Hard work at the gym requires quality protein to restore the muscle fiber. While lean meat or a quality plant protein combination (such as legumes with rice) are a great choice if you're having a meal after workout, these protein power chocolate truffles are the perfect post workout snacks, especially if your workout is in the afternoon, because they give you energy for the rest of the day.
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And yes, these little balls are totally guilt-free, because they are made with healthy, raw ingredients only - no refined sugars added. I love to make these and play with their coating – it's a little snack that no one can resist. The secret to creating a creamy, yet textured truffle that stays together is in the proportion of wet and dry ingredients. Here are some delicious protein-loaded additions that make a great combo for raw truffles:
Almond butter – almonds are not only a great source of healthy, monounsaturated fats that balance hormone production and regulate your mood, but also a good source of magnesium, the mineral you need after the stress of an intense workout, and amino acids, needed for building the protein blocks.
Hemp hearts or hemp powder – hemp is a complete source of protein, containing all the essential amino acids, which is quite rare in the vegetal world. It also contains omega 3 and omega 6 in high concentrations, alongside minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iron.
Coconut flour – it's not only about its delicious flavor, but also the protein and high fiber content.
Oats – are a great addition to these little snacks because of their amino acids concentrations, and also for their fiber.
Raw cacao – while refined cocoa has a delicious taste, once you taste the raw cacao you won't come back to its refined version. The flavor is more intense, and the health benefits are exceptional because of its antioxidants and minerals. And it's also a great energy booster!
Dried dates – are an exceptional potassium source, necessary for balancing the healthy cell activity after workout and maintaining its alkaline environment. While their protein addition is not high, their natural sugars gives your body energy.
Combining these ingredients in balanced quantities (adding too much oats will result into a thicker texture) and adding enough coconut oil to blend everything and help them stay together after hardening into the refrigerator – these are simple steps for obtaining delicious little truffles with raw ingredients only.
Makes: 8-10 truffles
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup dry pitted dates, soaked into purified water for at least 1 hour
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked into purified water for at least 1 hour
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp hemp powder
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
Hemp hearts, cacao powder, for coating
Drain the dates and pumpkin seeds, and add them into the food processor together with the coconut oil and almond butter.
Process to obtain a fine puree.
Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse to incorporate.
Shape little balls using your palms and add them onto a plate with hemp hearts and cacao powder.
Roll to coat evenly.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.