Posted on January 17 2018
I learned a long time ago that if you were going to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle, you would need to up your protein intake. Sometimes this can seem almost impossible. I like to rely on food such as cottage cheese because it's super protein-rich and easy to make. However, that can get rather boring and I'll be honest I'm not a big fan of plain old protein shakes. Protein powder is something that can make getting protein in easy, however, I like to kick up the blandness of it by using it in recipes rather than just drinking it. This chocolate banana ultimate protein pudding recipe has a whopping 35 grams of protein and is so simple to make. It's practically dessert in a cup, too! Because of its high protein content, it can help as a recovery or a pre-workout. The bananas in it also help before or after workouts because they are high in potassium and have a little boost of carbohydrates to either give you energy for a workout or help you recover from one. This recipe is also a Frugal one and can be made in as little as five minutes. Check out my recipe for chocolate banana ultimate protein pudding!
To make chocolate banana ultimate protein pudding, you will need:
One scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder
3 drops of stevia extract
One cup of plain Greek yogurt
half a tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 frozen bananas cut into coins
How to make chocolate banana ultimate protein pudding:
First, cut your banana into coins or slices. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper into your freezer. I tend to have these in my freezer for smoothies. This is one way I use up bananas that are about to turn.
When you are ready to make your protein pudding, pull out your bananas and place them in a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, one scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder, and a half a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Blend on high speed for approximately 20 seconds.
Third, Add 3 drops of stevia extract. You can add more or less depending on your own personal taste. Set your blender on a light blend and let it go for 10 more seconds.
Pour your putting into a cup and if you like, garnish with some chocolate shavings for extra fun. You can even garnish this with some light whipped cream as well. This pudding won't have a thick texture, but will be thicker than a typical protein shake so you will want to eat it with a spoon. I don’t suggest making this ahead of time as it will change texture due to the protein powder in it over time.
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