Elsie Larson

Chocolate Banana Chia Seed Shake

In 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!

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.

Chocolate 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.

Mash 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. :)

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.

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