The Best Protein Rice Pudding

Written by Jack Schrupp and reviewed by Ella McGonagle, M.S. Nutrition

Sick of protein shakes? Protein rice pudding is also a great way to boost your protein intake. Jump to the recipe.

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Why make protein rice pudding?

How do I make protein rice pudding?

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Why make protein rice pudding?

Protein rice pudding is a delicious and nutritious alternative to traditional rice pudding. It is packed with protein, and a great way to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs. In this post, I will show you how to make a simple and easy, 3 ingredient recipe that will both satisfy your cravings, and give you a hearty protein boost. Whether you are an athlete looking to recover from a workout, or just looking for a high protein snack, rice pudding with protein powder is a great choice.

When it comes to post-workout recovery and overall nutrition, protein is an essential nutrient that helps to build and repair muscle tissue. That said, getting enough protein in your diet can be challenging, especially if you are vegetarian. One great way to increase your protein intake is by incorporating protein powder into your meals, and what better way to do so than with a delicious bowl of rice pudding?

Protein powder rice pudding offers a healthy, tasty, and convenient way to get the protein your body needs. If you are lactose intolerant or prefer to avoid dairy, you can replace the milk with the plant milk of your choice. Adding protein powder to rice pudding can also make it a more filling and satisfying snack, helping to keep you full for longer and prevent those mid-afternoon cravings.

How do I make protein rice pudding?

Making high protein rice pudding is easy. It requires no cooking skills and or fancy equipment, and can be whipped up in less than five minutes. Plus, you probably already have all 3 of the ingredients you need at home. It follows that if you are anything like me, you will be making this protein rice pudding recipe regularly. Depending on the type of protein powder you use, you may have to adjust ratios, but once you have found the right protein powder, this recipe is foolproof. 

Why drink wholesome?

This recipe was made with drink wholesome – the only protein powder made with 100% real foods. Given its simple ingredient list, it makes delicious desserts. Most protein powders, on the other hand, do not make good desserts because they are made with protein isolates. Isolates, which are listed on the ingredient list as “pea protein” and “whey protein” as opposed to “peas” and “whey,” are foods stripped of everything but the protein. Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. It follows that protein isolates taste like chalk and turn pudding into sludge. Avoid them at all costs. 

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain.

*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.

Another reason why drink wholesome is perfect for pudding is that it is sweetened with monk fruit. Monk fruit, also known as lo han guo, is a small, melon-like round fruit native to Southeast Asia. It is turned into a sweetener by removing the seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice, which is then dried into a powder. Monk fruit sweetener is sweet like sugar, unlike the artificial sweeteners and stevias used to sweeten most protein powders. Artificial sweeteners and stevia have an awful bitter aftertaste because they activate bitter taste receptors in addition to sweet taste receptors. They may be sugar-free, but they will ruin your pudding. Now without further ado, here is my favorite high protein rice pudding recipe.

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The Best Protein Rice Pudding Recipe


-1/2 cup long grain white (or brown) rice, rinsed and drained

-2 1/2 cups  milk

-1/2 cup drink wholesome vanilla protein powder

-toasted coconut (optional)


Add the rice, milk, and protein powder to a medium saucepan. Whisk to combine, cover, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold, and topped with toasted coconut flakes.



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Does protein powder affect the taste and texture of rice pudding?

Protein powder will make your protein powder richer and creamier. Follow this recipe and use the recommended amount of protein powder to avoid making your rice pudding too dry or chalky. If you stick to the recipe, my all-natural ingredients will blend perfectly into your pudding.

Can I use any protein powder flavor?

Yes, you can use any protein powder flavor you like. I recommend starting with my chocolate, or vanilla flavors.

Can protein rice pudding be made vegan?

Yes, protein rice pudding can be made vegan by replacing milk with the plant milk of your choice, and by using one of my almond-based vegan protein powders

What toppings or garnishes can I add?

You can add many different toppings to keep it interesting. Some of my favorite add-ins include nut butter, chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and fresh fruit.

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. drink wholesome is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.