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Last year's 2015 Gluten Free Expo was pretty amazing if I do say so myself. It was my second expo in the Shaumburg location, first being in 2014, but I think I enjoyed it more the second time around. Not because the first time wasn't equally as amazing, but I actually had a handle on what I was doing; I knew what to expect, how to prepare, generally what was going to be offered, and how to invest and maximize my time and energy.
Of course I learned a few new tips and tricks the second time around, too.
One company that was newly discovered and thoroughly enjoyed this time around was Honey Acres and their selection of all natural gluten free and dairy free dark chocolate truffles (among other honey-inspired things).
Hailing out of Ashippun, Wisconsin, Honey Acres has a wide variety of all natural honey products from different kids of plain and flavored honey to honey mustards and spreads to their honey-sweetened dark chocolate truffles which come in 3 flavors: orange, mint, and honey filled.
Their assortment of dark chocolate truffles are all natural, gluten, dairy, and nut free, are kosher along with offering a few more added benefits. They also boast only 3 simple ingredients each. Serving size is 3 individual truffles which contains 18 grams of sugar and only 110 calories making these the perfect healthy snack to satiate any sweet tooth!
These chocolates are so wonderfully unique, healthy, and delicious that a mere review wouldn't do them justice. Plus while I'm a big fan of chocolate (by big I mean it's a longstanding love affair between chocolate and I) and could easily eat them on their own, I wanted to throw some healthy creativeness down with each one.
Between my bestie Hannah of The Wholey Trinity and I, we have whipped up 4 creative, healthy, and gluten free recipes that incorporate each of these 3 flavors in a unique way. This is part one of our two part recipe and review series.
Gluten Free Orange & Dark Chocolate Creamsicle Protein Shake
- 1 to 1 1/2 cup ice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 to 3 Honey Acres Dark Chocolate & Orange Truffles
- 1/2 packet of Betty Lou's Orange Cream Low Glycemic protein powder*
- 1 orange
- 1/8 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 ripened banana
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt*
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1. Before you peel your orange take out a zester and zest about 1/8 tsp from the rind. Peel and separate your orange slices.
2. In your blender add your 1 to 1 1/2 cups of ice, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 packet of Betty Lou's protein powder, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, 1 to 5 orange slices along with orange zest, 1 to 3 broken apart Honey Acres orange chocolate truffles, and finally 1/2 a ripe banana.
3. Blend until ice and everything is pulverized and shake is a smooth consistency.
4. Pour in to glass of choice and enjoy!
*Any gluten free protein powder can be used if you prefer your own brand however the orange flavoring wouldn't be as strong.
*You can substitute vanilla yogurt in lieu of plain yogurt if you want your shake sweeter however the sugar content will go up.
Like it states in the description this healthier protein shake is gluten free, it boasts a whopping 22 grams of protein and, depending on how you make it, has 20 to 24 grams of sugar. It has such a lovely orange creamsicle flavor with just a hint of the dark chocolate in the aftertaste and the smell. I would be more than happy to drink this in the morning for a quick breakfast or before or after a workout for a nice boost!
The best part of this shake (or any smoothie or shake for that matter) is it's completely customizable; you can add or take away ingredients at your own discretion. For instance, if you wanted to add a little more protein you could include a few spoonfuls of cottage cheese or even a raw egg if that's your thing.
Now do yourself a favor and check out Hannah's use of the Honey Acres Dark Chocolate and Honey truffles on her website. Hint: it's a delicious candied appetizer...
#GlutenFree #Orange & #DarkChocolate #Creamsicle #Protein #Shake #recipe w/ @HoneyAcres--> https://t.co/WvIOZLrA0r pic.twitter.com/M0laXjHXBp— The Eclectic Element (@TheEclecticE) February 12, 2016
Which Honey Acres chocolate truffle flavor
would you want to try first?