It's #Choctoberfest, people! Woooo-hoooo!!!! We're celebrating with an amazing chocolate-packed giveaway (contest is open through October 11, 2015) and some fantastic new recipes. Like these Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Truffles.
Yeah, man, you heard me right. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Truffles. A super healthful, nutty energy bite covered in beautiful dark chocolate or cocoa. These gorgeous truffles feel indulgent—but they're packed with nutrient-dense ingredients to give you a wholesome boost of energy. And they take less than 10 minutes to make. Easy, delicious, and nutritious. Boom.
Just Hemp and Divine Chocolate are sponsors of Choctoberfest so I got lots of goodies from them. I'm happy to include Just Hemp's Hulled Hemp Seeds and Divine Chocolate's Fair Trade cocoa and 70% dark chocolate bar in this recipe.
Makes about 12 one-inch truffles
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (you can substitute other nut, seed, or no-nut butter)
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 3 Tablespoons total of flaxseed meal, hulled hemp seeds, and/or chia seeds (or any combination of them—I used 1 Tablespoon of each)
- a good pinch of salt
- 1 to 2 teaspoons cocoa
- about 1 ounce dark chocolate
TIP: Spray the inside of your measuring cup with oil before measuring your peanut butter—the oil with help the peanut butter to slide right out of the cup!
Mix the peanut butter, honey, seeds, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir until blended. Add the almond meal and stir until fully combined. It should feel like a very firm dough. If it seems too wet or sticky, add some more almond flour; if it seems too dry, add a bit more honey or nut butter.
Place in the fridge for a few minutes; it's easier to roll into balls when chilled.
While the "dough" is chilling, prepare your chocolate coating. If you want cocoa-dusted truffles, spoon some cocoa onto a dish. If you want to dip or drizzle your truffles, break or chop the dark chocolate into small pieces in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments—stirring after each 30 seconds—until the chocolate is melted, smooth, and glossy.
Remove the peanut butter mixture from the refrigerator. Scoop heaping tablespoons into your hands and form into one-inch balls. Place them on a plate covered in wax paper.
I made my chocolate truffles three ways, so my dozen had some variety. Or you can just choose one preparation. They're all easy!
Cocoa-dusted: Roll the truffles in the cocoa, pressing gently until the balls are fully coated.
Chocolate-drizzled: Using a teaspoon, drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the protein truffles. Place in the freezer or refrigerator to firm up.
That's it. They look pretty fancy, right? Yet they take less than 10 minutes to make! Kids love to help make these—and then gobble them up. And, even though they look like dessert, these truffles are nutrition-packed (providing protein, omega-3s, and antioxidants) and can legitimately be enjoyed for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. If you're a fan of protein powder, feel free to add some of that in place of some of the almond flour. These delicious little guys are super versatile!
Place the truffles in an airtight container and store in the fridge or in the freezer. Grab and go when you need a quick bite or a healthy energy boost!