Sweet Recipes using protein powder can feel like dessert! This simple pumpkin protein pudding is no exception! Make it today for 27 grams of extra protein.
From the very first time I first made strawberry protein fluff, I was hooked! Creating a creamy pudding from protein powder was the key to me getting more protein in my diet, with the fewest calories.
I was never a fan of drinking protein shakes, unless I was able make it taste like a milkshake, with loads of ice. I knew protein powder was important to my goals of building muscle and losing weight, but getting creative with it was the key to me using it.
Once I started experimenting with other ways to use protein powder, protein pudding became my number one way to eat it.
I like protein pudding because:
- It’s fast! Protein pudding is quicker than making a chicken breast for lunch, and contains just as many grams of protein. When I want to pack in the high protein meals for the day, I know I can get a protein pudding recipe made in 5 minutes, from start to finish.
- It’s versatile. I’ve made a variety of protein pudding combinations, and they never get old!
- It is just like dessert. I never felt deprived during my weight loss transformation because when I eat things like protein pudding, I feel like I’m eating dessert.
How do you make protein pudding?
The steps for making protein pudding are actually the same as protein fluff. So, honestly, I couldn’t decide what to call it. The reason this recipe is more pudding than fluff is simply because I added the pudding mix.
So, for this recipe, xantham gum and sugar free pudding mix is included to give the pumpkin pudding it’s creamy pudding like texture.
So, first, assemble all the pudding ingredients. I used:
- Vanilla protein powder (I used the Optimum Nutrition brand, that I found at Costco). The brand is vital to using protein powder in dessert recipes that tastes good, vs. tastes chalky. I have had lots of success using the ON brand. Also, for this recipe, the protein powder should be 120 calories per scoop to get the same calories and macros info that I got.
- Pumpkin Puree- Make sure when you are buying canned pumpkin that you don’t get canned pumpkin pie. There should only be one ingredient, and that is pumpkin. The canned pumpkin pie will usually have sugar and spices added to it. (and if you like pumpkin, get the low calorie pumpkin muffin recipe here)
- Vanilla almond milk, unsweetened. I choose this because there is only 30 calories per cup!
- Xantham gum- the ingredient that makes the pudding so fluffy and creamy! If you’ve never purchased this before, I find it in the baking aisle, and I have an Amazon link in the recipe card below.
- Sugar Free pudding mix – I’ve been adding this to a lot of recipes recently because there are so many delicious flavors, with very few calories! Plus, we’re making pudding here! LOL
- Ground cinnamon – you can also include other spices here. I also like to sprinkle Feast Mode Cinnamon Honey butter on my protein puddings!
- Whipped topping– While this is totally optional, with only 15 calories per tablespoon, I add it to my protein pudding all the time!
So, give it a try! Print the recipe below and tag me in your protein pudding on instagram @healthbeet!
Protein Pumpkin Pudding Fluff
- food processor
- Blend all ingredients (except whipped topping) in a food processor until fluffy! At least 5 minutes!
- Chill until ready to eat. Top with whipped topping
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