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Simple Chocolate Protein Pudding

Chocolate protein pudding is the perfect afternoon snack or healthy dessert!

This low carb high protein dessert is ready in about 2 minutes and is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! 

bowl filled with chocolate protein pudding with cacao nibs surrounding the bowl
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Why this is the best protein powder dessert

  • This creamy rich protein dessert is the perfect solution for your sweet tooth!
  • The chocolate is rich and decadent but also extremely satisfying from the protein and healthy fats!
  • This is the perfect low carb snack or meal!
  • The best part is that it only has a few ingredients
  • You can easily make the pudding in 2 minutes with just a spoon and a bowl, no fancy equipment needed! 
Spoonful of the chocolate protein pudding after refrigeration Strawberries in background

How to make chocolate protein pudding

Step 1: Start by adding the protein powder and cacao powder to a bowl with cold dairy free milk

Step 2: Stir stir stir until all the clumps are mostly removed and the pudding is thick and glossy!

Step 3: Once the pudding has most of the lumps removed, stir in your choice of nut or seed butter. Eat immediately or store in the fridge for later

Steps to making chocolate protein pudding

What kind of protein powder should you use to make this thick chocolate pudding recipe?

This recipe is written to use a vegan protein powder.

Vegan protein powders act almost like flour and absorb a ton of liquid. This works well in this recipe because it helps create a thick and creamy chocolate pudding.

However, you can make this without vegan protein powder, you will just have to adjust the ingredients a bit (see below).  

I use Nuzest Pea Protein, its got great ingredients and is easy to digest. I also use and highly recommend this almond protein powder that is paleo friendly. and sweetened with coconut sugars.

Can you use a whey protein powder?

If you are using a whey or collagen protein powder, start with 1/3 cup of dairy free milk and continue to increase it until you get the consistency you want.

Also note that the added nut butter or seed butter will help thicken the pudding and add some richness to the pudding! 

Chocolate protein pudding in a bowl with spoon. Pudding has been stirred

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If you don’t have protein powder

If you do not have any protein powder, you could also use 1/2 cup of greek yogurt and add cacao powder and your favorite sweetener (stevia, maple syrup, coconut sugar). 

You can use either coconut butter, almond butter, sunbutter or even tahini in this recipe.

TIP: very cold milk will help thicken the consistency of the pudding since it will harden the nut/seed butter.

How to make Vanilla Protein Pudding

To make this vanilla, simply use a vanilla protein powder and reduce the liquid to 1/2 cup of dairy free milk. 

Spoonful of the chocolate protein pudding over the bowl of pudding

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Overhead shot of a bowl of chocolate protein pudding with a wooden handled spoon in the bowl. Strawberries in the background

Simple Chocolate Protein Pudding

Chocolate protein pudding is the perfect afternoon snack or healthy dessert! This low carb high protein pudding is ready in about 2 minutes and is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! 
4.60 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free protein pudding, protein pudding recipe, vegan protein pudding
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

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  • Combine the protein powder, cacao powder and milk in a bowl. Stir well until most of the lumps are fully removed. Start with 3/4 cup of dairy free milk and add a little at a time so it doesn’t get too runny.
  • Once the lumps are gone, add the creamy almond butter or melted coconut butter and stir well until you have a pudding consistency.
  • Refrigerate up to 8 hours or serve immediately.


Note whey or collagen based protein, start at slightly less than 1/2 cup of milk and add more as needed
When the nut butter is added to cold liquid, it will help thicken the texture. This pudding will continue to thicken in the fridge. 
You may need to set this up in the fridge for 30 minutes for the best texture
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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Update Notes: This recipe was originally posted in January 2017, but was update in February 2021 with updated content.

Recipe Rating


Sunday 27th of February 2022

Made this as I have been wanting something sweet and it was so satisfying, I used whey with organic nut butter and yummmm...


Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Can you use kefir drink instead of milk?

Samantha Rowland

Thursday 27th of January 2022

I have not tried this Kayleigh but I can't see why not! If you give it a try let me know!


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Could PB2 be used instead of an actual nut butter?

Samantha Rowland

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Hey Mick! The peanut butter/nut butter helps add a creamy texture to the pudding. If you add PB2 you may need more milk/liquid as it absorbs liquid. The end product may not be as creamy with just PB2.

Amy Trabert

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Can you freeze the pudding?

Samantha Rowland

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Amy I have not tried freezing it. Because of the dairy free milk, it might get a bit icy and not have the best texture. I would use canned coconut milk (which is much higher in fat) if you want to freeze this. Hope that helps!


Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Very good recipe! I used special dark cocoa powder from Hershey's, Muscle Milk chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup of milk and chunky almond butter. I will definitely make it again!