Clean Eats: Raw Energy Protein Truffles

For weeks, months, I've seen the idea of "energy balls" and "clean truffles" grow and grow over social media. You would think, me always looking for healthy treats, I would've played around with this idea a long time ago. It's always seemed like such an expensive and messy project to invest in. But it wasn't. And the sticky mess was 100% worth it. I spent yesterday morning creating lots of different flavor combinations for these energy truffles. That's something I love to do, mix flavors. It's possibly my favorite thing to do in the kitchen.

First off, I love the idea of little bite-sized treats full of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbs for a quick pick-me-up halfway through your day, or after a sweaty workout session. Plus they taste good, well good is an understatement. They taste amazing.

I know I use delicious and amazing a lot on this blog, but it's food. And that's how I describe my food; I wouldn't be posting it if it wasn't well, amazing.

They make perfect desserts too. I had one after my post-workout lunch today. YUM. And now I want another one...

So here are the 3 flavor combinations I came up with for these super fast and yummy "truffles".

  • Mocha Cookie Protein Truffle
  • Almond Joy® Protein Truffle
  • Apricot & Coconut Energy Truffle
My mom requested the Almond Joy® ones- and I don't blame her... that candy's addictive. I need to come up with a Twix® energy ball recipe... okay, now I'm hungry.

Anyways heres the base for a protein truffle:

1/2 cup nut butter- tahini, almond, peanut, cashew, coconut, etc.
1/2 cup protein powder
1/4 cup + 1 tbs. flax meal

For the mocha cookie- use chocolate protein powder, vanilla espresso almond butter (or regular almond butter), 2 tbs. cocoa powder, 2 tbs. espresso powder, and 2 packets stevia. Blend in a high speed food processor, not blender. Add cold water 1 tbs. at a time until dough forms. Wrap and place in fridge for 10 minutes until hardened. Roll into balls and roll in cocoa powder. Place in fridge for 15 more minutes to harden.

For the almond joy- chocolate protein powder, almond butter, 2 tbs. almonds (slivered), 1/4 cup coconut (unsweetened), 1 tbs. cocoa, 1 packet stevia. Follow the same instructions as the mocha cookie but roll in crushed almonds or coconut.

The base for an Energy Truffle (no protein powder):

1/2 cup nut butter
1-3 pitted dates
1/4 cup + 2 tbs. flax meal

For the Apricot & coconut energy truffle- use tahini, 1 date. 1/2 cup dried apricots, 1/3 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
Follow same instructions above. Roll in coconut.

To store- store in freezer layered with wax paper in an air-tight container. Take one out and allow 20 minutes to thaw before enjoying. 

top- almond joy
middle- mocha cookie
bottom- apricot & coconut energy

And that's how the're going to go. 
They're just plain delicious. My personal favorite? The mocha cookie protein truffle!
It's a great pick-me-up for a rainy day like today. 

                                    XOXO -Cecilia A.



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