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!
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.
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.
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!”
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
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!
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.
- 3 T white or black chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 T protein powder of choice (optional)
- 1 cup Silk Nutchello OR coconut milk (light or full fat)
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice OR liquid sweetener of choice (omit for Whole30 option)
- 2 T vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Milk to thin out
- 1 T coconut butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 T granulated sweetener of choice (omit for whole30 option)
- Milk to thin out
- 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.
- Once thick, remove from fridge and top with glaze and enjoy!
- Mix all ingredients and add milk until a glaze is formed.
- If chia pudding is too thick, add a dash more Silk Nutchello or milk of choice the next morning.