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Candy Cane Protein Truffles

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Candy Cane Protein Truffles are easy to make and tasty too! This delicious recipe is dairy, egg, nut and gluten free so it makes a great guilt-free holiday dessert!

If you love Candy Cane and Peppermint as much as we do, be sure to try a few more of our favorites – Candy Cane Cookie Bars, Peppermint Cheesecake Cookies, and Chocolate Peppermint Parfaits.

a bowl filled with protein truffles covered in candy canes

For most of us, December might as well be renamed Dessert-ber. The holiday parties and potlucks are all stocked with dessert tables – and cookies, brownies and pies are just about everywhere! For those of use with allergies, the holidays are just a bit more stressful. Luckily these Candy Cane Protein Truffles are here to help!

Candy Cane Protein Truffles are one of the absolute best December (Dessert-ber) recipes. Whether you or your kids have food allergies, or you want to help make a friend’s holiday a whole lot merrier, this recipe is not only delicious, but it is also customizable, allergy friendly, easy to make, and surprisingly good for you… as far as desserts go!

Protein Truffles Ingredients

The base of these Candy Cane Protein Truffles is my tried and tested chocolate truffle base. It combines pitted dates with both cocoa powder and just enough melted chips to be perfectly rich and chocolaty. I also add protein powder to give these a little extra health boost AND for a smoother texture. Here are a few helpful tips to consider –

  • If dairy isn’t a concern go ahead and use milk chocolate chips.
  • If you have dairy insensitivities, use your favorite non-dairy chocolate chip brand (I like Enjoy Life).
  • I highly recommend using vanilla protein powder not chocolate because they often have an artificial chocolate taste.
  • Use whatever protein powder you like and that meets your allergen needs.
    • If dairy isn’t a concern use a Whey based powder (I like Tera’s Whey).
    • If dairy is a concern there are soy or pea based powders out there. Whatever powder you use, just make sure it’s one you know you like.

a bowl of a chocolate protein truffle mixture

How To Make Candy Cane Truffles

Protein Truffle Mixture – Place all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips and candy canes, into a food processor. Pulse everything for a minute or two until the mixture is nice and smooth. If necessary, go ahead and add a little extra water to the mixture.

Melt Chocolate & Combine – Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Once melted, add the chocolate to the protein truffle mixture in the food processor. Pulse everything together until it has combined and then refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

a chocolate protein ball in a bowl of crushed candy canes

Form – Once your protein truffles have chilled, scoop one heaping teaspoon at a time. Toll them into a ball and then cover each truffle with some crushed candy canes. Try to only get the sticky chocolate mixture on a few fingers so you have clean fingers to work with the candy canes. Having a helper or two in the kitchen is super helpful here!

chocolate candy cane protein truffles on a tray

Refrigerate – Keep the protein truffles refrigerated until you’re ready to enjoy!

a bowl of protein truffles covered in crushed candy canes

More Healthy Snack Ideas

My mouth is watering as I type this! Hopefully these will help you enjoy the holidays with a little less guilt. Leave us a comment below and let us know how much you liked them.

a bowl filled with protein truffles covered in candy canes
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Candy Cane Protein Truffles

Candy Cane Protein Truffles are easy to make and tasty too! They are allergy-friendly and make a great guilt-free holiday dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minutes or less, chocolate, healthy, protein, treat, truffles
Prep Time 10 minutes
chilling time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 21 truffles
Calories 42 kcal


  • 10 pitted dates soft, not dried
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • candy canes


  1. Place dates, cocoa, protein powder, vanilla, salt, & water in the food processor or blender.
  2. Pulse for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is smooth (your machine might need more water but try to use as little as possible for rich, creamy truffles)
  3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to add the chocolate into the blender and pulse it again to incorporate it. Refrigerate mixture at least 15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, crush the candy canes and place them in a shallow dish.
  6. Scoop the chilled mixture one heaping teaspoons at a time and form into small balls.
  7. Drop each truffle into the crushed candy canes and coat evenly.
  8. Keep refrigerated until you're ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

As written, this is GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, EGG FREE, and NUT FREE.

Nutrition Facts
Candy Cane Protein Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 truffle)
Calories 42 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a tray of candy cane chocolate protein truffles

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Katie is the foodie, yogi, and all over health junkie behind Fresh Fit Foodie. Her site is a great resource for healthy recipes, yoga workouts, and ways to live your healthiest life. Katie was a contributor on Somewhat Simple in 2016.

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