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Hormone Balancing Protein Truffles

It’s that time of the month…

You know, where you feel like constantly munching and you cry at every single thing, like, oh I don’t know, a strand of fallen hair? Yes. That time of the month when your hormones go out of whack! Usually during this time, I turn to chocolate. My best friend for one week of every month. Oh, who am I kidding? Chocolate and I are best friends forever! :)

When it comes to superfoods, a lot of alien words will start to pop out. This-grass, that-berries, this-seed, that-root. But thank goodness, I’ve been working with a ton of superfoods lately. So I am quite familiar with a lot of them.

Today, I want to introduce you to Maca, also known as the Peruvian Ginseng.

Maca is PACKED with nutrition. Other than its ability to give a boost of energy, Maca has quite a reputation for balancing hormones. It’s the perfect thing to have for that time of the month. Oh! I heard that men also have “that time of the month.” So this treat is for everybody!

INGREDIENTS
2 cups hazelnut
10 pitted dates, soaked in boiling water
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
30 g unflavored protein powder
100 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon coconut oil

makes 20 truffles

  1. In a food processor, pulse the hazelnut until it reaches the consistency of a meal.
  2. Drain the dates. Save the date water for later. Place dates in food processor and pulse with the hazelnut meal.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients (cacao powder, maca, vanilla, and protein powder, if using). Process until the mixture is stick and has a dough consistency. If the mixture is too dry, add date water one tablespoon at a time.
  4. Scoop out one tablespoon of mixture and roll into balls. Set on a pan lined with parchment paper and freeze to chill for at least 1 hour.
  5. Make your chocolate shell. In a double broiler, melt your chocolate.
  6. Once your chocolate is melted, stir in the coconut oil. This is to help thin the chocolate, making it easier to dip your truffles.
  7. Remove your truffles from the freezer. Dip them in melted chocolate one at a time. Use a fork to remove them and tap excess chocolate off. Transfer back to the lined pan. Repeat until all the truffles are dipped.
  8. Transfer them back into the freezer to set.

Macros (per truffle):
Cal: 148
Carbs: 10g
Fats: 14g
Protein: 4g