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Yep – another slightly odd flavor combination – but this time it wasn’t really my fault! One of my readers asked me to consider coming up with a healthy version of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, so I jotted down the idea for later. Meanwhile, my brain was thinking of chia seeds for some odd reason (probably because my sister had just bought some and kept making yummy-looking puddings with them), so two ideas merged in my head and wouldn’t leave. Why not make a Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding? Challenge accepted.
I think Ben and Jerry’s actually uses walnuts, not peanuts, but close enough. Chocolate and peanut butter + banana sounded like a win to me because if you don’t like all three, you can have either chocolate and peanut butter or peanut butter and banana – both classic combos.
Since Trim Healthy Mama advocates keeping fats and carbs separated for weight loss, there is no actual banana in this chia pudding, just banana extract. If you’re at goal weight or want a special treat, feel free to omit the banana extract and add some sliced banana right before serving for a yummy crossover!
This recipe makes a big bowl of very thick, very filling chia pudding with a unique mix of flavors and textures. There are lots of different ways you can make this pudding your own; be sure to check out the Notes section of the recipe for some suggestions to make sure this pudding fits your tastebuds!
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- Whisk the first set of ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the cottage cheese and peanut butter. Sprinkle with some sugar-free chocolate chips. Enjoy warm for a thinner consistency, or cover and refrigerate overnight for a very thick pudding.
**Banana flavoring/extract can vary in strength, so I suggest starting with ½ tsp., then adding more as desired. Personal taste buds vary a lot when it comes to banana flavoring. Feel free to leave it out entirely if banana isn't your thing.
***The cottage cheese adds some texture to the pudding, so you can substitute with Greek yogurt if you prefer. I prefer the flavor of cottage cheese to Greek yogurt, personally. Another option is to mash the cottage cheese with a fork before stirring it into the pudding to remove most of the lumps.
****To decrease calories, I like to use pretty dry natural peanut butter for this. We buy Smucker's from Walmart, and if the bottom of the jar doesn't get stirred well, it ends up dry without much oil. This works perfectly in this pudding because the peanut butter stays in chunks. Using peanut butter without the extra oil cuts back on the fats and keeps the pudding on the lighter side. You can use defatted peanut flour instead of the peanut butter for an even lighter option. (The pudding would still be THM:S because of the chia seeds.)