A protein chia pudding is the perfect on the go, high protein vegan breakfast that you can make the night before. It's healthy, easy to make, and perfect for packing away to take to work, school or wherever you may need to be! With 1 scoop of protein powder, it's the perfect breakfast to have after the gym, or for anyone who follows a Plantbased diet and wants to increase their protein intake.
Chocolate Blueberry Chia Pudding
This one is for the chocolate lovers!! If you are a chocolate addict, but desperately want to follow a healthy diet, then this chocolate chia pudding is for you! This recipe uses 100% raw cacao powder which has been proven to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and aid in preventing blood clots. You can read more about the health benefits of cacao powder here.
Protein Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is incredibly easy to make. Chia seeds are highly absorbent, and will expand 10x their size, absorbing the liquid they are in as well as the flavours! A protein chia pudding takes advantage of this by mixing in protein powder and flavour enhancers to the liquid. This protein chia pudding uses the following ingredients:
25grams of Pure Pea Protein
Make sure to use a high quality pea protein, preferably flavourless. The use of the almond milk, cacao & blueberries will add all the flavour you need
You can use any type of Plantbased milk but I prefer to use almond milk. I like almond milk because it is readily available, and adds a creamy taste to the chia pudding. I recommend that you add 1 cup and a little bit more. Thats why you will see 1.2 cups in the recipe. This may seem odd, but for me this is the perfect amount of pudding thickness. Any less and its too thick. Any more and its too runny!
The star of the dish!
Chia seeds may be arguably the most nutritious food on the planet. By having just 3 tbsps of chia seeds you are getting:
- 6 grams of protein
- 17% RDI of calcium
- 43% RDI of fibre
- 15% RDI of iron
All this in your first meal of the day! Awesome!
You can choose to use cacao or cocoa powder to add that perfect chocolate flavour. Just 1 tablespoon of cacao powder provides 14% of your RDI of iron. Pretty amazing!
Well known to be the king of antioxidants, blueberries are incredibly good for you, low calorie, and add the perfect sweetness! The sweet blueberries combine perfectly with the chocolate flavour. Make sure to add them right before you serve to keep them fresh. I like using blueberries because of the way they burst in your mouth as you chew. Its the perfect texture combination with the soft chia pudding.
If the blueberries don't add quite enough sweetness for you, you may wish to add a low calorie sweetener such as erythritol, stevia, or maple syrup
Protein Chia Pudding Method
The best part about this meal is the flexibility! The chia seeds only really need 1 hour to absorb all of the liquid but can also be left for up to 2 days in the fridge. This means that you can quickly whip this up in the morning to have later, or make the night before. Up to you!
Simply follow these steps:
- Add pea protein, milk, cacao powder (& sweetener if using) to a blender for a few seconds
- Stir in chia seeds and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour
- Add blueberries right before serving
This protein chia pudding is perfect for meal planning. 1 serving provides:
- Calories: 385
- Protein: 31 grams
- Carbs: 34 grams
- Fat: 17 grams
Protein Chia Pudding. Made With Cacao & Blueberries
- 3 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1.2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
- 25 grams or 1 scoop of pure pea protein
- ½ cup fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon erythritol,stevia, or other natural sweetner of choice optional
- Add pea protein, almond milk, cacao powder (& sweetner if using), to a blender. Blend for 5 seconds
- Pour liquid into a jar, container, or bowl. Add chia seeds and stir
- Cover or seal the jar. Refridgerate for at least 1 hour. Can be left overnight.
- Right before serving, remove from fridge, add blueberries and stir through