Protein Chia Pudding

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This protein chia pudding packs in about 20 grams of protein and has only 3 grams of sugar per serving. It’s so easy to whip up and is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack to meal prep for the week.

I’m always looking for easy ways to increase the amount of protein in my diet so one day I added vanilla protein powder to my chia seed pudding and the end result was this protein chia pudding recipe!

Just like all of my chia pudding recipes this one is super easy to whip up and perfect for meal prep, but it’s packed with about 20 grams of protein to keep you full and satisfied longer!

One protein chia pudding jar topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, greek yogurt and a drizzle of nut butter.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super easy to whip up and requires only 4 main ingredients.
  • Packed with 19 grams of protein.
  • Great for meal prep!
  • Perfect for breakfast or a post-workout snack.
overhead shot of Protein Chia Pudding ingredients

Ingredients Needed

  • vanilla protein powder – I used Nuzest vanilla protein powder for this recipe. It’s a vegan protein powder that has simple ingredients and tastes great! Use code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order!
  • almond milk – I like to use unsweetened almond milk, but feel free to use another non-dairy milk like oat milk, cashew milk or coconut milk for a creamier texture! You can also use dairy milk if that’s what you prefer.
  • chia seeds – both black and white chia seeds work for this recipe. Make sure your chia seeds are fresh or they may not absorb the liquid as well and your chia pudding won’t turn out. My favorite brands of chia seeds are Navitas and Bob’s Red Mill.
  • maple syrup – my personal favorite for this recipe, but you could also use honey, agave or any sugar substitutes like stevia or monk fruit for a low sugar option.
  • Greek yogurt – for a creamy and delicious optional topping with an addition boost of protein. I prefer full fat whole milk Greek yogurt, but feel free to use your favorite variety of yogurt!
  • toppings – feel free to get creative here, but my go-to toppings are fresh berries, granola and nut butter.
Six photos showing the steps to make Protein Chia Pudding: stirring the milk, protein powder and chia seeds together. Then two photos show how the chia seeds thicken up.

How to Make

In a bowl or mason jar, whisk together almond milk and protein powder until protein powder has dissolved. If you’re using a mason jar, you can put the lid on and shake the mixture to combine.

Add chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir or shake mixture until well combined. Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes, give it another stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds.

Cover and put the mixture in the fridge to “set” for 1-2 hours or overnight. The chia pudding should be nice and thick, not liquidy.

When ready to serve, portion chia pudding into two glasses with layers of granola, if desired. Top with ¼ cup Greek yogurt each, fresh berries, additional granola and nut butter or toppings of choice.

A jar of protein chia pudding with a bite removed.

Why Add Protein?

Chia seeds already contain a bit of protein, but adding protein powder takes chia pudding to the next level. Plus, there are so many delicious protein powder flavors out there (like strawberry, chocolate, cookies and cream, etc.) so you can turn your chia pudding into a flavorful treat.

And let’s not forget about the satisfaction factor. Protein can help to keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer, which means you won’t be reaching for the snacks by mid-morning.

Two jars of protein chia pudding topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, greek yogurt and a drizzle of nut butter.

Chia Pudding Topping Ideas

Once the chia pudding has set, you’re ready for the best part… the toppings! The base recipe definitely makes a difference, but the toppings are where it’s at. Here are my go-to toppings:

  • Fresh berries: Add a pop of color and flavor to your chia pudding with a handful of fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries.
  • Other fruit: Don’t stop with berries! Add any other fruit you like to the top of your chia pudding. I love adding sliced bananas, peaches or mangos but any fruit works!
  • Nut butter: Drizzle some creamy nut butter like almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter on top of your chia pudding for a deliciously rich and satisfying taste. Use tahini or sunflower seed butter for a nut-free option.
  • Granola: I love topping this chia pudding with granola and also layering granola in between the pudding so I get some crunch with every bite! Try my hemp granola for something new and different.
  • Other toppings: Shredded coconut, cacao powder, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, seeds and/or spices like cinnamon are all great options!
A spoonful of protein chia pudding.

Chia Seed Troubleshooting Tips

If you’re having trouble getting your protein chia pudding to set or turn out correctly, there could be something going wrong. Here are a couple of tips that might help!

  • Check your seeds – like I mentioned above, older chia seeds might not absorb liquid as well so make sure you have fresh seeds! You can also try switching brands… I’ve heard complaints from several people that Trader Joe’s chia seeds don’t absorb as much as other brands.
  • Stir before letting sit – Before you place your chia pudding in the refrigerator to set up, make sure you give it a good stir! I like to stir initially and then a second time about 5-10 minutes in. This breaks up any clumps of seeds or protein powder and makes sure all of the seeds aren’t resting on the bottom with the liquid on top!
  • Add more seeds – If your chia pudding isn’t thick enough, you can add more chia seeds and let it sit a bit longer!
  • Add more milk – Some brands of chia seeds absorb more liquid than others so depending on the brand you use you might need to add a bit more liquid to your pudding if it’s too thick.
  • Try different milk – If you want a thicker chia pudding, try thicker milk! Full-fat canned coconut milk results in an ultra thick and creamy pudding.
  • Don’t like the texture? Try blending it in a high-powered blender! Once blended the mixture will be smooth and creamy like traditional pudding. I do this with my chocolate chia mousse and it’s amazing!
Two protein chia pudding jars topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, greek yogurt and a drizzle of nut butter.

How to Store

Chia pudding is an awesome meal-prep option because it can be stored for up to 5-7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to make and store chia pudding in 16-ounce wide-mouth mason jars. Make a batch on Sunday to have in the fridge for a quick breakfast, healthy snack or even dessert throughout the week.

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5 from 21 votes

Protein Chia Pudding

This protein chia pudding packs in about 20 grams of protein and has only 3 grams of sugar per serving. It's so easy to whip up and is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack to meal prep for the week.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Soak Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients  

  • 1 scoop (25 grams) vanilla protein powder
  • 1 ¼-½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plus more as needed
  • 4 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ Tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (or non-dairy yogurt)
  • Granola, for topping
  • Toppings: fresh berries, granola and nut butter.

Instructions 

  • In a bowl or mason jar, whisk together almond milk and protein powder until protein powder has dissolved. If you’re using a mason jar, you can put the lid on and shake the mixture to combine.
    Almond milk and protein powder mixed together in a jar.
  • Add chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir or shake mixture until well combined. Once the chia pudding mixture is well combined, let it sit for 5 minutes, give it another stir/shake to break up any clumps of chia seeds.
    Chia seeds added to almond milk and protein powder in a jar.
  • Cover and put the mixture in the fridge to “set” for 1-2 hours or overnight. The chia pudding should be nice and thick, not liquidy.
    A spoonful of protein chia pudding, showing how thick the mixture should be after sitting overnight.
  • When ready to serve, portion chia pudding into two glasses with layers of granola, if desired. Top with ¼ cup Greek yogurt each, fresh berries, additional granola and nut butter or toppings of choice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 without toppings | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein chia pudding
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tried this morning and it was so tasty and filling, a great alternative for my daily protein smoothie for breakfast!

    1. YUM! I am so glad you gave this recipe a try and it turned out great for you, Kirthanya. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

      1. Recipes looks great but when I add into my fitness pal nutrition info is way different 364 cal
        19.5 fat
        22.8 carbs
        7.2fiber
        6g sugar
        Any suggestions

        1. Hi Kerry! What type of protein powder did you use? It could change depending on the brand of ingredients you used. For example, greek yogurt (was it plain or sweetened?) and what type of sweetener did you use? Those ingredients would make the biggest change in the nutritional info. Let me know!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi , I love, love the Chia pudding, recipes! I love experimenting with new flavors to add when various fruits are in season. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Perfect! I am so glad you are loving this recipe and all the different variations. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me.

    1. Hi Christie – Great question, I would star with 1 1/4 cups and see how the consistency is for you, you can always add more as needed which is why I included an addition 1/4 in the ingredients list. Hope this helps and you enjoy this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this high protein chia pudding! I use a plant based protein powder and have enjoyed trying different mixing. I had been trying to figure out how to add more protein to chia pudding and was really happy to find this recipe!

    1. Excellent! This is one of my favorite, high protein recipes and I am so glad you’re enjoying it as well, Liz. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review & star rating, it means so much to me!

      1. 5 stars
        I used banana protein powder instead of vanilla, added in two tablespoons of coconut milk, then topped with chopped kiwi & a coconut based granola for a tropical sensation. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for such a great creamy recipe

        1. Amazing! This sounds so good, Shirl. Thank you for taking the time to share your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!

  4. Would it be OK to use a flavored protein protein powder? I have some Mixed Berry from GNC flavor in my pantry.

    1. YUM! One of my favorites and I am so glad to hear that you are loving it too, Effie. Thank you for your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!

      1. This is great to hear, Indrani! I am glad you are enjoying my recipes, thank you for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!