Who doesn’t love a good truffle? Those incredibly decadent confections made of creamy chocolate and covered in nuts or coconut or cacao…or peppermint!
Now wouldn’t that be a festive touch?
And tasty too! With the rich flavor of chocolate and the cool taste of peppermint…Mmmm
And what if instead of them being filled with cream and sugar they were actually made with protein powder? Not only could they be vegan…but they’d actually be better for you! And with just two of these little beauties you get more protein and less calories than you would in a cup of whole milk! =)
And they’re so simple to make you won’t believe it.
- vanilla or chocolate protein powder (Casein, Rice or Pea powder) - 1 Scoop
- milk (of your choosing) - 1/4 cup + 1 1/2 Tablespoons
- dark or semisweet chocolate - 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons
- Peppermint candy canes (crushed - may use sugar-free, if you prefer) -
Measure and mix together the protein powder and 1/4 cup milk. It will thicken to about the consistency of peanut butter. Then gently melt the chocolate with 1 1/2 Tablespoons milk, stirring constantly until it is smooth and glossy. Pour it into the bowl with the protein/milk mixture and stir together until well blended. Pop into the freezer for about 20 minutes (until it's hardened enough to work with). It will be sticky as you form the rounded balls. Roll into the crushed candy cane. Cover well and place back in the freezer. For best results chill 20 - 30 minutes and serve immediately.
Otherwise, just like Cinderella, if they stay too long at the ball, they'll begin to run. ;)
Traditionally, truffles were made and eaten the same day; however these can be frozen overnight without spoiling either their rich, chocolate minty flavor or creamy texture. To defrost, keep covered and place in the fridge. Eat within a couple of hours.
We repeatedly tested them under various scenarios, for purely scientific reasons you understand ;) by eating them hours later and even the next day (after being refrigerated) and though they're not so pretty, they're still delicious!
If you like, you can always freshen them up by rolling them in crushed peppermint again.
Makes 6 truffles.