Chia-Chai Vega Protein Pudding {Giveaway!}

April 30, 2014

Chia Vega Protein Pudding | Espresso and Cream

Now that the weather is getting a little warmer and summer is right around the corner, I’ve been thinking more about warm-weather meals and snacks. Okay, it’s still rainy and chilly in Minnesota, but I’m anticipating summer weather soon! For me, that means drinking lots of smoothies and eating lots of chilled snacks, like chia pudding.

A few weeks ago I picked up a new-to-me vegan protein powder and was really turned off by the flavor of the powder. Usually, I’m a total Vega devotee when it comes to protein powders and nutritional shakes, and I seriously regretted my decision to spend some major cash on a competitor’s product that I didn’t care for at all. The good news? After sharing my misfortune with the Vega team, they offered to send me a jar of my favorite Vega One Vanilla-Chai Nutritional Shake and host a giveaway for you on Espresso and Cream! (see more about that giveaway below)

When my Vega arrived I was excited to put it to good use. A few nutritional highlights about the Vega One Nutritional Shake:
-15 g protein
-6 g fiber
-1.5 g Omega 3
-Dairy, gluten and soy-free
-No artificial sugars or added sugar

Instead of making a smoothie (like I said, still too chilly) I made a chia pudding. I’ve been on a huge chia pudding kick lately, and adding a boost of protein with the Vega seemed like a natural addition. To smooth out the mixture, I blended the pudding in a food processor to break up some of the chia seeds and give the pudding a more pudding-like texture. Oh, and I added in a little almond butter as well because almond butter makes everything better, right?!

Chia Vega Protein Pudding 2 | Espresso and Cream

Now let’s get to the giveaway, shall we? The Vega team sent along a little starter package to give to one lucky E&C reader. It includes:
-5 day supply of Vega One in their most popular flavors (vanilla, chocolate and berry)
-Recipe book
-$5 coupon for your next purchase of a Vega product
-Water/smoothie bottle
-Reusable Vega tote bag
-1 box Vega One Nutrition Bars (in your flavor of choice)

You have three ways to enter! The giveaway is open from now until Monday, May 5th at 5 am. I’ll announce a winner later next week. Good luck!

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Chia-Chai Vega Protein Pudding
Recipe type: snack, breakfast
Serves: 4
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Chai protein powder or other Vega flavor of choice
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stevia to taste (I used 3 packets)
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (optional, omit if you want a vegan treat)
  1. In sealable plastic container, combine chia seeds, almond milk and protein powder. Stir until very well combined. Cover with lid and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. After refrigeration, add chia mixture to blender or food processor along with the almond butter, vanilla extract and stevia to taste. Blend 2 to 3 minutes or until some of the chia seeds are broken up and almond butter is well combined. Mixture will only be semi-smooth and still have some whole chia seeds.
  3. Divide mixture into four bowls. Top each with ¼ cup Greek yogurt, if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.


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  • Reply Jane April 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve been on the hunt for a protein powder that tastes good, so I was thrilled to see you talk about how much you like Vega. I’ll be purchasing some tomorrow.

  • Reply Leah April 30, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    This looks yummy!

  • Reply Sarah Kuiper April 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Looks delish! I’ve heard a lot about Vega but have never tried it!

  • Reply Ashleigh April 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm


  • Reply andreabrogle April 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I’d love to try Vega…chocolate cherry for sure;)

  • Reply Tiffany S April 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I would love to try the chocolate almond flavor.

  • Reply Ashton Graves May 1, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Mmmm….the vanilla chai sounds delicious! I would love to give this a try.

  • Reply Sonya J May 1, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Chocolate Cherry sounds great to me! I made chia seed pudding last night with coconut milk and loved it. I’ll have to give your recipe a go, too! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Laura May 1, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I would choose double chocolate!

  • Reply Heldine May 1, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I would choose either the chocolate-almond or the double chocolate. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Neena May 1, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I would choose the double chocolate!

  • Reply Kristin May 1, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Chocolate cherry! What powder did you buy and not care for? I recently tried a new one and didn’t like it at all.

  • Reply Libby Luecke May 1, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Vanilla chai! Yum!

  • Reply Rachel Henthorn May 1, 2014 at 3:59 am

    double chocolate!!

  • Reply Melissa May 1, 2014 at 5:57 am


  • Reply Andrea May 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    double chocolate!

  • Reply Julie Johnson May 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This sounds great – I’ve been looking for ways to eat better, but I get nervous about using all those various powders out there, because how do you know what’s really in them. These sound great though! I’d love to try the double chocolate bars if I win. Thanks Madison and Vega!

  • Reply Kelsey May 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The chocolate almond sounds lovely!

  • Reply Kristina May 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    They also sound good, but the chocolate almond one sounds delicious.

  • Reply Jennifer Kaplan May 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    chocolate almond!

  • Reply Alex May 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I would love to try their chocolate almond bars!

  • Reply stacylu May 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Chocolate almond!

  • Reply Kate May 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    omgg. Chocolate almond sounds sooo good.

  • Reply Brindi B May 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    it’s so hard to choose between chocolate-cherry and chocolate-almond…yum!

  • Reply Jinai May 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Chocolate almond, yum!!

  • Reply Brianna W. May 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Chocolate is my go to flavor!

  • Reply Ashley B May 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Double chocolate definitely!!! Sounds yummy!

  • Reply Cassandra May 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    After a previous post of yours and talking with you I tried out the Vega vanilla and have still been experimenting. I would definitely go for the chocolate almond!

  • Reply Anne May 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    The chocolate cherry sounds awesome!

  • Reply Caroline May 1, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Chocolate almond!

  • Reply Kristen B May 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    chocolate almond FTW! I’ve been seeing these bars all over social media – can’t wait to get my hands on them šŸ™‚

  • Reply Marissa May 2, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Chocolate Almond sounds like a win

  • Reply Maddy May 2, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Double chocolate all the way!

  • Reply Vivienne May 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Chocolate Almond! Yum, yum!

  • Reply Claire May 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Oh, that’s exciting! Double chocolate!

  • Reply lauren May 4, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I want to try double chocolate

  • Reply natalie@thesweetslife May 5, 2014 at 2:00 am

    definitely chocolate almond! just made choc almond pudding last week šŸ™‚

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