This post is sponsored by Now Foods. I received products for review and compensation for my time, however all comments, opinions, recipes and enthusiasm are my own.
Today, I’m delighted to share with you a Sugar-Free Strawberry Protein Truffle recipe that will take your Valentine’s Day game to a whole ‘nutha level! These sweet little treats are not only sugar-free and dairy free but also pumped up with sustaining protein and heart-healthy fats that won’t jack up your blood sugar and then leave you in a nasty carb crash. Perfect for a post-workout treat, healthy dessert, sensible snack and really cute way to woo the one you love on Valentine’s day!
Now, before you get confused, I’m a way more of a Race Boss than a Cake Boss! My cake, candy and cookie decorating skills can be so lame that I’m often forced to do penalty burpees! But these protein truffles are simple to make and there is no “cooking.” Plus, I’ve offered several decorating options – easy, easier and easiest!
The convenient thing about whipping up a batch of these berry beauties is that I had most of the ingredients already on hand in my pantry thanks to Now Foods. Are you familiar with Now Foods (and their brands like Now Sports, Ellyndale and Now Real Foods)? Seriously, I think they might have all ALL the natural foods and supplements I need for my active lifestyle except maybe fresh produce and steaks, seafood and yogurt. Plus, I’ve toured their manufacturing facility and state-of the-art laboratory in Chicago and I have seen up close and personal how this leader in the industry can off such quality products at an affordable price.
The key product in this recipe are Strawberry Whey Protein Isolate from the Now Sports division. This is some good stuff, y’all. It has no artificial anything (including funky pink coloring), is sugar-free, gluten-free and has an excellent BCAA profile and one scoop justs cost you 120 calories but offers 25g of protein.
- Now Sports Whey Protein Isolate Powder Strawberry Flavor
- Now Sports Whey Protein Isolate Powder Vanilla Flavor
- Now Real Food Organic Coconut Flour
- Ellyndale Organic Coconut Oil
- Ellyndale Sugarless Sugar (LOVE this erythritol and stevia-based baking blend)
Making these Sugar-free Strawberry Truffles is no biggie! The truffle filling ingredients mix up in a flash – but then you need to let the mixture set up in the fridge so that it will be easy to handle when rolling and dipping.
Now the topping is where you get to choose easy, easier and easiest. The “easiest” option, not pictured here, is to skip the coating and just roll your strawberry protein truffle filling in anything from cocoa powder to crushed nuts.
The “easier” alternative to shaping into the strawberry shape is to roll into balls and then dip in the white “chocolate” mixture, and dust with crushed dehydrated strawberries.
And, the still “easy” whole strawberry look involves pressing truffle filling out into a berry shape before dipping, then quickly pressing top into a small bowl filled with crushed dehydrated strawberries. You’ll quickly need to then press in mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs and a mint leaf before the “chocolate” hardens. Make sure you have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before heating up the coating.
For those of you who track macros, each truffle has 130 calories, 4.5g carbs, 7g fat, and 10g protein.
Feeling thirsty? My “Kiss of Honey” Strawberry Hot Chocolate makes the perfect pair-up with these pretty, pink truffles.
What is your favorite Valentine’s Day treat? If you were picking a chocolate out of a traditional hear-shaped variety box, which flavor would you hope for? What are you in LOVE with lately? Please share in the comments — XOXO, Jennifer