Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a type of legume which are excellent sources of protein and fiber. Legumes tend to take on whatever flavor they are mixed (even chocolate and peanut butter!) These truffles taste like dessert and, with protein, fiber, and not a lot of added sugar, they're nutritious, too!
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1-14.5 oz can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1) Process oats in a food processor or blender until they are a flour consistency; set aside. Puree garbanzo beans and maple syrup together in a food processor. Mix in the oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla until smooth.
2) Form dough into balls using a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon each). Roll in nuts or coconut if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 18 truffles.
Nutrition facts: 137 calories, 7 grams fat (1 gram saturated fat, 3 grams monounsaturated fat, 2 grams polyunsaturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 132 mg potassium, 15 grams total carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar, 5 grams protein