Protein Pudding

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Who says dessert can’t be good for you? Those that do should whip up a bowl of this Protein Pudding.

Protein Pudding

I have done it! I have had my cake and have eaten it, too!

And by that, I mean, I have eaten my chocolate pudding without disrupting my diet! (Yeah, the first way I said it is much catchier.) Not that I have anything against dessert. Something sweet at the end of my meals is a little treat to remind yourself what it means to be alive. It also tastes really, really good. But sometimes, if you haven’t been exercising as often as you resolved at New Year’s, or you’ve not only had post-dinner dessert but post-breakfast dessert and post-lunch dessert as well, then you may want your “something sweet” to be something more.

Thanks to this protein pudding, it can. It contains—spoiler alert—protein, coming from not one, but two sources: protein powder and Greek yogurt. The first is a convenient way to get your daily dose of the macronutrient, while the second provides that creamy texture you want out of your pudding, healthy or not. They combine to form a dessert that doesn’t seem like a dessert at all.

Protein Pudding

What are the benefits of this Protein Pudding?

The proof is in the pudding, with protein being the proof in this protein pudding. Confused? Don’t be. This is just my convoluted way of saying that the main benefit of this pudding is the protein it packs. So many people don’t get the protein they need, especially if they impose a dietary restriction upon themselves. I often find myself making a conscious effort to add in protein despite maintaining what I thought was a healthy diet. It’s reassuring to know that even my dessert can lend a hand.

Another benefit is the convenience it presents. If I find myself counting on my dessert to help reach the optimal amount of protein, I don’t want to have to spend hours making it every week. That’s not the case with this dish. It requires three ingredients and a whisk. (It also requires a bit of a workout, which is another way it helps build muscle!) I can make as much at a time as I like, so I prep a week’s worth and keep it chilled then reach for it whenever I feel my body could use a protein boost.

Add the ability to supplement the pudding with fresh berries, nuts, and other healthy toppings and you’ve got one dessert that’s serious about your body!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, non-fat or plant-based
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder or any other flavor
  • 1 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute, optional
Protein Pudding

How to Make Protein Pudding

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt and chocolate protein powder until smooth.

Protein Pudding

Step 2: Add the sugar or sugar substitute.

Protein Pudding

Step 3: For a thicker consistency, cover the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour.

Step 4: Enjoy your protein pudding immediately after mixing, or chilled, as a nutritious dessert.

FAQs & Tips

How do I make this pudding ahead of time and store it?

The pudding can be made ahead of time and stored in the serving dishes for convenience. Store the protein pudding in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container. If you notice any separation, give them a good stir before enjoying again. If you want to keep it longer, you can use popsicle molds to make protein pudding pops for a treat that can be kept in the freezer for a few weeks.

What kind of sweetener can I use?

You can use any sweetener you like, from plain granulated sugar to maple syrup or honey for extra sweetness. If you prefer sugar substitutes, they work just as well. Whatever sweetener you use, be sure to whip well to integrate into the pudding.

Can I add any other flavors or variations?

Sure thing! Create a peanut butter chocolate version by using peanut butter protein powder and topping with peanut butter cups or chocolate chips. Or try a strawberry cheesecake version with strawberry protein powder and crushed graham crackers as a topping. You can also make a salted caramel version with salted caramel protein powder and chocolate chips as a topping. You can also customize with optional add-ins such as nuts, chia seeds, almond butter, seed butter, maple syrup or other low-calorie sweeteners, sugar-free chocolate chips, or cacao nibs.

Protein Pudding
Protein Pudding

Protein Pudding (2 Ingredients!)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 165 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt non-fat or plant-based
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder or any other flavor
  • 1 tbsp sugar or sugar substitute optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt and protein powder until smooth.
    Protein Pudding
  • To sweeten it, add the sugar or sugar substitute.
    Protein Pudding
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour if you prefer a thicker consistency.
  • Enjoy immediately!

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 28gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.04gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 252mgSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4IUCalcium: 249mgIron: 0.1mg
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