Caramel Peanut Protein Truffles. Smooth caramel, crunchy peanuts, and a chocolate finish. When you crave candy but pick healthy protein truffles, you know you've found the perfect recipe!
This post was sponsored by BasilHealth but the content and opinions expressed are fully my own.
Candy. A child's ultimate. For a parent, not so much. I mean, I'm ALL for treats now and then, life is short and I treat myself so why shouldn't they? But what about the times you really want to indulge but need that healthy twist? Enter healthy protein truffles filled with buttery caramel flavor and crunchy peanuts! We're talking no refined sugar, nutrient filled ingredients, protein and a fully raw option. The only issue is that you may not be able to stop eating them, so it's a good thing that these aren't that bad for you 😉 The perfect secretly healthy candy like treat!
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Healthy food is really good, flavorful and will keep you satisfied. You just need the right recipes! This is why I created these caramel and peanut flavored vegan protein power balls. You can even make them into raw protein balls with a few subs. These are not a boring tasteless treat. My kids shoved these protein truffles into their mouth faster than I could scream SLOW DOWN! And I won't even talk about the littlest one (note to self, do NOT let baby eat chocolate without direct supervision).
Things you will find in these protein truffles:
- oats (fiber, calcium, protein)
- pecans (healthy fat, fiber, antioxidants)
- peanuts (healthy fat, protein, essential vitamins)
- dates (natural unrefined sugar, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals)
- coconut sugar (lower glycemic index than white sugar and has some nutrients unlike white sugar)
- dark chocolate and raw cacao powder (antioxidant, fiber, iron)
So what are you waiting for?! Make these raw protein balls and indulge. Indulge in healthy delicious amazing food. Let food be the medicine that makes your body go!
Caramel Peanut Protein Truffles (raw, vegan)
- 20 medjool dates
- ¾ cup peanuts , raw for raw version
- ¼ cup raw pecans
- 2 tablespoons oats , gluten-free if needed
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar , see note
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract , see note
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips , see note
- Put dates in a bowl of warm water to soften.
- Put pecans, oats and coconut sugar into a food processor. Blend until you get a crumbly texture.
- Add in dates, vanilla and salt. Blend until smooth.
- Add in peanuts and pulse mixture so that they are chopped but still in crunchy pieces.
- Scoop out spoonfuls and using hands, roll into 1 inch balls.
- Melt chocolate in microwave (or double boiler), 30 seconds at a time so you don’t burn it (mine took 1 minute, but all microwaves vary).
- Dip balls into chocolate and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Put in refrigerator to harden chocolate. Try not to eat them all!
In order to make these fully raw:
- Use raw nuts
- Sub a raw sweetener for the coconut sugar (such as stevia, sucanat, or some palm sugar is considered raw), sub with agave nectar or even 2-3 more dates, or simply leave out the sugar for a less sweet version.
- Use ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder. For the chocolate coating, instead of dark chocolate chips mix ½ cup cacao powder with ½ cup coconut oil (you can try really runny coconut butter too if avoiding oil) and 2-3 tablespoons of your raw sweetener of choice.
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.
Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
I bet these truffles are so moreish...they look delicious!
While I currently can't eat these myself, I did make them for Willow for our upcoming road trip and she LOVES them!!! I let her try one before I packed them away and she legit cried when I told her she couldn't have another one so close to dinner - haha! I think these will be perfect to keep her happy in the car 🙂
I did struggle a little with making them because they were really sticky and thanks to Sophia for answering my email, I think it was because my dates were ultra sticky - I added more oats to kind of help make it easier to work with, but in doing so, mine didn't turn out as smooth...BUT who cares because my kid loves them! I'll definitely make these again once I'm done with this protocol so that I can try them!
Thank you so much Mandy! I hope you get to try them soon and that you are feeling better. I'm definitely guessing your dates were a tad stickier than normal as I've had others make them without the stickiness. Try soaking them a little longer next time and that may help. I'm thrilled Willow loved them!
Yummy! I love protein balls and these look so good, Sophia! What a great combo! <3
We make protein bites all the time in our home too. Looks like a wonderful version
Thanks Nicole! Love having these little snacks around!!
Pecans and peanuts together? That's genius! And these look so insanely perfect. Mine probably wouldn't be so pretty, but who cares if they taste amazing!
Haha! Totally!! I don't usually take such care, but of course for blog photos I need to. That being said, they do roll quite easy! Thanks Alisa!
These have Willow written all over them! Haha! So perfect - and easy travel snacks. Can't wait to make these, I just have to grab some pecans...ill let you know when I do!
Congrats! I'm really excited for you and I'll have to sign up for emails. Looking forward to what's in store ?
Thanks Mandy! They are great travel snacks! My kids love them, perfect little protein boost throughout the day. I send them to school as their lunchtime treat! Hope you're well!