Easy Toddler Breakfast Banana Chia Seed Pudding
I love easy toddler breakfast recipes that are simple to prep and nutritious. And this banana chia seed pudding recipe is just that. Plus, I like to eat it too!
There are a lot of chia seed pudding recipes out there, but I created this one after some experimenting and doing a little research on chia seed serving sizes and milk substitutes. Please note that I am not a nutritionist or medical professional, but am sharing what I believe is appropriate for my toddler.
This banana chia seed pudding recipe has 3 ingredients – banana, oat milk (or milk of your choice) and chia seeds. It requires no cooking or baking. Just mix the ingredients together and let it sit in the fridge overnight!
When it’s all ready, I dole out the pudding into 4 small containers to keep in the fridge so that they are ready to grab for an easy toddler breakfast on the go or snack. My toddler will gobble one of these up within minutes!
Banana Chia Seed Pudding Recipe for an Easy Toddler Breakfast
Ingredients (4 Servings)
- Mash the banana up and mix the milk and chia seeds in with it. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours (stir it up after an hour or so to make sure all the seeds get hydrated). Serve as is or with toppings of your choice!
Do let the seeds soak for at least 6 hours. According to WebMd, chia seeds can soak up to 27 times their weight in water! So if consumed dry, they could potentially create an internal blockage.
Banana Chia Seed Pudding Ingredient Notes
Bananas are great natural sweeteners! So a perfect choice for this healthy pudding. Plus they have lots of nutritional benefits and most toddlers love them!
Verywell Family lists the following nutritional facts for a banana; fiber (3 grams), protein (1 gram), vitamin B6 (.4 mg), Vitamin C (10 mg), Potassium (422 mg) and Magnesium (32 mg).
For another banana based easy toddler breakfast, you can check out my post on Banana Veggie Pancakes.
Any type of milk will do for this chia seed pudding recipe. I prefer to use oat milk though, because it gives another layer of sweetness to the pudding.
I have also tried making this banana chia seed pudding with whole milk and canned full fat coconut milk. I’m sure soy and almond milks would work as well!
I am careful about serving sizes if using full fat coconut milk, which I have seen a number of chia pudding recipes call for online. While it makes the pudding delicious, creamy and coconutty, it’s quite high in saturated fat. For example, the 13.5 oz can I have in my pantry has 65 grams of saturated fat.
Allergy Awareness – Aside from making sure chia seeds have been sufficiently soaked in a liquid before consuming them as noted earlier (to prevent any blockages), Healthline warns of the possibility of chia seed allergies. Superfoodly states that chia seeds have similar properties to sesame seeds, which apparently are among the top 9 allergens.
Health Benefits – WebMD explains that the antioxidants in chia seeds can help keep cells healthy, reduce inflammation and help with heart health. Additionally, the high fiber content can help manage blood sugar levels, and the magnesium and phosphorus nutrients support bone health.
Chia seeds are also a good source of iron. You can check out my post on Iron Rich Foods for Toddlers to learn more about the importance of iron for growing kids.
Constipation Relief – An additional benefit of chia seeds is their ability to help relieve constipation. Healthline states, “Chia seeds are one of the most fiber-dense foods available”, and that the gel from chia seeds hydrated with liquid helps bulk up stools and allows them to pass along easier.
This is of particular interest to me, because my toddler has been taking a daily teaspoon of Miralax as prescribed by his pediatrician for a year now. Despite having a diet rich in fruits and veggies, we still have to rely on the Miralax to keep him regular.
While the consensus among medical professionals is that Miralax is safe for kids (you can check out my post Is Miralax Safe for Toddlers), I would still like to eventually get away from those daily doses.
Update – Since regularly giving my 2 year old this chia seed pudding, we have cut his Miralax dosage in half, and even skip some days and he is doing great!
I’d love to know if you tried this recipe or a variation and how you liked it. Say hi and let me know in a comment!