Overnight Banana Cherry Pudding

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on June 20, 2011

The weekend went by terribly fast, didn’t it?

It hasn’t stopped raining in over 2 weeks, or at least it seems that way. Instead of relaxing outside as I’m sure most of you did, we spent most of the weekend cuddled up on the couch with the puppies, watching movies and dozing off here and there.

It was definitely a lazy weekend.

Kevin picked up some great movies though!

Red Riding Hood — the reviews for this movie aren’t good at all. But who listens to reviews, anyway? The cinematography was amazing. About 10 minutes in I guessed that it was directed by the same director of Twilight, and I was right! They captured the picturesque fairytale town perfectly and the soundtrack was amazing! The story line was pretty good, definitely not the strongest, but the movie had me trying to guess who the wolf was right up until the end. Kevin and I gave it 8/10.

The Adjustment Bureau — it has to be said… I LOVE Matt Damon! Not in a teenage heart throb crush sort of way, more like in a “I wish all actors could be THIS good” way. This movie far surpassed my expectations. It’s such an original take on a love story! It’s a must see. Kevin and I gave it a 9/10.

The Unknown — this movie definitely had me guessing for awhile, but it wasn’t my favorite. It’s jam packed full of action, so I came to look forward to the fight scenes or the explosions that were around every corner. As always, Liam Neeson played the same hard and tough character that he always does. It was meh for me, but Kevin really liked it. We settled on a 7/10.

And we had a great breakfast Sunday morning, or rather I had a grrreat breakfast, and Kevin a mediocre one of cinnamon toast.

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Overnight Banana Cherry Pudding

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

A raw, high fiber breakfast with mashed banana, fresh cherries, flax and chia seeds.

Inspired by my banana almond, and banana berry puddings

Yield: 1 cup of pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 10 fresh cherries, pits removed and diced
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp shelled flax seed
  • 1 tbsp chia seed

Suggested toppings: cherries, shelled flax seed

Directions

To be made the night before you plan on eating it, or at least 4 hours in advance

  1. If your flax seed is not shelled, no worries! Place flax seed in a ziploc bag and place on your cutting board. Take a medium sized saucepan and hit the bag with the flat side of the pot. The shells should separate from the inner germ. Place the entire contents of the bag in a glass container.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and stir until incorporated.
  3. Seal container and keep in the fridge overnight.
  4. Enjoy right from the fridge, or heat in the microwave for 45 seconds.

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I whipped up another batch of Blueberry Banana Cake Bars to go along with my pudding. I think next time I’ll replace the blueberries with chocolate chips and increase the banana.

Mmm maybe I’ll be making these again tomorrow…

I’m happy we had the relaxing weekend that we did, as this week is going to be pretty hectic! We both have a lot of meetings this week, we have to grout the bathroom, paint, I’m going golfing with ladies from the office, and my sister’s celebrating her 22nd birthday!

Here’s to a successful week!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

“replace the blueberries with chocolate chips and increase the banana.”— sounds good to me :)

Seriously they look great as is and the pudding looks awesome.

Your photography is just WONDERFUL in this post. I am loving it! The way the light is hitting it and also the way the bars are out of focus/blurred depth of field, love it!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You’ve made me smile from ear to ear! Thanks, Averie :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

I love this parfait! It looks really good. I wanted to see Little Red Riding Hood – perhaps I should go pick it up at the RedBox

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Jess@HealthyExposures

this looks awesome. a good option as i try to mix up my breakfasts lately. i love cherries, I just hate pitting them!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Ya… not going to lie, pitting all of them was a royal pain.

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Haven’t seen those movies yet….but I saw the Green Lantern yesterday-so good! I just love super hero movies, i guess :D

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Faith @ lovelyascharged

Happy Monday! Hope it’s a great week!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

I need chia seeds! I’ve never had them, but this looks so good…I need to try this! Perfect flavor combination.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

haha I’ll just keep posting chia recipes until you get to trying them!

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Evan

Ooooh this looks so good! I’m such a sucker for overnight oats. It’s another reminder to buy a cherry pitter.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

I’m reading this while eating peach chia pudding – LOL! your advice to heat the pudding a bit was the best thing ever. It makes it even more dessert-like. :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I made a peaches and cream version last night and nearly died! Peaches and chia were made for one another!

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas

I love this. it looks amazing! Cherries are defiintely one of those summer flavors I always try to take advantage of!

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Lisa @ Healthful Sense

Looks delicious Leanne! Love the combo of banana + cherries. You do have breathtaking photos. I’m sure you’ve been asked this b4 but what camera do you use?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks, Lisa! It was the first time I’d made the combo and couldn’t have been happier with it! My camera… I use a Canon 50D with a Canon 50mm f2.8 lens. If you’re interested, I wrote a photography post awhile ago: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/05/photography-101-overview/

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Sam

This looks so good, I would looove to make it! I really need some cherries in my life, it has been way too long!

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Becki

That looks deeeelish!

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J

That looks simply amazing…I love banana for *almost* tasting like ice cream!

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jess white

gorgeous colours! yummy!!

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claire

YUM. holy yum.

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The Teenage Taste

Wow. That pudding looks delicious. I’ve been eating cherries like crazy lately!
Oh and I saw Red Riding Hood. I didn’t think it was that bad either. The ending totally had me surprised and I’ll admit, I thought Little Red’s “forbidden boyfriend” was pretty damn cute. :-P
Hope this week ahead is sunny and wam for you!

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

This looks fantastic as usual!! :) It sounds like you have a busy (but fun) week ahead!!

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Hannah Mendenhall

Oh, chia is incredible! I’ve been meaning to try a different chia pudding recipe, so thanks for the reminder!

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Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking

wow, brilliant! I love trying to eat healthy and I would have never thought of this recipe idea.

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kate

I just had cherries for breakfast I am loving them right now & this dish looks so great!

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Emily

Thank you for the movie reviews! The weather hasn’t been too great in Oregon either, so I might need to rent some of those movies to keep entertained. The pudding looks amazing!

-Emily

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Jeff

I love this recipe. It looks refreshing and delicious! I’m not really a twilight fan… Did Kevin really like the Red Riding Hood movie?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I think I liked it a bit more than Kevin. He was trying to give it a 6 or 7 out of 10. But, he was entertained by it! Which is more than I can say about 90% of the other movies I make him watch haha

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Andrea

This looks so yummy I plan on making it verrry soon! Did you grind your flax seeds before adding them?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I used shelled flax seed – If your flax seed is not shelled, no worries! Place flax seed in a ziploc bag and place on your cutting board. Take a medium sized saucepan and hit the bag with the flat side of the pot. The shells should separate from the inner germ.

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