Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding

Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding: Because we may not have control over everything in life, but we certainly have power over how we eat our bananas.

Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding - a healthy dessert made cane sugar free! #paleo #glutenfree

Banaaaaahna boat

Wah wah wah waiiiiiiiit! Before you read every single word in this post, humor me and watch these Banana Boat commercials on the YouTubes.

Did you watch? Every last one of them?

Disclosure: this post is not sponsored by Banana Boat Triple Defence for Men…I just really like a good commercial that happens to relate to one single ingredient in my blog post.

Defy the sun with…

Just Kidding, the prequel.

 Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding - a healthy dessert made cane sugar free! #paleo #glutenfree

I have an important question for you. Who is Mr. Tally Man and is a Tally me banana as good as a banana foster? Better? Sub-par? I must know. Okay, that was two questions.

A beautiful bunch of ripe banana!

Let’s talk pudding.

Nay, let’s talk bananas foster first.

What is Banana Foster?:

Up until making this recipe, my only experience with bananas foster was watching Paula Deen and other folks on the Food Network rave about it. Rum-spiced sweet, cinnamon-y caramelized bananas as a topping to an already delicious dessert? Don’t mind if I do! 

Normally, bananas foster is made with brown sugar, rum, nutmeg, and cinnamon. I replaced the brown sugar with pure maple syrup, which made the whole thing a super cinch to prepare.

Bananas foster isn’t a major thing on the West coast – a fallacy I don’t quite understand. If it were up to me, we West coasters would go through a bananas foster + hushpuppies + country ham revival. And then we’d eat all three with allthethings.

Who’s up for crispy hushpuppies wrapped in a hearty slab of country ham – taco style – and garnished with bananas foster? Just me, myself, and Guy Fieri?

Defy the sun with…

Just Kidding, the sequel.

Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding - a healthy dessert made cane sugar free! #paleo #glutenfree

How to Make Bananas Foster:

Basically, all you do is saute sliced bananas with the other fostering ingredients, and the whole thing takes like 8 minutes max. The aroma and flavor is so warm and inviting! And lemme just say: if you’ve never fostered a banana, you should totes foster a banana, smalls!

Simply whip up a batch of Chia Pudding (I use my recipe from this post: How to Make Chia Seed Pudding)  and top with the bananas foster. 

So eat it for breakfast and dessert. And brunch and linner.

When all is said and done, this recipe is vegan, grain-free, dairy-free and a healthier dessert option.

Take your chia pudding on a banana boat booze cruise!

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Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding - a healthy dessert made cane sugar free! #paleo #glutenfree

Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chia pudding, dessert, gluten free, paleo, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Julia

Vegan chia pudding with vegan bananas foster on top



  • 2 cups to 3 prepared chia seed pudding

Bananas Foster:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 3 tablespoons to 4 unsalted butter
  • 1-½ tablespoons spiced rum syrup see recipe below

Spiced Rum Maple Syrup


  1. Prepare the chia seed pudding in advance so that it has time to set up over night.
  2. Prepare the Spiced Rum Maple Syrup:
  3. Add all of the ingredients for the spiced rum maple syrup to a small skillet. Bring to a full boil, then reduce the heat slightly and allow the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally, until alcohol has cooked off, and syrup is thick, about 2 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.

Prepare the Bananas Foster:

  1. Heat the butter in a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Slice the bananas in ¾-inch rounds, and place them on the hot skillet. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until bananas have begun to soften and are turning brown. Add the spiced rum syrup, flip the bananas carefully (they will be delicate!), and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until bananas are very soft and caramelized.

Bring it All Together:

  1. Serve heaping bowls of chia seed pudding with caramelized bananas, walnuts, and a drizzle of spiced rum syrup. Save any remaining syrup for your next pancake conquest!

Bananas Foster Chia Seed Pudding - a healthy dessert made cane sugar free! #paleo #glutenfree


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    1. Julia Post author

      Oh yeah, that one’s my favorite. I’m probably more tickled by those commercials than the average Julia on account of the fact that I see commercials like…never. Hope you had a great weekend, sista!

  1. Susan

    I am not a big lover of bananas, and always avoid bananas Foster when they serve it for dessert on cruise ships. That said, this recipe has gotten to me, and at some point I am going to have to try it. What do you think of eating it for breakfast?…

    1. Julia Post author

      I hear ya, bananas are a love/hate fruit, for sure. I’m happy you’re interested in trying the recipe, and heck yeah, I think you could eat this for breakfast all the livelong day! Super clean and nutritious (minus the rum, of course 😉

  2. Carol at Wild Goose Mama

    YES—make me eat ham, hush puppies and bananas fosters. Gad what a hardship!
    YUM. I love ham and bananas foster, but I will have to say I am sadly lacking in hush puppy exposure. I do love love pudding. This looks awesome and I had to pin it.

    I don’t normally talk about ME, but please take note of the slight name change from Wild Goose Tea. New web design too—whoopee. Will be adding new features along the way.

  3. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    Yes! Everything about this is awesome! My best friend’s dad used to make Banana’s Foster for us when we were in high school and it’s been on my to-make list for awhile now. I LOVE the pairing with chia seed pudding to make it a bit healthier than a scoop of ice cream. And these pictures are just too pretty – that teal bowl? Perfection.

    1. Julia Post author

      I’m jelly of your high school banana fostering…all’s I got in high school was pepperoni pizza, ha! So happy you’re a bananas foster fan. xo

  4. Laura

    There’s something not right about the way this recipe is coming up on my phone. For example, when do you put in the 2/3 cup of rum? It’s listed in ingredients but not in the recipe! And the recipe for spiced rum was not there either. Has anyone actually tried making this ?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Laura, I reviewed the recipe and see what you mean – I didn’t add instructions on how to prepare the spiced rum syrup. I just revised the recipe, so you should be good to go now. Let me know if you have any other questions!


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