Protein Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Being back to working out regularly is awesome. It makes me an even happier person. I’m pretty unhappy while traveling, mostly because people smell weird, but as soon as I get my first workout in, I’m back to normal. I don’t really understand how traveling can be so exhausting. All you’re really doing is sitting for a prolonged amount of time. And all that really happens to me is that my hips hurt baaaad and I smell different. Not necessarily bad, but definitely not like I normally smell. Do you think it’s people’s breath that makes the air smell weird, therefore rubbing off on others clothes? That’s my theory. More people should floss regularly.

It’s been an interesting transition to working out less. It’s not that I don’t want to workout as much, but I just sometimes can’t. I don’t have time to go to the gym while I’m in California creating this cookbook. And yes, of course I could do 150 burpees in his backyard, but it’s really the last thing I want to do after cooking all day and doing more dishes than I thought possible. Dishes are truly the worst part of cooking. Especially because I’m terrible at washing dishes. Ask any of my roommates. My poor roommates. Anywho, when I used to compete, I worked out 8-10 times per week. Now I’m lucky to get 6 workouts in. But the most interesting part of it all is that it doesn’t bother me now. Before, it would eat me up inside if I missed a workout or didn’t get a second workout in. I would obsess over it and beat myself up, thinking that I would gain weight or I would lose some of my strengths. Now, I don’t worry about it as much. I love working out, that will never change. But I have my whole life to workout. For me now, it’s not a sprint to look a certain way, it’s a marathon to keep myself happy and healthy. And this race has been way more fun since I haven’t stressed over it.

That’s just my thought for the day. You’re the best for sitting through that paragraph.

OMG. Have you ever tried a buddha button? My life was literally changed the other night. Ok, so I’ve been hearing about buddha buttons for a while from a couple of my friends. But they never explained what they were or why they were so exciting. Until the other night, when I was handed one by my friend Ben. Not sure what I expected one to look like, but that definitely wasn’t it. It looks like a little pod. Like if you squeezed the pod, some goo would ooze out. Your visualization of a buddha button is probably way off, but it’s cool. Anywho, I put this pod in my mouth and started chewing away. It doesn’t taste good, not whatsoever. But it does make your mouth feel numb. Then your tongue and the roof of your mouth feel like they are growing hair. Similar to what it looks like in the sea with the moss, or whatever the hell it is, swaying back and forth. Then everything you eat or drink tastes different. It’s real weird. Maybe I’ll make a recipe with them. Like chop them up into a burger so your burger tastes even more so like the animal it came from. Ew. That’s weird.

Oh ps- this is probably my favorite chia pudding thus far. I mean, I’ve only made one other one, but that one was real good. But this one takes the cake. Or pie. Whatever you like better. I made this pudding a bit thicker than my last one and added almond milk on top for a thicker pudding consistency experience. Don’t you just love experiencing new things? I sure do. 67% of the time.


Protein Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 2-3 1x




  1. Blend all ingredients, except chia seeds, until smooth.
  2. Place the blended mixture into a resealable large jar (or 2 smaller jars) then add chia seeds. Seal jar and shake.
  3. Place in refrigerator overnight or for at least 3+ hours. I shook my jars once in between to make sure they didn’t become too gelatinous.
  4. Pour some extra almond milk on top and eat up. Breakfast, snack or post workout recovery is served!


*Protein powder is optional. Recipe still works without it.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


92 thoughts on “Protein Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding”

  1. I will eat it, but not a huge fan of pumpkin. I do however LOVE sweet potatoes. Think this would work if I swap the two?

  2. Sounds yummy! What is the quantity of the protein powder? I often wonder that in recipes because I sub my own, and serving sizes as well as scoop portions are different depending on brand…

  3. Big fan of your blog and recipes, Juli! I have been doing the lurong paleo challenge and your recipes have been lifesavers. Anyways, this is probably a dumb question – are there any substitutes for chia seeds? Clearly I have never used or had them, just wondering…Thanks!

    1. I ordered mine off of Amazon, but you can get them at Kroger that has organic sections or at a local health food store.

      1. I would either use raw milk or homemade almond milk. 99% of store bought almond milk has unnecessary fillers, stabilizers, carrageenan, and synthetic vitamin D2 instead of D3.

        1. Vincent, I agree about the commercial almond milk. But I do buy it. However I only get Silk brand (unsweetened), it’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t contain Carrageenan. Not crazy about synthetic vitamins, stabilizers…, but I draw the line at the Carrag. Making my own almond milk has been on my to-start-doing list though 🙂 Healthier and the taste would be so authentic. Juli, can’t wait to make this!!! Very happy I came across you!

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          1. I always struggle to find non-dairy milks because I have to avoid Calcium Carbonate. Most dairy alternatives add it in to compensate for the dairy you would otherwise find in milk, but it reacts negatively with my thyroid medicine, so no Calcium Carbonate for me! Anyway, after lots of hunting, I have had really good luck with Good Karma Unsweetened Flax Milk. It does contain some unnecessary fluff, but no Calcium Carbonate and no Carrageenan! Plus it tastes amazing, which is obviously a perk 🙂 I get mine at Sprouts. If you have trouble finding non-dairy milks, especially if you like flax milk, Good Karma is definitely a brand to look into!

  4. This looks really good! I’ve been trying to find a protein supplement that doesn’t taste horrible. I cannot stand how most of them taste. I am going to use this as my morning drink! Thanks for posting this!

    1. Carly, I highly recommend the Vibrant Health PureGreens Prot. powder! Tastes amazing and is the healthiest I’ve come across!

  5. t’s a marathon to keep myself happy and healthy. <<<<<—— that's beautiful 🙂 I am making this for breakfast tomorrow. gosh i love ya.

  6. also..just made this and its also soooo good as a protein shake…throw in some chocolate chips even …

    i think you should make some pumpkin ice cream juli

  7. Love your blog and recipes! I’m allergic to nuts and seeds and have discovered through trial and error on how to sub a lot of recipes, but this one stumps me, I use coconut milk but never know how to sub the almond/nut/seed butters, any suggestions?

  8. Made this last night! Eating it for breakfast right now and its delicious!! Definitely passing along this recipe 🙂

  9. I made this last night and am eating it for breakfast this am – delicious! Thanks for all of your creative recipes, Juli!

  10. Me again! 😀 Just having this for breakfast right now and wanted to let you know how delicious this is 😀 By far my favourite chia pudding ever! Even better than the ones I’ve made and posted on my blog 😉 hahahaha! I tried both of your chia puddings already and love them both, too, but agree this one takes first place 😀 Keep the chia puddings coming, girl! I love them! Also, love when you say when to enjoy it (ie. breakfast, preworkout, etc.) I love that! Have a great day!

  11. OMG – I am definitely making this tonight!! I have seen the ‘refrigerator oatmeal’ recipe in mason jars but it’s yogurt (dairy) and oatmeal (grains and way too carby). This sounds like a great way to do similar and not have eggs *every* day you want breakfast!! Thanks!

  12. Juli! This looks glorious… I will be trying ot shortly. I actually just ordered a new tub of vanilla protein from Formlux.. I got home when it was supposed to be delivered and someone straight stole it off my stoop. Jerks. Anyways, I contacted Formlux and their customer service guy was so great! We emailed so much that we ended up talking about your blog and how much we both love it. Small world, Great Protein. **New life motto!

  13. OMG, so yummy, so fabulous. Juli, you have been my family’s and my savior with “paleoness” My husband has been a bit resistant and this was one of those fab recipes that won him over. The “I Don’t Want to Cook” meal is a staple and was my sons meal request on his bday this year. I am so thankful for all you do. You are awesome! I will say I am currently eggnog subbing this recipe and oh my word it smells delish. 🙂

  14. Hello (long time reader first time poster) When I try and make these the chia seeds all sink to the bottom and gel there, so I get layers – hard solid chewy chia layer, jelly like middle layer (which is what I think the whole thing is supposed to be like) and then very runny (but still thicker than liquid) layer. I shake the jar like I have something personal against it but this keeps hapenning. Any tips on how to get it even? thanks heaps and keep up the blog, always end up laughing at something you say 🙂

    1. I’m not sure why that happens sometimes. I’ve had that only happen once before and it was because i didn’t shake it half way through the sitting process. it’s annoying huh? i wish i had a better answer!

  15. First time making chia pudding and it turned out awesome. I didn’t have vanilla protein powder so I used chocolate and couldn’t stop eating it.

  16. Tried this for the first time. Didn’t have the protein powder so not sure how much of a difference it made on the taste of things but it was amazing! I spent my morning raving about this recipe! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  17. Hi Juli, it’s hard to find pure paleo almond milk. What brand do you use? Haven’t tried this yet but going to make it tonight! So excited!

  18. This recipe is amaze balls, I’ve already made it a few times! Super easy & delicious! Thanks! Love your blog and the great recipes- keep it up!

  19. This recipe is amaze balls, I’ve already made it a few times! Super easy & delicious! Thanks! Love your blog and the great recipes- keep it up!

  20. OMG this was seriously amazing! Splitting it in to two servings was a little much for me, so next time I’ll split it into three. Tasted like pumpkin tapioca. You are brilliant! It’s the perfect breakfast because I can just pull it out of the fridge and go.

    1. PS for those of you struggling with the consistency… I made a second batch last night. I altered it slightly, increasing the protein powder, reducing the peanut butter to 1 T., and when I measured out the almond milk there was just a little bit left in the carton so I dumped it in the blender. I also split it into 3 servings because 2 is too much for me. I used 1 T. chia seeds in each jar.

      It didn’t come out as thick and the seeds kept trying to sink to the bottom (but I wouldn’t let them – I kept shaking it every 15 minutes or so until they cooperated). So if your chia seeds aren’t playing nice, I would suggest less liquid, more peanut butter and/or more chia seeds (because this is what I altered from the original recipe – original recipe was perfect, my variations struggled). Also, I really don’t think it’s possible to shake too much.

  21. What an amazing recipe. Considering the uncommon relationship between Paleo and ‘treats’ i consider this a wonderful addition to the recipe book!

  22. Made a double recipe of this last night, but split it into 5 jars, and man… it is freakin delicious. And simple.

    I subbed out the almond milk for regular whole milk (yeah… yeah…) and used Trader Joe’s chia seeds, and the consistency ended up being a little runny for pudding. This morning I added an extra tablespoon of chia seeds to each jar and it’s now perfect. Not sure if it was the regular milk or the brand of chia seeds, but just adding more chia did the trick.

    This is now going to be a regular Sunday night prep for a week’s worth of breakfasts/workout snacks. Thank you, Juli, for another awesome recipe!

  23. I made this in the blender right after making the Chai Pumpkin Bread (which is in the oven now(!) These are both delicious and easy, allowing you to use up a small can of pumpkin. Oh, I used Ginger Tea Bag contents instead of Ginger. Awesome!

  24. I am not a big fan of ginger, would it be detrimental to the recipe if I left it out? If the flavor is subtle, I can handle it. I am looking forward to trying this. I am on the hunt for new breakfast recipes for my family, my kids are getting tired of eggs.
    P.S. I think you and George should teach some cooking classes the next time you are in California. I live in the same area as George, and would be first in line to meet you both!

  25. Hi there, so i’ve made this several times and LOVE it! Is there a sub for the chia seeds? I’ve found that my stomach doesn’t like them and I don’t like the stomach pain much either. Hoping there’s a sub cuz it’s a nummy treat!!


  27. my favorite…
    chia seeds
    three pitted dates
    3/4 H20
    leave in fridge overnight
    good morning….
    add handful of cashews
    touch of cinnamon and vanilla extract
    blend to pudding consistency
    eat and
    enjoy the benefits all morning

  28. Haha, I made this but with a cheaper protein powder which happens to have a green tint to it. So while it tastes good, my pudding has the most disgusting green color. I think I will pay the extra money for the Formulx just to avoid this color next time… 🙂 But keep’em coming, Juli, I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried!!

  29. Anyone find that the chia seeds… even when you shake up the mixture a few times kind of either lump to the top or the bottom? i’m having more of a shake than pudding… either way this has now made it into an every other week meal plan 🙂

  30. I made this with mashed sweet potato and omitted the sweetener and it was awesome! I also used canned coconut milk, because that’s what I had on hand, and it was like a super thick mousse.

  31. THIS is seriously sooo good! It made my day! Sometimes breakfasts get so mundane with eggs everyday. What a nice surprise to find such a wonderful recipe!!!!!

  32. I just was forwarded this recipe, and can’t wait to try it. Because I don’t have the protien powder you mentioned, do you think I can sub Isagenix Whey Protien powder? Or does the one you mentioned have something special in there for this recipe?

  33. Hi! Been following along for awhile, I love your site!! First time responding, but these look great and I can’t wait to try them! Just wondering if you have had success making a batch in advance and freezing???

  34. I made this over the weekend so I didn’t have to make breakfast each morning at 5am…. I made it with Trader Joe’s sunflower seed butter and didn’t add the protein powder and I can’t get enough!!! Super tasty (just like pumpkin pie for breakfast!). Thank you!!

  35. Had this for breakfast this morning. AMAZING! Every recipe I’ve tried from your website has been fantastic. Thank you so much!

  36. Hi Juli, I am new to paleo eating. Just finished up a 21 day sugar/candida dextox. And feeling pretty good. 🙂
    I was wondering do I NEED the protein powder in this? I am so skeptical of them.
    Do you have a post on the benefits of them? Is it possible to eat a clean/whole foods diet without them? I have just never understood the need for them.


  37. Can I omit the protein powder? Also, do you have any posts on the benefits of protein powder? I am new to paleo and a little skeptical of it. Is it necessary for someone who isn’t doing CrossFit or other intense training? Can a proper amount of protein be obtained through other whole foods? Just looking for some info to educate myself.

  38. OMG! This is so good that I have found that I hoard it. I take it to work and hide it in a darkly colored container (which I have further hidden in a bag with multiple knots), and then I place it in the back bottom shelf of the refrigerator. This is genius. Thank you for creating it. Btw, I use the vanilla Jay Robb egg white protein powder, and fresh ground almond butter from Whole Foods. Yum!

  39. UNREAL GOOD!!! It tastes just like pumpkin pie filling. So delicious, with a little bit of whipped coconut cream! Mmm new favourite treat! Thank you!!

  40. Am I crazy or is there no actual recipe here? I used to make this a lot and wanted to while quarantined but I don’t see the actual recipe loading anywhere?

  41. It’s not fixed. I would like to read the recipe, but it is impossible, there are long strands of links that don’t make sense. Can you fix this issue?

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