Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding

🍓 Whip up my Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding for a quick, guilt-free treat! Blend strawberries, almond milk, yogurt, vanilla, and honey, mix in chia seeds, chill, and indulge in creamy goodness! 😋
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Hey there, fellow food adventurers! Today, I’m excited to share a delicious and nutritious recipe with you: my Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding! 🍓 Whether you’re a busy bee looking for a quick breakfast fix or just craving a guilt-free dessert, this creamy delight has got you covered. With just a handful of ingredients and a whole lot of flavor, it’s a game-changer in the world of wholesome treats. So grab your blender and let’s dive right in!

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What you’ll need to make Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding

  • 12 oz. (340g) strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 8 fl oz. (240ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 8.5 oz. (240g) natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp. honey
  • 1.8 oz. (50g) chia seeds

To serve:

  • fresh chopped strawberries, or other fruit, optional for serving

Now, let’s talk about the stars of the show – the ingredients that make this Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding truly shine.

First up, we’ve got those luscious strawberries, bursting with sweetness and packed with vitamin C. They not only give our pudding its vibrant hue but also infuse it with that irresistible fruity flavor.

Next, we have the mighty chia seeds, tiny powerhouses of nutrition that thicken our pudding to perfection while providing a healthy dose of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Combined with creamy almond milk, tangy yogurt, a splash of vanilla extract, and a drizzle of honey for sweetness, these ingredients create a symphony of flavors and textures that will tantalize your taste buds with every spoonful.

So go ahead, gather up these wholesome goodies, and let’s embark on a culinary adventure together!

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What you’ll need to do

Prep time: 5 mins Chill time: 4 hrs, or overnight for best results

1| Alright, let’s whip up some strawberry chia protein pudding magic! Grab your blender and toss in those juicy strawberries, almond milk, yogurt, a splash of vanilla extract, and a dollop of honey. Now, give it a good ol’ blitz until it’s smooth like silk. Pour that fruity goodness into a bowl.

2| Next up, sprinkle in those chia seeds and stir it all up until it’s cozy and mixed.

3| Now, here comes the hard part – pop it into the fridge and try to resist sneaking a taste for at least 4 hours, or better yet, overnight. Let those chia seeds work their magic and thicken up the pudding.

4| When it’s finally time to indulge, dish out that pudding into bowls and top it off with some fresh, vibrant strawberries or any other fruit you fancy. Voila! You’ve got yourself a delightful treat that’s as healthy as it is delicious. Enjoy!

Strawberry Chia Pudding

Some possible substitution and improvisation ideas for the recipe

Here are some substitution and improvisation ideas for the Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding recipe:

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Strawberry Substitutions: If strawberries aren’t in season or you prefer a different fruit, you can swap them out for other berries like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries. You could even try tropical fruits like mango or pineapple for a unique twist!

Milk Alternatives: Instead of almond milk, you can use any other type of milk you prefer, such as soy milk, oat milk, or cow’s milk if you’re not dairy-free.

Yogurt Options: Feel free to experiment with different types of yogurt, like Greek yogurt for extra creaminess or coconut yogurt for a dairy-free option.

Sweeteners: If you’re not a fan of honey, you can use maple syrup, agave nectar, or even a few mashed bananas for natural sweetness.

Flavor Enhancements: Add a pinch of cinnamon or a sprinkle of cocoa powder to the pudding mixture for extra flavor depth.

Nutty Crunch: Toss in some chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans for added texture and protein.

Protein Powder: Boost the protein content by stirring in a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Just make sure it complements the other flavors in the pudding.

Texture Variations: For a smoother pudding, blend all the ingredients together until completely smooth. If you prefer a chunkier texture, pulse the mixture briefly in the blender or stir in additional chopped fruit after blending.

Feel free to get creative and tailor the recipe to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs!

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Some useful tips for the recipe

Here are some useful tips to ensure your Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding turns out perfectly:

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Quality Ingredients: Use fresh, ripe strawberries and high-quality chia seeds for the best flavor and texture.

Prep Ahead: Prepare the pudding mixture the night before and let it chill in the fridge overnight for the creamiest consistency.

Consistency Check: After mixing in the chia seeds, give the pudding mixture a good stir to ensure the seeds are evenly distributed. Check the consistency before refrigerating; if it seems too thick, you can add a bit more almond milk to reach your desired consistency.

Sweetness Adjustment: Taste the pudding mixture before refrigerating and adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more honey or your preferred sweetener.

Mix-ins: Get creative with mix-ins! Stir in some chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or even a handful of chocolate chips for added flavor and texture.

Serve Chilled: For the best taste and texture, serve the pudding chilled straight from the fridge. It’s the perfect refreshing treat on a hot day!

Storage: Store any leftover pudding in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Give it a good stir before serving leftovers as the chia seeds may settle at the bottom.

Garnish with Fresh Fruit: Before serving, top each serving of pudding with fresh chopped strawberries or your favorite fruit for a pop of color and extra freshness.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to making a delicious batch of Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding that’s sure to impress!

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Strawberry Chia Pudding

Some serving suggestions

Here are some serving suggestions to elevate your Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding experience:

Fresh Fruit Toppings: Aside from strawberries, try topping your pudding with a variety of fresh fruits such as sliced bananas, kiwi, pineapple, or mango for a colorful and flavorful touch.

Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle some chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans on top of your pudding to add a satisfying crunch and extra protein.

Drizzle of Nut Butter: Drizzle a spoonful of your favorite nut butter such as almond butter or peanut butter over the pudding for a creamy, indulgent finish.

Granola: Add a sprinkle of granola for a crunchy texture and extra fiber. It’s a delicious way to incorporate more nutrients into your pudding. Try my Chocolate Chia Granola recipe.

Coconut Flakes: Toasted coconut flakes make a delightful topping, adding a tropical flavor and a bit of chewiness to each bite.

Chocolate Shavings: For a decadent touch, garnish your pudding with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings or cocoa nibs. It’s a match made in dessert heaven!

Mint Leaves: Garnish each serving with a few fresh mint leaves for a refreshing burst of flavor and a pop of vibrant green color.

Whipped Cream: Indulge a little more by adding a dollop of whipped cream or coconut whipped cream on top of your pudding. It adds a light and airy texture that complements the creamy pudding perfectly.

Feel free to mix and match these serving suggestions to create your own customized masterpiece!

Some storage suggestions

Here are some storage suggestions to keep your Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding fresh:

Refrigerate Promptly: After preparing the pudding, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. Place it in the refrigerator promptly to prevent spoilage.

Use Within a Few Days: While chia pudding can last for several days in the refrigerator, it’s best to consume it within 3-4 days for optimal freshness and flavor.

Stir Before Serving: Before serving any leftovers, give the pudding a good stir to redistribute the chia seeds, as they may settle at the bottom of the container.

Portion Control: If you’ve made a large batch of pudding but won’t be eating it all at once, consider dividing it into individual serving containers. This makes it easier to grab a portion as needed and minimizes the risk of contamination.

Freezing: While chia pudding can be frozen, the texture may change slightly upon thawing, becoming a bit watery. If you do choose to freeze it, store it in an airtight container with some extra space at the top to allow for expansion. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Check for Spoilage: Before serving any leftover pudding, check for any signs of spoilage such as an off smell, mold growth, or unusual texture. If in doubt, it’s best to discard it to avoid foodborne illness.

By following these storage suggestions, you can enjoy your Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding for several days while keeping it fresh and delicious!

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And there you have it, folks – my Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding, a deliciously healthy indulgence that’ll have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds 😉). Whether you enjoy it for breakfast, as a snack, or as a light dessert, this pudding is sure to brighten your day and satisfy your sweet tooth. So go ahead, give it a whirl in your kitchen, and don’t forget to share your creations with me! Until next time, happy cooking and happy eating! 🥄🍓

Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding

🥄 Dive into my creamy, dreamy Strawberry Chia Protein Pudding! Blend strawberries, almond milk, yogurt, vanilla, and honey, toss in chia seeds, chill, then top with fresh fruit for a burst of flavor! 🍓

Prep Time 5 mins Rest Time 4 hrs Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 8 Estimated Cost: 15 Calories: 210

Ingredients

To serve

Instructions

  1. Step 1:

    Combine the strawberries, almond milk, yogurt, vanilla extract and honey in a blender and blitz to a puree. Transfer the purée to a medium bowl.

  2. Step 2:

    Add the chia seeds to the puréed mixture and stir well to combine.

  3. Step 3:

    Refrigerate the mixture for at least 4 hours, or overnight, until the mixture has thickened to a pudding-like consistency.

  4. Step 4:

    Serve the chia pudding garnished with fresh strawberries, or other fruit, if using.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 210kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g10%
Total Carbohydrate 24g8%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Protein 15g30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones?

Yes, you can! If using frozen strawberries, make sure to thaw them first before blending to ensure a smooth texture.

Is it necessary to refrigerate the pudding overnight, or can I eat it right away?

While the pudding can be eaten right away, refrigerating it for at least 4 hours or overnight allows the chia seeds to fully absorb the liquid and create a thicker, creamier consistency.

Can I use a different type of milk, such as cow's milk or coconut milk?

Absolutely! You can use any type of milk you prefer or have on hand. Cow's milk, coconut milk, soy milk, or oat milk all work well in this recipe.

Is there a substitute for yogurt if I'm dairy-free?

Yes, you can use dairy-free yogurt alternatives such as almond milk yogurt, coconut milk yogurt, or soy yogurt.

Can I make this pudding ahead of time for meal prep?

Absolutely! This pudding is perfect for meal prep. Simply prepare it in advance, portion it into individual containers, and store them in the refrigerator for grab-and-go breakfasts or snacks throughout the week.

Can I sweeten the pudding keep in the refrigerator?

The pudding will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container.

Can I add protein powder to boost the protein content?

Yes, you can! Adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder is a great way to boost the protein content of the pudding. Just mix it in with the other ingredients before refrigerating.

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