Healthy snacking made easy! These cookie dough protein truffles are healthy, tasty and full of good ingredients; dates, protein powder, maca, nut flour and dark chocolate.
They are quick to make and delicious; imagine biting into soft caramel- tasting maca truffle centres with fragrant notes from the almond or coconut flour, coated in a crispy dark chocolate shell.
These truffles are refined sugar-free (the dates provide enough sweetness) and by using plant based protein powder and dairy-free dark chocolate, these truffles can be easily be made vegan. By using nut-based flour, these treats are also gluten-free. However, these truffles are so yummy, they will be popular with all!
I love to make these as gifts too; just pop some in a jam or Kilner jar with a ribbon around the lip and a tag to personalise them. They also make great healthy portable snacks (I love taking some in Tupperware to fuel long walks, to have as snacks at work when I have the munchies or as work out snacks).
A batch of these truffles can be whipped up in under 40 mins and they freeze well too! I have also given variations to this recipe; by omitting the maca and adding some spices, you can add a different flavour dimension!
Makes: 12-14 truffles
Preparation time: 35-40 mins
For the dough bites:
- 10 Medjool dates (approx. 130g, pitted)
- 100g coconut or almond flour
- 3 tablespoons of protein powder (pea or soya bean if vegan)
- 2 tbsp. of maca powder
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 tbsp. of the date water (to help bind)
- 80g dark chocolate
- 10g grated chocolate
Omit the maca and substitute with:
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 cardamom pod grounded for chai-flavoured truffles
- or ¼ tsp. chilli powder for chilli truffles
Make chocolate maca cookie dough truffles by using 20g less coconut or almond flour and adding 20g of cacao powder instead.
- Soak the Medjool dates in boiled water for 5 mins to help soften.
- While the dates are softening, add the remaining dough bite ingredients into a blender or food processor. Add the softened dates and 1 tbsp. of the water from the soaked dates. Blend to combine the ingredients together to form a soft golden paste.
- Using your hands, shape the mixture into balls or domes. To shape into domes, I use a tablespoon measure, dipping the measure in water between each dome to prevent the domes from sticking.
- Once all the domes are made, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave for a few mins or using a bain-marie.
- Dip each dome into the melted chocolate and place on a plate lined with greaseproof paper. Decorate with grated dark chocolate sprinkles and place in the fridge to set. Enjoy!
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