Baked goods are always relatively inexpensive, enjoyable, home-made (with love!) gifts. Growing up, my mom and I used to melt chocolate in a makeshift double-boiler and stir in peppermint chips. Then we’d spread it all out, and let it harden into a bark. Finally, we’d break it into pieces and place the white chocolate peppermint bark into holiday baggies and give them to teachers, friends and neighbors.
Flash forward and my mid-twenty-something self is still melting white chocolate in a makeshift double-boiler, except this time the treat is a bit more nutritious 🙂
Today I’m going to share my recipe for Peppermint chocolate collagen balls!
You might have found my Collagen Cookie-Dough Bites in this article. they are healthy, full of fiber and protein. However, today we are going to put a holiday spin on them, making them gift giving worthy!
1.5 cups of almond flour
1.5 cups coconut flour
3/4 cup of flax meal
3/4 cup collagen powder
3/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup MCT oil
3 tsp vanilla
sea salt sprinkle
1 bag of white chocolate baking chips
7 candy canes (GF, organic version found at WF)
After mixing all dry ingredients, save for white chocolate and candy canes, roll the sandy-like dough into balls and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. Next, crush the candy candy in two plastic baggies (double-bag it) then pour the sugar like mixture into a shallow bowl. While the balls cool and harden slightly, put 4 cups of water in a pot, and a ceramic bowl inside if you do not have a double-boiler. Pour the white chocolate chips into the bowl with 1 tsp MCT oil and stir as it melts. Make sure the candy cane dip is close to the boiler so you can dip easily.
Finally, dip the balls into the white chocolate, (only half the ball), and then dip the chocolate into the candy cane mixture and place on foil on a plate or sheet to dry. After all balls are dipped, place in the fridge to cool once more for 15 minutes before storing!
Expert Tip: You can use a vanilla protein powder instead of collagen if you don’t want to but new protein! Also, make some plain and some peppermint for those who don’t love peppermint!
You can buy festive baggies online or at Whole Foods and tie with a ribbon to gift to your friends as a yummy, nutritious gut-friendly treat!