Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Truffles

Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Truffles | ourfourforks.com | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

My breakfast routine changes a lot. I don’t mix it up every day, but stick to one thing for months until I’m over it. I’ll have several weeks of smoothies and eggs, then months of rice porridge with yogurt, then granola in smoothies, and (currently) sweet potatoes with coconut butter, apple butter and sausage. Protein is pretty much the only common denominator; I feel better when I start the day with a balanced meal.

Because I’ve been feeling a bit trapped inside from the snow, I’ve been making a point to exercise in the morning before work. I eat my full breakfast at work, but in the car between the studio and the office, I’m starving. These protein truffles are the perfect post-workout portable snack; full of healthy fat, protein and easily digestible carbs.

I don’t eat protein powder every day, but when I do, I’m super picky about which ones I eat; my favorites, aside from pure hemp protein, are Vega and Sunwarrior. I tested a couple of different powders with the protein truffles and I like Sunwarrior’s classic protein (vanilla and chocolate) best for this recipe.

Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Truffles | ourfourforks.com | #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

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Chocolate Brownie Granola + A Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Granola | ourfourforks.com

Somewhere between my usual plain protein-deficient oatmeal (a longtime breakfast habit I’ve tried to break) and eggs with sweet potato (what I eat when I’m trying to be healthier), lies the smoothie bowl. I began making smoothie bowls with protein powder because I could pour it on top of my oatmeal – without having to give up my oatmeal entirely. I quickly became addicted. For weeks Josh and I ate oatmeal smoothie bowls (over 20 grams of protein per bowl!) before I realized that something crunchy would better compliment the thickness of the smoothie than oatmeal does.

 

Chocolate granola is something I’ve been wanting to make since I finally bought and tried cacao nibs a few weeks back ( and subsequently used in a Nutella Smoothie and Homemade Chocolate). I’m always a little intimidated by the amount of oil, sugar and oats used in typical oatmeal, so this version is a bit lighter. I’ve replaced half of the oats with a current obsession: puffed brown rice (recently used as flour in Vegan Snickerdoodles), the sugar with maple syrup and most of the oil with… black beans. Inspired by black bean brownie recipes (like this one and this one), I made a healthy brownie batter that acts as the wet mixture for the granola. The result is a rich chocolate granola that is perfect on it’s own in a trail mix, with milk (non-dairy or grass-fed dairy), yogurt or, of course, this protein smoothie bowl.

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Homemade Chocolate

Homemade Chocolate | ourfourforks.com

When I was living in Portland there was a farmer’s market around the block from where I worked. Missionary Chocolates, a vegan and gluten-free chocolate company, had a booth at the market and not a week passed where I didn’t try a new flavor. I was always so impressed by the simplicity of the ingredients in these chocolates. In thinking about making a Mother’s Day gift, it dawned on me that, although I’ve made truffles, I had never made solid homemade chocolate.

 

I was blown away by how easy these are to make; mix coconut oil, cocoa powder (or cacao) and your sweetener of choice and voila. Homemade chocolate. The chocolate can also be roughly chopped into chocolate chips for cookies, melted over ice cream or used for s’mores (all sugar-free, if you chose the stevia route).

 

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Healthy Nutella

Healthy Nutella

Healthy nutella – sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, until Josh and I made a homemade version after our long run this weekend . Made with roasted hazelnuts, soaked dates, cocoa powder, and coconut milk this spread is simple and satisfying. Already a new staple in our house.

 

After taking a winter hiatus from any real training (too cold, too icy, too dark… reasonable excuses), Josh and I are back, running our usual Sunday route along South Boston Harbor Walk. This weekend was sunny and windless; for the first time in months I was happy to be outside. With harder training comes the glorious need for more food and this healthy nutella is the ideal post-workout fuel (or snack, dessert, or… breakfast).

 

Healthy Nutella

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