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Chocolate protein pudding with chia seeds and almonds | Source: Shutterstock
Chocolate protein pudding with chia seeds and almonds | Source: Shutterstock

Protein Pudding Recipes with Protein Shake — Explore Various Flavors to Suit Your Tastes

Akhona Zungu
Jan 20, 2024
05:30 A.M.
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Protein is an essential component of a healthy diet. If you're supplementing your intake with protein powder, what better way to enjoy the supplement as part of a healthy, delicious snack like pudding?

Protein powder is a popular nutritional supplement that bodybuilders and other fitness enthusiasts use to boost their protein intake. There are different types of protein powder, the most common being whey, soy, pea, hemp, and casein.

When taken correctly, they offer various benefits for consumers, including muscle growth and recovery after a workout, helping with weight management, and increased nutrition.

A scoop of whey protein powder | Source: Shutterstock

A scoop of whey protein powder | Source: Shutterstock

Still, alongside these advantages are the potential risks of supplementing your protein intake with protein powder. These include:

  • The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) categorizes protein powder as a dietary supplement, meaning the safety and labeling of these products is up to the manufacturer's discretion. Hence, there's no way to confirm if their supplements contain what's on the label.
  • There are limited studies about the long-term effects of consuming protein powder, so they haven't been solidly determined.
  • They might cause digestive problems.
  • They might be high in added sugars and calories.

If you want to avoid these risks, getting a recommendation from a nutritional and health professional is probably your best bet.

A man checking the label of a protein powder package | Source: Shutterstock

A man checking the label of a protein powder package | Source: Shutterstock

Protein shakes are usually the go-to option for many who consume protein powder. Others, on the other hand, prefer to spruce things up by adding their protein powder to other foods to create delicious, healthy, protein-filled snacks.

In this article, we'll share a few protein pudding recipes made with protein powder (some with ready-to-drink shakes) and some variations for you to try. So, without further ado, here are four protein pudding recipes with protein powder.

Vanilla pudding garnished with blueberries | Source: Shutterstock

Vanilla pudding garnished with blueberries | Source: Shutterstock

Protein Pudding Recipe

Flavor Ingredients

  • ½ scoop (12.5 grams) of chocolate protein powder and chocolate chips to garnish or,
  • ½ scoop (12.5 grams) of vanilla protein powder and fresh berries to garnish or,
  • 3 tbsp of powdered peanut butter, peanut butter, and banana slices to garnish

Base Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of milk (add more if you want your pudding thin)
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract for the chocolate and vanilla flavors, 1 tsp for peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup for chocolate and vanilla, 1-2 for peanut butter

Instructions

1. Add your chosen flavored protein powder and base ingredients in a bowl.

2. Whisk the mixture until no more clumps remain.

3. Garnish your pudding. Enjoy!

Chia Protein Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • ¼ cup of chia seeds

Instructions

1. Add your almond milk and protein powder into a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

2. Add your chia seeds and whisk until everything is combined.

3. Chill the mixture overnight, then enjoy.

Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box of chocolate pudding mix (sugar-free)
  • 1 ready-to-drink chocolate Fairlife protein shake (or another brand of your choice)
  • ½ cup of skim milk

Instructions

1. Add your pudding mix, skimmed milk, and protein shake into a bowl.

2. Use a hand mixer to whisk your ingredients until you have a fluffy texture.

3. Either chill in the fridge for a while so the pudding firms or enjoy right after mixing.

Banana Protein Pudding

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Add your protein shake and pudding mix to a food processor and blend until everything mixes well.

2. Pour the mixture into a serving dish and refrigerate to firm.

3. Once the pudding is firm to your liking, garnish it with banana slices and small biscuits, then top it with whipped cream and biscuit crumbles.

With these recipes, you can enjoy different flavors and textures of delicious pudding while keeping up with your protein intake. While you're at it, why don't you try this vegan-friendly maple nut goodies recipe?

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