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Cocoa & Cacao Protein Truffles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Cocoa & Cacao Protein Truffles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Wait a second, cocoa and cacao, isn’t that the same thing? Well actually, cocoa and cacao aren’t the same. Let’s go back to the basics – in this case, the cacao bean.

When the bean is cold-pressed you get two things: cacao powder and cacao butter. The cacao powder has been largely ‘de-fatted’ through the removal of, you guessed it, the cacao butter. This powder is rich in ‘living enzymes’ and jam-packed full of antioxidants.

Cocoa, on the other hand, takes cacao and roasts it at high-temperatures creating the kind of powder you see at stores that is commonly sold as the basis to hot chocolate. Because of the roasting process, some of the enzymes in the now cocoa have been killed off. This makes the nutritional value of cocoa lower than that of cacao (though it still contains a healthy amount of antioxidants and, well… it’s 100% chocolate, what’s not to love?)

Anyway, here is a DELICIOUS recipe for some Cocoa and Cacao Protein Truffles!


2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter (or pumpkin seed butter or tahini)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup pea protein powder (unflavoured, chocolate or vanilla will work here!)
1/8 cup agave syrup (or pulped medjool dates)
Water (see directions)
2 tablespoons cacao powder


1. Mix everything together (except for the cacao) adding a bit of water at a time until you get a dough.

2. Roll this into eight little truffles.

3. Add the cacao powder to a bowl and roll the truffles in there.

That’s it! Rich chocolatey smooth deliciousness at your fingertips.

Macros per truffle (out of eight):

4g protein
4g carbs (out of which 2g is fibre)
3g fat

Whey Protein 360 Extreme

Pea Protein 80

Overnight Oats

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