This protein pudding uses Greek yogurt as the base and can easily be made into three different flavors – chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter. It’s the perfect high protein snack.
If you’re looking for new ways to add more protein to your diet, you’re in for a treat with this protein pudding! It’s creamy and comes together quickly. Plus, I have three different flavor variations for you… chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter.
Store-bought pudding is typically loaded with questionable ingredients, but these recipes are made with real food ingredients. No preservatives, artificial sweeteners or weird additives!
Not only is this pudding tasty, but it requires minimal ingredients and as the name suggests, it’s packed with protein. It’s perfect for a pre or post workout snack, but I’ve also been enjoying it for dessert.
Why You’ll Love This Pudding
All three variations can be made in one bowl! Yay for minimal clean-up.
It doesn’t require any “setting up” like traditional pudding does.
This pudding is totally customizable. Feel free to make these recipes your own!
The added protein helps to curb the blood sugar spike you typically get when eating sweets like pudding.
Is This Pudding Healthy?
Absolutely! This pudding is made with minimal, good-for-you ingredients and has no refined sugar or artificial preservatives. It’s protein-packed and has less sugar than traditional pudding as well . The protein boost not only comes from the protein powder, but also its Greek yogurt base.
I usually buy full fat Greek yogurt (as opposed to low-fat or fat-free) to fulfill my need for healthy fats. Pro tip: low-fat and fat-free products typically swap fat for sugar to make sure it still tastes good! I’ll take fat over sugar any day. It’s also loaded with probiotics (aka good bacteria) which is important for a healthy gut and immune system!
With 30 grams of protein per serving this pudding can help balance your blood sugar while satisfying your sweet tooth, and you won’t be left hungry for more …. until tomorrow, of course!
Base Ingredients Needed
The base of all three pudding variations is the same. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
plain Greek yogurt – for this high protein pudding plain, full-fat is the way to go. Not only is it lower in sugar, full fat Greek yogurt won’t have that tangy, tart taste you get from low or no fat varieties. It also has a richer mouthfeel and a creamier body that’s perfect for making pudding. Vanilla Greek yogurt would also be delicious, but your pudding will have more sugar. My go-to yogurt brands are Fage 5% plain Greek yogurt and Siggi’s plain whole milk yogurt.
milk – the liquid to help blend this creamy mixture together. Use more if needed to reach your desired consistency. Any milk will work and cow’s milk will likely give you the most protein, but I usually use unsweetened almond milk just because it’s what I have on hand and it’s lower in calories.
vanilla – a great flavor enhancer that adds a subtle sweetness to the pudding.
maple syrup – I love using maple syrup as the natural sweetener in this pudding recipe. You could also use Stevia, as well for a sugar-free option.
CHOCOLATE PUDDING ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS
chocolate protein powder – chocolate protein powder gives this pudding a ton of chocolate flavor! I personally love the chocolate Nuzest protein powder. It’s plant-based, has a minimal and clean ingredient list and is delicious. You can use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order. If you don’t have chocolate protein powder on hand, you can use cocoa powder instead.
chocolate chips – for extra chocolatey flavor and some texture. I like using Lily’s dark chocolate chips because they are low in calories and sugar.
VANILLA PUDDING ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS
vanilla protein powder – get your protein and flavor in with this vanilla protein powder! I love using vegan protein powder and recommend Sun Warrior or Nuzest, but feel free to use your favorite protein powder. You can use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your Nuzest order.
fresh berries – you can certainly eat this pudding without, but topped with fresh berries puts it “over the top” as a flavorful, yet healthy dessert. My favorites are blueberries, raspberries or sliced strawberries.
PEANUT BUTTER PUDDING ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS
powdered peanut butter –powdered peanut butter, like PB2 powder, is a super versatile way to get peanut butter flavor into your recipes with way less fat, calories and sugar than traditional peanut butter. Plus it’s protein-packed! If you don’t have powdered peanut butter on hand you can definitely use regular peanut butter instead. If you have a peanut allergy, feel free to use almond butter or any nut/seed butter instead.
peanut butter –for drizzling over the pudding, because why not! Just remember to look for natural peanut butter that doesn’t have any added ingredients. The ingredient list should just read peanuts and salt! You can also use almond butter or any nut butter instead of peanut butter.
sliced bananas –not much is better than peanut butter and bananas, especially in dessert form!
How to Make
To make any of the flavors, you simply add the yogurt, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and protein powder/powdered peanut butter together and whisk until smooth. Then top with either chocolate chips, berries or peanut butter and bananas and enjoy! It’s that easy.
When to Eat Protein Pudding
You might be thinking… this is pudding so should I have it as dessert? But it also has protein so should I be eating it around a workout? My answer: yes and yes!
This protein pudding is healthy enough to enjoy after a workout or as an afternoon snack to curb those mid-day cravings, but delicious enough to enjoy as an after-dinner treat. All that said, you can enjoy it whenever you like… even for breakfast.
How to Serve
Personally, I like eating this pudding as is, especially since there are three varieties to choose from with flavorful toppings for extra deliciousness. But if you want to mix it up, you could try adding:
Coconut whip –any of the flavors would be delicious with a dollop of coconut whip cream on top!
Caramel sauce –I’m drooling just thinking about how delicious my date caramel sauce would be drizzled over this pudding, especially the vanilla flavor.
Granola –this pudding is so creamy and smooth, but if you are craving a little crunch why not sprinkle a little granola on top for added texture and flavor. This hemp granola or chocolate granola would both be delicious on all three variations.
Coconut flakes – add some crunch with coconut flakes. For even more flavor, use toasted coconut.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have any leftovers, place the pudding in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
With this said, this protein pudding is great for meal prep. Feel free to make a few batches (leaving out the toppings) on Sunday for the week ahead. I like prepping them in wide-mouth 16 oz mason jars. When you’re ready to eat, add your favorite toppings and enjoy!