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20 Healthy Protein Pudding Recipes that Taste Amazing

If you want a new and delicious way to increase your protein intake (and ditch the protein shakes), then you need to give these protein pudding recipes a try.

If you’re trying to lose fat and gain muscle, then you probably know that you have to eat a lot of protein.

And if you’re like most fitness folk, that means you’ve been putting down a lot of chicken breasts and protein shakes.

It works, but it gets old after a while.

That’s why protein pudding recipes like these are great.

They’re a simple and delicious replacement for your shakes, and they range from a light snack to a hearty meal replacement. They also require minimal prep work, so you don’t need much time or culinary skill to whip them up.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Protein Jello

Serves 2

There’s no need to rely on boxed Jello if you have unflavored gelatin to use as a thickener. Blend whole fruit together, and you can even mix in a wholesome protein powder.

Add the gelatin in hot water, and then you just have to wait for your homemade Jello to set up in the fridge for a few hours.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

192

Calories

28 g

Protein

19 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 scoops WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 cup strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1 packet (about 2 1/2 tsp.) powdered gelatin

1 cup water

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Banana Peanut Butter Protein Pudding

Serves 4

Enjoy a restaurant-quality banana cream pudding – only hold the cream. This version is thick and delicious thanks real bananas blended with tofu.

Aside from that, it just needs a touch of vanilla and your favorite sweetener of choice. Leave off the crushed peanuts on top, and you’ll save 5 grams of fat per serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

312

Calories

10 g

Protein

40 g

Carbs

15 g

Fat

Ingredients

Pudding:

1 cup soft tofu

3 small bananas (about 1 1/2 cups mashed)

1 1/2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

1 tsp. pure vanilla

1 tsp. coconut sugar

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

 

Garnish:

1 banana, sliced

1 tsp. coconut sugar

1/2 cup freeze-dried banana (or blueberries), crushed

1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, crushed

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Chocolate Protein Pudding Cake

Serves 1

Chocolate mug cakes are convenient, but too often that means sacrificing that moist cake texture. This pudding cake solves the problem by covering the warm cake in homemade chocolate sauce.

The recipe makes over a cup, and each cake only needs a generous tablespoon. Leftovers can be kept at room temperature for a week, or store the chocolate sauce in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

324

Calories

18 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

26 g

Fat

Ingredients

Cake:

3 Tbsp. almond meal

1 Tbsp. WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1 1/2 Tbsp. cacao powder

1 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. stevia (or to taste)

 

Chocolate Sauce:

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup cacao butter

1/4 cup cacao powder

2 packets granulated stevia

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

3 Tbsp. almond butter

Milk as needed

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Baked Chocolate Quinoa Pudding

Serves 4

This is quinoa like you haven’t had it before – and as popular as this superfood is, that’s really saying something. It works really well as a thickener for soups and stews, so why not pudding?

This chocolate pudding is baked, so it’s a warm and comforting dessert to dig into after a long day. For more protein, top it with slivered almonds, or a vanilla sauce made with whey protein powder and milk.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

273

Calories

7 g

Protein

37 g

Carbs

11 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)

1/2 cup (4 oz.) chocolate chips

1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Bread Pudding

Serves 4

This apple cinnamon bread pudding is fairly standard to bake. Cut a small loaf of bread into large chunks, mix all the ingredients together, and then it goes in the oven.

What contributes the protein in this recipe – adding up to 30 grams per serving – is a creamy sauce that gets poured over the top.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

459

Calories

31 g

Protein

61 g

Carbs

12 g

Fat

Ingredients

Bread Pudding:

8 oz. crusty whole-wheat bread, cubed

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)

1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1 red apple, finely diced

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup walnuts

 

Sauce:

3 scoops WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Pudding

Serves 1

This vegan protein pudding doesn’t require any milk or cream, non-dairy or otherwise.

The creamy texture comes from fruit – blended banana and pumpkin puree – plus protein powder to thicken it. You’ll get to enjoy the taste of pumpkin pie without added sugar, and this pudding is practically fat-free.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

296

Calories

29 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 medium banana, frozen

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Pre-Workout Protein Pudding

Serves 2

This pudding recipe includes protein from several sources like whey, cottage cheese, and even egg whites.

That makes it rich and creamy, and yet this is a surprisingly low-fat chocolate pudding. And with a great balance of protein and carbs, it makes a perfect post-workout snack.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

253

Calories

27 g

Protein

23 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. liquid egg whites

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. instant coffee (optional)

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. chocolate peanut butter (or regular peanut butter)

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Chocolate Cheesecake Protein Pudding

Serves 4

Making cheesecake doesn’t have to be a chore. Combine cottage cheese with a Greek yogurt protein pudding, and the result is more than the sum of its parts.

Even if you aren’t a big fan of eating cottage cheese as a snack, try this dessert. It’s blended to solve any texture problems, so you’ll have a quick and creamy chocolate cheesecake pudding.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

100

Calories

16 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup cottage cheese

1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

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Banana Hemp Seed Berry Pudding

Serves 2

If you’re looking to add plant-based protein to your diet, hemp and chia seeds are a convenient way to go. And this berry pudding has them both.

To boost the protein content more, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. You just may need to adjust the amount of milk accordingly.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

340

Calories

9 g

Protein

51 g

Carbs

14 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 bananas

2 cups mixed berries

2 Tbsp. light coconut milk (or almond milk)

2 Tbsp. hemp seeds

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

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Coconut Chocolate Quinoa Protein Pudding

Serves 4

Rice pudding is already known for being a nutritious dessert. But when you trade the grain for quinoa, you can get even more protein and fiber per serving.

Altogether, this combination of quinoa, coconut milk, and protein powder make a great snack for refueling after a long endurance workout.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

390

Calories

13 g

Protein

47 g

Carbs

18 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa

2 cans (14 oz. each) light coconut milk

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate (or vegan protein powder)

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1/4 cup large coconut flakes, toasted

1/3 cup (about 3/4 oz.) dark chocolate, grated

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Vanilla Strawberry Protein Pudding Pops

Serves 3

Pudding doesn’t have to be eaten with a spoon when you have a popsicle mold. It’s an easy way to turn a box of instant pudding into a special treat – and add whey protein powder while you’re at it.

That’s enough for a delicious homemade pudding pop, or take it over the top with fresh fruit in the middle and chocolate chips at the bottom.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

156

Calories

9 g

Protein

22 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 package (1.5 oz.) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding

1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

5 strawberries

3 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips

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Healthy Banana Pudding Cake

Serves 12

This chocolate banana cake is already made to be nutritious, and you can tweak the recipe to make it even better for a high-protein diet.

Try replacing half the oat flour with protein powder. Or, use a chocolate yogurt frosting, like this one from Macro Chef, that also includes a scoop of whey protein powder.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

291

Calories

6 g

Protein

30 g

Carbs

19 g

Fat

Ingredients

Cake:

4 medium eggs

3 medium bananas

1 1/3 cups oat flour

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/3 cup + 4 tsp. milk (or non-dairy milk)

3 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil (or butter)

1/5 cup brown rice syrup

1 tsp. psyllium husk

1 tsp. vanilla sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

 

Filling:

1/4 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 1/2 bananas, mashed

 

Frosting:

1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)

1 bar (3.5 oz.) 72% dark chocolate

1 Tbsp. pure honey

2 Tbsp. non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

Pinch of salt

1 tsp. cognac or rum (optional)

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Quick Protein Panna Cotta

Serves 1

When you feel like serving a fancy dessert, yet want it to be healthy and easy, this panna cotta recipe is one to remember.

Since there are only two ingredients – whey protein and gelatin – you can simply change the flavor by using another protein powder, like strawberry banana. Or use an unflavored whey, and add coffee or rum instead.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

131

Calories

28 g

Protein

3 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

2/3 cup water

2 sheets gelatin (or about 1 1/2 tsp. powdered gelatin)

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

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Rocky Road Casein Pudding

Serves 1

If you’re craving ice cream, not just any replacement will do. But this pudding is so good that it’s more than enough to fill you up and quiet the chocoholic within.

One serving has the same number of calories as ice cream, but you’ll be getting over 25 grams of protein with less than 10 grams of fat.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

248

Calories

28 g

Protein

15 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or more as needed)

1 scoop chocolate peanut butter casein

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Ground cinnamon to taste

2 tsp. granulated stevia (or to taste)

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 pecans, chopped

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Low-Carb Cookie Protein Pudding

Serves 1

Turn chocolate chip cookies into a protein-packed pudding with this bodybuilding recipe. Cottage cheese is the base of this dessert, and there’s also a scoop of whey.

That means you’ll get fast digesting protein to help your recovery right away, while the cottage cheese offers casein, slow-digesting protein that can fuel muscle regrowth throughout the night.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

447

Calories

42 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 Tbsp. almond flour

1 Tbsp. peanut butter

1 tsp. light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. butter extract

1/2 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips

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Chocolate Avocado Protein Pudding

Serves 1

Chocolate pudding for breakfast? Yes, you can when you use half an avocado as the main ingredient.

And while you’re thinking nutritionally, mix in a scoop of chocolate protein powder too. The result is well-balanced meal to start off your day, including over 25 grams of protein

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

340

Calories

26 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

23 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 avocado, mashed

4 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut milk

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 scoop WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

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Low-Carb Chocolate Protein Pudding

Serves 2

This combo of cauliflower and chocolate may seem unusual, but it was first thought of by Chef Heston Blumenthal, who has an incredible three Michelin stars.

His version was much more elaborate with cauliflower risotto, chocolate jelly, and special garnishes. But you can enjoy this low-carb pudding as an easy alternative. Just steam the cauliflower, and blend with the rest of the ingredients.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

276

Calories

50 g

Protein

23 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cups steamed cauliflower

4 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbsp. coconut flour

4 scoops (about 1 cup) WHEY+ chocolate protein powder

1 Tbsp. milk

1 Tbsp. toffee-flavored liquid stevia (optional)

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Sweet Potato Protein Pudding

Serves 2

Enjoy a creamy pudding, get a serving of protein, and eat your vegetables at the same time. All that, yet this sweet potato pudding only requires three ingredients to make it.

Use pumpkin pie spice to turn it into a healthy fall dessert, or start with leftover mashed sweet potato that’s already spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

201

Calories

24 g

Protein

24 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup cooked sweet potato

2 scoops (about 1/2 cup) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

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Oreo Cheesecake Protein Pudding

Serves 2

How can you improve upon instant cheesecake pudding? Add even more dessert flavor with cookies and cream flavored protein powder.

LEGION WHEY+ has chocolate cookie crumbs and sweet cream flavor, and to make it a real Oreo protein pudding, crumble a cookie on top. The whole dessert will still be under 300 calories per serving with almost 30 grams of protein.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

244

Calories

28 g

Protein

29 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups skim milk

1 package (1.5 oz.) sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix

2 scoops WHEY+ cookies and cream protein isolate

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Cookie Dough Protein Pudding Cups

Serves 3

To eat a healthy snack on the go, you don’t need protein powder. Sure, it’s convenient and can be extremely versatile, but there’s nothing wholesome about hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors.

Instead make your own cookie dough pudding cups from chickpeas, fresh fruit, and almond butter – no added sugar required.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

189

Calories

6 g

Protein

31 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup (2/3 can) chickpeas

1 small banana

1 small pear

1 Tbsp. almond butter

1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips

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