Christmas does not seem like Christmas unless there is a chocolate treat or two but so many commercial offerings just don’t suit bariatrics. I know, having had a gastric bypass, that I would suffer with ‘dumping syndrome’ if I had the high fat and high sugar offerings in many chocolate boxes. I have therefore developed a chocolate truffle recipe that is low in fat and sugar yet has the chocolate flavour to hit the festive spot. The recipe below uses Options chocolate drink sachets (Belgian chocolate is ideal but you could use your own favourite…choc mint for example). I am also going to see how they work out with using chocolate flavoured protein powder…will report back! Non-bariatrics might like to roll the truffles in chocolate sprinkles instead of the powder.
50 g dark plain chocolate
125 g quark
3 x 11g sachets Options chocolate drink powder
11/2 tsp granulated Splenda sweetener
1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a small bowl over some simmering water.
2. Add 2 sachets of the Options powder and mix well. Add the quark and sweetener and mix well to combine. Chill for about 15 minutes or until firm enough to handle.
3. Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into small balls then coat in the remaining Options powder. Alternatively roll in chocolate sprinkles. Keep chilled until ready for serving.
V Suitable for Vegetarians
WLS PORTION: 1-2
CALORIES (each): 29
PROTEIN: 1.3 g
CARBOHYDRATE: 3.4 g
FAT: 1.1 g
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