Vanilla Coconut Protein Truffles

Vanilla Coconut Protein Truffles

Holy yum, these things are amazing! With the holiday season upon us, it seems like every day there is some sort of cookie exchange, ugly sweater party or celebration (which of course always involve food). Instead of stuffing yourself with boatloads of sugar for the next month (and then spending the first couple months of the new year working it off), why not make some healthy alternatives? These in no way taste “healthy” and are perfect to bring along to all your holiday celebrations.

The great thing about these little balls of heaven is that you can customize them to suit everyones taste. I chose top half of mine with dark chocolate, and the other half with white chocolate- and of course with some Christmas themed sprinkles (which you can of course skip). I’ve also make these before coated with shredded coconut, which give the snowball effect. As I said, endless opportunities to get creative, so go crazy!

Vanilla Coconut Protein Truffles

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 large truffles

Serving Size: 1 truffle

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (~50g) vanilla protein powder blend (I used this one)
  • 1 cup (~125g) coconut flour
  • 4 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp liquid vanilla stevia (I love this one)
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tbsp water (may need less if using a pure whey protein, versus a blend)
  • 300g chocolate for dipping (I used 6 small dark chocolate bars from Trader Joes)
  • optional toppings: sprinkles, shredded coconut, powdered sugar etc.

Instructions

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with wax paper
  2. Mix protein powder & coconut in large bowl. Once blended well, add remaining ingredients (except chocolate), slowly mixing in the water. You may need less depending on your protein, so add in small amounts, until your mixture is a moldable, dough like consistency
  3. Melt your chocolate either in the microwave (at 30sec increments, 1/2 power), or using a double boiler on the stove. If using the microwave, be careful not to burn. Stir every 30 seconds.
  4. Using a spoon, carefully roll each truffle in chocolate and place back on wax paper. Repeat for all truffles
  5. If using toppings (sprinkles, coconut flakes etc), sprinkle on top truffles
  6. Refrigerate until chocolate is hardened
  7. (Store covered in fridge)

Notes

Nutrition (per truffle); 130 calories, 11g carb, 8g fat, 4g protein

http://proshapefitness.com/2013/12/08/vanilla-coconut-protein-truffles/

About Melissa

Melissa Wilson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and received her Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. In addition to in-person training, Melissa is the founder of ProShape Fitness -- a healthy living company, which specializes in online fitness and nutrition coaching for individuals who want to get back into shape and adopt healthier lifestyle habits.

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