Valentine Superfood Truffles {AKA post-workout protein power balls}

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Besides just tasting good(I enjoy eating!), I believe that most of what I eat should serve a purpose. This recipe satisfies my post-workout recovery needs, but can also pass as a stunning treat. With the ingredients used, these qualify as nutritional wonders that are decadent enough to be dessert. Perfect for a Valentine’s day treat!

Because recovery should be rewarding.

****Update: I have decided that the blood orange version is one of my favorite kitchen creations to date! The flavor combo and intensity are just spectacular! The chocolate is also fantastic. Don’t be afraid to try it even if you aren’t a fan of berry flavored things, as the chocolate flavor steals the show.****

Valentine Superfood Truffles {AKA post-workout protein power balls} By: Kaci Cheeseman

Classy or sassy. You decide.

Ingredients:

For the truffles:

For rolling:

Instructions:

1/ Let goji berries soak in pomegranate juice to soften for a few hours, or overnight.
2/ In a blender or food processor, add the berries and juice, cherries, blood orange, and sweetener (if using), and process into a liquid.
3/  In a medium bowl, mix protein powder and liquid until you get a dough. If you want to adjust the color, add a few drops of red food coloring.
4/ Place in a plastic bag and chill for an hour or so in the fridge to make it easier to work with.
5/ Roll into balls. I got about 52 out of the batch at 0.5 oz each.
6/ Melt coconut oil.
7/ Place the processed goji berries, lucuma, and truvia in a shallow dish. You could also add food coloring here too, if you want a more pink tint. Just mix a few drops with the truvia first, then add that to the rest.
8/ Use the melted oil to coat hands(I prefer using gloves for this step) and roll each ball in your hands to coat with a little oil. Then roll them in the coating mix. If giving as a gift, place each in a mini muffin cup liner- get creative!
9/ Chill, if you can wait, and enjoy!
10/ Store in the refrigerator up to a week, or you can freeze them. (Makes about 10 servings of 5/serving)

For a chocolate version:

1/ Omit the blood orange.
2/ Use 7 scoops of the protein powder and 6 TBSP/30g Hershey Special Dark Cocoa powder.
3/  1+ 1/4 cup frozen berries of choice(I used 1/2 cup cherries and 3/4 cup blueberries).
4/ Add more sweetener to compensate for the cocoa.
5/ Roll in Lucuma and top with a single goji berry. (Makes 8 servings of 4 per serving)

Nutrition:

1 serving: 5 Truffles

1 Serving: 4 Truffles

That’s What I Ate Wednesday post-workout!

What I Ate Wednesday: Love Your Veggies

Check out what everyone else is eating too at Jenn’s blog!!

Sprint 2 the Table

Linking up at the #StrangeButGood Valentine’s Day fun at Laura’s blog! Check out all the healthy red goodies!

RecipeFUriday

Also linking up for the first time at Kierston’s blog!

the great valentines day bake-off

In the spirit of love, I’m linking up at Davida’s blog too!

healthy bite recipe link up

Adding to Lindsay’s healthy bite round up!

Reader Questions:

Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day or not?

| Kaci

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. These look absolutely fabulous and I love all of the ingredients!! Thanks so much for linking up. I hope you have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

  2. Julie says:

    I love using goji berries. I just discovered a stash because they sell them cheaper at Asian grocery stores.

  3. Kierston says:

    These look awesome. Great colour too. Thanks for sharing the love on #RECIPEFRIDAY 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend!

    1. Thank you! I know it is all mental, but my food just tastes better when it is pretty!

  4. I love this idea! Blood orange is one of my favorite fruits, too. They’re so pretty!

    1. Oh my goodness! I couldn’t find them for the longest time, but I finally did, and I am officially obsessed! Many more blood orange recipes to follow =]

      1. I used it to make a kombocha brew. Loooooved it! I have a blood orange scone recipe too. You really can use it in anything!

      2. I initially went hunting for blood oranges with the intent of making your scone recipe! =]
        I promise, I will report back when I have tried it…I admit I fell victim to a crazy schedule and my kitchen ADD…

      3. LOL! I need a pill for kitchen ADD. 😉

      4. So I am not alone?!

        I wonder if there is a support group….

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