Chocolate Protein Pudding

Good morning! Howzit?

I have a new recipe for you all today! This was a smoothie gone wrong. I was attempting to make a “pudding smoothie” but it was too “pudding-like” to drink. Still tasty though. After accepting that it wasn’t going to work out the way I originally planned I decided to play with it a little more and embrace that it was meant to be pudding.

I packed this one up with some great nutrients! It’s a great way to sneak in some veggies for your precious little one that would rather pass on the greens [Z, I’m lookin’ at you. And 90% of the other 3 year olds out there 😉 ]

 this nutrient-packed  recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free  and soy-free!


Chocolate Protein Pudding

© The Fitness Dish

Serves 2


1 ripe avocado

-1 small very ripe banana

-2 pitted Medjool dates

-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1 T shredded coconut [optional if you’re not a fan]

-1 T hemp seeds

-1 small handful of raw spinach

-1/4 cup of frozen berries [I used goji berries, you can use strawberries or raspberries, etc]

-3 1/2 T raw cacao powder [or regular unsweetened cocoa powder]

1/4+ cup unsweetened vanilla Tempt hemp milk [start with 1/4 and go from there to get to get the right consistency]

-2 T raw cacao nibs [or mini dairy-free chocolate chips such as “Enjoy Life]

-1 scoop protein powder of choice [chocolate Vega whole food optimizer is divine; the sample size packet’s at Whole Foods]

-a few drops of liquid stevia [or add another 1 T of maple syrup, honey or sweetener of choice]



Place the avocado and banana in your food processor or vitamix and blend for a couple of seconds. Add the dates, cinnamon, coconut (if using), spinach and berries and sweetener. Then slowly add in the cacao and protein, followed by the hemp milk until you reach the right consistency. Top each serving with some cacao nibs. Best served chilled.

Tip: for added “fluff” add 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds and let sit overnight!



Workout to try today:

Killer Legs


When was the last time you attempted a recipe that turned into something completely different [for better or worse]?



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  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    I’m definitely not a coconut fan so I’d be leaving it out, but this sounds like a delicious recipe!!

    November 16, 2011 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Julie

    I gotta get some of your staple ingredients in my kitchen! I am tempted to start making his “special veggies” again (mango spinach puree) to see if he will eat it. I hear E-Weez is getting some more big girl food! Exciting stuff!! xoxoxo

    November 16, 2011 at 10:20 am
    • Reply laury

      I love the special veggies!!! Z did like them a lot. I am having a tough time with making all her food, but she’s liking some of it…other stuff she gags. Idk WHAT I’ll do if she turns out like Michael with the picky eating haha

      November 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Marian

    Yum! This is being added to my pinterest right now:)

    November 16, 2011 at 11:42 am
    • Reply laury


      November 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    yum! would you believe i never have tried hemp seeds? i’ve had hemp protein powder which is well…earthy 🙂 i haven’t been to creative lately keeping my eats very simple! i’ve been so enamored with little ‘projects’ every night, nate & i forget to eat until like 930pm haha. we just get swept up i guess?

    November 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply laury

      You and Nate HAVE been up to so much! I know the feeling though! So fun!

      November 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Thanks for the workout!

    November 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Soo @ Little Miss Fitness

    Well even if it didn’t turn out the way you wanted to, it looks tasty! 🙂

    I made a second batch of healthified banana bread the other day, and it definitely tasted “healthy”.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply laury

      No, it turned out even better like I said! I revamped it from the smoothie recipe and played with it to make it blog worthy!

      November 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Lisa@Healthy Diaries

    This might be the healthiest pudding I’ve ever seen. GO LAURY! 🙂

    This would be good for me to make to use up the hemp seeds I bought a while back. I haven’t been putting good use to them!..

    I’m making beets chips right now and hoping they’ll turn out great! We’ll have to see!

    November 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    • Reply laury

      Ohhh I am excited to see your beet chips! That sounds amazing!

      November 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Alexa @ Simple Eats

    This looks fantastic! I tried to make chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed brownies…they bombed completely!

    November 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply laury

      awww sounds like a good idea though!

      November 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    now that recipe sounds like something we would make 😉 sometimes think i prefer puddings over smoothies

    and hate when a recipe does go as planned but always fun to try to “save it”

    November 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    wait wait, when was the last time I made a recipe and it didn’t turn out how I expected? Ummmmm…ALL THE TIME!!! 😀 Morphing your recipe gone wrong into something delicious like you did is just called being awesome! I like how your brain works chica! This does looks like a really great recipe for kids too! Chocolate pudding, yes. Winning. haha I LOVEO chia seeds and the effect they have after sitting overnight. My faves! I would totally do that! Thanks for reminding me that I really need to whip up another batch of chia seed pudding. its been awhile! Hey, I ALSO need to go back and check out your pumpkin pie thing from last year. looks like I may be making two right along with you, and you already know my belly is going to be doing some growing. Like serious business growing. LOL LOVE YA!

    November 17, 2011 at 2:16 am
    • Reply laury

      Ha…well that’s why you’re so fabulous! I have no patience but this “smoothie” tasted so yummy, then I just added and subtracted and made it even better!!!

      The pie was from fat free vegan kitchen
      and I think I am going to make like 3 of them this year. One for my Nona’s, one for my sister in laws, and one for me hahaha


      November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Avocado?! How interesting. I would have never thought. It looks so good and creamy, yum 😀

    November 17, 2011 at 11:30 am
    • Reply laury

      oh you never had avocado pudding!?? You MUST! It’s amazing and makes it so creamy and rich!

      November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm
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  • Reply Barhi@medjool cultivation

    It looks nice and yummy, and I will have to try and make that sometime. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm
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