Chocolate Truffle Balls

gluten free / vegan / dairy free / refined sugar free

 

Chocolate truffles. These two words in my book are synonymous with decadence, elegance and an almost orgasmic level of bliss. And yes…I said orgasmic. Why do I say this? Simply put, a good truffle… say one from a patisserie in Paris; can quite literally transport you to a place of satisfying happiness and contentment. Quite like…you guessed it! An orgasm!!!!

But it gets better, especially for all you non-bakers or cooks. If you don’t know how to cook, make chocolate truffles. Truffles are the simplest of candy to make. They are traditionally made with cream, chocolate and something a lot of us do not have, time. So imagine my glee when I was given this recipe by my Arbonne wellness coach.  I know….I know…there are those of you who are now thinking “Crap, these things are going to be healthy and taste like fucking wet sand.” And you will now want to close your browser window and forgot you ever visited this blog. But stay with me!!! Because I promise, THESE ARE THE BOMB! I have served these at holiday parties and given them to clients or guests at wellness fairs and they think these are truffles from a candy store. 9 times out of 10 they are incredulous when I tell them what is in them. They are full of vegan protein powder courtesy of Arbonne’s nutrition line, almond butter for a compliment of healthy fat and are then rolled in heart healthy melted dark chocolate. And if you want to make them fancy there are any number of toppings you can roll them in, I made a few suggestions below. These pair exceptionally well with a cup of hot tea in winter or a bowl of fresh fruit on a hot summer day. Either way, I promise you will be left feeling happy and satisfied. Enjoy!! nom nom

Makes 16-20 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Total Time: 2 hrs 10 min

4 scoops of Arbonne chocolate or vanilla protein powder; I prefer the chocolate but vanilla is great too!

2 TBS almond butter, room temperature

1/3-1/2 cup almond milk or preferred milk; start with a 1/3 cup and add more if needed. You want the mixture to be moist and form a ball without cracking.

1 dark chocolate bar or chips; I use either Lily’s Vegan Dark Chocolate orEnjoy Life’s Vegan Chocolate. If being vegan is not a must for you then Valrona or Guittard are good brands!

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a bowl, combine protein powder, almond butter and almond milk. Mix until all the ingredients are throughly incorporated.
  3. Roll into balls that are slightly bigger than the circumference of a quarter.
  4.  Place on baking sheet and freeze for at least 1 hour
  5. Remove from freezer. Melt the chocolate on the stove using a double boiler or in the microwave until completely melted.
  6. Using a spoon, drop the balls into the chocolate and roll until they are covered in chocolate. Place back on the baking sheet and freeze for another hour.
  7. Keep in the fridge and try not to eat them all yourself!

Optional Toppings:

  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • chopped nuts; pistachios work great!
  • chopped dried cranberries
  • crushed pretzels
  • sea salt

After you roll the truffle in chocolate, immediately roll in desired topping and place on baking sheet to freeze.

 

 

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