Written by Megan Rivenburg
As I brought up with my post about brownie batter oatmeal, I am a chocolate addict. I need it every single day. While it is healthy(ish) on its own, especially if it is dark, there are always ways to make it even more beneficial to your health and to get the most out of your treat!
This recipe for avocado truffles does just that.
It combines the health benefits of chocolate with a nutritional boost from a big time favorite of many people- avocado! Along with kicking up the health value of the traditional chocolate treat, the avocado in this recipe really makes for a creamy, rich, delicious texture. It’s a win-win!
Here’s the recipe from detoxinista.com that I tweaked a little bit:
6 oz. chocolate (it calls for dark, but I used milk- oops!)
1/3 cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional, I ended up not using this)
Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. (I added a little water because I was having a hard time getting the mixture to melt until I did). Mash the avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible, then stir it into the melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes (I left it in for a few hours), or until slightly firm to the touch.
Once the mixture has been chilled and is slightly firm, use a tablespoon to scoop into 12 balls. Place them on a pan lined with parchment paper, and roll the balls between the palms of your hands to create a smooth surface. Be warned: this can get messy!
Place the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in a small bowl, and roll each truffle into the cocoa powder to coat. Serve at room temperature, but store in the fridge for a lasting shelf life. (I actually skipped this step altogether- couldn’t wait to try it!)
These truffles aren’t the prettiest, and mine weren’t perfect balls. I think this was because of the water I added to melt the chocolate faster- it messed with the consistency that the recipe would have created. Despite this, though, these truffles are DELICIOUS. You would never guess that they are sneakily healthy.
Here are some of the health benefits you get when you bite into each truffle. If you choose to use the cocoa powder, you will get a kick of iron, manganese, zinc, and magnesium, all of which are essential nutrients for proper bodily functions. Chocolate is an antioxidant, and depending on what kind of chocolate you use for these, the more you will get. Dark contains more than milk, and is also linked with the prevention of heart disease. On top of that, avocado is a healthy fat that is filled with fiber to keep you full longer than any simple sugary dessert. It contains vitamins like K, C, B5, B6, C, and E, and even more potassium than a banana! These stats look pretty good for a dessert truffle if you ask me.
They are easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. Try them out for yourself!