The fall season can sometimes corner us into bad habits.
It’s a time filled with holidays and celebrations focused on eating copious amounts of food, candy and desserts.
Whether it’s the office bowl of candy sitting near your desk at work for Halloween, the office Thanksgiving potluck with towers of cookies and pies or the Christmas-themed, sugar-filled coffee drinks from your favorite coffee shop, many of us tend to lose focus of our fitness and nutritional goals during this season.
It’s a time when keeping track of your eating tends to get thrown out the window.
That October belly you’ve started building quickly transforms itself into a December gut.
It can become a time when you think you've just spotted Santa Claus, but you really just caught a reflection of yourself in the mirror.
While you don’t have to track every dollop of whipped cream on your pumpkin pie or make sure grandma used coconut oil rather than vegetable oil when she made your favorite cookies, making a conscious effort to stay on track with your fitness goals during the holiday season is important.
One of the easiest ways to stay on track with your nutritional goals and satisfy your sweet tooth is to make healthy, nutrition-rich desserts that both taste good and fit into your daily nutritional intake.
With this no-bake, chocolate-almond protein truffle recipe, you will be able to get the holiday candy you deserve, while staying on track with your daily nutritional goals.
Using only six ingredients and having no baking involved, this is a sweet treat you can keep for yourself to indulge at home or bring to a holiday party for others to enjoy.
No-Bake Chocolate-Almond Protein Truffles
¼ cup whey protein isolate (flavor of your choice) ½ cup ground almonds 2 tbs coconut flour ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tbs peanut butter ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
1. Combine your ground almonds and protein isolate in a bowl and mix together.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until all ingredients are mixed together.
The dough will be a little sticky, but you don’t want it too wet or too sticky.
3. Form the dough into small truffle balls and place them on a plate or baking pan lined with wax or parchment paper.
The dough will make approximately seven or eight truffle balls. Put your plate of truffle balls to the side for the time being.
4. Melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave or by using a double boiler.
Drizzle the melted dark chocolate on top of your truffle balls, covering the top half of the candies.
5. Place your tray in the freezer for approximately an hour, to allow the candies to harden up.
If you’d rather the truffles be soft and cold, you can also place them in the refrigerator to allow them to solidify.
6. Place a protein truffle in your mouth and enjoy.
Nutritional Profile For The Entire Batch
Calories: 865 Fat: 56 grams Carbohydrates: 72 grams Protein: 50 grams
Nutritional Profile For Each Truffle
Calories: 108 Fat: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 9 grams Protein: 6.25 grams
For a complete tutorial on how to make these truffles, check out the YouTube video.
At just over 100 calories each, these protein-packed truffles don’t break the nutritional bank.
Yet, they still allow you to indulge in a sweet, delicious, chocolate treat.
So, when you're thinking about all the cookies and candy you want to stuff your face with this holiday season, think again.
Give these healthy protein truffles a try.