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Chocolate Avocado Truffles

These vegan Chocolate Avocado Truffles are everything you know and love about a rich, dense, decadent truffle but they’re uniquely made from creamy avocado and dark chocolate chips making for healthy treats that are sure to impress!

WHAT’S NEW?

Back to the grind tomorrow, but I don’t have a full week of work until the END of June. That’s something to be excited about (not that I don’t love my job, but….#summer).

The Friday before the holiday weekend kicked off with a fun morning in the Culinary Medicine kitchen where we made lots of recipes, including a version of these truffles. I’m a sucker for most avocado recipes and one that involves healthy truffles? I’m so there for it! This dark chocolate dessert is time and again a favorite in the teaching kitchen and my kids love them, too.

ROLL CALL FOR THIS RECIPE

  • No-Bake: Perhaps the best part of this Avocado Chocolate Truffles recipe is the fact that there’s no cooking required!
  • Make-Ahead: These sweet treats can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge until serving. You can easily make these 1-2 days in advance with great results.
  • Healthy: Vegan truffles made from simple ingredients that offer dietary fiber, antioxidants, and loads of healthy fat? Ultimate health food.
  • Kid-Friendly: Masked by chocolate, the main ingredient avocado mixture goes undetected by even the choosiest of eaters!

KEY INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Avocado: Ripe, medium haas avocados are perfect here. Choose avocadoes that are firm-tender and have bright green flesh but not overripe avocados that can have bruises or rotten portions.
  • Chocolate:  I used a 60% cacoa dark chocolate in this recipe, however you can use any chocolate you prefer, including semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, or higher percentage cacao dark chocolate. The higher the percentage of cacao, the more likely a chocolate is to be vegan.
  • Cocoa Powder: Use unsweetened cocoa powder or Dutch-processed cacao powder. This ingredient can be omitted or replaced with melted and cooled coconut oil.
  • Other: Freeze-dried strawberries, coconut, or a cocoa powder dusting are all excellent finishes for the truffle mixture. Try a variety of coatings to have a little something for everyone!

VARIATIONS, STORAGE, and TIPS

  • Feel free to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pinch of sea salt to the food processor for added flavor
  • Store truffles in the refrigerator in single layers between parchment paper in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
  • You can freeze these truffles for up to 1 month. The cocoa powder finish works best when freezing.
  • To change up the flavor some, consider adding a bit of orange zest, raspberry extract, or even almond extract next time!
  • If your truffle batter is chilled, a small cookie scoop can be helpful in creating uniform-sized truffles. 

FAQ 

I’m short on time, is refrigeration required before rolling out the truffles?

This step is for convenience and ease of rolling. A shorter duration in the freezer is also an option. To aid in the rolling proces, you can also wet your hands under cold running water, shaking off any excess water, before rolling the truffles into smooth balls. You can also add a bit of additional cocoa powder to help make a more structured truffle “batter”.

I don’t have a microwave, how do you recommend I melt the chocolate?

I would recommend using a double broiler or small saucepan over LOW heat, stirring often.

Can this recipe be made without a food processor?

Yes, you can use the backside of a fork against the sides of a bowl to mash the avocado until completely smooth. I find this works a bit better than a hand-mixer, but a hand mixer certainly works, too. Proceed with adding the melted chocolate and cocoa powder and mix by hand or with a hand-mixer, if available. Very small amounts of mashed avocado may be detected, however that matters none at all!

I have a sweet tooth and like REALLY rich, sweet truffles. Will I like these?

I’m sure you will! If you know you prefer something on the sweeter side, add a few drops of your favorite liquid natural sweetener of your choice, such as stevia or monk fruit. A bit or honey or maple syrup can be used, as well, but will change the consistency of the chocolate mixture. You can also consider starting with half the amount of avocado if you’re concerned about an over-powering avocado taste.

NUTRITIONAL MERITS

  • Naturally vegan
  • Allergy-Friendly: gluten-freenut-freesoy-free
  • Offer 2 grams of fiber per truffle
  • Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, C, and folate

Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Yield: 36 truffles

These vegan Chocolate Avocado Truffles are everything you know and love about a rich, dense, decadent truffle but they're uniquely made from creamy avocado and dark chocolate chips making for healthy treats that are sure to impress!

Ingredients

  • 1 oz freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 avocados, pitted
  • 8 oz dark chocolate*
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Place strawberries in a mini food prep or food processor and process into a fine powder; transfer to a small bowl. Place shredded coconut in a second bowl and set aside.
  2. To the food processor add the avocados and pulse until few chunks remain.
  3. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds until creamy and smooth. Add additional time in 10-15 second increments, as needed.
  4. Add melted chocolate and cocoa to the food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed, to fully incorporate.
  5. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before scooping into 1-inch balls and forming with your hands, rolling until smooth and lastly, rolling in either coconut or strawberry, as preferred.

Notes

*vegan, if desired

Recipe adapted from Corewell Health Culinary Medicine

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 truffle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 5.2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 5.5gFiber: 2.0gSugar: 4.1gProtein: 0.7g

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2 Comments

  1. dani
    May 31, 2024 / 2:46 pm

    I’m curious how you use your culinary medicine kitchen? I am an RD in Cardiac Rehab where I teach cooking classes, I’d love to expand the use of our kitchen!

    • Nicole Morrissey
      Author
      June 3, 2024 / 4:49 pm

      Hi Dani! I support the program that is run out of Corewell Health in Grand Rapids, MI. There’s a 1-hour classroom portion taught by an RD or physician and attended by the various resident groups – emergency, internal med, and family med. They then go into the kitchen (8 stations) for a brief discussion and knife skills demo before they are sent to stations that are set-up with recipes and all of the ingredients and supplies. The food is set out buffet style and then everyone eats together and we tie the food to the classroom portion, discussing the module topic – diabetes, allergens, etc. It’s a lot of fun! Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m happy to help answer or guide you to someone in Culinary and Lifestyle Medicine at my org. ๐Ÿ™‚

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