Delicious & nutritious, high-protein Vegan Chia pudding jars with a strawberry smoothie topping. A wonderful meal as breakfast, dessert or a snack.
This delicious vegan strawberry banana smoothie topped chia seed pudding jar is a delicious and nutritious breakfast or healthy snack. Chia pudding is known to help keep you satiated, fuller for longer and is highly nutritious.
If you want to know more about the various health benefits and nutritional information of chia seeds and chia pudding then I’ve included that on my detox smoothie layered chia jars post.
Chia pudding recipes are an absolute favourite of mine because of how healthy they are though and I love to start my day with a jar and easily swap out the toppings. Here I’ve used a tried and tested classic strawberry and banana smoothie.
If you want chia pudding inspiration though then I have a few options that you may like, at the bottom of this post. I tend to keep my chia pudding plain and experiment a lot with the toppings. I also like to add chia seeds into my dessert flavoured overnight oats, for an additional nutrient boost.
These smoothie topped versions are the perfect chia breakfast pudding, to start the day in the best way. Especially as chia pudding can provide a boost of energy, to get you going ( or keep you going during an afternoon slump).
Why the strawberry banana smoothie recipe?
Strawberry & banana smoothies are super simple to make and yet incredibly delicious and healthy- basically I love this recipe.
Bananas are packed full of fibre, potassium and a whole range of other nutrients. These work to protect heart health, digestion, anemia, blood pressure… the list goes on.
Meanwhile, strawberries are rich in antioxidants and a great source of various vitamins and minerals. This includes vitamin C, manganese and potassium. All these elements help to level blood sugar levels as well as improve heart health. There are even studies that show these as having anti-cancerous properties.
In terms of the liquid added to the smoothie- you have a choice of various plant-based milks or even coconut water. Each liquid comes with its own health benefits and will vary the taste slightly. If I want something a little ‘lighter’, then I’ll often choose coconut water and I’ll use milk for something slightly creamier.
As I mentioned above, chia pudding is wonderful in terms of being able to customise the flavours, toppings and ‘sprinkles’ to each persons individual tastes. This also means that it is a great option as a meal-prep breakfast or snack as you can swap out the toppings for each individual portion.
How to make the strawberry smoothie layered chia pudding recipe:
First prepare the chia pudding by mixing the dairy free milk of your choice, chia seeds, homemade vanilla powder or vanilla extract and the sweetener of your choice ( I like to keep these recipes refined sugar free). Mix thoroughly to avoid any clumping of the seeds.
Alternatively, If you’re wanting more of a pudding texture, then you can actually blend the chia pudding mix before leaving it to thicken.
This recipe can be made in a large meal prepping portion in a bowl. Alternatively, you can prepare the individual portions in the mason jars or container of your choice.
The best way to avoid the seeds sinking to the bottom is to leave the mix for 5-10 minutes and then mix again before leaving to fully set for at least two hours in the fridge, covered. I tend to refrigerate overnight though when meal prepping.
Note* this chia pudding recipe can be kept in the fridge for up to five days.
When you’re ready to serve the chia pudding jar, you can prepare the healthy strawberry smoothie recipe. To do this simply blend all the ingredients till creamy and smooth. If you want a really thick smoothie then use both frozen strawberries and bananas
In terms of liquid, you can use any plant-based milk of your choice. Alternatively, coconut water is both a delicious and nutritious option for any smoothie.
Once the chia pudding jar is assembled you can top it with any topping of your choice. This includes fresh fruit ( frozen fruit also works amazingly), a drizzle of natural sweetener or dollop of homemade nut butter and sprinkles such as coconut flakes etc.
The Strawberry smoothie layered chia pudding jars Recipe:
Strawberry smoothie layered chia pudding jars
Layer 1: Chia pudding
- 1 cup almond milk or any milk of choice
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or powder
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or your favourite natural sweetener
Layer 2: Strawberry smoothie
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/2 cup strawberries frozen
- 1/2 cup almond milk or any liquid of choice
Toppings (optional toppings):
- 1/4 cup raspberries optional
- edible flowers optional
- The best way to avoid the seeds sinking to the bottom is to leave the mix for 5-10 minutes and then mix again before leaving to fully set for at least two hours in the fridge, covered. I tend to refrigerate overnight though when meal prepping.
- When you're ready to serve the chia pudding jar, you can prepare the healthy strawberry smoothie recipe. To do this simply blend all the ingredients till creamy and smooth. If you want a really thick smoothie then use both frozen strawberries and bananas
- In terms of liquid, you can use any plant-based milk of your choice. Alternatively, coconut water is both a delicious and nutritious option for any smoothie.
Other Chia Pudding Recipes you may like:
As I said above, I’m absolutely chia pudding obsessed and here are a few flavour variations to my blog that you may like. For example, a beautiful oceanic chia jar recipe, or this detox smoothie topped chia pudding jar. I also have a recipe for a pink dragonfruit smoothie layered chia pudding jar.
If you give this recipe a go then I’d love to know your thoughts ( or any questions), in the comments below. Feel free to tag me in your recreations too @AlphaFoodie.