So, is chocolate pudding good for you? Yes, if you make my protein chocolate pudding recipe. What is the most delicious homemade healthy chocolate pudding recipe made from scratch? I found the answer to that question with my easy chocolate protein pudding recipe. Learn how to make an easy healthy chocolate protein pudding recipe without cornstarch. This pudding recipe is perfect for an after workout snack or even an evening dessert.
I love to use Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel protein powder. It gives you that added boost of collagen to help support healthy hair, skin, and nails.
How To Make Delicious Chocolate Protein Pudding?
If you don't know this already, pudding is a tasty thick, sweet dessert that is typically made with milk, sugar, and cornstarch. However, this version is taken to a whole new level of healthy with natural sweetener from the dates, which also provide the body with vitamins and minerals.
Instead of the cornstarch, I used a mixture of raw cacao powder and protein powder. This bumps up the protein content as well as add more vitamins and minerals from the raw cacao powder.
DECADENT, RICH, CREAMY CHOCOLATE PROTEIN PUDDING!
What is the Difference Between Pudding and Custard?
Pudding is a thicker and sweeter dessert, whereas custard has more egg added to the recipe which changes the texture.
Some people are either team pudding and others are team custard. I personally prefer pudding but will enjoy eating custard during holiday gatherings.
Is Chocolate Pudding Good for You?
You betcha it is, but the secret is the type of ingredients you choose for your recipe. My recipe for protein chocolate pudding has all the nutrient dense ingredients to make a quality good for you pudding.
What are the Special Ingredients in My Homemade Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe?
As always I modify traditional recipes to add more beneficial nutritional content to all my recipes. This easy pudding recipe from scratch is a favorite in my household and made several times a month.
Some of the star ingredients in this dessert pudding recipe include raw cacao powder, protein powder, and Medjool dates. In addition, this pudding recipe is also made with almond milk which makes it a dairy-free recipe perfect for individuals following a dairy-free diet.
RAW CACAO POWDER
Raw cacao powder is an ingredient full of antioxidants and helps to protect against free radicals. This superfood powder also contains phenylethlamine. Which is known for increasing your happy hormones, the secretion of endorphins, within the body.
Raw cacao powder is also an excellent source of magnesium. Did you know that if you typically suffer from constipation this could indicate that you might be low on magnesium. Try increasing foods that naturally contain magnesium to help keep your bowels regular.
Medjool dates are a type of date that are sweet and rich in nutrients. For example, they contain many important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
Medjool dates are the best types of dates to use for this recipe because they are soft and moist, but not too overly sweet. They ae the perfect balance of sweetness for a tasty chocolate pudding your family will love.
Protein Powder Health Benefits:
- Helps to decrease appetite and cravings
- Promotes energy levels, endurance, strength and muscle tone.
- Helps aid the recovery process after exercise by promoting growth of lean muscle tissue.
- Helps to preserve lean muscle mass and reduce body fat during weight loss efforts.
- Provides a sustained source of energy that lasts throughout the day without affecting blood sugar levels.
Easy to Make Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe
- 2 cups of almond milk, unsweetened
- ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
- ¼ cup nut or seed butter of choice (I used peanut butter).
- ⅓ cup Medjool dates, pit removed
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 scoop (one and ½ tablespoons) protein powder of choice (vanilla or chocolate).
- Optional topping: shredded coconut
1: First in a small saucepan, boil the milk, dates, cocoa, peanut butter, and cinnamon until the dates are tender.
2: Blend the mixture through the blender until smooth.
3: Next add the protein powder, boil it until it thickens slightly.
4: Divide the pudding into the serving cups. This pudding can be served warm or cold. Then let the chocolate pudding rest at room temperature until cool. Finally transfer to the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
Optional: You can top with some shredded coconut, berries, whipped cream or dusting of chocolate or raw cacao powder over top.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Some individuals prefer a warm pudding rather than eating it cold. If this is your thing, reheat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.
Easy Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe Variation:
Follow the above instructions, but instead of refrigerating, you can also freeze this recipe into popsicle molds. This will create a healthy chocolate pudding pops recipe.
RECIPE NUTRITION FACTS:
- 432 calories
- Carbohydrates | 36.8 grams
- Protein | 17.2 grams
- Fat | 21.7 grams
- Dietary Fiber | 7.8 grams
Calcium | Vitamin D | Potassium | Iron | Magnesium | Protein
How Can I Avoid Making a Lumpy Pudding Recipe?
A tip to help avoid lumps in your homemade chocolate pudding recipe is to first combine all of your dry ingredients and then mix in the wet ingredients.
If you use a good quality high-powered blender you will avoid this problem.
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Pudding Recipe From Scratch?
This is a very easy and simple recipe to follow. It can be made with a few ingredients that can be found in your kitchen pantry. Check out the video below to see how to make it.
Watch the video below for a demonstration on how to make and serve this healthy chocolate pudding dessert recipe.
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Enjoy The Ultimate Easy Pudding Recipe!
I hope you try out this easy, delicious and healthy chocolate protein pudding recipe. Now that you know that chocolate pudding can actually be good for you, will you try out my easy to follow recipe? Let me know in the comment section below.
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