Recipe: PB & J Chia Pudding

Studies show that the texture of the food we eat can play a big role in how satisfying we find it. Which is why chia puddings have become one of my go-to workout recovery eats and why they are featured in the pages of my book Rocket Fuel. There is something deliciously satisfying about spooning up a thick and creamy pudding after sweating it out, especially when it’s packed with the necessary carbs, proteins, and fats needed to recharge.

This version for #makeyourownfuelfridays is definitely reminiscent of everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich. Blending in a bit of peanut butter powder makes it tastes extra, well, peanuty. If you like, raspberries can replace the strawberries, maple syrup can be used instead of honey and, for something a little more decadent, ricotta cheese can stand in for Greek yogurt. For extra crunch, I like to sprinkle on cacao nibs and unsalted roasted peanuts just before serving.

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2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons peanut butter powder (optional)

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

6 tablespoons cup chia seeds

Place strawberries, milk, yogurt, peanut butter, peanut butter powder if using, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt in a blender container and blend until smooth. Divide among 2 jars. Add half of the chia seeds to each jar, seal shut and shake.

Chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.

Rocket Fuel by Matt Kadey

In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.

Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
MatthewKadey.com
VeloPress
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
local booksellers
Chapters/Indigo and MEC.ca in Canada

Food photography by Aaron Colussi.

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