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
-Antioxidants
-Probiotics
-Greens
-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
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Recipe type: snack, breakfast
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  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.

Madison

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  • Jane

    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.

  • Leah

    This looks yummy!

  • Sarah Kuiper

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

  • Ashleigh

    Berry!

  • andreabrogle

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

  • Tiffany S

    I would love to try the chocolate almond flavor.

  • Ashton Graves

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

  • Sonya J

    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! :)

  • Laura

    I would choose double chocolate!

  • Heldine

    I would choose either the chocolate-almond or the double chocolate. :)

  • Neena

    I would choose the double chocolate!

  • Kristin

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

  • Libby Luecke

    Vanilla chai! Yum!

  • Rachel Henthorn

    double chocolate!!

  • Melissa

    chocolate-cherry

  • Andrea

    double chocolate!

  • Julie Johnson

    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!

  • Kelsey

    The chocolate almond sounds lovely!

  • Kristina

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

  • Jennifer Kaplan

    chocolate almond!

  • Alex

    I would love to try their chocolate almond bars!

  • stacylu

    Chocolate almond!

  • Kate

    omgg. Chocolate almond sounds sooo good.

  • Brindi B

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

  • Jinai

    Chocolate almond, yum!!

  • Brianna W.

    Chocolate is my go to flavor!

  • Ashley B

    Double chocolate definitely!!! Sounds yummy!

  • Cassandra

    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!

  • Anne

    The chocolate cherry sounds awesome!

  • Caroline

    Chocolate almond!

  • Kristen B

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

  • Marissa

    Chocolate Almond sounds like a win

  • Maddy

    Double chocolate all the way!

  • Vivienne

    Chocolate Almond! Yum, yum!

  • Claire

    Oh, that’s exciting! Double chocolate!

  • lauren

    I want to try double chocolate

  • natalie@thesweetslife

    definitely chocolate almond! just made choc almond pudding last week :)