One of my families favorite holiday treats is chocolate covered peanut butter balls. We get together to make holiday goodies with some really good friends and one of our friends makes them and they tend to disappear almost as fast as we make them. I can’t say I blame them, they are delicious, but not the healthiest which many holiday sweets aren’t. So like last year I am setting out to remake some healthier treats for the holidays. These could be healthier but one thing my family also really enjoyed this year is biscuits and other cookies that are enjoyed with cookies and tea that we had when we were in Ireland for a month. I picked up some biscuit cookie butter to enjoy for pancakes or other special treats and had put it away to enjoy during the holidays. So I decided to make Cookie Butter Protein Truffle Balls. I got Biscoff because it was a biscuit we had in Ireland, they sell it at Target now, but you can also purchase cookie butter at Trader Joes. I know I am sure I will have some critic out there telling me these are as healthy as chocolate covered kale. Haha. Wait is there such a thing? That actually might not be half bad. Yes these could be made healthier with natural peanut butter and without the chocolate coating but these are a treat and a healthy balance. They are made with coconut flour and protein powder so they are more filling with protein and fiber and I like to dip them in melted maca chocolate but any chocolate will work. You can dip them half in chocolate, or even just drizzle for less chocolate and to make them a little healthier if desired.
These are so good if you leave them out for Santa, you know to give him a little protein to offset his sugar rush, he will probably wake you up requesting more!
Cookie Butter Protein Truffle Balls
Makes 20-24 balls
2/3c coconut flour (can also use oat flour)
2/3c vanilla protein powder (used Vega Sport Performance Protein, Vanilla)
1/2c cookie butter
1/4c coconut oil, or coconut butter (if using coconut butter you will need to add 3-4 TBSP of water depending on flour and protein powder used)
1/4c maple syrup, or raw agave/honey can be used
1 1/2c chocolate chips or chopped chocolate of choice for coating, optional (used 4 Vega Maca Chocolate Bars for one batch and half Maca Bars and chips for the other)
With any protein balls it will be a balance. If using other nut butter, flour, or protein powder you may need to adjust a little. You want the mixture to be wet enough to roll into balls and not crumble but not to wet that they can’t be rolled and it sticks to your hands. Add more protein if batter is too runny. Add more nut butter, water, or syrup if it’s too dry. Just depends on the type of nut butter, flour, and protein you use.
In a bowl mix together flour and protein powder, set aside. In another bowl mix together cookie butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine. I like to use a stiff spatula for this until it is almost together and then I use my hands. I like to get the mixture into one big ball before forming my balls so that I don’t get to the bottom and have a drier mixture. However should that happen just add a couple drops of water. Roll dough into balls and place on a plate. Place balls in the refrigerator or freezer while preparing the chocolate. The balls should be firm and shouldn’t be too soft that they fall apart if they were dipped right into chocolate. Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 20-30 second intervals, stirring so that it heats evenly and you don’t burn the chocolate. Remove balls and dip them into the chocolate. I like to use toothpicks or skewers for doing this. Place dipped balls onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Once all balls have been dipped place them in the freezer a few minutes to set. Once set balls can be placed in a plastic bag or air tight container and stored in the refrigerator, or freezer for longer storage, until just before enjoying. I pull them out of the freezer and eat them straight out of the freezer or let them sit a minute to warm up. Enjoy!
As a Vega Recipe Ambassador I receive some Vega products, which I used as an option in this recipe. I use Vega not because it is given to me , I do purchase much of it on my own as well, but because it has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging and some recipes are made with Vega products I purchase. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts.