I know Thanksgiving wasn’t even a week ago and you might be thinking I’m jumping right to Christmas but that wasn’t my plan and I’m SO far from it this year. I actually had plans to share a salad today and jump to some holiday baking next week. Only problem is I shared a salad last week right before the big Romaine Recall and I got a lot of messages about swapping it out for those already planning to make it for Thanksgiving. Being out of town for Thanksgiving and the weekend and getting home late last night I didn’t have time and was too tired to stay up late to write up one of the other recipes I have photographed.
I debated sharing the salad still and noting options for swapping the romaine but decided to hold off on sharing it for now.
So I’m sharing a favorite from last year that was a go to healthy snack I kept on hand for the holidays that I had planned to make again this week. Swapping the protein powder for cacao as noted and maybe tweaking a little (omitting adaptogens this time) to fit my needs this year with baby on board.
Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving and weekend along with a little relaxation before we jump into the busy hustle and bustle of Christmas.
Hope you enjoy this recipe and link up with Deborah and I below, or check out some of the linked recipes, for Meatless Monday.
Are you sitting down? You might want to because these delicious no bake Peppermint Brownie Protein Truffles are healthy and just might be what you need to keep you in that holly jolly mood!
Did you know today is National Brownie Day? I was going to make a twist on one of my friends favorite brownie creations. Then then I thought about make one of my other no bake brownies but instead twisted them a little, a peppermint twist if you will, and rolled them into convenient bite size balls. I couldn’t wait I made them early, and then made them again, holding in from sharing them but what better day then National Brownie Day! My friends brownie dessert I decided to save it for her birthday in a couple months, hope she isn’t reading this.
Can’t stop, keep popping these Peppermint Brownie Protein Truffles they’re keeping my spirits bright! Things are so crazy around the holidays and schedules jam packed and these keep me from getting hangry, especially in the afternoon but I have been caught having one with a cup of coffee in the morning too.
The best thing about these Peppermint Brownie Protein Truffles besides being quick and easy to make is that they’re healthy and keep the holiday sugar cravings in check. There are variations to these truffles but I like to make them with a combination of plant-based protein powder and cacao powder and then add maca (gelatinized maca powder) although I did make 2 batches with reishi and ashwagandha. I leave the adaptogens out of the ones for the girls.
Craving a peppermint mocha? Maybe that’s why I made these as it wasn’t until I picked one up while running around that I really started craving the chocolate peppermint combo even tough it’s a family favorite. Coffee shop peppermint mochas are often too sweet for me and heavy so I usually go with half the syrups (mocha and peppermint) but it still packs a lot of sugar that can have me crashing later. With these Peppermint Brownie Protein Truffles I can get my fix with an Americano or coffee on the side. I just made a batch Tuesday adding in a little espresso powder for a Peppermint Mocha Brownie Bite version.
Here is the breakdown and why I added the ingredients I did, most of the same ingredients I used when I made my Chocolate Maca Brownie Bites almost 4 years ago.
Protein powder to bulk the truffles up and add more nutrients. There are two kinds of protein I use Vega and Navitas. I went with the Navitas Cacao and Greens in these, made with 5 kinds of plant protein, a powerhouse of greens (including spirulina), digestive enzymes and CFUs, and 14 superfoods and adaptogens! No fullers or sweeteners in it either.
Cacao powder is one of the most powerful superfoods that’s packed with antioxidants, vinatmins, and minerals. Great for brain and cardiovascular health, they don’t call it good mood food for nothing.
Medjool dates are great for energy and a natural sweetener that are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Coconut oil for some healthy fats to help keep you full (satisfied) and for energy and a metabolism boost.
Raw almonds are a healthy fat that have protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Health benefits include they help lower cholesterol, help keep blood sugar stable, and help reduce inflammation. They are also good for heart, brain, and metabolism health.
Maca is a favorite, and if you’re a regular readier you already know this. Maca is great for energy, stamina, and strength. Not to mention balancing hormones which is why I started taking it years ago for fertility reasons. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals but is probably my favorite adaptogen. I personally like to use gelatinized maca powder as it is easier to digest. Maca is an optional ingredient in these Peppermint Brownie Protein Truffles and can be swapped for resihi or ashwagandha. Or omitted as I do for my girls completely.
I am not a doctor or a nutritionist and always recommend doing your own research before trying new foods (superfoods, adaptogens). All ingredients are plant-based, vegan, and gluten free. You can use any protein powder, I just note my favorites and what I use. Adaptogens (maca, reishi ashwaghanda) are optional. Peppermint extract can be used in place of peppermint oil just adjust to taste and start with just a little as you don’t want to overpower the bites. Cocoa powder can be used in place of cacao powder, I like to use cacao powder in recipes like this for it’s health benefits. I am a Navitas Insider so I use Navitas Organics products, I do not make any money off the sale and you can use other brands this is just my favorite that I trust so I continue to support them and it’s why I am an Insider which does mean I receive a discount on products I purchase (only if purchased through them).
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