Chia Seed Protein Pudding: Two Recipes

Two types of chia seed protein pudding.

CHIA SEED PROTEIN PUDDING RECIPES

I was introduced to chia seed pudding a few years ago and instantly fell in love. A healthy alternative to regular pudding? Yes, please! I love “healthifying” my favorite foods that aren’t so healthy for you so this was right up my alley. I tried a few chia seed pudding recipes and started to develop my own. Most of the recipes I found didn’t have protein added to them so I decided to boost mine with protein. Chia seed protein pudding packs a healthy punch. It’s loaded with healthy nutrients which makes it a great option for either breakfast or a healthy dessert.

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

Chia seeds can be eaten raw or cooked. I recommend eating them after they’ve either been soaked (like in a pudding recipe) or cooked because chia expands when it’s hydrated. Eating them dry can lead to them expanding in your throat which may give you a slightly weird feeling. The fiber in chia plus the full chia seed (when it is hydrated) help give you a feeling of fullness leading to better satiety.

TWO RECIPES

I have two chia seed pudding recipes for you below. One for the vanilla lovers out there and one for those that are chocoholics. I’ve offered some alternatives to the recipes to accommodate both animal and plant based eaters.

Vanilla, Almond + Coconut Chia Protein Pudding

Serves 4:

  • 8 T Chia Seeds

  • 2 C Almond Milk (or milk of choice)

  • 2 T Madagascar Vanilla Extract (I love this vanilla extract because of it’s deep flavor.)

  • 4 T Shredded Coconut (plus a little extra to sprinkle on top)

  • 2 T Maple Syrup (or honey)

  • 4 Scoops Protein Powder (I used grass-fed whey vanilla but you can use your favorite animal or plant based 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 by Califia farms to get a richer taste.

How To:

  • Mix chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract, coconut and maple syrup until fully combined.

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

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

  • Take out of refrigerator and give each chia seed protein pudding a stir to make sure the chia seeds are fully incorporated (sometimes they’ll sink to the bottom).

  • Return to refrigerator and let sit for a few hours or overnight until mixture has become pudding or gel like.

  • When ready to eat, sprinkle almonds and extra coconut on top. Enjoy!

 

Double Chocolate Cacao 

Serves 4:

How To:

  • Mix chia seeds, almond milk, cacao nibs, and maple syrup or honey until fully combined.

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

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

  • Take out of refrigerator and give each chia seed protein pudding a stir to make sure the chia seeds are fully incorporated (sometimes they’ll sink to the bottom).

  • Return to refrigerator and let sit for a few hours or overnight until mixture has become pudding or gel like.

  • When ready to eat, sprinkle with chocolate covered hemp seeds and cacao nibs on top. Enjoy!

 

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

Margot + The Vita Vie Retreat Team