This chocolate protein pudding is creamy, perfectly sweet and packs over 20 grams of protein per serving. Made with greek yogurt, protein powder and sweetened with maple syrup for a simple and healthy dessert or snack.
If you’re looking for some sweeter, tastier ways to add more protein to your diet, look no further than this simple chocolate protein pudding.
Store bought pudding is usually loaded with all sorts of funky ingredients, so making it from scratch at home is a much healthier option.
I love serving this with whipped cream and berries for a healthy dessert, but you can also top it with fresh fruit and a drizzle of peanut butter for a simple post workout snack.
It has a fluffy mousse like texture, though is a bit more dense and creamy than traditional mousse. This recipe is ready in 5 minutes and does not require any cooking or setting time.
All you need is one bowl, 5 minutes and a handful of pantry staple ingredients for this simple recipe. Love this recipe? Try my avocado chocolate mousse or protein brownies next!
GREEK YOGURT. Greek yogurt makes up the base of this protein pudding. It makes it incredibly thick and creamy and obviously, high in protein! I used a traditional full fat greek yogurt, but you can definitely use vanilla, low fat, or even a vegan version.
PROTEIN POWDER. You need 1/3 cup of chocolate protein powder, which is about a heaping scoop. I used pea protein, but whey also works here. I suggest a stevia sweetened one for the best flavor.
COCOA POWDER. I found that the protein powder didn’t add quite enough of a chocolate flavor, so a bit of cocoa powder is necessary to make up for that. Start with just 1 tablespoon so it’s not too bitter, and add more as needed.
MILK. This just helps to thin it out since the protein powder and cocoa absorb a lot of moisture.
MAPLE SYRUP. A bit of maple syrup will help to naturally sweeten the pudding and balance out the bitterness from the chocolate.
VANILLA. Just a splash of vanilla helps round out all of the flavors.
How to make protein pudding
Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Start with a small amount of milk and cocoa and adjust as needed to alter the flavor and thin it out.
Whisk together until completely smooth and no lumps remain.
Taste and adjust flavors as desired. Add more milk to thin it out or more protein powder to thicken it up. If you want it sweeter, you can add more maple syrup or a few drops of liquid stevia.
Serve as is or with whipped cream and fresh berries.
If you aren’t in the mood for chocolate, you can try either a peanut butter or vanilla protein pudding.
VANILLA. To make a vanilla version, simply omit the cocoa powder and use vanilla protein powder in place of chocolate. You likely won’t need as much milk because of the lack of cocoa powder, so omit that and add only as needed to thin.
PEANUT BUTTER. Mix in 1/4 cup of peanut butter and either omit the cocoa and use vanilla protein powder, or leave as is for a chocolate peanut butter version.
MINT CHOCOLATE. Add in about 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract right into the mixture for a fun flavor variation!
How to store
Once prepared, this protein pudding will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days in an air tight container.
Frequently asked questions
Is protein pudding healthy?
With 22 grams of protein per serving, no added refined sugars and lots of healthy fats, this protein pudding is definitely classified as healthy! Definitely a healthy snack to enjoy for weight loss.
What can I add to protein pudding?
If you’re looking for additional mix-ins, you can try nut butter, chia seeds or melted chocolate for a richer texture. For more toppings, try chocolate chips, banana slices, crushed oreos, or even my homemade paleo granola.
Can I freeze it?
I haven’t tried it, but I don’t recommend it. I don’t think the texture will hold up very well when it defrosts. For best results, store leftovers in the fridge and consume within 3-5 days!
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Chocolate Protein Pudding
by: claire cary
- 1 cup greek yogurt see notes
- ⅓ cup chocolate protein powder
- 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1-2 tablespoons milk dairy or non dairy
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup more or less to taste
- Add all ingredients to a bowl. Start with 1 tablespoon of cocoa and milk, and add more to make it more chocolatey or thin it out.
- Whisk together until completely smooth and no lumps remain.
- Taste and adjust flavors as desired. Add more milk to thin it out or more protein powder to thicken it up.
- Serve as is or with whipped cream and fresh berries.
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