Tasty and nutritious protein puddings

Tasty and nutritious protein puddings

As we all know a pudding every day isn’t the healthiest choice, in fact, we’re bombarded with those nutrition facts every which way you look. Being somewhat health conscious  I have spent months trialling different protein puddings that satisfy my sweet craving, don’t ruin my healthy meal plans, have some nutritional value and don’t comprise in taste because I do love a pudding but seldom have one. There are times though when the sweet tooth takes over and we all crave a dessert. 

My favourite protein puddings

 I have put together a list of my favourite protein puddings that are low in fat, low in sugar, low carb and are of course healthy alternatives to your typical pudding recipes. They do however all have one common ingredient – protein powders. So you can get your protein intake from something other than your usual protein shake with these protein pudding recipes.

Keep an eye out as some of these will be gluten free. We’re often on the hunt for gluten free recipes and meals as Nanny Pat (who is a very frequent guest) has coeliac disease and has to stick to a strict gluten free diet.  Some of these recipes will also be or can also be made vegan or dairy free by making some simple swops. Switch your whey protein powder to vegan protein, milk to dairy free milk such as unsweetened almond milk and so on.

A note on maple syrup – using the ‘pure’ maple syrup is best as the mixed or combined varieties tend to be mixed with sugars and sweeteners. Oh and don’t forget ingredients like peanut butter can always be interchanged for almond butter if that’s more your thing.

So, if you have been beasting the workouts at home or dedicating your free time to the gym take a look at the recipe index below and pick your favourite protein pudding, to treat yourself and help speed up your recovery.

Joe Wicks Chocolate protein brownies. 

Chocolate brownies are probably one of my favourite  puddings of all time I love a gooey chocolate brownie and its probably always my ‘go to’ desert when eating out. I was a bit sceptical as to whether a chocolate protein pudding masquerading as a brownie could indeed do the job but I was prepared to give it a go. I was very pleasantly surprised. They were indeed delicious and when fresh out of the oven they were immense. The whole family loved them, even the kids who didn’t notice the difference, Well my girl didn’t. My boy may have noticed they were sugar free. However warmed up and with a scoop of ice cream and he was sold. They are also gluten free but again there is no compromise of taste or texture. 

 You can slightly underbake these by about a minute or two for that slightly gooey texture. 

Joe Wick’s Peanut butter brownies

A little bit naughty but a lot nice. A 'healthier' brownie you won't want to put down.

  • Whisk/Mixer
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • 140 g Dark Chocolate (higher the cocoa count the better. Broken up into small pieces.)
  • 60 g Peanut butter (Unsweeted)
  • 20 g Honey
  • 2 Over ripe bananas (roughly chopped)
  • 30 ml almond milk (or alternative – I use coconut)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs (yokes separated)
  1. Pre heat oven to 160C and line an 18cm tray with baking parchment.

  2. Melt chocolate, honey and peanut butter. Mix together.

  3. Meanwhile blitz banana in a blender until almost smooth and put into clean bowl.

  4. Add protein powder, milk, vanilla and egg yolks. Mix Together.

  5. Once chocolate/peanut nbutter mix has melted stir in banana.

  6. Whisk egg yokes until stiff and stir a third in the chocoalte batter.

  7. Then fold in rest of the egg whites in a chopping motion.

  8. Spook the mixture into brownie tray and bake for 12 minutes.

  9. Remove from oven cut into desired size and enjoy.

Dessert
Protein puddings - Joe Wicks chocolate protein brownie

Vanilla and blueberry pancakes 

These pancakes are so versatile they’re great. I have been known to have them for a brunch or lunch as they can be really filling when made in the right quantity. They’re also a great post workout refuel that feel like a real treat. Alternatively they can also be used as a yummy fruit based pudding without all the sugars. 

This recipe is a real mix of different ones I have tried bringing together my favourite elements to make my ultimate pancake.

I often have frozen fruits like blueberries in the freezer making these an easy recipe to put together. It’s also a great option if you like a vanilla protein over a chocolate one.

Vanilla and blueberry protein pancakes

I have experimented with lots of blueberry protein pancakes in my time and this is my favourite.

  • Whisk/Mixer
  • 60 g Bluberries (fresh or frozen. I always have frozen ones in the freezer)
  • 25 g maple syrup
  • 40 g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 egg white
  • 45 ml diary free milk (I use coconut)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  1. Place blueberries and maple syrup into pan and heat gently on oven to make a jammy compot

  2. Mix flour, protein, baking powder and cinnamon. Add eggs, egg white, milk and whisk together.

  3. Ladel mixture onto a greased pan and add some of the blueberry mixture. Cook for one minute and then toss and cook on the other side for 2 minutes.

  4. Serve when cooked and add remaining blueberry compot to the top.

This mixture will make one large pancake which can be enjoyed as a brunch or meal or 4 smaller pancakes to be shared between two for a pudding. 

Breakfast, Dessert

Chia chocolate protein pudding 

Next up is this delectable chocolate pudding from Running on Real Food. No ‘healthy’ pudding alternative guide is complete without some a chia protein pudding – so stock up on those chia seeds for this chia pudding.

This feels like a real treat but without the guilt at under 300 calories per serving. Sometimes I’ll exchange the chocolate protein powder for a scoop of the chocolate superfoods I have and then it really is bursting with nutritious goodness. What is more it is a super simple recipe with only 5 ingredients – you can of course jazz it up with all the extras if you wish. See below.

Chocolate Protein Chai Pudding

Delicious creamy chocolate pudding thats quick and easy to make and without the guilt.

  • Blender
  • 2/3 cup Almond milk (or dairy alternative, personally I use coconut milk because I love the added taste))
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tsp cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup ((or sweetner))
  1. 1. Blend milk and chia seeds for 30 seconds.

  2. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Blend until smooth. Add extra milk if it is too thick.

  3. 3. Move to container/covered bowl and leave in fridge for at least 60 minutes.

Dessert
Chocolate protein chai pudding
protein puddings - chocolate chia protein pudding

Banoffee Protein Pudding 

This spin on a Neat Nutrition recipe is a real change from the type of puddings I would normally opt for but I really enjoy it. It can also be made the night before kept in the fridge overnight for a ready made, quick and easy breakfast. Again it only contains a handful of ingredients so is super quick and easy to make when you hard up on time. It does require some toffee drops which I appreciate not everyone has in their cupboards but they can be really cheaply ordered from websites like My Protein or The Skinny Food Company and they can be a great addition to porridge so they won’t go unused. Alternatively this recipe can still made without the drops and still be a truly delightful dessert. 

Banoffee Protein Pudding

A high protein pudding with a banoffee flair.

  • Blender
  • 1 Banana (Mashed )
  • 3 tbsp Zero fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey protein
  • 1/2 tbsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 4 drops toffee flavour drops
  1. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Alternatively blend if you would like a smooth consistency.

  2. Layer into a jar or mix in a bowl with granola or banana slices

Prepare the night before and leave in the fridge for breakfast on the go or whip up for a midweek pud. 

Dessert
protein puddings - banoffee protein pudding.

Last but by no means least Chocolate mug cake

This Neat Nutrition pudding could not be any simpler or any quicker if it tried. It is polar opposite from a slow and steady bake in the slow cooker. It’s also a great winter warmer pudding in a matter of minutes that won’t ruin your January diet. 

Chocolate protein mug cake

A super quick, easy and tasty pudding.

  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sweetner (optional or substitute with pure maple sytup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (1)
  • 1 sqr dark chocolate
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mug. Place a square of dark chocolate in the middle and microwave for one minute.

For a peanut butter twist simple change the square of dark chocolate for a tsp of natural peanut or almond butter,. 

Dessert

Aaaand if all else fails grab yourself a high quality greek yogurt, handful of nuts, seeds, fruit a few grams of protein, a drizzle of honey and you have the perfect pud.

Do you have your favourite protein puddings?

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