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.
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
1/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin purée
1/2 cup natural smooth cashew butter
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp grain free protein powder (plain or vanilla)
2 tbsp xylitol, ground to a powder in a coffee grinder
1-2 tbsp NuNaturals Pumpkin Spice syrup, to taste
pinch of fine sea salt
5 tbsp sugar free chocolate chips
6 tbsp cacao butter, grated
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
6 tbsp cacao powder
pinch of fine sea salt
NuNaturals pure plain or vanilla liquid stevia, or to taste
For Chocolate Coating
Make the Filling
Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a small food processor and process until creamy. Add chips by hand and stir but don’t process again.
Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, place mounds of the dough on a parchment-lined cookie sheet or large plate. Freeze until the dough is firm enough to shape into balls with your hands, about 30 minutes. Return to the freezer and allow to harden completely, at least 4 hours or overnight.
Make the Chocolate Coating
Place a metal or glass bowl over a pot that contains about one inch (2.5 cm) simmering water. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.
Add coating ingredients to the bowl and stir constantly until everything is melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat.
Coat the Truffles
Using a fork, dip each truffle into the chocolate coating and roll it around to cover. Use the fork to scoop it out, then tap the fork over the edge of the bowl so any excess coating drips back into the bowl. Slide the truffle off the fork and back onto the parchment-lined plate. The coating may begin to harden up very quickly.
Once all the truffles are coated, return them to the freezer to ensure the coating hardens up (you might like to coat them in batches, returning coated truffles to the freezer each time).
After the coating has hardened, you can dip the truffles a second time in the chocolate so that you have a nice, thick chocolate coating on each. Use any leftover chocolate to drizzle over the tops of the truffles and create decorative swirls or zig-zags.
Store truffles in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They should be cold but not frozen. Makes 12-16 truffles.