Protein Packed Chocolate Pudding Recipe

I love finding ways to sneak in added nutrition into everyday foods. Most of the standard plates you find on the dessert tray are nutrient-void, but it is possible to indulge in some yumminess and pack in an extra dose of good-for-you protein and Omega-3s.

This chocolate pudding is thickened with arrowroot powder and Omega-3-packed flax seed. It’s sweetened all-naturally with ripe bananas. And thanks to a hefty dose of protein powder, each serving rings in at 10 grams of protein. All for a dessert! Not too shabby.

Chocolate Protein Pudding

Makes 4 servings


    • 2 scoops (about 4 tablespoons) unsweetened vanilla or chocolate protein powder
    • 1 tablespoon finely-ground flax seed
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1-14 ounce can light, unsweetened coconut milk
    • 2 ripe bananas
    • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder (optional, thickens the pudding)

protein powered pudding


In the carafe of a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend on high until well combined. Transfer into four serving cups and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Nutrition per serving: 172 calories, 7g fat, 18.9g carbs (3.3g fiber, 7.3g sugars), 10g protein

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!