Oh.my.word...this recipe is so ridiculously easy to make and tastes amazing! Last week I had a craving for a pudding that hit my sweet tooth but also made me full! So I started with a base of sugar-free/non-fat pudding, vanilla protein powder, added in some pureed pumpkin I had in the fridge and BAM! It all came together! I also added crushed graham crackers and some leftover toasted pecans I had and that really took it over the top! I think next time I make this I might even try adding some cooked and mashed sweet potatoes.
I would eat this as a dessert or as an afternoon snack on a day when I am really needing something sweet yet filling. I did a fast calculation on the calories and for 1/2 cup of the pudding it's right around 200 calories! I'll take it!
Pumpkin Protein Pudding
Makes 2 cups
- 1 (1 ounce) box fat-free/sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (I use Herbalife)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons crushed graham crackers
- 2 tablespoons toasted pecans, chopped
In a large bowl whisk together dry pudding mix and protein powder with coconut milk. Add more coconut milk if mixture is too thick. It should be smooth but not watery! Add in pumpkin and whisk to combine. Refrigerate pudding until set, about 5 minutes. Serve with graham crackers and pecans on top!