Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Strawberry Protein Chia Pops

This simple dessert or snack recipe for Strawberry Protein Chia Pops is made from chia pudding and perfect for summer.

Sponsored Post: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Naked Nutrition. All opinions and text are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.


I feel like a broken record talking about the weather this week but it is HOT. The temperature rose to 89 degrees yesterday which equaled 79 degrees inside our house. I wasn't expecting to turn on the air conditioning in mid-May but here we are. In typical Midwest fashion, it's supposed to be back in the 50s by Friday. Until then, it's a good thing I have icy popsicles to snack on that happen to be healthy and made from chia pudding!


Naked Nutrition reached out to me recently about trying their protein powder and hosting a giveaway. Naked's protein powder includes pure ingredients and no artificial sweeteners or colors. Naked sent me a 5 pound {!!} container of their Naked Whey Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder to give away to one lucky winner - scroll to the end of this post to enter.


I also tried one of the Naked Nutrition sample packs - mine included strawberry, chocolate and vanilla flavored powders.


I used strawberry protein powder for this recipe for Strawberry Protein Chia Pops. This is a two step process - first you need to make a large batch of chia pudding and let it chill for at least 4 hours. Second, you need to freeze the pudding in popsicle molds for at least 8 hours. I chilled my pudding during the workday and froze my popsicles overnight.


These popsicles turned out perfect with a nice strawberry flavor! I used a combination of light coconut milk and almond milk, but any milk product will work.


I'm looking forward to trying more popsicle ideas this summer.

Strawberry Protein Chia Pops
Yields: 6 popicles

Ingredients:
1 scoop Naked Strawberry Protein Powder
10-12 strawberries
1 can light coconut milk
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
10 Tablespoons chia seeds

Directions:
*Add protein powder, strawberries, coconut milk, almond milk, and maple syrup to a food processor. Process until the ingredients are combined {I used the pulse function for 1 minute}.
*Add 12 Tablespoons chia seeds to the pureed mixture and whisk until combined.
*Chill in a covered container for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
*Add pudding mixture to pudding pops. Freeze for at least 8 hours.
*Follow package instructions to remove pops from the popsicle mold {I ran each frozen popsicle under hot water for ~20 seconds to remove the plastic mold}.

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32 comments:

  1. I love adding protein powder to smoothies!

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  2. Big fan of protein powders. Love to make new recipes.

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  3. I love to make smoothies (or my new favorite smoothie bowls) with protein powder.

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  4. I definitely need to make these soon! It's been super hot here lately--these would be perfect to cool down with!

    I usually use protein powder in smoothies! <3

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  5. i use protein powder in smoothies all the time

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  6. I love making protein ice cream and protein spreads for toast and rice cakes. Yum!

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  7. I don't use protein powder super often, and when I do it's the plain old smoothie way, haha! I love how creative these popsicles are - they'd be such a treat after a warm-weather workout.

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  8. I love mixing it into oatmeal :)

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  9. I love protein fluff!! It's the best sweet treat!

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  10. I especially love protein powder in smoothies but these pops look amazing!

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  11. Homemade protein bars are pretty darn good.

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  12. My husband and I are getting more into Whey powders and would love to try this one! It looks so good!

    xo, Chelsie @ Hey There, Chelsie

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  13. I love using protein powder in my smoothies.

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  14. I like it in my classic morning smoothie.

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  15. I never thought to make it into a frozen pop like that. It looks tasty!

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  16. Smoothies mostly but, I have added them baked goods and had never thought about popsicles; great idea!

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  17. I like to add protein powder to my oatmeal in the morning

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  18. My favorite is yo simply add it yo my morning smoothis

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  19. I love to make shakes out of them

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  20. I love it for making smoothies or breakfast bars

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  21. Absolutely in my daily smoothie, thank you!

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  22. We use it in recovery shakes at our gym

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  23. I drink it in shakes for extra protein.

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  24. I like to add protein powder to smoothies

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  25. I like to use it in my morning smoothie, before I work out.

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  26. I love smoothies with bars in there.

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  27. I like Syntha-6 Vanilla protein powder

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  28. I use protein powder in smoothies for lunches. Holly Wright

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