As Halloween approaches it’s all about treats, treats, and more treats! Treats that are typically high in carbs and sugar, which we all know are a no go if you are following a ketogenic diet. However, these pumpkin truffles are the perfect choice if you want to join in on the fun of the season without ruining your low carb lifestyle. Full of healthy fats, and delicious pumpkin flavor, you can’t go wrong with these this Halloween!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Pumpkins are for more than just carving…</p></h4>
Many of us think of pumpkins as nothing more than a Halloween decoration or a tasty pie filling. However, the nutritional benefits of this plump orange plant are so much more than you may think.
Pumpkin has numerous health benefits, including being one of the best-known sources of beta-carotene.
Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A within the body. This triggers the creation of white blood cells that fight infection and can even reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
On top of being high in Beta-carotene, Pumpkins are also fantastic source of fiber. If you are following a ketogenic diet, then you probably know about the importance of fiber in your diet, and use it to calculate net carbs, right? But the problem is that so many people miss the mark when consuming fiber on a daily basis, so pumpkin is such a fantastic addition to get the fiber you need. With nearly 3 grams of fiber in cooked, fresh pumpkin, and over 7 grams in canned pumpkin, adding a serving of pumpkin to your diet can help supplement the fiber shortage in the average American diet.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Pumpkin Truffles</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 15 minutes | Makes: 45 truffles</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* ½ cup pumpkin puree
* ½ teaspoon cinnamon
* ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
* ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
* ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
* 5 ounces cocoa butter
* ⅔ cup granulated Swerve
* ½ cup unflavored whey protein
* ½ teaspoon maple extract (optional)
* 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
* 1 ounces cocoa butter
* 3 tablespoons granulated Swerve
* ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cream, cocoa butter and Swerve. Stir until cocoa butter has melted completely. Remove from heat and stir in maple extract and whey protein powder.
2. Transfer mixture to a bowl and cover with a plastic wrap. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours.
3. Using a spoon or small cookie scoop, form pumpkin mixture into even sized balls. Place shaped filling in freezer while making chocolate coating.
1. In a double boiler, melt all chocolate coating ingredients together.
2. Remove the filling balls from the freezer. Place each ball on a fork and dip into melted chocolate until well coated. Wipe excess chocolate off bottom of fork and set on parchment paper to harden. Repeat until each ball is covered in chocolate.
3. Place finished truffles in refrigerator for at least an hour then transfer to a sealed container.
4. Store in refrigerator.