Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!
I’m not really a Valentine’s Day person, since I prefer pull ups and burpees to sappy romance and greeting card holidays (anyone else?). However, I am a huge fan of chocolate—specifically dark chocolate—so I’ll use any possible reason to make something new that’s chocolatey and delicious.
These dark chocolate protein truffles are not only delicious, they’re also packed with protein and healthy fats and use only a small amount of natural sweetener for an extra boost of wow. Trust me, they’re at least 10 times better for you than any candy you’re going to buy at the store, and they’re so good you won’t even feel like you’re being deprived when you make them for your sweetheart (or yourself).
Here’s how to make Valentine’s Day Dark Chocolate Protein Truffles:
2/3 cup chocolate whey protein powder
1/2 cup natural almond or other nut butter
2-3 Tbsp honey or agave necter
Pinch of sea salt (fine works best)
3-4 Tbsp unsweetened almond or coconut milk
60 grams dark chocolate or about two thirds of a regular sized chocolate bar (try for 85% or higher)
Ideas for toppings:
Unsweetened coconut (flakes or shredded), plain or toasted
Chopped nuts (walnuts, pistachios and almonds work well)
Toasted or raw seeds
Chopped dried fruit
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Feel free to get creative and add your own toppings!
Combine the protein powder, almond butter, sweetener and sea salt in a medium sized bowl. Slowly add in the milk, one tablespoon at a time, so that a dough forms but the mixture isn’t overly sticky or wet.
Since different protein powders vary in terms of dryness, you may find that you need more or less liquid than I told you to add. This is an easy fix—if the mixture seems too wet, add a little more protein powder. If it’s too dry, add a little more milk.
Once you’ve mixed everything together and have a dough to work with, use your hands to shape the dough into 1-2 inch balls. Then you’ll want to melt your chocolate over a stovetop or using a microwave—but be careful not to burn it!
When the chocolate is melted, dip the truffles into chocolate, covering them completely. Roll the chocolate-coated truffles in your toppings (or just sprinkle the toppings on top). Place the decorated truffles on wax paper, stick in the fridge for 30 to 60 minutes, and eat!
This recipe makes about 12 truffles.
Macros (per 1/12 recipe):