Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding

This healthy chia seed pudding is a creamy, protein packed breakfast or snack which is flavored with a healthy sticky cinnamon roll glaze! This recipe can be prepped the night before and is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and paleo! 

Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Seed Pudding (Whole 30, Paleo, V, GF)- Whole30 friendly Chia seed pudding ready in minutes- Perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert- Satisfying, filling, and bursting with cinnamon flavor! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free, paleo, whole 30 recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

Oh, chia seeds.

I remember the first time I first ate a chia seed pudding. 

It was back in 2013 and chia puddings were ALL the rage. From the health and fitness magazines to other online publications, the world was going mad for this epic seed…in pudding form. 

Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding- Dessert, breakfast or snack, this protein packed chia pudding has the BEST texture and ready in minutes! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Because I was a sheep and needed to see what I was missing out on, I prepped it one night following the basic instructions- Liquid of choice (milk), chia seeds (really?!) and some mixed berries. I was perplexed with what I was left with- It looked like a soup with some berries floating in it. I placed it in the fridge, ready to “enjoy” the next morning. Come the next morning, I dug in with my spoon and friends….

IT WAS LIKE THE SWORD IN THE STONE.

I’m not even kidding, the chia pudding gripped onto my spoon and did not let go. After I arm wrestled with the (tiny) cereal bowl, I had a bite of the pudding and was NOT impressed. It reminded me some gross silly putty andI did NOT like the fact that they looked like a million eyes looking at me. I couldn’t taste the berries and found the texture to be completely off. 

NOT COOL.

Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding- Dessert, breakfast or snack, this protein packed chia pudding has the BEST texture and ready in minutes! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Fast forward to last year when I was in New York, I went to a small cafe in East Village to do some work. It was morning and I was needing something filling to fuel it so opted for (what I thought) was a cinnamon rice pudding. It tasted amazing but the texture was definitely not rice- I presumed it to be quinoa or some other grain and finished off my work. When it was time to leave, I asked one of the workers what grain it was in the breakfast I’d enjoyed.

“Oh, those were our flavored chia puddings!”

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After that positive experience, I realised I needed to give the chia pudding another chance. Similar to oatmeal, the base was like a blank slate. I could easily jazz it up and flavor it any way I like so of course, had to give it one of my most favorite spins- A sticky cinnamon roll spanking basting!

Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding- Dessert, breakfast or snack, this protein packed chia pudding has the BEST texture and ready in minutes! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Before we get into this beauty, it’s also WEDNESDAY So….let’s see what made my day of eats last week!

 

 

Long term readers know I’m a fan of giving recipes a sticky cinnamon make-over. While my favorites are this sticky cinnamon roll batter oatmeal and this sticky cinnamon roll baked oatmeal, this chia seed pudding variation is becoming a fast favorite! 

Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding- Dessert, breakfast or snack, this protein packed chia pudding has the BEST texture and ready in minutes! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

This healthy sticky cinnamon roll chia seed pudding is a delicious, quick and easy breakfast or snack which can be prepped the night before too! It includes a healthy cinnamon roll glaze which easily masks the typical texture of a plain and bland chia seed pudding! This recipe is suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free lifestyle! 

HACK! Want to amp up your chia seed pudding to the next level? I gotcha covered! My friends at Silk have recently released three delicious nut-based beverages, Nutchello, which are the perfect pick me up. To amp up my chia seed pudding, I swapped the dairy free milk for the toasted coconut and cashew flavor. Friends, this would convert any chia seed pudding skeptic! Please note, if you follow a strict paleo lifestyle, stick to coconut or another dairy free milk. 

 

Make this healthy sticky cinnamon roll chia pudding and let’s stink eye the bland, boring base texture.

Besides, they are looking back atchu.

Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding- Dessert, breakfast or snack, this protein packed chia pudding has the BEST texture and ready in minutes! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding
Serves 1
This healthy chia seed pudding is a creamy, protein packed breakfast or snack which is flavored with a healthy sticky cinnamon roll glaze! This recipe can be prepped the night before and is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and paleo!
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For the pudding
  1. 3 T white or black chia seeds
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1 T protein powder of choice (optional)
  4. 1 cup Silk Nutchello OR coconut milk (light or full fat)
  5. 1 T granulated sweetener of choice OR liquid sweetener of choice (omit for Whole30 option)
For the protein packed glaze
  1. 2 T vanilla protein powder
  2. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. Milk to thin out
For the coconut butter glaze
  1. 1 T coconut butter, melted
  2. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1 T granulated sweetener of choice (omit for whole30 option)
  4. Milk to thin out
To make the chia seed pudding
  1. In a small cereal bowl or glass, mix together your chia seeds, cinnamon, protein powder and add in your Silk Nutchello/milk of choice and sweetener of choice and mix very well until a liquid mixture remains. Refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight to form a pudding.
  2. Once thick, remove from fridge and top with glaze and enjoy!
To make glaze
  1. Mix all ingredients and add milk until a glaze is formed.
Notes
  1. If chia pudding is too thick, add a dash more Silk Nutchello or milk of choice the next morning.
Adapted from Basic Chia Pudding
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Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Seed Pudding (Whole 30, Paleo, V, GF)- Whole30 friendly Chia seed pudding ready in minutes- Perfect for breakfast, snack or dessert- Satisfying, filling, and bursting with cinnamon flavor! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free, paleo, whole 30 recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

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53 thoughts on “Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Chia Pudding

      1. not totally sure about the coconut glaze recipe… is there a protein powder missing from this? Otherwise, if you’re starting with a liquid (melted coconut oil) only adding sugar really, why are you adding milk to “thin it out”?

      2. Welp, I think I realized my mistake coconut BUTTER, not coconut OIL. At least I discovered that mistake prior to putting it on the pudding (for tomorrow morning). =)

  1. Not at all a fan of chia pudding, but this might tempt me to give it another chance. Anything cinnamon is worth a shot.

  2. Oh my god your “million eyes” comment SERIOUSLY gave me the urks. That one’s going to stay with me all day.
    Yeah – I’m super not a fan a chia pudding. I’ve tried. I’ve tried to be like the cool kids, but I just can’t do the weird gel texture. I’ve wanted to try blending it up after it has soaked to take away the little black eye thing – so I should get on that to see if it helps.

  3. So chia pudding totally freaks me out, but I really don’t want to take fish oil supplements, so I might have to try this. You make it look harmless enough 😀

  4. With my new work schedule I’m often bringing my breakfast with me. Chia seed pudding isn’t something I have often, but it would be a fun way to switch things up!

  5. That Nutchello sounds delicious- must check it out! I really like chia pudding and definitely don’t make it enough so thanks for motivating me to make some soon!

  6. As the basic bitch I am I obviously like chia pudding. Only last week I had one after months again and I liked it so much that I thought I should start making them myself again. Perfect timing!

    Caramel Almonds and Cashew? Adding this to my USA to-try list 😉

  7. Haven’t had chia pudding in ages! I need to get on that again soon. Best thing I ate was some amazing halibut my husband cooked for me for Mother’s Day!

  8. Oh, you and your delicious cinnamon roll inspired goodness. I always get hungry when I open up your site in the morning. Drat you, you evil little man! Just kidding. I won’t drat you if you’ll send me some of this chia pudding. But can you include some marmite in there for me? Also, ” they looked like a million eyes looking at me.” You should remake this at Halloween with green something…pureed spinach? Green pudding with a hundred eyes looking out = epic!

  9. This chia pudding looks really good. . . I had never had shawarma until last year, and it was AMAZING! It’s pretty cool that you get to bless your family with delicious meals. It sounds like the first chia pudding didn’t go so well, but that’s what makes a better baker/cook right? ‘If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.’ It looks to me like you have a winner with this one.

  10. I absolutely love having leftovers that my mother makes! Last night she made this delicious chickpea soup and lentil tomato curry for dinner, and I’m currently having an egg white omelet with spinach and leftover lentil curry, all with a sweet potato and almond butter for my breakfast’s dessert, haha! I too need to give chia pudding a chance because I’ve been neglecting to try it. It’s a bit intimidating because I’m always unsure as to how thick the pudding will turn out overnight!

  11. I’ve never made chia pudding before, and now I really want to because this sounds delicious, but WHY did you say the thing about the eyes? Now I’m not sure I can 😛

  12. What a great way to use chia seeds! I’m a huge fan of adding protein powder to my meals. It has always been involved with my chia seed puddings therefore this is something I would most definitely make!

  13. A crumpet with vegemite?! Sooooo Australian! I must confess that I’ve never tried chia seeds as I’ve only heard bad things about them, but you’re convincing me to give them another shot. And I’m clearly 12 because every time I read about “nut-based beverages”, I giggle.

      1. Can i ask what the calories count is for this chia pudding?? It looks delicious! Why doesn’t mine ever look that beautiful?! lol

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