As I have just recently entered a workout program which – for the very first time – I am doing more at the gym than my usual 30 minute elliptical session, it has become necessary for me to up my protein intake so as not to lose the muscle I am sweating my butt off to gain. Enter this post-workout chia pudding.
I typically blend up my favorite protein powder with coconut milk (the drinkable variety, not in the can). It fills me up quickly and the finished product only has about 200 calories.
I wanted to try to do something a little out of the norm and turn one serving into a post-workout dessert. A reward of sorts to look forward to, maybe?
The benefit of this is that the addition of soluble fiber from the chia seeds helps add to the feeling of fullness. Chia also provides even more protein, contains tons of extra antioxidants, and is powerful in lowering cholesterol levels, win!
Most puddings don’t do any of those things, so this truly is a guilt free indulgence.
The instructions on the protein powder say to mix 1 scoop of powder with 8 oz. (1 cup) of liquid of choice. Because it’s already pretty thick and the chia seeds add some bulk, I increased the liquid to 1-1/2 cups.
To make it taste a bit more indulgent and dessert-like, I also added 1 tsp. of Truvia. Truvia has twice the sweetness of sugar, so for me, 1 tsp. was adequate, but this can be adjusted for personal taste. Stevia would also work well.
All you really need to pull this off is a blender and a couple of hours to let it set. I made mine right before leaving for the gym. It was ready when I came home just 2 hours later.
Post-Workout Mocha Chia Protein Pudding
- 1-1/2 cups liquid of choice (water, fair-trade coffee, coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk)
- 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (flavor of choice – I used chocolate to get this specific flavor)
- 1 tsp. Truvia or Stevia
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
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In a blender, blend the powder, liquid, and sweetener until completely mixed.
Pour contents of blender into bowl or glass jar, and stir in chia seeds until completely mixed.
It takes a minute of heavy stirring, these guys like to float to the top. But you really want them to mix into the liquid thoroughly, so the gelatin-like material from the chia can mix with the rest of the liquid to create the pudding consistency we’re looking for.
*This can also be done in a mason jar with a lid and shaken until all the seeds are fully suspended in the liquid.
Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours, or until firm. Garnish with fresh fruit of choice or any other delicious toppings (chopped nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, and raw honey or agave also work).
This is a great base recipe that can easily be adjusted to suit personal taste.
Here’s to enjoying our workouts and enjoying the end of our workouts!
This recipe is so versatile, which I love because as soon as this little combo gets old I can switch up the flavor of the protein and start adding some new, fun ingredients.
What are you planning on doing with this base recipe? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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