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A glass of peanut butter chocolate chia pudding

Protein Chia Pudding - 3 Ways

Jackie Silver MHSc, RD
Here are 3 ways to make this delicious protein chia pudding!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Pudding, Vegetarian
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

Ingredients (this serves as the base for all 3 variations)

  • 1/2 cup milk (or nondairy alternative or kefir)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (For a dairy free version, omit yogurt and just use ½ cup nondairy milk alternative. It will have a thick consistency so add more milk if you want it to be a bit thinner. Any of the variations below can be made dairy-free)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Additional Ingredients for Variations

    Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

    • 1-2 tsp matcha powder
    • 1 tbsp melted white chocolate
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice; optional)

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding

    • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp peanut butter (plus more to drizzle on top)

    Fruit and Nut Chia Pudding

    • 1 cup fruit of choice (blueberries, cherries, raspberries, mango, etc.; can use fresh or frozen)
    • 3 tbsp nuts or seeds of choice (ie. walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds)

    Instructions
     

    Chia Pudding Base

    • Mix the milk and yogurt* together until it forms a unified, thick liquid. There shouldn’t be many clumps of yogurt.
    • Add in the vanilla and chia seeds. Stir.
    • Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to thicken up, but ideally overnight. The longer you let it sit, the thicker it will get. You can tell it is ready when it reaches a pudding-like consistency and the chia seeds swell and look gelatinous.
    • Feel free to eat it plain, top with favourite toppings, or make one of the flavour variations below.
    • Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

    Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

    • Before mixing all base ingredients together, heat up ¼ cup of the milk (or water) and mix the matcha powder in it until it dissolves.
    • Now you can mix all the ingredients together and store in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
    • Top with fruit and some extra white chocolate or white chocolate chips.

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Pudding

    • Mix base ingredients together with cocoa powder and peanut butter (alternate version: omit peanut butter from the pudding and drizzle on top if you prefer to keep the pudding purely chocolate flavoured).
    • Once it’s ready to serve, drizzle extra peanut butter and fruit, if desired. Optional: Top with sliced banana.

    Fruit and Nut Chia Pudding

    • Make the chia pudding base.
    • When ready to serve, top with a variety of fruit and nuts of your choice.

    Video

    Notes

    *For the dairy-free version, omit yogurt and use ½ cup nondairy milk alternative. It may be too runny if you use more than ½ cup of liquid. For a higher protein, vegan version, use soy beverage or pea beverage. You can also add a scoop of protein powder if you’d like but this will change the taste and consistency.
    **To turn this into a meal prep recipe, make a double or triple batch to last you for 3 days worth of snacks or breakfasts.
    Keyword calcium, Chia seeds, chocolate, fiber, healthy breakfast, healthy snack, meal prep, peanut butter, plant based, protein, vegetarian