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Chocolate Collagen Peppermint Truffles

Homemade truffles can come across as an intimidating recipe. They have a bouche reputation and are sold in most high-end…

Homemade truffles can come across as an intimidating recipe. They have a bouche reputation and are sold in most high-end chocolate boutiques with ridiculous price-tags. Contrary to popular belief however, making truffles at home can be quite fun and easy. 

Unless, of course, you don’t like getting your hands dirty. And by dirty, I mean covered of chocolate.

Still a little nervous? No worries, I got you. I’m going to break down the process with these Chocolate Collagen Peppermint Truffles so that even your kids will be able to help!

WHAT IS A CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE?

Basically, a chocolate truffle is ganache that has hardened, is rolled into a ball, and coated in cocoa powder.

Next question…what is ganache? For sake of time, ganache is simply a mixture of chocolate and cream. I talk more about the history of ganache here in my Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake recipe here!

The honest truth is truffles are super simple to make — just a little cream + a high quality chocolate and you’re ready to go. Here’s how to do it.

  • Finely chop up your chocolate and place in a medium sized bowl. 
  • Over medium heat, place a small pot and add the cream – bring to a low simmer.
  • Add the softened ghee/butter and collagen to the chopped chocolate. Pour the cream over top and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Stir in the peppermint extract and stir until everything is combined. If the chocolate is not melting, gently heat it over a double boiler on the stove. This will ensure it is all melted and smooth. 
  • Move the chocolate bowl to the fridge and let it sit for at least 2 hours.  Overnight would be better if you have time.
  • Remove the bowl from the fridge and use a cookie scoop (about 2 tsp worth of chocolate) and roll into balls. 
  • Roll each ball into the toppings of your choice (I included cocoa powder in this recipe) and let them sit on a parchment lined baking sheet to harden. 
  • You can also make the chocolate topping recipe or the coconut butter drizzle recipe mentioned in the ingredient section. Just combine and heat ingredients.
  • Move the truffles to the fridge to let them set quicker. You can store them there until you’re ready to eat. 

INGREDIENTS FOR MY CHOCOLATE COLLAGEN PEPPERMINT TRUFFLES

Lilly’s Dark Chocolate – I love this product. You will see it all over my site. Lily’s has no added sugar, botanically sweetened with Stevia, is Fair Trade Certified, made with non-GMO ingredients, and is gluten free. All quality right here!

Heavy Cream – Heavy whipping cream contains necessary fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, and K. Full-fat dairy products such as heavy whipping cream contain more of these vitamins than low-fat or nonfat dairy. This is why I always preach about full-fat dairy products over low or fat free. Fat-soluble vitamins are better absorbed by the body when they are consumed with fat.

Ghee – Ghee is rich in healthy fat and contains high concentrations of monounsaturated Omega-3s. Ghee, a kind of clarified butter, is made by simmering butter until it reaches a high temperature of around 485°F. At this point, milk solids and water separate and leave behind a light-colored, and delicious, liquid called ghee.

Collagen – Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body. It helps to Improve and strengthens your hair skin teeth and nails, repair leaky gut, reduce or prevents joint pain and acts as an anti-inflammatory, and contains glycine which helps protect your liver from toxins. 

Peppermint Extract – Fun fact, peppermint is part of the mint family (duh) and is a cross between watermint and spearmint. It has many known health benefits but my favorite one is its soothing capabilities on the digestive system. Studies are showing that peppermint may relieve digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating and indigestion. It can also prevent smooth muscles from contracting, which could relieve spasms in your gut.

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is known as a “superfood”. The beautiful combination of fatty acids in coconut oil may have positive effects on your health, such as increasing fat loss, boosting brain function, and preventing heart disease.

Cocoa Powder – Cocoa contains flavonoids and flavonols that help prevent cell damage and inflammation, as well as promotes blood health. Cocoa has no added fillers or sugars making it a great chocolate treat.


Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect truffles

Switch up the Dip: If you want to finish off your truffle recipe with tempered chocolate, place the ganache balls on a fork. Then use a spoon to pour the tempered chocolate over the ganache and let the excess drip off before placing the truffles back on the parchment paper.

Liquor Infusions: Try infusing your truffles with your favorite liquor like  Chambord for raspberry flavor, Grand Marnier for an orange flavor, or Kahlua for a nutty flavor. Note: let the chocolate cool so the heat does not burn off the alcohol. 

Broken Ganache: If your ganache separates don’t toss it! Simply heat a couple tablespoons of coconut milk and stir in little by little until the ganache comes back together.

No Chocolate Chips! Do not use chocolate chips – they will not have the same final consistency and quality.

TRUFFLE COATING IDEAS

Shredded Coconut: Sweetened or unsweetened.

Cinnamon & Sugar: Oh la la

Freeze Dried Berries: Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or raspberries are all healthy and colorful options.

Nuts: Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, or almonds are all great options. Toast them up to extract extra oils and flavor.

Coarse or Raw Sugar: If you need an extra dose of sweetness.

Finely Chopped Chocolate: I recommend using a high quality chocolate like Callebaut, Lily’s, Ghirardelli, Valhrona, or Lindt. 

Melted Caramel: When drizzling on caramel, be sure the truffles are well chilled before dipping into melted chocolate.

Chocolate Collagen Peppermint Truffles

Homemade truffles can come across as an intimidating recipe. They have a bouche reputation and are sold in most high-end chocolate boutiques with ridiculous price-tags. Contrary to popular belief however, making truffles at home can be quite fun and easy. 
Unless, of course, you don’t like getting your hands dirty. And by dirty, I mean covered of chocolate.
Still a little nervous? No worries, I got you. I’m going to break down the process so that even your kids will be able to help!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 12 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

For the Truffles

  • 1 cup Lilly’s Dark Chocolate Roughly chopped
  • cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tbsp Ghee Or butter, softened
  • 2 scoops Collagen 
  • ½ tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder For dipping the truffles in

For a Chocolate Topping

  • cup Lilly’s Chocolate Chips Melted
  • ½ tsp Coconut Oil
  • pinch Sea Salt

For a Coconut Butter Drizzle

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Butter
  • ½ tsp Coconut Oil

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop up your chocolate and place in a medium sized bowl. 
  • Over medium heat, place a small pot and add the cream – bring to a low simmer.
  • Add the softened ghee/butter and collagen to the chopped chocolate. Pour the cream over top and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Stir in the peppermint extract and stir until everything is combined. If the chocolate is not melting, gently heat it over a double boiler on the stove.
  • Move the chocolate bowl to the fridge and let it sit for at least 2 hours. 
  • Remove the bowl from the fridge and use a cookie scoop (about 2 tsp worth of chocolate) and roll into balls. 
  • Roll each ball into the toppings of your choice (I included cocoa powder in this recipe) and let them sit on a parchment lined baking sheet to harden. 
  • You can also make the chocolate topping recipe or the coconut butter drizzle recipe mentioned in the ingredient section. Just combine and heat ingredients.
  • Move the truffles to the fridge to let them set quicker. You can store them there until you’re ready to eat. 
Keyword healthy dessert

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