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Happy Tuesday people! How about some cookies to get you through the rest of this week?
I'm a bit short on words + brain power tonight. So I figure we should just get right down to business and into things.
I was super pumped about the way these turned out. I’ve been working on a few different trials for protein cookies lately, and the first handful of tries were just not quite cutting it.
But THESE, these were an absolute YES. I made them in 20 minutes flat.
The light was acting quite nice for this photo shoot, so I continued to snap away and have fun with it. Sometimes it can be a real tough thing to work with. The great thing about using these cookies as a photo subject, was that they have a lot of texture, which makes for an interesting photo.
I think the key ingredient to these cookies is definitely the brown rice protein. It makes all the difference when it comes to texture. They don’t spread very much at all while baking, so if you want a flatter cookie you can give them a little pat down before baking.
In one of my un-blog worthy trials, I used whey protein powder. While they were good they came out far too dry for my liking.
These cookies are super soft, moist, and full of peanut buttery chocolate flavour.
Oh and did I mention that they’re low carb?
Just look at that texture!
Now I suppose I should give you that recipe. ;)
Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
(makes 10 cookies)
- 1/4 cup Brown Rice Protein Powder (chocolate, vanilla, or plain)
- 1/4 cup Almond Flour
- 3 packets of stevia (or 2 tbsp unrefined sugar)
- 1 tsp butter, softened (or melted coconut oil)
- 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 25 grams 70% dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together brown rice protein powder, ground almonds, and stevia (or sugar if using instead). Stir in softened butter, peanut butter, and milk to combine thoroughly.
- Add chocolate and stir.
- Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The recipe makes 10 cookies.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on cookie sheet before transferring to a sealed container. The cookies will be slightly crumbly when they first come out of the oven so be sure to let them rest and cool before storing.
Calories: 190 Fat: 12.5g Saturated Fat: 2.7g Carbs: 7g Fibre: 2.2g Sugar: 2.4g Sodium: 28mg Protein: 13.7g
I'm pretty sure your Tuesday needs a cookie.
What are you waiting for?
It's truffle time. You ready?
What a funny question. Of course you're ready.
Today we're talking about these peanut butter chocolate protein truffles you see below. It's been a while since I've posted so let's get right to it.
I'm a fan of bite sized everything - from maple pecan protein bars and raw cacao vanilla energy bites, to no-bake pumpkin pie tarts and these truffles. The fun thing about these is that they can go straight from the jar and into your lunch box - or your into mouth. Plus they make a pretty little addition to a Christmas goodie tray for any get-together.
This is a fairly simple recipe. You'll be able to tell by the consistency of the dough whether or not you need to add more wet or dry ingredients. When adding the almond milk make sure you start with 2 or 3 tablespoons and then mix, you may not need the fourth tablespoon. The dough will be soft and pliable. If you don't have PB2, you could substitute peanut flour, but I highly reccommend trying PB2, as it's nice and low in fat and gives the truffles a great taste and texture.
These truffles won't make you feel sluggish or give you a sugar crash. No one enjoys feeling like a big bloated mess. Thanks to some wholesome ingredients, these will help you feel light and energized.
I used a base of North Coast Naturals chocolate vege pro 7 protein powder and powdered peanut butter (PB2). Powdered peanut butter is low in calories and fat. It's natural peanut butter without the added hydrogenated oil. And these only have 4 grams of sugar per truffle. No sugar crash here!
Now watch them disappear almost as quickly as they were made.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Truffles
Keywords: food processor no-bake dessert snack dairy-free gluten-free grain-free protein vegan sugar-free protein powder almond milk cacao powder peanut butter energy bites
Ingredients (makes 8 truffles)
For the Truffles
- 30g (1 scoop) North Coast Naturals Vege Pro-7 Organic Vanilla Protein (or 1/4 cup of your favourite vanilla protein powder)
- 1/4 cup Chocolate PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1.5 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp caramel extract
- 3-4 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
For the Truffles
- 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter (about 2g per truffle)
For the Truffles
- 40g Extra Dark Chocolate
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, mix truffle ingredients together until they form a dough. You can do this either in a food processor or by hand.
Divide dough evenly into 8 pieces and roll into balls; about 1 teaspoon per ball. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. One at a time, push your thumb into the middle of each ball, or use a knife, to pry a hole for the filling. Fill the centre of each with peanut butter, pinch closed and roll back into a ball.
Melt the chocolate. You can melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If using the microwave: place the chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. I like to use a liquid measuring cup. Melt in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Let the warm chocolate sit for 5 minutes to cool slightly before dipping.
Dip each truffle in the chocolate and place back onto the baking sheet. Top truffles with a peanut, a sprinkle of course sea salt, or a pinch of cocoa powder, if desired.
Allow chocolate to completely set in the refrigerator before serving; about 30 minutes.
per truffle: 90cals, 7g carbs, 5g protein and 5g fat.