When you crave a decadent chocolatey treat, few things hit the spot like a truffle. Unfortunately, most truffles are made with heavy cream, which can be damaging to your waistline if you have trouble limiting yourself to just one. These rich little truffles substitute an avocado for the cream, making for a tasty treat with reduced guilt. The creamy texture of the avocado mixes with the chocolate to create the same ganache-like texture. And the best part is, you can’t even tell that a switch was made. Yes, even picky eaters that normally wouldn’t touch the green fruit will love these chocolate truffles. In fact, it’s totally up to you if you want to reveal your healthy secret.
While avocados still contain calories and fat, they’re also packed with powerful nutrients. Considered a “super food,” this fruit is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy. Avocados are also high in fiber, potassium, Vitamins E and B and folic acid. They have been shown to reduce cholesterol and help manage weight. In addition there are plenty of health benefits from the dark chocolate, which is good for your brain and heart and full of antioxidants.
Made with simple ingredients and with very little prep work, you can enjoy these truffles any time you’re in the mood for a rich chocolate treat … without the guilt.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 6 oz. dark chocolate
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Dash of salt
- 1 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s Cocoa Special Dark used here)
Ideas for coating:
- Crushed peanuts
- Unsweetened coconut, pulsed in a food processor to get extra fine
- Crushed almonds
- Cocoa powder
- Cookie crumbs
- Pit the avocado and mash the flesh until it is smooth and free of lumps. You can do this by hand, or use a hand-mixer to make it even easier.
- Using the microwave or a double-boiler, melt the chocolate being careful not to burn it.
- Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy without any lumps.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.
- Using a small cookie scoop, or a spoon, scoop out truffle mixture to create Tablespoon-sized balls. Roll in your hands until nice and round.
- As you form the truffle balls, roll them in a coating of your choice. (Crushed peanuts and coconut were used here.)
- Place the truffles in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Mini muffin liners help keep them tidy and make for a nice presentation.
- Makes approximately 20 truffles.
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