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Cinnamon Raisin (not) Rice Pudding by Cole

One time at the Eastern Market I saw rice pudding but I was not allowed to have it because it had dairy and sugar and rice. Instead my mom said we could make our own pudding at home. But I still wanted rice pudding. Mom said we could try to make something the tasted just like it. So we went home and made this recipe.

My favorite part of making this recipe was how easy it was and then I got to shake it up!

I liked it because it was fun doing it and you could see the chia seeds jumping up and down inside. And even though the rice pudding at the Eastern Market didn’t have raisins, we decided they would taste good and then we got to use less honey because raisins are sweet but also healthy.

Cinnamon Raisin Rice Pudding by Cole on PaleoParents

I didn’t believe my mom when she told me it would taste like rice pudding, but when I woke up in the morning the chia seeds WERE like rice! It was a neat surprise to wake up to.

Cinnamon Raisin (not) Rice Pudding by PaleoParents

Cinnamon Raisin (not) Rice Pudding by Cole



  1. Combine all ingredients in a 1 pint mason jar, or other airtight container.
  2. Shake it, like a Polaroid picture.
  3. Chill for at least 30 minutes, or up to a week.
  4. Serve cold, warm or anywhere in between!

It tastes so good! Hope you like it!

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  • k

    Just wondering where the cinnamon is in the recipe ?

    • Oops, so sorry about that! Mom and Dad’s preview of the post missed that the cinnamon was missing – it’s now updated ::)

  • Kelly

    YUUUUUUMMMM!!! Thanks Cole 🙂

  • Stephanie Whittemore

    Sounds delicious, Cole! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Can’t wait to whip up some!

  • Heather

    This is a great recipe, Cole! It sounds like it is easy and fun to make.

  • Oh, YUM. I can’t wait till my 21DSD is over and I can make this. Rice pudding was always one of those things that I never liked pre-Paleo, but now that I do have a Paleo lifestyle, I always try to replicate. Go figure! Thank you for the recipe, Cole!

  • Sarah

    Would this recipe work without the walnuts? I have everything here except that,

    • I think nuts are yummy but you can make it with any nut or without. Cole

  • Heather

    Thanks Cole! This sounds great, but I have to use almonds instead of walnuts (allergies! and hope it works) Cannot wait to try it!

  • Nikki

    I happen to have all in the pantry! I added a cardamom seed along with it, making it more of an Indian rice pudding, I hope!

  • Crabby Crafter

    Totally awesome and have made it 3 times already, my 4yr old LOVES it! We switched chia seeds for shredded coconut and that was good too. Great work, and thanks for sharing.

  • Jen Burke

    This sounds delicious Cole, thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Kim Respass Miller

    This is very similar to how I make my chia pudding, Cole. I think I will try your suggestions in my next batch. Thank you, I can’t wait! @paleointhemiddle

  • Petra

    I made this today and the taste is awesome! Question about the texture – it’s pretty runny (after a few hours). Will that change the longer it sits? Thanks!!

    • Petra

      Also, I should have mentioned for those doing the 21DSD, I made it without the honey or raisins and it was still delicious! Though I will be adding those in after my 21 days are up 🙂

    • It usually gels a bit more as if sits, but you can add a few more chia seeds too, stir again and then rest. A little more or less on that measurement has a big impact on consistency.

      • Kimberly

        Do you think the brand of chia seeds make a difference? I used Bob’s Red Mill and mine turned out quite runny as well and it sat overnight. I will try adding more next time. I LOVED this recipe, as did my 3 and 6 year olds (AND my parents who were staying with us!) Kudos on a great recipe! I was just wishing YESTERDAY that I could have mangos and sticky rice again! I think this would be perfect if I leave out the cinnamon and serve over mangos! Thanks again!

        • Kimberly

          By the way, I made 4 jars of it last night and I only have one left this morning! 😉 (And, I sent my husband to the store at 8:30 last night in sub-arctic temperatures and patchy ice on the roads JUST to get chia seeds so we could try this!! 😉

        • The brand shouldn’t make a difference, but if yours is runny, you can always add some more seeds, shake and refrigerate longer. By the way, check out this recipe if you like mangoes! Basically the same thing you said, but with a specific recipe! Great minds think alike:

          • Kimberly

            Thanks for the reply! So, after a full 24 hours in the fridge, I am happy to report the pudding ( in the one of 4 jars that made it past the morning) has thickened! I guess my seeds just needed a little more quality time in the jar! And, about the Mango/Sticky “Rice” recipe …. OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH OH, MY GOSH!! Thanks for posting the link to that!! It is one if my all time faves so I can’t wait to try that! Thank you for all the work you guys do to share with all of us in cyberland… I have been alone (physically) on my paleo journey… Having great resources such as your books and blog have been crucial to my success! I admire all you do!

  • Shannon

    Cole! This sounds awesome, and I will be making this tomorrow, thanks for the recipe!!

  • Christie Warren

    I love that your kids are so involved with food/cooking in your house!! I made this last night and let the chia seeds soak up the liquid overnight and enjoyed it this morning. SO yummy! Great job Cole!!!

  • Aulii Margeth VanBoskerck

    okay might be a dumb question but is T for tablespoon or teaspoon?

    • Capital T is Tablespoon and lowercase t is teaspoon.

      • Aulii Margeth VanBoskerck

        Thank you! I hoping this will be a good breakfast alternative for my boys. Thanks Cole! Great idea!

  • Thanks Cole! Rice pudding has been a favorite of mine forever– and sometimes I cheat and still eat it. 🙁 I’m going to whip up some of this tonight!

  • Emily

    I didn’t have all the ingredients in my cupboard, so I substituted almonds & craisins. It tastes delicious! Thank you for the recipe, Cole! Next time I’ll try it with raisins. 🙂

  • Kathy Craddock

    We put this together last night for this morning. The kids LOVED it. Kiddo didn’t even complain about nuts (which he hates) Thanks so much Cole, excellent recipe!

  • Heather

    I made this today and LOVED it!! Great job Cole!

  • Michelle CARVALHO

    Wow this was so good thank you Cole! I make a spiced almond milk in my vitamix that paired beautifully with this

  • Krista

    Made this for breakfast this morning and it was wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Karyna Cintron-Carbone

    Wow! Just stuck it in the fridge, can’t wait till tomorrow for breakfast! It smells WONDERFUL! 🙂

  • Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

    Cole, you totally rock little dude! And this (not) rice pudding sounds like the bomb! *high five*
    So tell me, when are you starting your own blog?

  • Staci ‘Grainne’ Corcoran

    Have made this several times, I love it!
    I do use a pinch of good cinnamon and skip the cinnamon stick, and I find I like more like 3T of chia seeds (prefer my pudding a bit more firm), but it’s YUMMY! 🙂

  • Rebekah

    I make a slight modification of this recipe almost weekly for my husband and kids. We do raw goat’s milk (from our goats) so I use this as a base recipe subbing in just goat’s milk for your dairy alternatives. They LOVE it! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • The Saffron Girl

    OMG, this is adorable that Cole is writing blog posts! What a great way to get him involved in the cooking and the Paleo lifestyle. Sounds like a great recipe too.

  • Jen

    Love this, we make it often with a few tweaks: Extra seeds (I like it thicker, like a tapioca pudding or yogurt), extra walnuts, maple syrup instead of Honey, and a dash of cinnamon versus the stick. My son and I can’t get enough! Thank you 😉