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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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Jul 30, 2014

I love almond butter.  It is one of my favorite things.  I use it in everything from sweet desserts and breakfasts to savory dinners.  I even take single serve packs with me pretty much everywhere I go.  It’s perfect for traveling or long hikes when you need a little pick-me-up.  It goes great with just about anything, in my opinion.  This morning I wanted to switch up my breakfast routine but I still needed to appease my almond butter craving.  Enter almond butter pudding.

This pudding is a great template recipe.  Once you have the banana chia combination there are so many possibilities.  You can switch the almond butter out with peanut butter or any other nut/seed butter.  You could also emit it completely and add another fruit puree or cacao powder.  There are many other variations as well.  This recipe is a great breakfast and also as a kid-friendly snack!

I started with a base of almond butter, almond milk and a banana.  All you have to do is mash it together with a fork until it is fully combined.  Sometimes I even mix it up in the Vitamix if I want it extra creamy.  A fork is fine if you don’t mind little bits of banana still in there.  Next, I mix in the chia seeds and let them sit for a few minutes.  The chia seeds really give it that nice pudding texture when they start absorbing some liquid.  Now your pudding is ready to eat or it can sit overnight.  Right before serving I add whatever toppings I have around.  Today it was some sprouted ground flax seed, a handful of blueberries and a pinch of cinnamon.  Delicious! 

In the comments below, let me know which combinations you would like to try!

Almond Butter Pudding
Serves 1


1 banana

2 tbsp almond butter (or peanut butter)

3 tbsp almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk)

1 tbsp chia seeds

½ tbsp flax seeds, ground (optional)

1 small handful of blueberries

Dash of cinnamon (optional)


1. With a fork or in a blender mash bananas, almond butter and almond milk together.

2. Stir in chia seeds and let sit for 10 minutes or up to 24 hours.

3. Top with flax seeds, blueberries and cinnamon. 

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