Truffles are usually heavy on cream, butter and maybe even some extra sugar in addition to chocolate that is already sweet on its own. But not these truffles!
My truffles are as delicious and creamy as their unhealthy brothers are, but at the same time, completely vegan and I would even go as far as calling them healthy! Of course, they are only healthy if consumed in reasonable amounts and not all 20 of them in one sitting ☺. For me, they are just rich enough that 1 or 2 after a meal with a nice cup of tea are just sufficient to satisfy my sweet cravings.
A bonus is that they only require two ingredients + whatever you choose to coat them with. Can you guess what the components are?
The first one is a no-brainer – dark chocolate just has to be involved when talking about truffles. The darker, the better, I always prefer 80%, but you can test with different ones to find your favorite.
The other ingredient is my old favorite – avocado! Avocado is just such a versatile fruit – it is good both in savory and sweet dishes and gives everything a luscious creaminess. Just try to find the one that is just ripe – soft enough, but not overly ripe yet. A small trick on how to find the best avocado – choose the one that is soft to the touch, but if you remove the stem, you can still see the bright green color.
Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Serves: 20 truffles
4.5 oz dark chocolate (80% would be perfect)
1 large ripe avocado (7 oz)
A pinch of salt
Crushed nuts, coconut flakes, cacao powder or extra melted dark chocolate to coat the truffles.
Melt the chocolate over double boiler. You can also melt it in the microwave. I am not a fan of using a microwave myself, but if you have one, then you can use it to heat the chocolate for 10 seconds, then stir and repeat the process until its smooth and melted.
Once the chocolate is melted, add the avocado with a pinch of salt and puree everything together with a stick blender.
Let the mixture cool completely and let set in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls (I got 20) and coat with whatever you fancy. I chose crushed pistachios and cacao powder this time, but coconut flakes, any other crushed nuts or even some extra dark chocolate would all be delicious with these truffles.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves healthy food and cooking and for her, these two are often the same thing. Cooking meals from scratch, you know exactly what goes in it and even without holding back with sugar or fat we end up using a lot less compared to ready-made frozen stuff from the supermarket.
She does love to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: http://www.kahvliga.ee/.
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