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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Perfect as a healthy, no-bake holiday dessert or snack, you’ll want to keep a constant stock of these Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles around! Even better, they’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, optionally nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.

This recipe is versatile because you can use the ingredients to make Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough protein balls or truffles.

 

What are protein balls?

Protein balls seem to be everywhere these days, from the high-end health food store to big-box retailers, your local mom and pop deli, the airport, or even your favorite natural foods online retailer. You may have heard of protein balls and have seen them rise in popularity, but before you grab a package and add it to your cart either in person or online, you might ask yourself, what are protein balls? A protein ball is a mix of protein-packed ingredients like peanut butter, protein powder, flaxseeds, nuts, and chia seeds, along with a touch of stevia, or sugars like honey or agave, for natural sweetness and sometimes extra sweet treats like chocolate chips.

What’s the difference between a protein ball, protein cup, protein truffle, and fat bomb?

You may have seen protein balls called by many other names like protein truffles, protein cups, and fat bombs. While they are all similar in ingredients, they differ in a few ways - mostly in ingredient composition and appearance. Protein bites, protein balls, protein cups and protein truffles are typically low in carbs and low to moderate in fat. They also contain a good bit of protein. Fat bombs on the other hand are low in carbs, low in protein, and high in fat. Fat bombs are typically higher in calories than protein bites.

Are protein balls good for you?

There are a lot of great things about protein balls! Protein balls are quite portable and easy to pack with you for a breakfast boost, afternoon snack, or a quick dessert. These circular sweet treats hold their shape far better than the granola bars of the past that reduce to dust before you reach your destination. Protein balls have various ingredients depending on your dietary needs from higher fat to less sugar to more protein. Protein balls are excellent for those on a keto diet, paleo diet, low-carb diet, vegan diet, or any healthy diet that emphasizes whole ingredients and less processed meals.

Do protein balls provide energy?

Protein balls are frequently prized because they give you a quick boost of energy. They're usually made with a combination of dried fruit and nuts or nut butter, meaning they supply a serious amount of good fats and energy. When you're craving a quick energy boost in the afternoon, it might make more sense to reach for an energy ball than a bar of chocolate.

When should you eat protein balls?

You can eat these tasty pumpkin spice cookie dough chocolate protein balls any time of the day or night, but they can be most impactful if you eat them timed with certain daily activities like going to the gym. If you’re headed to the gym for weight training to gain strength or lifting weights to lose weight, you’ll want to eat a couple of protein balls ahead of time. Usually, its best to eat these protein balls about an hour before exercise.

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