It’s been far too long since I have posted anything. I have been overwhelmed these past few months with family responsibilities, so writing just hasn’t been a priority. One thing that I do a make a priority, however, is sticking with my healthy eating habits. Proper nutrition helps my body respond to stress, fibro-flares, or whatever else comes along.
And just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean we need to forego our healthy habits and miss out on holiday goodies. I love dessert. But I am also a sucker for healthy tweaks to recipes. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Recipe Hacker Confidential. She has delicious recipes that are free of gluten, dairy, soy, and processed sugar.
One of the things I find I need to help me keep my diet on track is plenty of protein. I love that this recipe has toasted almonds AND I added some of my favorite vegan protein powder. This recipe is a combination of the truffles recipe from The Recipe Hacker Confidential and one from Orgain.com for protein balls.
Peppermint Truffles Recipe
- 2 cups pecans, toasted lightly in skillet at medium-high heat
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
- 1/4 cup Orgain Peppermint H0t Cocoa protein powder (only available seasonally)
- 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine the above ingredients in a food processor until well blended. Use a 1″ cookie scoop or tablespoon and roll the dough into ~ 1″ balls. Set in the refrigerator to rest for a few minutes. This should make about 30 truffles.
- 4-6 oz. Dark Chocolate in a double boiler on the stove (73% cacao content) – I like TCHO 81% dark chocolate or Lily’s stevia sweetened dark chocolate chips or Guittard bittersweet chocolate (70%)
- Crushed candy canes, finely chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios or pecans all work great), unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut flakes.
Using a toothpick or fork, dip each ball into the melted dark chocolate to cover. Roll in optional toppings such as crushed candy canes, chopped nuts, or cacao nibs. Place on waxed or parchment paper and place in fridge or freezer to set.
These will freeze really well. I like to keep some in the freezer to pull out whenever I need a little indulgence.
“You’re living in a toxic food culture, where processed and denatured foods are convenient and plentiful; where eating healthfully takes focused intention, forethought, and creativity.”Diana Keuilian, The Recipe Hacker Confidential
If you’re looking for a gift for a health-conscious person who enjoys cooking, consider one of Diana Keuilian’s cookbooks: The Recipe Hacker Confidential or The Recipe Hacker: Comfort Foods. Or even consider gifting them some Orgain protein powder (my daughter’s boyfriend always wants protein powder and my homemade granola for Christmas). ❤
What’s your favorite holiday indulgence? Do you have other favorite recipes you have hacked to make them healthier? Please leave me a comment and let me know.
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