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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.
And I've got a treat for you!
In the form of protein snack bars.
So what are these bars like, you ask?
Well, they're soft, thick, and they taste like maple-pecan bliss coated in a thin layer of extra dark chocolate. The texture and flavour is so good. And you know what else? To top it all off their really easy to make.
I added 1/2 a cup of North Coast Naturals vanilla iso whey protein powder to rev up the protein in these bars. This protein powder is truly one of the best I've tried in terms of taste and blend-ability. So creamy + smooth! You can substitute your favourite vanilla protein to veganize these bars of course. Just make sure that whichever protein powder you use, it tastes good, because you will taste it.
I actually made a double batch of these, pressed them into my trusty 7 x 5 baking dish, and cut the bars in half. That's why they look bigger in the above photo without the chocolate coating. The nutrition is the same as the single batch that makes 6 bars, but making the double batch this way gave the bars a nice height.
The combination of pecans and coconut sugar is out of this world. Plus it also provides your body with some good functional fuel.
These are perfect as a pre or post workout snack. They do best when stored in the fridge. They hold up pretty well for short periods of time when they've been out of the fridge, but they do tend to soften up a bit and get sticky.
Once you start making your own homemade energy/ protein bars you'll quickly realize how much better they taste than the store bought ones. Especially when you know 100% exactly how much of what ingredient went into them.
Adapted from Protein Pow
Maple Pecan Protein Bars
Keywords: food processor no-bake snack grain-free gluten-free vegan option soy-free protein low-sodium almond flour chocolate maple syrup almond milk bars
Ingredients (makes 6 bars)
In a food processor, mix together vanilla protein powder, pecan halves, ground almonds, coconut sugar, and lucuma powder until smooth. Add in the almond milk, maple extract, and maple syrup. Mix well to combine.
Shape the dough into 6 bars using your hands or firmly press into a 7 x 5 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Place the bars in the fridge for 1 hour to firm up. If using the baking dish method, slice into 6 bars. Place the individual bars on a baking tray lined with a sheet of tin foil or parchment.
Melt the dark chocolate in a small heat proof bowl set over a pot of water on low heat. Dunk the bars into the melted chocolate or spoon the chocolate over them to coat. Return the bars to the lined baking tray. Garnish with a pecan on top of each bar and place in the freezer to set.
Store in the freezer for a week or longer in an air-tight freezer bag or container.
Now bring on the weekend!