Banana Coconut-Cream Chia Pudding with Cardamom

Did you know some people don’t like bananas? I know! I had no idea either until recently, but apparently it’s true. I won’t hold it against anyone if they happen to be one of these people, however, unfortunately…this recipe is not for them. Which, obviously makes me sad.

Produce on Parade: Banana Coconut Cream Chia Pudding with Cardamom

Who’d want to miss this pudding. It’s is dairy-free, lavished in bananas, and blended with creamy coconut milk. The chia seeds set up this sweet treat into a proper “pudding” consistency. No runny pudding here. No sir. The dash of cardamom and  boost from the banana extract lends just the right amount of unexpected intrigue into an otherwise fairly ordinary vegan banana pudding.

Banana Coconut-Cream Chia Pudding with Cardamom 

Inspired by Vegan Yack Attack

Makes 4 cups/4 servings

  • 4 medium sized ripe bananas
  • 1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup. water
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. banana extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. chia seeds


Slice up the bananas and place in the blender. Add the coconut milk after ensuring it’s been shaken up well, then add the remaining ingredients. Hold the chia seeds.

Blend all those nummies on high until silky smooth. After blended, add the chia seeds and stir with spatula until well combined. Don’t blend them though! I just did this in the blender (one less dish to wash). Pour the pudding mixture into 4 individual bowls and chill for at least 1 hour to overnight.

Produce on Parade: Banana Coconut Cream Chia Pudding with Cardamom

Seriously, how could someone not like bananas? Top the puddings with flaked or shredded coconut and dried or fresh banana slices.

Produce on Parade: Banana Coconut Cream Chia Pudding with Cardamom

All I ate for lunch today was a baggie of dried banana chips. Ugh. What is wrong with me!? Remember how in yesterday’s post I mentioned I’d live off banana chips if I could…it’s really not a stretch for me…

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11 thoughts on “Banana Coconut-Cream Chia Pudding with Cardamom

  1. Hi Katie, lovely post. I’d like to try this. I have a little and not-related-to-this post question. Is there such a thing as a vegan creme? Is dairy free yoghurt, also vegan? Sorry if I sound silly. I’m just working on a recipe and got a bit confused. Thanks , Nargess

    • Hi Nagress! Oh my goodness, I am a firm believer that there is no silly question if you don’t know the answer 🙂 I have never seen a vegan creme, myself. You know when you open a can of full-fat coconut milk? I feel like that would be pretty close to the same consistency, you could even add a little coconut water to thin it out or whip it up to thicken it.

      I would make sure to check the ingredients of the dairy-free yogurt just to be sure it’s vegan. You’d think Morningstar “faux meats” would be vegan but they have whey in them, so…you never know. Many products I would think would be vegan have “milk derivatives”, whatever that is? I have only had the soymilk yogurt. It wasn’t my favorite. I have heard the coconut milk yogurt is pretty good but I haven’t been able to find it! Alaska is pretty low on “vegan” substitutes.

      I hope that helps! Any questions you have feel free to ask! I love helping out, and as a newly minted vegan I am always asking loads of questions to fellow bloggers!

      Thanks for your question!

      • Thanks for your help Katie. Clearly it’s not easy to be a vegan. I had a friend who was on a ‘raw-vegan’ diet for a while…though! She used almond milk and cashew nut milk , as a milk substitute. Just blending the nuts in a good blender with water. I guess you’d lose the taste for dairy eventually though!

        • Oh my goodness, any time! I hope that helps 🙂 I find sometimes it can be challenging, yet at the same time it’s easier. Decisions are sometimes made for you, “Should I eat that cupcake? Oh, it has milk? Okay, no thank you!” Things are more complex but at the same time they are simpler.Yet, no matter what, I value the rights of critters more than some unhealthy, though possibly tasty, cupcake…and that’s the simple truth 🙂

  2. Mmmm… Love cardamom, I must make this. I have never cooked with Chia seeds so I am excited to try them out!

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