Minty High-Protein Chia Pudding with Cacao Nibs

by Valerie on November 15, 2011 · 9 comments

minty high-protein chia pudding with cacao nibs (5)

Breakfast is an ever-changing work in progress for me.   I often have smoothies, or green juice followed up with a roasted sweet potato or a chia pudding.  Lately, there’s been some gluten-free oatmeal too.   This chia pudding arose out of me trying to capture the subtle mint flavor in my Minty Chocolate Smoothie and turning it into a chia pudding, while maintaining a distinctly minty-vanilla canvas, with the cacao nibs providing an additional flavor, rather than the chocolate being the main flavor.  Also, I wanted the pudding to be filling, which is why I added some protein powder.

Minty High-Protein Chia Pudding with Cacao Nibs (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Soy-Free) – Serves 1 to 2

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder (I used Sunwarrior vanilla)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (if your protein powder is not vanilla-flavored, you might want to increase this to 3/4 teaspoon)
  • 5 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • Sweetener of your choice to taste (I used stevia, but any liquid sweetener would work well)

Whisk almond milk, protein powder,mint and vanilla extracts in a bowl.  Combine with chia seeds and allow to stand for 10 minutes while chia seeds absorb liquid. Stir again until well combined and add cacao nibs.  Sweeten to taste. Eat immediately or refrigerate overnight.

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1 Maggie November 15, 2011 at 4:48 am

I have to try this tomorrow! I love mint and chocolate together and need something new for my chia pudding. If you haven’t tried it yet cultured coconut milk is awesome in chia pudding. Especially combined with banana, nutmeg and cinnamon.


2 Valerie November 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

ooh, thank you for the reminder. I have not had cultured coconut milk in ages – that sounds like a fantastic combination :)


3 Faye@RawLawyer November 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

That looks amazing. I’m making it tonight! :)


4 Valerie November 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Hope you enjoy it :)


5 Raj @ Flip Cookbook November 16, 2011 at 6:45 am

I could have this for breakfast and dessert! Looks fantastic.. thanks for sharing at this week’s Sugar Free Sunday!


6 Valerie November 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have been having this pudding for breakfast and dessert lately too :)


7 Wendy @ Celiacs in the House November 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

My daughter has been looking for a protein powder to get her through 3 hour track practices. I’ll have to check out the Sunwarrior. I told myself I was going to try a chia pudding and then used up all the chia in yummy little almond flour dehydrator cookie balls. Next time.


8 Valerie November 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I have lots of thoughts on protein powders :) I am adding this to my list of post-ideas. My favorites are Sun Warrior, Warrior Blend and Vega Chai – though I have to say I don’t mind some chalkiness in protein powders, whereas I know those three strike people as chalky.


9 Nisrine M. November 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

Helahty and delicious pudding. I love chia and will have to make this soon.


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