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March 24, 2016

by Alyssa

High Protein Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

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This carrot cake chia pudding is the perfect way to start your day. Naturally high in protein – 12g per serving – it will keep you energized all morning!

Carrot Cake Chia Pudding...with 12 grams of protein per serving WITHOUT the use of any protein powders! [vegan]

With Easter only a few days away, I'm pretty much obsessing over all the things on Pinterest. How are people so insanely creative?! From cute bunny cupcakes to dirt cakes, to birds nest cookies (oh wait…I made a version of those for you!), to literally the most adorable tablescapes and decorations I've ever seen. Yep, pretty much in DIY heaven here, minus the fact that I could never make anything like this on my own.

We're not doing anything special for Easter this year. Since we were just home in Vermont this past weekend, we're not going to see my parents and Matt's family lives out in Denver, so I think it's going to just be the three of us. Matt and I booked afternoon massages, we'll probably go to brunch somewhere in the neighborhood and most likely spend the evening snuggled up on the couch watching movies. (btw…seen any good movies lately? we'd love some suggestions!)

Even though it won't be a big family affair this year, I've still been dreaming up Easter-themed recipes for you to try. Tuesday it was Birds Nest Cookies, today it's Carrot Cake Chia Pudding and Sunday it's going to be Quinoa + Coconut Crusted French Toast. I realize those are all on the sweeter side of things, so if you're looking for something savory to serve with your meal, you could try my Quinoa Wild Rice Salad or the Garlic + Herb Mushroom Quinoa!

All you need are a few simple ingredients to make this amazing CARROT CAKE chia pudding!

Instead of making you an actual cake (have one of those already if you're interested!), I wanted to make you a healthy breakfast treat that would nourish your body with healthy ingredients, and still give you the sense of eating something sweet and decadent. Enter…this high-protein chia pudding.

Just like my vanilla version, the ingredient list is simple: quinoa, carrots, chia + hemp seeds, cinnamon and coconut milk. And since we all seem to be big fans of the breakfast-disguised-as-dessert recipes, this is yet another one that will make you feel like you're eating something decadent, even “cheating” on your healthy diet, but really you've chosen a meal that is naturally high in protein and fiber, is filled with healthy fats AND even sneaks in some veggies!

(ps I added chopped dates to mine for some sweetness, but that's totally optional)

Classic carrot cake flavors transformed into a healthy breakfast treat >> Carrot Cake Chia Pudding!

Classic carrot cake flavors transformed into a healthy breakfast treat >> Carrot Cake Chia Pudding!

It makes for a delicious and nutritious breakfast with very minimal efforts because I know when it comes to making a healthy breakfast, there are definitely a few areas where we all get stuck:

  1. you have no time
  2. you want something simple
  3. you need protein but don't want to use protein powders (or make eggs)
  4. you want something sweet that won't spike your blood sugar

Luckily, this carrot cake chia pudding hits on all four. You make it the night ahead so you can literally just grab it from the fridge and go. It's less than 10 ingredients, most of which I bet you already have in your pantry. It has 12 grams of vegan, plant-based protein without the addition of any powders. AND the only sweetener comes from chopped dates which could easily be left out if you're going for a no-sugar option.

CARROT CAKE CHIA PUDDING...high protein, high fiber and less than 10 ingredients! It makes the ULTIMATE breakfast treat! [vegan]

The other issue that I sometimes have with breakfast is that I get hungry only a few hours later. You know that I tend to workout in the mornings, so when I finally sit down for breakfast I'm starving. I usually end up grabbing whatever I can find, which sometimes isn't the right kind of fuel to get me through the morning.

Tips for making a breakfast that will keep you full:

  • Don't go for 100% carbs (even fruit). Carbs are what your body burns first, so if your breakfast is only carbs, then it will not only spike your blood sugar, but all that energy will be burned super quickly leaving you feeling hungry and tired.
  • Add whole grains + complex carbs (things like quinoa + oats) because these are not only filled with fiber, but your body digests them more slowly so they will keep you sustained for a longer period of time.
  • Embrace the fats! Add in some healthy fats (like avocado, nuts, and seeds) which will satisfy your hunger more than carbs. Fats are also brain fuel, so they'll help keep you energized and focused after your morning meal.
  • Fuel up with protein! Whether that's in the form of a high-quality protein powder or you use ingredients like quinoa, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc., getting some protein in first thing in the morning is essential. It helps kickstart your metabolism and gives you long-lasting energy.

Luckily, this chia pudding is all. It really is one of the best ways you can start your day; it's only a bonus that it tastes like dessert too!

Your turn…

What's the one thing you struggle most with when it comes to breakfast? Let me know in the comments and I'll work on creating new breakfast recipes that fit your needs. For me it used to be about the time, but now I'm much more focused on keeping things as simple as possible. Excited to hear what you have to say!

xx Alyssa

{high protein!} Carrot Cake Chia Pudding...with 12g of protein per serving WITHOUT the use of any protein powders!

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High Protein Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

A delicious and nutritious breakfast with very minimal efforts because I know when it comes to making a healthy breakfast, there are definitely a few areas where we all get stuck:
Prep Time 2 minutes
Fridge 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 2 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 472kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Carrot Cake Chia Pudding
4.24 from 39 votes



  • Add all ingredients to a jar and stir together (minus toppings). Tighten lid and place chia pudding in the fridge to set, at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  • Remove and top with desired toppings. Enjoy!


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5500IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 6.7mg


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  1. late to the party but happy to have found your site! can almond milk be subbed for the coconut milk? and if I don’t have hemp hearts, will more chia work? thanks again!

  2. I made this today…it was so good. A great way for me to eat my carrots along with hemp hearts. I can’t wait to try the other chia pudding recipes.

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  4. I just wanted to say that there is a typo in the ingredients. I believe you meant to say a pinch of salt (not cinnamon). I just made this wonderful pudding. Just waiting for it to set. Thank you for the recipe.

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  7. I made this for breakfast. It was tasty but very dense and makes a really big portion. I couldn’t eat the whole thing, so I saved half for the next day’s breakfast.

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  17. Hi Alyssa,

    I have just made this recipe so will enjoy it tomorrow morning for breakfast. Thank you for posting as i was in need of a high protein breakfast besides eggs.

    Still not sure about the “Pinch of” should that be removed or is a pinch of salt added??


  18. What a fantastic chia pudding you have here. We love the carrots in the pudding. We can’t wait to try out your version! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Hi there! Just wondering how long this can be kept in the fridge? I want to use this recipe for meal prep but don’t want it to go bad. Any ideas?
    Thanks for al the vegan recipes!

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    • The pudding was try? Hmmm maybe it soaked a bit too long. You can always transfer it to a bowl and stir in a bit more milk 🙂

  22. I calculate closer to 400 calories as listed. banana and walnuts would make it around 600…I’d like to try it!

  23. HI! I have issues with texture – I know this is not creamy like pudding , and I have eaten quinoa before- what is the texture of this? It sounds yummy but I am afraid I will not be able to eat it-

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  25. Yummy!!!!!! The Carrot cake chia pudding outstanding, I did add fresh micro ginger Thank you for another great on the go breakfast .

  26. Sometimes I look at Pinterest party ideas or decorations and I’m like…how do people have time for this??? I’ll just make all the food instead because at least I get to eat that, hehe. This looks incredible! I’d have this for breakfast year round.

    • I am TOTALLYYYYY guilty of that too. People always need to eat, right?? 😉 Hope you give the pudding a try – it’s a keeper!

  27. Hi there! 🙂 I’m a bit confused as to how much cinnamon, is it a pinch or 1/2 tsp? Also, is it possible to either leave out the hemp hearts or substitute something else? Thanks!

    • Whoopsie! I’ve updated it to say teaspoon 🙂 And yes you could substitute the hemp hearts for more chia seeds or quinoa (or oats even!). You just might want to add a bit more liquid if you’re going with the chia since they absorb a lot!

  28. I am excited to try this quick high protein carrot cake chia pudding tomorrow morning . This morning i had quinoa, carrots celery onion garlic apples with syrup and hot sauce on the side i had pears with chia seeds 2 teaspoons. So far so good i am feeling great!!!!!


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