WIAW – Orange Sunbutter Truffles with NuNaturals Stevia

WIAW – Orange Sunbutter Truffles with NuNaturals Stevia

Good morning and happy Humpday!  I’m pretty sure I say that almost every Wednesday but who doesn’t get excited when Wednesday rolls around and the weekend is within reach!?!

Yesterday was a fairly busy day for us but a fun one with some yummy eats so I’m linking up with the lovely Jen and her new little peanut for What I Ate Wednesday!

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I woke up early and got in an at home workout before The Love Nugget got up since I wanted to take him to the Library instead of the gym.  We usually go to boot camp but have gymnastics on Tuesday’s now which means we only have an hour to rush home, shower, then rush back out for gymnastics.  I’m glad I made the choice to get my workout done because it was nice not to have to rush and to actually get ready for a change.

After my workout I enjoyed a cup of coffee with a little Vega Nutritional Shake added to it.

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It tastes delicious and is actually somewhat filling!  It held me over until about 8:00 when I ate an even more filling and substantial breakfast.

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Kabocha squash, zucchini, a slice of turkey bacon, spinach sautéed then topped with an egg cooked in coconut oil.  I was stuffed!

We finished getting ready we headed off to Mother Goose on the Loose at the library which is a story, music and activity time.  The Love Nugget likes it since they usually read at least two books and he loves to listen to stories!

We had an hour to kill between that and gymnastics so we stopped by the farmers market then popped into Whole Foods for a Kevita.

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They were sampling these bananas and after trying them we bought a bag.  Nothing added to them just dehydrated bananas!  They almost taste a little like banana bread and a certain little man LOVED them!  I snacked on a few of those as well as a few raw cashews as we drove to gymnastics.

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We bought a Groupon for this particular gymnastics class and I’m so glad I only spent $25 for the month.  It is not the best around and the kids basically just run around and play for 45 minutes.  Needless to say we will not be staying and will be heading back to the gymnastics we went to before and loved!

Anyway, we came home and ate lunch before The Love Nugget went down for his nap.

I had made tuna salad to have for lunch today but little man pretty much gobbled the whole bowl!  So I whipped up myself a salad instead.

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In the mix, organic spinach, Applegate turkey breast, mushrooms, cucumbers, half a slice of turkey bacon, a hard-boiled egg and tomatoes all topped with fresh lemon and avocado oil.  Delicious!  After a munched on a few frozen grapes to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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While The Nugget napped I worked on putting away this…

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Endless pile of laundry!  Ugh!  I managed to get it all done just as it was time for us to leave to go meet some friends at The Fountains.  The Love Nugget was still sleeping and was not a happy boy…

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The first picture you can see just how grumpy he was.  The second was taken about 2 minutes after the grumpy look when I offered him some LARABAR.  Little stinker!

Speaking of that LARABAR, I had a few bites of it as well along with some Seaweed snacks,

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After the train we went and got froyo but I wasn’t in the mood (shocking!!) but this little guy wasn’t passing it up!

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We got home and while The Hubby and Nugget played outside in the sandbox, I got to work on dinner.

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Gingered Carrots and Mahi Mahi over sautéed spinach from Everyday Paleo.  So good!  While making dinner I drank a unpictured glass of Sauvignon blanc and munched on a few carrot sticks.

After dinner we went for a walk since the temperatures were much cooler than they have been.  There was even a nice little breeze which made it feel even more like Fall!

A little later I enjoyed one of these delicious Orange Sunbutter Truffles that are so good!

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Dark chocolate on the outside with a smooth, orange flavored filling on the inside.  Oh and their gluten-free, sugar-free and nut-free!

Orange Sunbutter Truffles

Orange Sunbutter Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sunbutter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 7-8 tsp. NuNaturals Orange Flavored Stevia
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1/3 cup Enjoy Life mini Chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. Coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and coconut oil in a food processor or medium bowl.
  2. Mix until a wet sticky mixture forms.
  3. Roll into small balls and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Then, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave on a low heat or defrost setting. Stir frequently.
  5. Take out chilled truffle balls and dip into melted chocolate then place on a parchment lined tray.
  6. Place back into the freezer or fridge to set up. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Enjoy!
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A few weeks ago I was sent a wonderful package from NuNaturals  DSC_1007

I’ve been having a blast experimenting with some of the different products included.  Loving them all especially the coconut sugar!  In this particular truffle recipe I used the orange flavored stevia and was pleasantly surprised with the orange sweetness it added.

There are tons of Stevia products on the market these days and unfortunately they are not all the same.  Some are adding unneeded chemicals such as sugar alcohols which some people have major sensitivities to.   NuNaturals ingredients are all natural plant extracts and contain no MSG, Soy, Milk, synthetics, artificial colors or flavors, no saccharin, aspartame, sucralose or artificial sweeteners.  While I don’t use artificial sweeteners all that often, if I do, I opt for as natural of a Stevia as possible.  NuNaturals is definitely very close and has a great taste.  None of the chemical aftertaste I’ve experienced with some other brands.

I haven’t had a chance to try some of their baking sugar substitutes yet like the LoSweet Pure Lo Han Guo Extract.  Since it’s 300 times sweeter than sugar only 2/3 of a teaspoon is needed to equal a cup of sugar!  It’s perfect for mixing up large batches of drink recipes like mojitos or margaritas!   The Tagatose is a new to me product as well and sounds very interesting!  It is safe for diabetics since it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels and is a prebiotic making it good for digestive systems.  It’s great to use for baking cakes and cookies and with no calories is a good substitute to use when trying to lose weight.

Questions – 

  • Have you tried seaweed snacks?  If so, do you like them?  
  • Are you a fan of Stevia?   Which brand is your favorite? 

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Comments

  1. I have seen Kevita, and have wanted to try it. What does it taste like??

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      The mango and this strawberry one are my favorites. Not too overly coconut, not as sweet as other drinks and doesn’t have the kombucha taste like Synergy. Although I love kombucha, it’s a good switch up. Plus, it’s sweetened with stevia and only has 10 calories per serving!

  2. I love Stevia it is the only sweetener I use. I only use the brand Sweet Leaf!

  3. Oh man… that huge pile of laundry you had there reminds me that I need to tackle my laundry before I have to leave tomorrow. Eep. Not looking forward to that. And even though I’m not the biggest fan of savoury breakfasts, I have to admit that yours is kind of making me hungry – I blame the kabocha 😉 SO very much obsessed with that squash right now.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      Ugh, laundry is no fun! The kabocha addition to the breakfast bowl adds just a hint of sweetness so you might like it 🙂

  4. I nee to recreate your breakfast bowl… and make those truffles! Wow! 🙂

  5. You’re so right! Our recipes are soooooo similar!!! Clearly great minds think alike 😉

  6. Oh my your breakfast bowl… want it now!! Yummy. I haven’t gotten too fancy with stevia but so far I am a fan of the “now” Better Stevia.

  7. I have a nice big pile of laundry just like that waiting for me. Emptying the dishwasher and putting away laundry are my least favorite chores. I don’t mind hand washing or loading the dishwasher but for some reason I hate putting it away. Your meals always look so tasty! I’m hoping to find more kabocha soon! I usually eat it as an afternoon snack but it might be a fun addition to try with eggs for breakfast.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      The dishwasher and I do not get along. Laundry I can handle but the dishwasher I hate! I feel like my day revolves around it. Unload in the morning, load after breakfast, load after lunch, load after dinner then start the wash for the cycle to begin the next day! Ugh! I need a gigantic dishwasher that I don’t have to unload everyday!

  8. Yummy, I want those orange truffle balls! I can totally relate to laundry mountain, lol.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      They are so good and addictive! The laundry mountain happens at least once a week and takes forever to get through! I couldn’t imagine what it would be like with more than one child!

  9. I got seaweed snacks the other month in my Foodie Penpal…didn’t love them

  10. Those truffles look AMAZING!!!!!!

  11. Those bites look delicious. I love that orange flavored stevia, but always find it hard putting it to use! So need to try this out.
    I also wouldn’t mind those gingered carrots either, sounds yummy.

  12. I love the Trader Joe’s Wasabi Seaweed Snacks! So addicting!

  13. I eat both stevia and seaweed/nori EVERY SINGLE DAY! They are both extreme staples in my diet that I cannot live without!!! I wrap ALL of my food up in nori because I LOVE TO EAT WITH MY HANDS! ha ha! 😉

  14. Your truffles look delicious, as well as all of your eats! I love seaweed snacks, but I haven’t bought them in a long time. I’ll have to add them to my grocery list for next week!

  15. oh my goodness, these look incredible. And on a side note, can I just say, your header makes me smile every day. So darn cute. Great post, love. If you get a moment, I have two new looks I’d love to hear your thoughts on. 🙂 xo

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