Chia Pudding with Mexican Vanilla

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Chia Pudding with Mexican Vanilla

Preparation time:

  • 8 hours in total

Servings: 1


  • Half a Vera Mexicana Vanilla Bean
  • Sprinkle of sugar
  • 1-2 ripe banana(s)
  • 200 ml of your favorite milk (see author notes)
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • For toppings: Vera Mexicana Organic Cacao Nibs, sliced fruits and/or your favorite sweetener


Though chia seeds are a modern-day crowned superfood, ancient civilizations have long believed the seeds to provide supernatural powers with “chia” meaning “strength” in Mayan. This most likely refers to the high nutritional values of the tiny seeds. The Mexican Tarahumara tribe, found in the canyons of northwest Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental, is famous for its runners. Their villages are connected by narrow footpaths in the mountains resulting in walking or running as the only mean of transportation. A drink called Iskiate or Aqua de Chia made with lime, sugar, and chia seeds is popular among the runners and has been said to provide them with enough energy to run for hundreds of miles. 

So, whether you’re trying to run a 100k marathon or simply want to add a significant nutritional boost to your day, try this exotic chia pudding recipe for a great start to the day.


  1. Butterfly the Mexican Vanilla Bean (cut through lengthwise) and scrape out the seeds with a knife. Mix the seeds with a bit of sugar to break up the seeds for an easier mix.
  2. Slice bananas into small pieces and mash up with a fork or in a blender.
  3. Add milk, chia seeds, and vanilla seeds to the banana mash in a bowl and give it a good stir.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight, stirring once or twice in the first 2 hours to activate the chia seeds - this way they absorb more milk.
  5. Once ready to eat, slice up your preferred fruits (we used banana and blueberries), drizzle with any other toppings of your choosing (see author notes) and finish off your bowl with a handful of cacao nibs.

Author notes

You can use any type of milk you’d like: we love the flavor of coconut milk but almond, soya, and oat milk are also good alternatives.

The flavor combinations are endless and you could even add more things to the pudding itself e.g. blended berries and fruits like raspberry or pineapple. If you like it on the sweeter side, you could add some agave syrup or honey to the pudding before refrigerating it.