Coco-Mocha-Almond Truffles

Let me start by saying: this little treat isn’t perfectly balanced. However, if consumed in moderation, you can have 2 with a little protein on the side, and it WILL be balanced (meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar and you’ll get the sweet fix you need).  These adorable little truffles are made with one of my favorite protein powders: Proto Whey.  I think the cafe mocha flavor is really true to its name flavor-wise, with no funky faux-sweetener taste.  This powder dissolves quickly and it’s a high-quality, hydrolyzed powder, meaning it’s easy to digest.  The dates give it a rich and sweet flavor without the pounds of butter typically used in truffle recipes.  I like to roll mine in a mixture of the powder mixed with low fat coconut shreds, but I suppose you could melt chocolate and dip them, though you’ll be upping the carbs quite a bit if you do so.  Enjoy!

Coco-Mocha Truffles

Coco-Mocha Truffles

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INGREDIENTS:
2/3 cup roasted, unsalted almonds

20 whole pitted dates

1/2 cup low fat, unsweetened coconut shreds

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 teaspoons coconut oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup Cafe Mocha Proto Whey powder

2 tablespoons cacao nibs

1-2 tablespoons applesauce (only add the second T if you need it; you’ll know after you process the ingredients)

15 drops liquid stevia or other sweetened of choice (2 tablespoons of Z Sweet works too)

TOPPING:

2 tablespoons Cafe Mocha Proto Whey

2 tablespoons coconut shreds

DIRECTIONS:

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground.  Add remaining ingredients and process until finely ground.  It should not be wet, but easy to form into balls that stick together, so if you need to add another tablespoon of applesauce, add it in and pulse to combine.  Form into 20 even balls and roll tightly between your palms.  Combine your toppings and cover each ball on all sides. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Calories: 72.  Protein: 3, Carbs: 7, Fat: 4.

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