Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Shake

Chocolate banana chia seed smoothieIn my estimation, the very best breakfasts are those that could double as a dessert. French toast, pancakes smothered in maple syrup, muffins that would for sure be called cupcakes if they only had a little frosting on top—that’s what I’m talking about!

Chocolate banana chia seed smoothie This is one of those breakfasts/almost desserts. Except (lean in, as I’m about to whisper this part) this is also super healthy. Crazy, right? But it’s totally true. You’re gonna like this one, I swear. 

How to make chia seed puddingChocolate Banana Chia Seed Shake, makes one.

1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 teaspoons honey (or other sweetener you prefer)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

First, in a large cup or small bowl, whisk together the milk, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in the chia seeds and then refrigerate for 45 minutes to an hour (stirring once after 20 minutes so it doesn’t clump). You’ll see your mixture turn from a thin almond milk substance into a thick and creamy pudding. 

Best chia seed pudding recipeMash together the banana, almond butter, and honey. You can layer the banana mixture in with the chia pudding, serve it over the top (like a dessert), or you could stir it all together. Totally up to you. I will say this turned out to be challenging to drink with the straw you see pictured. I quickly ditched my straw for a spoon, so I recommend you do that as well. 🙂

Chocolate banana chia seed smoothie If you want, you could totally top this with a few mini chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate. Or you could add some chopped nuts to the top. I personally love the crunch, but feel free to leave it creamy if you don’t. Live your (chia) life, my friend. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Hi, love your wonderful recipes.. Am wondering how to print the recipes off without having to print all the picture?

  • Easy AND tasty!
    Chocolate at breakfast is always appreciated. Rice, almond or coconut milk all will work here (and each one gets along with chocolate) PB2 Powder (the new stuff) will also work for anyone counting calories but wanting a PB taste. Letting this to sit over night in the fridge, then putting it in the blender in the morning results in a more ‘soft serve’ texture. It’s an excellent and easy recipe, all around.

  • What is the calorie break down? I made this today and it’s really good

  • loving the look of this shake! you can never go wrong with chocolate and banana together…

  • Currently making my 3rd of these since you posted the recipe. Soooo good! Thanks, Emma!

  • What is a substitute for almond butter? Also can we make this with normal milk?

  • I’m not the biggest fan of cinnamon. Would it completely change the recipe if I left it out? Could I just add extra cocoa to make up for it? *drool* :}

  • Oh my goodness! This looks so fricking good!! Want one now!!

    Lulu xx

  • Yum! Chia seeds are one of my favorite superfoods so I will definitely be trying out this recipe.


  • I made this last night, but used peanut butter instead. It was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Not a huge fan of bananas, but I may make it without it

  • just showed the smoothie I’ve had every morning for breakfast for the last three years! Nutritious, yummy, and I don’t have to think about what to make each morning. Keeps me full until lunch. I hadn’t thought about doing a pudding part. My smoothies have a banana, a cup of milk, 2T of natural (crunchy) peanut butter, cocoa, a sweetener, and chia seeds, and ice. I blend it all together and drink it on my drive to work. so good.

  • Delicious, perfect for breakfast.

  • Looks good! I’m wondering if you could make this in a blender and then let it set for 45 minutes for the chia seeds to plump up. What do you think?

  • I’m not sure I’m on the chia bandwagon yet. What does it taste like? I heard they are like gooey…

  • Love chia seeds! I add it to my breakfast smoothies every day!
    Especially love it when it tastes like dessert. Double win!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • this looks delicious

  • Ohhh, yum yum yum!!! well done, Emma! I need to give this a go this weekend!

  • This looks so good! Chocolate and banana are such an awesome combination!

  • breakfast dessert is my fave.
    The Accidental Mama

  • This looks so good! I love adding chia seeds to my smoothies.


  • Yumm sounds so delicious!

  • I’ve never added chia seeds to milkshakes or smoothies before, but I’ve heard they’re kind of like tapioca balls, which I LOVE! Gotta try this.


  • I love it when you guys post healthy recipes, because they always are so delicious! I’ll be having this as dessert, breakfast, and snacks for sure!

  • Hi Julie, you can. The seeds will become even more thick over time, the word congeal comes to mind. 🙂 So, great for pudding or scooping up with a spoon. You’d want to thin them out somehow if you want to use a straw to enjoy them though.

    Good luck and happy snacking!

  • It looks delicious!! Never would imagine it was actually also healthy! 🙂
    But my alltime favourite breakfast is pancakes! I just love!But definitely will try this!

  • Dessert breakfasts forever! Love this – thanks for sharing. (& I love your straws!)

    Warm Regards,

  • Looks yummy!!! Since I’m curious about making this for myself (your argument was very compelling…) I’m wondering if I could make the Chia pudding the day before (or a big batch on the weekend)? I don’t have 45min-an hour in the morning to stir chia seeds, but still want to try it.

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