Ch ch ch chia!
I know I’m showing my age there, because I remember these commercials being on TV. Do you remember those? I actually kind of wanted a chia pet for a while as a kid, but now I’m not really sure why.
Confession time: I don’t pay one lick of attention to health food trends.
The fact that an ingredient is touted as having lots of nutritional benefits isn’t what draws me in. Maybe later in life I’ll care more about that kind of stuff, but right now the things that are the most appealing are how easy the ingredient is to use, the cost, and the taste. The number one thing that drove me to try chia seeds is the fact that chia seed pudding is described as tapioca-like and I love tapioca. It’s also described as incredibly easy to use, just mix up a few things, stick it in the fridge, and the next morning– lo and behold your breakfast is ready and waiting for you!
Here’s a true story.
I want to get better at doing some action photographs of me working on the recipe that I’m posting. But I actually made this chia pudding in a butter container that I’d saved to reuse. Y’all do that too, right? Well, it might be earth conscious to recycle your containers, but on a food blog you can’t post photos of yourself mixing up recipes in butter containers. It doesn’t look very nice or professional. Case in point, last night I made this, stuck it in the fridge, and started on making dinner, which was cheese manicotti, steamed asparagus, and everything bread in case you’re curious.
I asked one of the boys to get the butter out and set it on the table before dinner. They grabbed, you guessed it, the chia from the fridge in the butter container. The look on the boys face when they went to spread butter on their bread and thought that the butter had gone bad, not just bad, but growing weird blobs with little brown specks bad…
I’m…not sorry that I laughed about it more than necessary
… not sorry that I get a kick out of horrifying my children with my culinary concoctions in misleading containers
… totally 100 % not sorry that I made my kids work on folding their laundry all evening after dinner
This chunky monkey chia breakfast has made a liar out of me. Before I discovered this combination, I wouldn’t ever eat peanut butter in something creamy like a pie or ice cream. I hated peanut butter in creamy dishes. I swore it was terrible. My in laws swore I was crazy and said yay more for us ya nut job. Chunky monkey chia might be a turning point for me.
Sweetened up with honey roasted peanut butter, more honey, bananas, and tiny drizzle of hazelnut spread on top. I realize that I kind of fattied it up with the peanut butter and hazelnut spread just a bit, but I don’t care and neither should you. It’s sooo good and you deserve good things in life. Chunky monkey chia breakfast pudding is incredibly divine, sweet and creamy, loaded with like heath stuff of a healthy nature (I told you I don’t know anything about health food) and it will perk your morning right up!
This is one you really should try.
- 3 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup dairy milk or unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 2 Tablespoons honey roasted peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 large banana
- 2 teaspoons hazelnut spread
- Whisk together the peanut butter and honey.
- Slowly mix the milk in, blending it well.
- Add the chia seeds and mix again.
- Refrigerate at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Layer with sliced bananas and top with a drizzle of hazelnut spread.