Strawberries & Cream Protein Pudding

Strawberries & Cream Protein Pudding

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Each serving of this creamy and fruity pudding boasts over 19g of protein and is perfect for those looking for a good source of protein without using protein powder. Be forewarned that this has more of a grainy texture than a classic pudding, but the sweet flavour and high protein content hits the spot.
Course Main Course
Servings 1
Prep Time 10 minutes
Dehydrating Time 6 hours


  • 1 Dehydrator
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 resealable container


Raw ingredients needed (measurements before dehydrating):

  • ½ cup dry cottage cheese see notes if using regular/wet cottage cheese
  • 6 whole strawberries, sliced about 1 cup
  • 2 tbsp whole milk powder
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla

Ingredient measurements for final recipe (once ingredients above dehydrated)

  • 2 tbsps ground dehydrated vanilla cottage cheese
  • 12 g dehydrated strawberries, about ⅓ cup
  • 2 tbsp whole milk powder
  • ½ tsp sugar


  • 1. Cut strawberries into ¼" slices
  • 2. Disperse on a mesh lined tray and dehydrate at 135℉ for about 6 hours. When done, allow to cool
  • 3. Once cool, grind in a blender until strawberries are very ground. Place in a resealable container.
  • 4. In a small bowl, mix vanilla with cottage cheese and stir until combined. **See notes if using regular/wet cottage cheese
  • 5. Disperse on a mesh lined tray and dehydrate at 125℉ for about 6 hours. When done, allow to cool.
  • 6. Once cool, grind in a blender until it's a fine powder (the more fine, the smoother the pudding). Add to strawberries.
  • 7. Add sugar and whole milk powder.


  • If using regular/wet cottage cheese, it's best to drain and rinse the liquid from the cheese curds. Not doing so will increase the dehydrating time required and result in a more salty and briny taste in the pudding. 
  • The more fine of a powder the cheese is ground into the more smooth it will be once rehydrated. 
  • Enjoy warm or cooled (*still use hot water to prepare, but allow to cool before eating if desired)
  • The raw ingredients needed (measurements before dehydrating) are simply the minimum amount of raw ingredients needed for this recipe. You can always dehydrate and prepare additional ingredients for more servings or future meals


Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 20.2gProtein: 19.2gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 4.4gCholesterol: 31.3mgSodium: 447mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 18.2g
Keywords: backcountry cooking, dehydrated recipe, high protein, no protein powder, without protein powder

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How to "rehydrate" before consuming:

  1. Add 1/3 cup boiling water
  2. Stir
  3. Let sit for approx. 12 mins
  4. Stir & enjoy

Rehydrating Tips:

  • Use a container with a lid to contain as much heat as possible… Have a packable insulated container? Even better. 
  • After soak time is finished, add more hot water if you find the meal dry or crunchy.  

Storage Guidelines:

  • Keep stored in a sealable bag or container
    •  Tip: Vacuum sealing can more than triple the shelf life
  • Keep stored in a cool, dry and dark place
    • For longer term storage, store in your freezer (especially if not vacuum sealed)
  • When dried and stored properly, this should have a shelf life of several months
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