This banana split chia seed pudding is healthy, vegan and full of plant-based nutrition. Enjoy this sweet treat for an easy breakfast, snack on-the-go or healthy dessert.

Vanilla chia seed pudding topped with fresh fruit and pecans.

How to Make this Recipe

Making this chia pudding couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is mix up the chia pudding ingredients, set in the fridge until thickened then add the banana split toppings and enjoy.

Step 1. Mix the Chia Seed Pudding

To make chia seed pudding, you’ll need:

  • a glass jar, bowl or container of choice
  • plant-based milk of choice
  • chia seeds
  • optional sweetener of choice such as maple syrup, honey, agave or stevia for sugar-free chia seed pudding
  • optional vanilla extra for vanilla flavouring

Chia Seed to Liquid Ratio

I use 2 tbsp of chia seeds for every 1/3 cup liquid, which is what you’ll need to make one serving of this recipe. To make a large batch of chia pudding to enjoy all week, you can easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe.

  • One serving – 2 tbsp chia seeds + 1/3 cup milk
  • Two servings – 1/4 cup chia seeds + 2/3 cup milk
  • Three servings – 1/3 cup chia seeds + 1 cup milk
  • Four servings – 1/2 cup chia seeds + 1 1/3 cups milk

What Sweetener to Use

I like liquid sweeteners best for chia pudding because they mix easily without clumping. Maple syrup is a great choice however I often use just a few drops of liquid stevia for a sugar-free option. You can also leave it unsweetened as we’ll be adding sweet toppings like fresh fruit.

Raw chia seeds with almond milk.
Add 1/3 cup almond milk, or other plant-based milk to a jar or container then add the chia seeds and mix well, making sure there are no clumps left.

Step 2. Place in the Fridge Overnight

After you mix it up, let it sit for at least an hour but preferably overnight. The longer the pudding sits, the thicker and creamier it will be.

Thick chia seed pudding in a glass jar.
Chia seeds after they’ve soaked in almond milk for 2 hours.

Step 3. Add Toppings

Once the chia pudding is nice and thick, you can add any toppings you like! This recipe is inspired by a classic banana split but any toppings work. For the recipe, I used:

  • banana
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • coconut yogurt
  • pecans
  • melted dairy-free chocolate chips

Here are some more topping ideas:

  • peanut butter
  • crushed peanuts
  • chopped walnuts or almonds
  • granola
  • coconut whipped cream
  • toasted coconut
  • chia seed jam
Chia seed pudding topped with banana, pineapple, strawberries and pecans.
Chia seed pudding with banana and strawberries in a glass jar.
Mixed up banana split chia seed pudding.

This isn’t so much as recipe as it is an inspiration to have fun and make it your own! Eat it for breakfast, dessert or a snack!

You can double, triple or quadruple the chia seed pudding portion to enjoy banana splits for breakfast all week. The chia pudding (without the toppings) will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Scoop some out and assemble the banana split toppings as needed.

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Vanilla chia seed pudding topped with fresh fruit and pecans.

Banana Split Chia Seed Pudding

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Soaking
  • Cuisine: Vegan
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Simple vanilla chia seed pudding topped with banana split classics like strawberries and pineapple. Enjoy this sweet treat for a quick breakfast, energizing snack or healthy dessert. Kids love them!


Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup almond milk or other plant-based milk of choice
  • sweetener of choice (or leave unsweetened): 2 tsp maple syrup, agave, honey or stevia for sugar-free chia pudding
  • optional: 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Banana Split Toppings

  • 1/2 a sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 34 sliced strawberries
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
  • dollop of dairy-free yogurt
  • cacao nibs, chocolate dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips, melted if desired


  1. Add the ingredients for the chia seed pudding to a small container and mix vigorously, ensuring it’s well mixed and there are no clumps. I recommend adding the almond milk first, then stirring in the chia seeds.
  2. Place in the fridge for a few hours up to overnight.
  3. Add your toppings and dig in!

This recipe was originally posted June 5, 2013. It was updated with new photos and text September 2019.