Raspberry Vanilla Protein Pudding

Whenever I give up processed sugar, my cravings for sweets get pretty out of control. So to stay sane, I've learned to love some weird foods. Luckily I love to cook, so I am constantly on a mission to find new recipes or doctor up my go-to's. 

One of my usual staples is chia seed pudding. Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavor and are full of protein, fiber, calcium, omega-3's and antioxidants. The one set back of chia seeds can be the texture. When chia seeds are mixed with liquids they expand into gel-like globes that are reminiscent of miniature tapioca balls. When you add liquid and refrigerate the chia seeds, the small balls clump together to form a sort of "pudding." I am pretty sensitive to texture, so I discovered that if if you add extra almond milk the pudding thins out a bit and isn't so clumpy. Although I've learned to love it as is, some people still find this version a little too weird.

But a couple days ago, I had some chia seed pudding that I needed to use, so I threw it in with my protein shake. To my surprise, the chia seeds blended smoothly and just thickened the shake to a perfect consistency. Naturally, I was stoked and decided to play around with some recipes. There will be more to come, but I wanted to start with this super simple Raspberry Vanilla Protein Chia Pudding first. 

Although the photography doesn't quite do it justice, this is one of the best, processed sugar free, desserts I have tried so far. So without further ado, here is the recipe:

Ingredients

    2-3 cups Almond Milk 

    1/2 cup Chia Seeds

    1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

    1/2 cup Frozen Raspberries

    1/4 tsp Almond Extract

    1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

    1/4 tsp Cinnamon

Optional Toppings

    Unsweetened Banana Chips

    Sliced Almonds

    Coconut chips

Directions

    Pour the chia seeds into a bowl and mix in the almond milk, extracts, and cinnamon. Refrigerate the seeds for at least 30 min until the seeds turn into a gelatinous mixture. Once the seeds have coagulated, pour them into a blender and add the frozen raspberries and protein powder. If you prefer a mixture that is more like a smoothie then add extra almond milk. Blend until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency and enjoy :)