Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Truffle Cups

 [The perfect healthy obsession! These Salted Caramel Protein Cups are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

a stack of sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free salted caramel protein cups

When I first heard from Naked Nutrition inquiring if I might be interested in trying their products for a sponsored post, my response was a no-brainer. Of course I’d be interested!

I’d seen mention of their simple, often single-ingredient protein powders all over the internet, and every review seemed to be unequivocally positive. Plus, they had a variety of plant-based products that appealed to me.

I received both the Naked Pea (one ingredient: pea protein, from American and Canadian farms) and Naked PB (one ingredient: roasted peanuts) and started playing in the kitchen.

Now, because I’m an anti-candida kind of gal, that means I was, sadly, unable to partake of the PB powder . No worries! The HH and The Girls both pounced on the simple peanut butter cookies I whipped up (sweetened for the HH, sans sweetener for the Girls).

I loved the products and think you will, too. Here’s why.

overhead shot of five sugarfree, candida friendly salted caramel protein cups

About Naked Nutrition

In this case, the company name is definitely apropos: the philosophy at Naked Nutrition is to provide supplements and health products stripped of non-essential ingredients or additives, with only clean ingredients so that you know what you’re getting with no extra “fluff.”

Even the website is minimal with its black-and-white theme. As their About page says, “We strip away all of the marketing and gimmicks that many companies use today. We sell products with only the purest ingredients.”

The products I received each contained only one ingredient, and even the containers are stripped down with really simple labeling on clear jars to showcase the contents.

Even better, these protein powders were both certified gluten-free and certified vegan; plus, the pea protein is also GMO-free and dairy-free (which makes sense if it’s vegan!). They convert yellow peas to the protein powder using a water-extraction method without the use of chemicals. The Naked PB is third-party tested for heavy metals.

And since there’s no added sugar, it’s perfect for those of us on anti-candida diets or keto diets–or anyone who follows a sugar-free lifestyle. I also love that they are grain-free for those days I want to go without grains!

If you follow a plant-based diet, you could also choose from among the Chocolate or Vanilla Pea Protein, or the Rice Protein options (the rice is also certified organic).

What does it taste like?

When I’ve purchased one-ingredient protein powders in the past, they’ve usually been made from hemp. While I adore hemp seeds on their own, I’m not too keen on plain hemp protein, which (to my palate) has an unpleasant taste.

Naked Pea was different. Like most grain-free protein powders I’ve had, the texture was very fine and powdered. This powder also blends well and has a fairly neutral taste, like a “natural” protein powder you might get from other brands.

smoothie with Naked Pea protein

How can you use it?

I tried the Naked Pea in a smoothie, in protein waffles, and in these Salted Caramel Protein Cups. In all cases, the powder provided a smooth, neutral taste that didn’t overpower any of the other flavors and combined well with the texture.

But don’t stop there! If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I love using protein powders in my recipes. You can add it to a smoothie, of course, but how about making a protein-rich nut or seed butter? Or pancakes or other baked goods? I even add protein powders to my porridge in the morning or even puddings. Anything goes, really. And, of course, there are always classic protein balls!

For today’s recipe, I wanted something a little less like a healthy snack and more like an indulgent treat. Because who says you can’t have indulgent treats made with protein powder?

I opted for the tantalizing combination of salted caramel and chocolate. I have to admit I wasn’t always a fan (the idea of salt + caramel made me go, “Ewww!” in an Alexis Rose sort of way), but then when I tasted it paired with chocolate, I was immediately smitten. And it’s been eternal love since then.

These confections are great as a dessert, a delectable snack, or portable treat (just be sure they don’t get too warm or the chocolate will melt). The filling is firm when eaten straight out of the fridge and soft and velvety when allowed to warm up to room temperature.

However you eat them, you’ll love them. And you’ll know you’re having a delicious, protein-rich treat made with simple, whole ingredients, too.

plate of sugar-free, grain-free, salted caramel protein cups

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Naked Nutrition, but they did not in any way influence my review of the product. Also, links in this post may be affiliate links. If you choose to purchase using those links, at no cost to you, I will receive a small percentage of the sale.

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