Not just an attention-grabber, but a statement of honesty as truffles are traditionally coated in chocolate. In the interest of having a treat that doesn’t make you nervous about setting off an allergic reaction, I decided to take a stand for the naked truffle.
It’s nice to have something decedent to enjoy with a clear conscience. When I indulge, it kind of ruins the experience to have that nagging in the back of my mind saying, “Am I going to regret this?”
You won’t regret this one. I promise. In fact, it’s filled with joint and gut soothing collagen as well as microbial and anti-fungal coconut oil.
The collagen also doubles nicely as powdered sugar; adding a similar delicate exterior. Grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen, a superfood which some say does wonders for your joints, skin and gut, is part of what makes these so special.
Containing every amino acid of the human body, collagen is what we’re made up of. The buzz in the nutrition world is that supplementing our diet with it can actually help restore and rebuild damaged organs, skin, tissue and even the fibrocartilaginous meniscus between the bones of our joints, relieving arthritic pain.
To really reap the benefits of collagen, you’ll have to get a bit more on a regular basis than this recipes calls for, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
When you bite into these, they’re giving and soft like a truffle should be. The collagen adds nice little air pockets too, which enhances the fluffy texture.
Interestingly, I found that the collagen and the nut butter together give these a subtle sweetness, so you don’t even have to add any sweetener! Which is obviously ideal. Of course I haven’t eaten sugar in almost 2 years, so my taste buds are heightened quite a bit. You can always sprinkle a bit of stevia in if you want something sweeter.
They really are unique. They’re not the typical “almond butter balls” that dominate the no-bakes pages of Pintrest. They are truffles, they are worry-free and they are divine.
You can make them with either almond or sunflower seed butter. I like both. Nick prefers the almond butter version. My favorite way to make the almond butter version is with Whole Foods 365 Brand Crunchy Almond Butter. It has just a few crumbly almond pieces, adding an ever-so-slight crunch. If you’re going for a more peanut butter-like flavor, I recommend MaraNatha All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter.
For variety reminiscent of the classic box of sweets, leave some plain, roll some in a sprinkling of collagen and roll a few in coconut shreds.
Enjoy with a cool glass of almond milk and without any sense of panic.
Have you heard about the benefits of collagen?
What are your thoughts on the subject?
- 2 Tbs Whole Foods 360 Brand Crunchy Almond Butter (Or Martha Nature Sunflower Butter)
- 2 Tbs blanched almond flour
- 2 Tbs coconut oil (melted)
- 2 Tbs Great Lakes Hydrolyzed Collagen
- ½ tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
- ½ packet of Truvia (optional)
- Combine all ingredients
- Place in the freezer for 7-15 minutes, until solidified
- Remove from freezer and let it soften up until it's scoopable
- Roll into ½ inch balls and place in a tupperware container.
- Eat right away and put the rest in a covered container in the fridge.