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Are you tired of your usual, everyday protein shake? Looking for a new way to elevate your protein intake and satisfy your sweet cravings at the same time? Imagine a velvety, creamy dessert that not only tastes indulgent but also satisfies and fuels your muscles.

Protein shake pudding might just be the answer you’ve been looking for. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of creativity, you can whip up a nutritious treat that feels like a cheat meal. Discover how this guilt-free delight may become your go-to snack or dessert option.

Why Make Pudding?

Pudding is a smooth, creamy treat that can fit into most Dysphagia diets. You can use a boxed mix or with a few extra minutes, make it from scratch. Pudding is a treat you may avoid because it is typically high in sugar and does not have much to offer when it comes to good nutrition.

Changing a few of the ingredients can elevated this snack into a new go to option. This treat is for anyone on a pureed diet, otherwise known as IDDSI level 4 or National Dysphagia Diet Level 1.

Benefits of Protein Pudding

Protein shake pudding offers a convenient way to boost your protein intake while satisfying your sweet tooth and your need for a smooth treat. By incorporating protein powder or a premade shake into your pudding, you can create a delicious treat that helps support muscle growth and repair.

This pudding isn’t only tasty but also easy to prepare, making it a perfect option for a quick and nutritious snack. Additionally, protein shake pudding is highly customizable, allowing you to experiment with different flavors to suit your needs.

This pudding isn’t only tasty but also easy to prepare. This makes it a perfect option for a quick and nutritious snack. Additionally, protein shake pudding is highly customizable, allowing you to experiment with different flavors and toppings to suit your preferences.

Whether you enjoy it post-workout, as a mid-day snack, or a guilt-free dessert, this protein-packed pudding can help you stay on track with your nutrition goals while indulging in a satisfying treat.

Vanilla protein shake pudding

Essential Ingredients for Protein Pudding

Liquids For Protein Shake Pudding

Start with the liquid of your choice. This may be a premade protein shake, or maybe milk or nut milk of your choice. When you choose a milk or alternate milk you will also want to choose a tasty protein powder.

If you are making this pudding into a meal replacement, opt for 30 grams of protein. If this will be a snack, try to get at least 15 grams of protein in your pudding.

Here are a few of the protein drinks I drink and recommend for this recipe:

  • Premier protein (whey based, 30 grams protein and so many flavors to choose from!)
  • Orgain – (20 grams) either plant based or grass fed dairy are good options
  • Atkins shakes (whey based with 15 grams protein)

If you are adding a liquid and protein powder, here are some options for liquids:

  • Whole or 2% milk
  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Flaxseed milk
  • Soy milk

Protein Powder Options

For protein powders, the best option is going to be one you already use and enjoy the taste of. Here are a few that I like:

Thickener Options

So how do you thicken pudding? Traditionally, corn starch is the thickener of choice and works well consistently. For anyone that has food sensitivities, there are always other choices. A few other options include:

  • Rice flour
  • Wheat flour
  • Cassava flour (also known as tapioca starch)
  • Arrowroot starch
  • Potato starch
  • Gelatin (this one can be inconsistent)

Other Protein Pudding Ingredients

If you choose a liquid and protein powder, you may also need to add a sweetener. Most protein drinks and some protein powders are sweetened already but if not, you will want to choose the right sweetener for you.

These options include honey, maple syrup, agave, cane sugar, stevia, molasses, or any other that you desire. When adding sweetener, you are in control of the ingredients and how sweet you want it to be.

You can also flavor your pudding any way you want. This may include cocoa powder, peanut butter, almond butter, freeze dried strawberries, other fruit in the form of jam or pureed fruit. I encourage you to get creative and think outside the box when it comes to flavoring your pudding. The sky is the limit!

Simple Steps to Make Protein Pudding

Making pudding is as easy as choosing your ingredients, mixing them together, and heating them until they thicken. Here are some specific steps you should take.

  1. Mix your starch or flour thickener into the cold liquid. If you are adding a protein powder, mix it into your cold or room temperature liquid at the same time you add the thickener.
  2. Heat in a small saucepot, stirring constantly. Stirring will help prevent lumps from forming as it gets thicker.
  3. When the mixture coats the back of a spoon well, turn of the burner and remove it from the heat. If lumps have appeared, its ok! You may need to strain the thickened mixture after turning off the heat.
  4. Cool by placing in a shallow pan and cover with a layer of plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming
  5. Place in the refrigerator. This can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Conclusion

So there you have it – protein shake pudding is a delicious and easy way to increase your protein intake while satisfying your sweet tooth.

With just a few simple ingredients and some creativity you can create a tasty and nutritious snack that will support your nutrition goals.

Whether you enjoy it as a post-workout treat or a midday pick-me-up, protein pudding is a versatile and enjoyable option for fueling your body. Give it a try and see for yourself!

Protein Shake Pudding

Traditional pudding gets an high protein upgrade
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 236 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 sauce pot
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 Strainer
  • 1 Rubber spatula
  • 1 measures spoon set
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 storage container
  • plastic wrap

Ingredients
  

  • 1 carton Strawberry Premier Protein 11 fl oz
  • 2 Tbls cornstarch or arrowroot starch (or alternate option)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In sauce pot, whisk corn starch into protein drink. Add salt.
  • Turn on stove burner to medium high and stir with whisk until mixture begins to thicken. It will bubble at the edges of the pan.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
  • Strain through fine mesh strainer into a bowl or storage container if the mixture has lumps.
  • In storage container, cover lightly with plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.

Notes

The above recipe provides 32 grams protein, 16 grams net carbs, 3 grams fat
For pudding made with milk and protein powder, use 2 cups milk (or alternate milk), 3 Tbls corn starch, 1 scoop (serving) protein powder of choice, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and other flavors of choice. If adding sweetener, add 1/4 cup sugar (or alternate sugar) or 1/8 cup honey or maple syrup.
Keyword protein pudding, Protein shake pudding

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