These COCONUT TRUFFLES are totally lightened up without losing all the flavor. And don’t forget about that boost of protein you get in each bite!
Yup, we’re going to talk about it again. You know, that thing that comes up about every 3-4 posts here on Happy Food Healthy Life.
Uh-huh … It’s my coconut obsession.
I can’t NOT talk about it!
For as long as I can remember, it’s always been the #1 choice. In shampoo-scents. In candy. In adult beverage-flavors. In lotions. In candles. I just can’t get enough.
And of course, when I’m thinking about what to dip in chocolate, you can almost always bet there’s going to be coconut involved.
The thing is, I can only eat so many Russell Stover Chocolate & Almond Eggs this Easter season before I start to get a little down on myself.
So I decided to keep with the chocolate and coconut combination, but I wanted to amp it up a bit on the health factor. No, these aren’t necessarily healthy, but they are definitely health-conscious. Pure maple syrup to sweeten it up. Protein powder to add a boost of nutrients. And of course the unsweetened coconut for some healthy fats in every single bite. Oh, and you can’t forget about the dark chocolate – the darker you use, the better – all those antioxidents and whatnot.
So this is my solution for replacing all the Almond Joys, Mounds, Almond Joy Eggs, Russell Stover Eggs, Coconut M&Ms, Coconut Hershey Kisses, and all the other tempting coconut & chocolate goodies I’m presented with.
This is something I can feel good about. And the fact that I get to do it without losing out on the flavor is amazing.
The hardest part about these treats is just waiting for the chocolate to set in the fridge. If you’re anything like me, you may find yourself impatiently grabbing for one before the wait-time is up and left with super happy taste buds and chocolate fingers to lick.
- 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut , unsweetened (I use Bob's Red Mill Coconut)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla protein powder (This is the Whey Protein I use)
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 4 Tablespoons heavy cream
In a food processor or high speed blender, combine the shredded coconut, protein powder, flax seeds, maple syrup, and coconut extract. Begin blending together, scraping down the edges every so often with a rubber spatula.
Eventually, after about 4-5 minutes, the mixture will turn from flaky into a thicker buttery-like spread. At this point, from all the mixing, the mixture may be a little warm. Let cool slightly so it becomes a little thicker and is easier to mold and work with.
Once slightly cooled, use a small cookie dough scoop or Tablespoon and mold into small golf-ball-sized bites. Place in the refrigerator for about 30-60 minutes to set the shape.
To melt the chocolate to coat the truffles, place dark chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Once the chocolate has melted, whisk it together with the heavy cream until you have a smooth and melty chocolate ganache.
Now you can coat the chilled truffles with chocolate either by dipping them directly into the chocolate or by spooning the chocolate over each truffle.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating so the chocolate is sure to set. Enjoy at room temperature.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a picture, upload it to Instagram and tag me (@happyfoodholly) and use the hashtag #inspiredbyholly
Looking for more lightened-up treats?
Healthy Coconut Cookies – Happy Food Healthy Life
Healthy Banana Split Freezer Bites – Super Healthy Kids
Healthy Almond Joy Banana Bread – Happy Food Healthy Life
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites – The Kitcheneer
Coconut Lemon Pudding Parfaits – Happy Food Healthy Life
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