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Chia Seed Protein Pudding Recipes

I was introduced to chia seed pudding a few years ago and immediately fell in love. A healthy alternative to regular pudding? Yes please! I love ‘healthy’ my favorite foods that aren’t so healthy for you, so it was right in my hallway. I tried a few chia seed pudding recipes and started to develop my own. Most of the recipes I found did not contain protein, so I decided to boost mine with protein. Chia seed protein pudding packs a healthy punch. It’s packed with healthy nutrients, making it a great option for breakfast or a healthy dessert.

Chia seeds are a good source of plant-based omega-3s, calcium fiber, and iron. They also contain small amounts of phosphorus, manganese, potassium, and copper. I love their “crunchy” texture. They almost remind me of tapioca but they are much healthier for you.

Chia seeds can be eaten raw or cooked. I recommend eating them after they’ve been soaked (like in a pudding recipe) or cooked because these seeds expand once they’ve been hydrated. Eating them dry can cause them to dilate in your throat, which can make you feel slightly strange. One of the great benefits is the fiber content which will help make you feel fuller leading to better fullness.

Chia protein pudding recipe 1: vanilla, almond + coconut

For 4 people:

8 cups chia seeds

2 C almond milk (or milk of your choice)

2 T Madagascar vanilla extract (I love this vanilla extract because of its deep flavor.)

4 tablespoons grated coconut (plus a little more to sprinkle on top)

2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or honey)

4 tablespoons protein powder (I used grass-fed whey vanilla, but you can use your favorite animal or vegetable protein powder – about 20g per scoop)

4 T almonds

* If you like a creamier taste, use vanilla flavored almond milk or toasted coconut almond milk from Califia Farms for a richer taste.

How? ‘Or’ What:

– Mix the seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut and maple syrup until blended.

– Add protein powder and mix with a whisk to break it up. Keep mixing until you don’t have any lumps of protein powder in the mixture.

– Pour evenly into 4 cups and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

– Take out of the fridge and toss each chia seed protein pudding to make sure the chia seeds are well incorporated (sometimes they will sink to the bottom).

– Return to the refrigerator and let stand a few hours or overnight until the mixture becomes pudding or gel.

– When you are ready to eat, sprinkle with almonds and coconut and enjoy.

Chia Protein Pudding Recipe 2: Double Chocolate Cocoa

For 4 people:

4 tablespoons of chocolate protein (animal or vegetable based)

4 tablespoons of cocoa nibs (plus extra for garnish)

4 T of chocolate coated hemp seeds (you can use semi-sweet chips but you won’t get the benefits of hemp)

2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey

8 cups chia seeds

2 cups of almond milk

* If you like chocolate + peanut butter, add 1 C of peanut butter (or almond butter) to the mixture for that chocolate + nut flavor.

How? ‘Or’ What:

Use the same instructions as above for the Vanilla, Almond and Coconut Pudding.

When the pudding is done, sprinkle cocoa beans on top and enjoy!

I often make these recipes for breakfast because they are an easy-to-prepare meal prep option. Then you can eat quickly or grab and go before you go out. I also like them as a healthy snack or dessert if I feel like something a little sweet. Enjoy it however you like and feel free to get creative with the recipes however you see fit.

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