Chia Seed Protein Pudding (Vegan)

Chia Seed Protein Pudding | My Engineered Nutrition

You know the saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

Well, I eat this pudding every day and have been for probably the last 5 or 6 months. No, this is not an exaggeration. I love it and I have yet to get tired of eating this every day - so, why stop now? 

Chia Seed Protein Pudding | My Engineered Nutrition

I normally eat this in the afternoon, before I workout. Sometimes I eat it for breakfast, sometimes as dessert. That's the beauty of this simple protein packed pudding - you can eat it day or night! This is also totally customizable, which is probably why I haven't gotten bored of this.

You can use ANY flavor protein powder and top the pudding with whatever your heart desires: berries, bananas, nut butter, shredded coconut, whipped cream, chocolate chips...really, anything you want!

Chia Seed Protein Pudding | My Engineered Nutrition

This pudding requires just THREE ingredients: chia seeds, plant-based protein powder and non-dairy milk (you could actually use water in a pinch)! I must stress using a plant-based protein, as this won't have that "pudding" texture using whey protein. Instead, you'll end up with a liquefied protein syrup which is far less than appetizing (trust me, I know from experience). If you haven't tried a non-whey protein powder I highly recommend testing the waters of plant-based protein with this recipe! I personally like eating this protein as a pudding over having it as a shake, hence why I've eaten this every day for the past 6 months. Chia seeds become gelatinous when they absorb liquid, which is what gives this pudding its 'pudding-like' texture, in combination with the protein powder.

Another benefit of this pudding is that it is great source of fiber! Chia seeds are packed with fiber and there is a bit with the protein, rounding out this recipe with 5 total grams of fiber. This truly is the ultimate guilt-free treat.

Chia Seed Protein Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Set time: 12 hours (Overnight is ideal, at least 3 hours for chia seeds to become gel-like)

Servings: 1


  • 1/4 cup protein powder, plant-based (such as pea and rice protein, I recommend True Nutrition) NOTE: this will not work with whey protein as it won't set up and hold like a pudding! 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk, such as almond, coconut or cashew milk

Optional Toppings:

  • Fruit
  • Nut butters
  • Whipped cream
  • Toasted coconut


1. This couldn't be any simpler: in a bowl mix together protein powder, chia seeds and milk. You want this to be liquid-y, not totally thick like a pudding at this point. Cover and allow to sit overnight (or at least 3 hours) to allow for chia seeds to gel. Mix after the pudding has set and serve with desired toppings. 

Nutrition (1 serving, does not account for additional toppings):

185 calories - 27 g Protein,  5.5 g Carbohydrates, 6 g Fat