Friday, February 12, 2016

Honey Acres Truffles + Gluten Free Orange & Dark Chocolate Creamsicle Protein Shake Recipe

Disclaimer: I received compensation and/or product from Honey Acres for the below post. All opinions located in post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before you commit to buy a product or service as your opinion and experiences may vary.



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

(Serves 1)




Ingredients: 

- 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


Instructions: 

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...

Connect: 











Which Honey Acres chocolate truffle flavor 
would you want to try first?






24 comments:

Maryann D. said...

Any of the flavors seem wonderful to try and the shake too!
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Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

First of all, I didn't know you knew Hannah! Next of all, can I say HOTTIE. THanks picture of you is amazing. Finally, this shake. UMMMMM wow. I will be right over and you can fix it for me.

Ellen said...

That sounds absolutely amazing! Just my kind of healthy treat!

Patty Woodland said...

I'd head for the coconut 'cause I love it and don't get it that often since the hubby doesn't care for the flavor. He'd like the orange.

Lena B said...

I've never gone to a Gluten Free expo, but it looks like a great. I should go and check it out the next time around. I need some GF variety

Elizabeth Parker said...

That sounds really good. I love anything with chocolate in it!

Masshole Mommy said...

OMG that shake sounds AWESOME. I cannot wait to make one :)

Nikki said...

Oh my goodness! This is what I love, hmm Yummy! I'm going to get one .

Elizabeth O. said...

I never heard of this brand until now but since I'm a huge chocolate lover myself, I'd love to try their chocolate truffles! The fact that it's healthy makes it more exciting!

Liz Mays said...

That sounds like an amazing protein shake. The orange flavor must work really well with the chocolate.

The Binder Ladies said...

I love the variety of products they offer! I may just have to check them out. I also really like your recipe, and think that I could DEFINITELY fall in love with this smoothie!

Christa said...

I love smoothies, I have one every morning. This flavor combination would be amazing!

carmela mempin said...

These product really sounds great,I want to try these. I;m going to check it out.

Nicole escat said...

I heard a lot of good things about these product :) I'm going to check this out.

MaryJane Tauyan said...

yummy! i thought before that I should start trying foods thats gluten free, this looks yumm!

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

Thanks for the recipe. This looks so healthy it would be great to have for breakfast to jump start my day!

Aziel Morte said...

Such a healthy treat. I am going to try this

Travel Blogger said...

Yum, Yum! I have never heard of this brand before, but I am going to have to check it out.

mail4rosey said...

Chocolate and orange goes together so nicely. Dark choc. and orange? Perfection.

KRISTINA PACHE said...

This sounds tasty! I love chocolate and it seems like a good combo. Definitely would like to give it a try! A healthy dessert drink!

Lisa Rios said...

I love anything that is gluten free & this shake looks absolutely delicious & teasing. I love orange flavor the most as it goes well with my kids too & its combo with chocolate is going to be amazing.

Melissa Bernardo said...

That shake sounds amazing! yum!

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey said...

The shake sounds delicious, healthy too! I have to check and get some of those Honey Acres Truffles.

Peachy @ The Peach KItchen said...

Honey-filled Truffles! I haven't tried one yet. I want to try one and of course, that protein shake.

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