America. In order to promote bananas, the owner of Brennan’s challenged his chef, Blange, to include bananas in a dessert. Meanwhile, Holiday Magazine had asked Owen to provide a new recipe to include in an article spotlighting the restaurant. Thus, Bananas Foster was born, which is named after Owen’s friend, Richard Foster, who was a local business leader.All together this pudding is like whoa for your taste buds. If you aren’t a morning person, I can guarantee waking up to a bowl (or vat) of this will have you singing a different tune. But, in case you don’t want to be a morning person, ever, this bananas foster pudding makes for a delicious dessert.
So get on this overnight cinnamon maple chia seed pudding pronto… and double up on the bananas foster topping. Until next time, Cheers – to a marvelous Monday!
How to make an Cinnamon Maple Chia Seed Pudding with Bananas Foster Topping👇
Healthy meets indulgent in this easy overnight Cinnamon Maple Chia Seed Pudding with Bananas Foster Topping. Sweet and savory chia seed pudding with sticky, boozy, crunchy and nutty bananas foster make for a magically delicious breakfast, snack or dessert!
- 2 Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 TBS Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 TBS Brown Sugar , packed*
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cup Chia Seeds
- Banana Foster:
- 3 TBS Unsalted Butter
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar , packed
- 2/3 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
- ¼ Cup Rum
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 3 Firm Bananas – peeled and sliced into coins
- ½ Cup Walnuts - chopped
- Kosher Salt
- For the Pudding: In a large sealable jar, add the almond milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Pour in the chia seeds. Tightly seal the jar and shake vigorously to combine the ingredients well.
- Place jar in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
- Make the Bananas Foster Topping: In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat until slightly foamy. Add in the brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the rum and allow mixture to come to a gentle simmer. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the bananas and stir to coat. Cook until slightly caramelized and softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the walnuts and a pinch of salt. Cook until coated and shiny, about 1 additional minute. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
- To Serve: Spoon chia seed pudding into bowls and top with caramelized bananas. Sprinkle with cinnamon and eat right away.
*I used light brown sugar, but you can use dark brown sugar.
*Chia pudding will keep, covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
*Bananas foster topping will keep, covered in the refrigerator for 2 days. (Great as a topping on pancakes or waffles!)
*For a smooth, creamy chia pudding, place in a blender (after refrigeration) and blend until smooth.