This Banana Cacao Chia Seed Pudding Parfait is an easy, make ahead breakfast recipe. A healthy way to start the day!

Banana Cacao Chia Seed Pudding Parfait Recipe

February 26 , 2016 by: Jessica Pinney Breakfast, Healthy

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many of us end up skipping it. For me, I am often overwhelmed not knowing what to make, or I don’t want to go to the trouble to cook just to start the day with dishes.

That’s why I love easy, make ahead recipes. It also doesn’t hurt when they are budget friendly, healthy, and ridiculously good looking like this Banana Cacao Chia Seed Pudding Parfait.

Banana Cacao Banana Chia Seed Pudding Ingredients

And did I mention how delicious it is?? Honestly it tastes like guilt-free cocoa puffs.

If you’re new to chia seeds, well you’re in for a treat ’cause they’re pretty awesome. Why? They have tons of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Many people find that they are great for energy boosting, which I definitely need in the mornings.

Chia seed pudding parfaits are a great healthy, make ahead breakfast. The Banana Cacao Chia Parfait is as delicious as it is beautiful.

If you end up making this chia seed parfait, please let me know how you liked it and if you used different toppings that worked well. Every time I make it I think it would be great to also add a peanut butter sauce, but haven’t made that dream a reality yet. Maybe you can. 😉

Banana Cacao Chia Seed Pudding Parfait Recipe


Banana Cacao Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

This Banana Cacao Chia Seed Pudding Parfait is an easy, make ahead breakfast recipe. A healthy way to start the day!

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2-3


  • 2 Ripe Bananas (the riper the better)
  • 1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 2 Cups Milk of Your Choice
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp Sweetener of Your Choice, optional (I use raw honey)
  • 1 Tbsp Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Cacao Nibs


  1. Peel one of the bananas and place it in a bowl with the chia seeds. Mash together with a fork until they are well combined. You will end up with a mushy banana, chia seed paste.
  2. Add vanilla extract and milk. Mix together until incorporated and lumps are gone.
  3. Now we need to divide the chia seed mixture in half. Separate, then cover one and place it in the fridge.
  4. To the other half, add the sweetener (if using) and cacao powder. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. When ready to assemble the parfait, fill the bottom third with cacao chia, the second third with vanilla chia (place banana slices against glass), and then the cacao again. Add more banana slices and cacao nibs to the top.

Cacao Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Banana Cacao Chia Seed Pudding Parfait - A great on the go, make ahead, healthy breakfast recipe.


  • I love chia chocolate pudding! And this version looks incredible! Your photos are so beautiful!

  • Thank you so much for the kind words, Andrea!

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  • Anything that helps people put away the sugary cereal is fab!
    You had asked for different topping recommendations, might we suggest “almond-izing” this recipe? By adding unsweetened almond milk to make the chia pudding, then mixing in some almond butter (easy to do if you heat this up in the microwave) for the cacao portion, you really get a choco-almond treat with even more protein in the morning. Almond+banana is also a super combo.

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