Today something great happened. Banana Ice cream and chia pudding met, fell in love, and smooshed.
I’m certainly a banana ice cream and chia pudding fanatic as you may already know, but I haven’t put them together until now. And I am so glad I did. When I set out to make a batch of chia pudding layered with some fruit, I thought about making a fruit smoothie too and layering it with that. But I wanted something that was cold and more firm, and that’s when it dawned on me to add banana ice cream to it.
Chia banana ice cream pudding is what I’d like to call it.
So what kind of banana ice cream specifically?
Think more of a sorbet with this.. more fruit than banana. I went with tart fruit one, which consisted of a little bit of frozen banana, frozen cranberries and strawberries, and frozen apricots. I loved the tartness from the apricots and cranberries. I didn’t use any liquid, which made for an awesome sorbet texture. Depending on what kitchen equipment you have, you may or may not be able to do this. My Cuisinart 9-cup processor works like a charm, but it was pretty loud chopping through that frozen fruit in the beginning.
I also thought about making more of a chocolate-y banana ice cream and adding that to a chia pudding too! I don’t see that going awry so you could try that as well! I’ll report back when I get around to doing that 🙂
This treat was a success on so many levels. Here are some of the other things I did that I felt made it so enjoyable in addition to just adding the banana ice cream:
- add some superfoods and spices to the chia pudding like shredded coconut, goji berries, cacao nibs or powder, carob powder, vanilla bean powder, cinnamon, allspice, powders like ashwagandha, maca, spirulina or chlorella, wheat grass, ginseng, lucuma, matcha, mesquite, camu camu, mangosteen, maqui berry
- give it some crunch; add things like cacao nibs, chopped nuts or grapes
- add some fresh fruit too; make your chia banana ice cream pudding a little fruit explosion by layering or just mixing in some fresh fruit – I did blueberries and halved grapes and LOVED IT!
The chia pudding was a very simple mix of chia seeds, almond milk, mashed banana, currants and cinnamon. Look below for an estimated recipe for the whole thing.
My favorite way to consume this was by mixing it all together in a bowl so that the coldness and flavor from the banana ice cream and the bits of fresh fruit could be tasted in every bite!
- -Chia Pudding
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- ⅓ cup almond milk
- 1 mashed banana
- dash of cinnamon
- small handful of dried currants
- -Berry Apricot Banana Ice Cream
- small handful of frozen cranberries and strawberries
- ½ frozen banana
- large handful of frozen apricot
- -Toppings and Mix-Ins
- cacao nibs
- goji berries
- halved grapes
- fresh blueberries
- Mix the ingredients for the chia pudding and place in the fridge for at least a half hour.
- Place the frozen fruit in the food processor and process until it forms a sorbet. You may need to stop it and scrape down the sides multiple times.
- Add or layer the toppings and mix-ins with the banana ice cream and chia pudding.
Enjoy! Let me know if you try this and what you think of it!