Valentine's Day is a time for reveling in love and sentimental cards. But make no mistake, this sweet holiday can wreak havoc on your best nutritional goals. If you're halfway through a New Year's transformation, serious about keeping your gains, or just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with something other than a box of sugar-filled, heart-shaped chocolates, you've come to the right place.
This year, give that special someone (or yourself!) the homemade, protein-filled alternative to cheap sweets. Trade in store-bought Russell Stover's for a box of protein chocolate that's handcrafted by you. There's truly no better gift!
A box of protein chocolate will render your partner speechless, lead to a cascade of hugs and kisses, and bring on intense nommage. It's like a box of protein magic. And the best part of making your own protein chocolates? You can easily tailor this recipe to your recipient's taste buds and macros!
- 1/4 cup chocolate whey protein powder
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 heaping tbsp cashew, almond, hazelnut, or peanut butter
(go with the one your partner likes best)
- 1/8 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1/2 tsp rum flavoring (optional, but awesome)
- 3-4 squares of 85% dark chocolate
- 1 square white chocolate (optional, but great for decoration)
- Mix all of the filling ingredients in a big bowl. Pay attention to the flavor of the batter and tweak to fit your loved one's tastes. If they like Nutella, for example, use hazelnut butter and a really chocolatey whey protein powder, like Cellucor. If your partner is the first to dive into a Reese's cup, add peanut butter to the batter. You can even throw in a handful of almonds!
- Once you achieve the right texture, shape the batter into eight balls and set them aside. Remember that if your batter is too sticky to shape, you should add a bit more cocoa powder. If it's too dry or crumbly, add a bit more milk.
- Melt your dark chocolate by sticking it in the microwave or, if you're feeling fancy, melt it in a bain marie, which is just a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.
- When your dark chocolate has melted, dunk the balls in them and transfer them to a plate or chopping board that's covered in foil or baking paper. This will help prevent the balls from sticking when you unmold them.
- Finally, top your truffles with melted white chocolate, chopped nuts, chocolate flakes, or coconut flakes!
Serving Size 1 Truffle
Recipe yields 8
Valentine's Day Truffles PDF (520 KB)