These truffles are not only yummy but have all healthy ingredients with an added boost of protein powder to make this a great snack anytime of day. When you want a low carb, low sugar treat this is it. Each bite is crunchy, chocolate heaven. They are gluten free and vegan as well. I absolutely love these and so does my family. Try them and hope you love them too.
Nutrition: calories 65.2, fat 3 g, carbs 9.1 g, fiber 3 g, sugars 1.3 g, sodium 8.4 g, protein 2. 7 g, Weight Watcher PointsPlus® 2
Crunchy Protein Quinoa Chocolate Truffles
Makes 12 nice size truffles
- 1/4 cup Toasted Buckwheat groats ( you can find these in Whole Foods, usually with the other loose grains, nuts, etc. or a health food store. They have a reddish color and will be called “Toasted Buckwheat Groats”) You can find them here too.
- 1/4 cup Quinoa puffs or puffed millet (found here or in the cereal isle of Whole Foods or a health food store) Or toasted rice cereal, but then it’s not Paleo but still delicious.
- 2 Tbsp chocolate protein powder or choice
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp coconut nectar, date syrup, agave or honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 droppers Sweet Leaf all natural chocolate liquid Stevia, or 1 to 2 packets of Sweet Leaf Organic granulated Stevia
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup good quality semisweet or bittersweet vegan chocolate chips
- small pinch of fine sea salt
- Line a mini muffin tin with 12 paper or foil liners. Place in fridge until ready to fill.
- In double boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate chips, nectar, coconut oil, Stevia, vanilla and salt.
- When melted, stir in protein powder, cinnamon, buckwheat groats, quinoa puffs until all is combined well. Mix gently, you don’t want to crush the groats and puffs.
- You can either let cool a few minutes and roll into balls or take 2 teaspoons and fill each paper liner to make 12 truffles. Place back in fridge for about an hour or freezer for about 10 minutes. Store in fridge for up to 3 days.
Variation… If you like the taste of carob, you can add a couple of tablespoons to the chocolate mixture. You can’t substitute them because the carob will not melt properly. The calories are minimal if you add this. You can also add chopped cacao nibs for even more crunchiness and texture.
Enjoy every bite of these healthy chocolate goodness!
Note: All highlighted ingredients are ones I used in this recipe. I find buying online is sometimes less expensive than the retail stores.