Peppermint Mocha Protein Pudding

Peppermint Mocha Protein Pudding

Looking for something less indulgent to indulge in with all the holiday goodies around? This pudding gives you all the flavors of the season with a balance of protein and healthy fats that would make any nutrition nut or regular dessert lover alike drool. 

The wonderful chia seed is the star of this recipe. If you haven't made chia pudding before, it's practically magical. Soak the seeds in liquid and watch a gel/tapioca pudding like substance form. It also takes on other ingredients and flavors well, hence the traditionally decadent flavors you see here!

Chia seeds are loaded with fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids, and the protein powder provides even more satisfaction factor, so there's no reason not to swap this nutrition powerhouse out for those Christmas cookies or chocolates that are tempting you at the office or home. Oh, and take note...there's no added sugar (unless you choose to add some peppermint candy crumbles on top)!

It takes about 10 minutes to mix these ingredients, then you can just sit and be patient while the flavors marinate and your dessert practically makes itself. Enjoy!

Peppermint Mocha Protein Pudding

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coffee
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk or milk alternative of choice)
  • 2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2drops peppermint essential oil (or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract)
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 crushed peppermint stick or candy cane 

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except peppermint candy. Mix well to ensure there are no clumps of chia seeds.
  2. Cover bowl and store in refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Portion out individual servings and top with peppermint candy crumbles if desired!

A NOTE ON ESSENTIAL OILS:

I've included a link to the peppermint essential oil listed in the ingredients. I am a wholesaler for Dōterra essential oils, which are the highest quality oils on the market and safe for consumption. Feel free to browse through the website if you're interested in oils at all. There's a lot of great information! https://www.mydoterra.com/jeannereillyrd/#/ If there are any other oils you have questions about or might want to include in your cooking or lifestyle, don't hesitate to reach out and ask!

Photo from Doterra

Photo from Doterra

What are your favorite healthy holiday treat swaps? If you try this recipe, use #jeannereillyrd and show me your handiwork!

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