Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Truffles
Have you ever bought a box of artisanal hand-made truffles? You know, the kind that come coated in cocoa, have a luxuriously smooth and deliciously-soft texture that literally melts in your mouth? These Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Truffles are just like that!
The only difference between these and ‘traditional’ handmade truffles, is that these ones are higher in protein, lower in fat, higher in fibre, devoid of sugar, and packed full of healthy ingredients. They’re also gluten-free and vegan so if you’re trying to cut back or avoid dairy/gluten, they’re the perfect little bite-sized treat!
2 (32g) tbsp almond butter (I used this one from Meridian, our all-time favorite)
1/8 (12g) pea protein (I used ours because, honestly, it’s the best-tasting pea protein out there)
1 big tbsp (16.5) Sukrin gold (I used this one by Sukrin – you can get it here in the US and here in the UK!)
2 tbsp (30ml) almond milk
1 (10g) cocoa powder + more for coating
1 tbsp hazelnut butter (or extra almond butter if you prefer)
1-2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts (depending on how nutty you want your truffles)
Vanilla stevia drops to taste (I used this one by NutriNicks – you can get it here in the US and here in the UK)
1. Stick all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you get a smooth paste. If your paste is too dry/crumbly, add a bit more milk. If it’s too wet and mushy, add a bit more cocoa powder and/or pea protein. Taste your mixture to ensure its sweet enough, if it’s not, add a bit more of the stevia drops.
2. Roll into little truffles and coat in extra cocoa powder. If you want them square, press them into squares after you roll them in cocoa.
3. Keep refrigerated, in an air-tight container, so they’re nice and cold when you eat them!
Macros per truffle (out of 6): 88kcals, 5g protein, 2g carbs (out of which 1.8 is fibre!), 7g fat.