For the last 12 weeks I’ve been on the Gold’s Gym 12 week transformation challenge. During that time I’ve lost 10lbs. While not a lot “the biggest loser”, it’s what is the trickiest to lose: that “last 10lbs”. That’s always the hardest because it’s the one you really have to dial in. And yes, I did it all on a plant based diet eating copious amounts of carbohydrates. More importantly I didn’t deprive myself of treats and desserts. I’ll post more on the challenge after it’s finished (tomorrow!), but for today I wanted to share one of the desserts I’ve been having while cutting the last 10lbs. It’s what I call blueberry protein pudding.
One thing with desserts is that though they taste great they don’t often fit into macros when working towards weight loss. Many are packed with fat which means a lot of extra calories. Or they are 100 calorie “lite” versions which just don’t leave you satiated so 20 minutes later you’re still hungry. With simple homemade desserts like this protein pudding you can fix something quick and sweet, and know that you’re diet is going to stay on track.
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BlueBerry Protein Pudding
So this recipe is super quick, just how I like them. Plus it literally has 4 ingredients making it super easy. All you need is a blender/food processor. I recommend a Vitamix because honestly before I had that thing I had no idea how much my blender was struggling. Of all the kitchen appliances I have I place my Vitamix above a microwave, it’s that good! So for the recipe you need:
- 3oz Soft Tofu
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 scoop PlantFusion Vanilla Protein Powder
- Splash of almond milk
To make the pudding you just throw everything into the Vitamix and blend. I suggest pulsing as the berries can get stuck. Blend to your desired consistency. If you’d like something more like soft serve ice cream then just and a tiny amount of almond milk. If you’d like something more with a yogurt or vanilla pudding consistency add maybe 1/4-1/2 cup of nut milk. I added a sprinkle of hemp hearts on top because it looks cool and recipe posts are all about the food porn photography right? As a side note would you be interested in a food photography post? In case you haven’t noticed my photography game increased dramitically lately so if you’d like to know what *I* did then leave me a note in the comments.
If like me you’ve been on a weight loss journey then you might want to know the nutritional breakdown. One of my pet peeves is seeing a ton of these recipe posts and having no nutritional information on them. Seriously. Last week I saw a recipe video clip that had butter, cream cheese, cream, more butter and sugar. I don’t remember what dessert the recipe was for because I was so shocked at the fat and calorie content. I’m not saying we should all count calories, but don’t be surprised when your butt tries to escape your jeans. Trust me I’m speaking from personal experience here when I say that calories IN vs calories OUT matters! More on that when I recap the 12 week challenge, I’m getting off track as usual, back to the breakdown…
Carbs 22 – 38%
Protein 21 – 37%
Fat 6 – 25%
Now the good news is, that even if you screw this recipe up and add too much milk, you haven’t screwed up. Just add a straw and BOOM you turn pudding into a blueberry protein shake! Not a mistake, just a “creative opportunity”. That’s honestly how I think about cooking in general, creative opportunities. It’s my way of defending my lack of culinary skills.
So there you have it, one delicious protein pudding that will satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your weight loss. As a side note, I’ve made similar versions with mixed berries and PlantFusion chocolate protein powder (also delicious) and have plans for mango/vanilla over Summer. Really the fruit combinations are only as endless as your imagination. Enjoy!
- Do you have a sweet tooth?
- Are you struggling to lose weight? Would you like to see more posts on how I dropped the “last 10lbs”?
- What’s your favorite frozen fruit?
Also if you have any suggestions on future posts, recipe swaps (to make things healthier) then drop me a link or contact me!
This looks so yummy! A healthy and pretty treat to try!
It really is!
This sounds really good! My favorite frozen food are bananas. I love adding them to my smoothies.
Yep I love bananas too!
This seems really tasty. I’ve just starting using almond milk in my drinks and I love it!
Yep I love almond milk
This sounds real tasty! And it is packed full of protein, which I need a lot of these days. I bet I would love this. I love the flavor of blueberries. I need to try it.
I actually often have it without the protein powder too. We don’t need as much protein as we think. Esp western diets.
This looks super amazing! I am going to have to give this a try soon.
It was delicious
I have seen so many recipes using soft tofu, but have never tried it. I am not a huge fan of tofu to begin with, but maybe using it in a smoothie with the protein powder would change my mind.
It’s very versatile. Great replacement for minced meat, and cheaper too!
Everything looks better in a Mason Jar. I love the vibrant color and that its vegan. I would try it!
hahaha so true!
I think this is the perfect treat to replace a dessert that is full of sugar and calories. I love blueberries so I would definitely enjoy this recipe.
Definitely a better option!
I grew up eating tofu and it’s one of my favourite food, but I have never thought to mix it with fruit. I think this is really a great idea! It’s not only giving more option of the flavor, but it’s also healthy.
Totally! Tofu is so versatile!
This looks So delicious! I love blueberry and am always looking for new (healthy) recipes that are actually good!
This one is a winner!
Oh I am saving this one! And that color is just gorgeous! I’ve recently cut out carbs and sugar and are always looking for new yummy treats!
hahahah I eat all the carbs. 70% of my diet is carbs. Fruits are carbs. Every cell in your body runs on carbs.
I make smoothies frequently but have never tried one using tofu. I’m so curious to see how this tastes, definitely going to give the recipe a try.
Gives it more a creamy taste and consistency
wow this looks awesome and I am loving the color too, I might even be able to get my kids to eat it!
hehehe yes kids love color!
Wow look at that rich blue color!! That right there is chock full of nutrition! I need to try this, just need to pick up some blueberries!
Yep taste the real rainbow!
I love blueberry especially in smoothies and desserts! I think this recipe is worth trying out! It looks so good and filling, perfect for having before or after working out.
definitely! I’ve added double protein powder (full scoop) post workout
Angela Ricardo Bethea
Wow that’s four ingredients only? That’s totally awesome! BLUEBERRY PROTEIN PUDDING sounds really yummy and refreshing. I’ll ask my hubby to make this at home.
Yep four ingredients! Super good!
Brenda | BrendaHaire.com
Love the color that blueberries give shakes! I have more than that last 10 pounds to lose but I am not focusing on that at the moment. Just making small lasting changes. My biggest is drinking enough water!
I have a post coming on water soon!
Love this rich color and I bet the blueberry lover would love this! I bet it taste good too!
It tastes amazing
My husband would love this because he loves blueberries. I bet this has a great flavor of the super fruit and the color is really pretty!
it’s so good!
Hey – BIG congrats on the 10 pound weigh loss! Those 10 pounds are always the hardest. And – this does look really yummy. I love anything berry, so totally trying this!
Thanks Karen, yes those last 10 are stubborn!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
Wow, that’s such a beautiful color! This sounds and looks delicious! I want a big cup of it right now.
It’s especially nice on a warm day!
Ana De- Jesus
Well done for losing 10 lbs that is brilliant hun! This blueberry protein pudding looks healthy and delicious, what is not to love x
Thanks Ana! Yes it’s delicious!
That would be wonderful to try. My son loves blueberries and if I can get him to eat more protein, this would be the perfect way to do so!
He’s like me, love berries!
Congrats a D on losing 10 pounds that sounds great. This movie looks delicious I love the color, however I’m allergic to soy so I can’t add that to my mixture but I’m sure it’s just as delicious without it .
yep for sure, just a little less creamy
oh man this looks delicious! I think my sister would love it, so i need to send this too her! She has been trying to lose weight lately and this would be nice as a “treat”
worked for me 😉
This sounds PHENOMENAL. My sister in law is vegan, so I love that this is something that her and I can enjoy together.
totally! Plus a healthy alternative to ice cream