Black Onyx Protein Truffles – The Best Protein Truffles on Earth!

Black Onyx Cocoa Powder

Black Onyx. It sounds like a superhero’s archenemy, doesn’t it? A sort of villain? As in.. a ninja. “They call him Onyx, no one’s ever seen him.” A shadowy figure, always dressed in black. The kind of villain that acts alone in dark, wreaking havoc amongst the public at large. A young woman turns to her partner – a look of horror in her eyes. “Who did this to our city? How is this possible?” He looks at her sternly and whispers: “The Black Onyx… he struck again.”

It’d make for an interesting story, wouldn’t it?

Sadly though, at least not yet, Black Onyx isn’t an villain. It’s a kind of cocoa powder:

A really GOOD and INTENSE kind of cocoa powder.

I bought it for the first time a few summers ago, when I was visiting New Mexico (you can read about that here). It’s honestly one of the craziest cocoa powders I’ve ever tasted.

It’s deep black because it’s extremely alkalized. It also has less fat than regular cocoa powder (and it’s probably perfect for making Oreos!) Let me try to describe what Black Onyx cocoa powder tastes like: it’s rich, woody, definitely cinnamony but at the same time a bit licoriceish. Now, I detest licorice but the licoriceness that Onyx packs is subtle and compliments the depth of the cocoa to perfection.

Now, if you don’t have or can’t get Black Onyx, you can still make this recipe. Just use regular cocoa powder. But the Onyx… fwaaaa… You’ve got to add it to your Food Bucket List (if you have one), especially if you call yourself a lover of dark chocolate. Because there’s just nothing like it. It’s one of those things, you know? That if you get the chance to try you should. Anyways… I’m writing too much. Let me give you the recipe:


1 tablespoon Black Onyx cocoa powder (read Note below for subs)
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla sweetener
1/8 cup unflavored whey protein
1 tbsp almond milk
3-4 squares 85% dark chocolate

1. In a bowl, mix all of the above ingredients except for the dark chocolate and bind them together with water until you get a moldeable dough. Add 1 tbsp at a time to ensure your mix at no point becomes watery.

2. Roll your mix into four balls.

3. Then, melt the chocolate in a bain marie (i.e. a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water). You COULD melt the chocolate in the microwave too but a bain marie melts it more evenly and ensures the chocolate doesn’t burn.

4. Once the chocolate has melted, dunk the truffles in there to coat them. Use your hands (watch this video I made for protein bars to show you how you hand-coat truffles – and bars).

5. Transfer them to the freezer for 30 mins of the fridge for an hour and… KAPOW! They’re ready to deliver the most intense cascade of nommage your tastebuds have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

Macros per truffle (out of 4):

5g protein
4g carbs
7g fat

Notes: If you don’t have access to or simply can’t be bothered to get Black Onyx, use regular cocoa powder. I warn you though, the Onyx is SURREAL. You can get it here if you’re in the US or here. If you’re in Aus or Europe I think you can only get it shipped from the US? I’ll try to find an online store that sells it though….

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