Banana Coconut Cream Chia Pudding Parfaits have layers of creamy chia pudding layered with fresh bananas and topped with whipped coconut cream and toasted coconut.  They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, and perfect for breakfast, snacks, and dessert!

Banana Chia Pudding Parfaits in jars

We interrupt our regularly schedule program of pumpkin, apples, and everything fall for bananas….and coconut!  I haven’t posted anything coconut in what, maybe a week?  To me, that means I’m overdue. 🙂  For me, bananas and coconut are always welcome, whether together or on their own.  These Banana Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits bring my love of banana and coconut cream pies together into one delicious, almost guilt-free treat.

For the most part, these parfaits are guilt-free.  They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, and are minimally sweetened with maple syrup.  I used Toasted Coconut Almond Milk by Califia Farms in my chia pudding, which I found in the refrigerated section of my supermarket.  This milk is unsweetened and low fat, yet still rich and full of flavor.  I did not receive any compensation from this brand…I simply love the product. 🙂

Banana Chia Pudding Parfaits in jars

The biggest indulgence here is the whipped coconut cream, and if you’re watching calories you can leave it off completely and these parfaits will still taste great!  If you’re not lactose intolerant or just not a fan of coconut cream, you can certainly use fresh whipped cream.  Feel free to customize these any way you see fit.

The best part about these parfaits is how simple they are to make.  You simply combine chia seeds with the milk in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and store until nice and thick.  I found that the mixture needed to be stirred a few times throughout the day, and this pudding took longer to thicken than my Cherry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits, because I used full fat coconut milk for those.  This pudding is truly a no-rush make ahead kind of thing for me, so I didn’t mind waiting a little longer for my pudding to thicken.

If you’re topping yours with the coconut cream, make sure that the coconut milk or coconut cream that you have has completely solidified.  Sometimes you luck out at the store and find some that have are already solidified on the shelf…just give them a shake to see for yourself.  If not, just refrigerate it — can and all — overnight while your chia pudding sets and whip it up when you’re ready to serve your pudding.

These parfaits may be almost guilt-free, but they’re totally indulgent and reminiscent of banana cream pie.  With coconut!  You can eat these for breakfast, snacks, or dessert, and you’re going to love the way you feel afterward.  Indulgence with low guilt is a very powerful thing. 🙂

Banana Chia Pudding Parfaits in jars

Banana Chia Pudding Parfaits in jars

Banana Coconut Cream Chia Pudding Parfaits

Banana Chia Pudding Parfaits have layers of creamy chia pudding layered with fresh bananas and topped with whipped coconut cream and toasted coconut. They're perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert!
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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups coconut milk or your favorite milk
  • 8 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup sub with your favorite sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • additional banana, toasted coconut flakes, chocolate chips or nuts for serving (optional)

Instructions 

  • Mash the banana in a medium bowl.
  • Add the milk chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla and stir well to combine. Let stand 10-15 minutes and stir (the chia seeds should have thickened somewhat, so stirring helps break them up).
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve the pudding with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

  • Banana chia pudding will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • This is a great meal prep recipe for breakfast and snacks!
  • Change up this pudding by adding spices like cinnamon or cardamom and with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 13mg, Potassium: 388mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 34IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 124mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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