We’re big fans of pudding for breakfast here at Hello Glow. These sweet, slightly spicy apple-cinnamon version of chia seed pudding is no exception. It’s the perfect vegan breakfast for cold mornings, or eat it as a healthy dessert. Use your favorite non-dairy milk—coconut, cashew, almond, soy, whatever you like—and feel free to switch up the fruit and spice. For example, try fresh peaches and cardamom, or plums and nutmeg.
Apple Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding
Move over, overnight oats—we bet this will be your new go-to healthy breakfast!
And like overnight oats, this chia pudding is a perfect make-ahead breakfast option. Mix together milk and chia the night before then pull it out of the fridge in the morning and just top with fruit, nuts and seeds. It’s creamy, good for your gut, full of healthy fats and protein, and so easy to customize with whatever is in your pantry or fruit basket. Pick low sugar fruit options, and you can make sure it’s filled with even more vitamins and nutrients.
And chia is not just for breakfast! Chia pudding is a great make-ahead protein-filled snack that’s loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds have about 2.5 grams of protein per tablespoon, so a chia pudding made with three tablespoons of chia seeds would serve up 7.5 grams of protein.
Chia pudding on its own doesn’t have a lot of taste so add flavor with fruit, chocolate, nuts and spices. We added anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich cinnamon for its blood sugar regulating benefits. Plus, it adds a warming boost that’s perfect for cold mornings, and the spicy fall scent is mood-boosting and stress-relieving.
More Chia Seed Pudding Recipe Ideas
Here are a few more chia seed pudding ideas to add to your morning rotation:
- Berry Chocolate Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait
- Coconut Chia Pudding: The Ultimate Lazy Girl Breakfast
- Spirulina Breakfast Pudding
- Chocolate Chai Chia Pudding
- Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds – 3 Ways for Summer
Photos by Ana Stanciu
Healthy Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 apple cored and chopped
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- For warm chia seed pudding, place milk and vanilla extract into a saucepan, and warm over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. The milk does not have to be boiling hot, just warm enough for your taste. Add chia seeds to a cereal bowl.
- When the milk is warm, add the milk to bowl of chia seeds.
- Stir continuously for about 2 minutes while the chia seeds absorb the milk. Allow the mixture to sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Top with coconut flakes, apple slices, and cinnamon.
- Note: If you do NOT want warm chia seed pudding, simply add the milk to bowl of chia seeds. Stir until the chia seeds have absorbed the milk (about 3 to 5 minutes). Then top with coconut flakes, apples, and cinnamon.