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Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding Recipe

pudding in a glass bowl
pudding in a glass bowl - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Pudding is a highly underrated dessert. For most of us, the last time we had pudding it was in a plastic cup buried at the bottom of our middle school lunchboxes. The creamy chocolate, vanilla, or butterscotch treat was the highlight of each day until about high school when we mysteriously never saw a pudding cup again. But pudding can be quite sophisticated, and there's no reason to ditch this classic dessert -- especially when you can make it part of your workout routine.

These homemade pudding cups developed with Michelle McGlinn are loaded with protein from both the protein powder and the peanut butter, two elements that combine deliciously with rich bittersweet chocolate. The combination of peanut butter and chocolate tastes exactly like another childhood favorite, the Reese's peanut butter cup, and perfectly satisfies your sweet tooth after a long workout. Sure, smoothies are delicious, but this protein-packed pudding is a great option when you're craving something a little different. The best part? It comes together in barely 5 minutes and can be stored in cups for on-the-go lunches or snacks, just like in the good old days.

Read more: 30 Healthy Snack Ideas That Won't Ruin Your Diet

Gather The Ingredients For Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding

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ingredients on a table - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Making pudding from scratch requires a few ingredients you may already have on hand (especially if you're a baker), like granulated sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, salt, milk, vanilla extract, and eggs. From there, you'll need heavy whipping cream and chocolate -- because this pudding recipe is rich, we prefer bittersweet baking chocolate, but you can use any easily meltable chocolate. For example, semisweet chocolate chips work well, or you can swap for chopped dark chocolate squares instead. Lastly, you'll need a generous scoop each of your favorite protein powder and smooth peanut butter.

Step 1: Combine The Dry Ingredients

whisking dry ingredients in bowl
whisking dry ingredients in bowl - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt together.

Step 2: Combine The Dairy And Eggs

dairy and eggs in saucepan
dairy and eggs in saucepan - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan combine the heavy cream, milk, and egg yolks.

Step 3: Combine The Dry And Wet Ingredients

whisking ingredients in saucepan
whisking ingredients in saucepan - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Whisk the dry ingredients into the saucepan and combine until smooth.

Step 4: Heat The Pudding Until Thick

stirring pudding in saucepan
stirring pudding in saucepan - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula.

Step 5: Remove From The Heat When Large Bubbles Form

pudding in saucepan
pudding in saucepan - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

As soon as the mixture comes to a boil (It will slowly pop one bubble at a time) remove from the heat. The mixture will be thick.

Step 6: Strain The Pudding

straining pudding into bowl
straining pudding into bowl - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Strain the pudding to remove any lumps or egg particles.

Step 7: Stir In The Remaining Ingredients

chocolate and peanut butter in bowl
chocolate and peanut butter in bowl - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Immediately stir in the chocolate, peanut butter, protein powder, and vanilla.

Step 8: Combine Until Smooth

stirring chocolate into pudding
stirring chocolate into pudding - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Combine until very smooth.

Step 9: Chill The Pudding

covering pudding with plastic wrap
covering pudding with plastic wrap - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Cover and chill for 2 hours. The pudding will thicken as it cools.

Step 10: Serve The Pudding

transferring pudding to containers
transferring pudding to containers - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Transfer to individual dishes to serve, topped with chopped peanut butter cups and whipped cream, if desired.

How Much Protein Is In Peanut Butter Protein Pudding?

spoon in pudding bowl
spoon in pudding bowl - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

The total amount of protein in your peanut butter cup pudding depends on the kind of protein powder you use, and you may have to adjust your quantities slightly to get the desired amount. Without the powder, the entire batch has roughly 15 grams of protein, resulting in a little less than 4 grams of protein per serving. For a dessert this isn't bad. An additional scoop or two of protein powder can increase the amount to up to 45 grams of protein for the whole batch -- meaning that each serving has just over 11 grams. To reach this amount, add enough powder to equal about 30 grams. For some brands, this may be only one scoop (or about 2 tablespoons), while others may require multiple scoops to reach 30 grams.

The most commonly used protein powder is whey, but this recipe will work with pea protein, soy protein, whey-reduced protein, or even collagen peptides, which have a whopping 18 grams of protein per serving (and benefits for your hair, skin, and nails). Whichever protein you choose, we recommend using a plain flavor -- we used an unflavored protein powder here, but you can also try chocolate or peanut butter flavorings to enhance the peanut butter cup flavor.

How Do I Store Protein Pudding?

pudding in a jar
pudding in a jar - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

One of the benefits of making protein pudding rather than protein smoothies is that pudding can be easily stored for up to a week. Because homemade pudding has dairy and eggs in it, it must be covered and refrigerated to be stored. To take pudding cups on the go, portion the pudding into jars, then cover with plastic or seal and store for up to 7 days. In the fridge, the pudding will solidify to a consistency similar to mousse, but if you leave the pudding at room temperature for 10 minutes it will soften to the familiar pudding-like consistency.

The pudding can also be served warm directly after you make it for a softer, more gooey dessert. You can also soften it by microwaving gently for a warm treat. If you want to transform the pudding into a true dessert, top with whipped cream, crushed peanut butter cups, or drizzled chocolate. For more nutritious topping options, try cacao nibs, toasted coconut, or crushed nuts such as almonds and pecans. Or, double up on the nutty flavor and top the pudding with a scoop of peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding Recipe

pudding in a glass bowl
pudding in a glass bowl - Michelle McGlinn/Tasting Table

Prep Time: 2h 10mCook Time: 5mYield: 4 ServingsIngredients

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

  • ½ cup milk

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 4 ounces 70% cocoa bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

  • ¼ cup sifted protein powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Ingredients

  • Whipped cream, for topping

  • Peanut butter cups, chopped, for topping

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt together.

  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan combine the heavy cream, milk, and egg yolks.

  3. Whisk the dry ingredients into the saucepan and combine until smooth.

  4. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a spatula.

  5. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil (It will slowly pop one bubble at a time) remove from the heat. The mixture will be thick.

  6. Strain the pudding to remove any lumps or egg particles.

  7. Immediately stir in the chocolate, peanut butter, protein powder, and vanilla

  8. Combine until very smooth.

  9. Cover and chill for 2 hours. The pudding will thicken as it cools.

  10. Transfer to individual dishes to serve, topped with chopped peanut butter cups and whipped cream, if desired.

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