Easy Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles


With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve got chocolate on the brain.

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Instead of relying on a box of store-bought confections this year, I highly recommend making these dark chocolate truffles. Calling for just a handful of ingredients, they are quick and easy to prepare, and will impress the socks off your loved ones!

While most recipes rely on heavy cream or butter, these truffles get their creaminess from a ripe avocado. If you don’t care for the flavor of avocado, don’t worry– all you’ll taste is the chocolate! Depending on your sweet tooth and dietary needs, this recipe is completely adaptable to your tastes. I used 67% dark chocolate chips, which creates a very dark, bittersweet truffle, but if you’d prefer something a little sweeter, you can always add a touch of natural sweetener, or use semi-sweet chocolate chips, instead. You can even make them sugar-free by using unsweetened baking chocolate, and adding stevia to taste.

However you make them, they’re sure to disappear as quickly as they come together!

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
makes 12

Adapted from Apple of My Eye

Ingredients:

6 oz. dark chocolate (I used 67% chocolate chips)
1/3 cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, for rolling (optional)

Directions:

Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. (I just use an oven safe bowl over my small saucepan for this.) 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, or until slightly firm to the touch.

melted chocolate

Once the mixture has been chilled and is slightly firm, use a tablespoon to scoop the chocolate into 12 balls. Place them on a pan lined with parchment paper, and roll the balls between the palms of your hand to create an smooth surface. (Be warned: this can get messy!)

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Place the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in small bowl, and roll each truffle into the cocoa to coat.

trufflesServe at room temperature, but store in the fridge for a lasting shelf life.

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
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A quick and easy truffle, calling for heart-healthy avocado instead of dairy!
Ingredients
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • ⅓ cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, for rolling (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. (I just use an oven safe bowl over my small saucepan for this.) 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, or until slightly firm to the touch.
  2. Once the mixture has been chilled and is slightly firm, use a tablespoon to scoop the chocolate into 12 balls. Place them on a pan lined with parchment paper, and roll the balls between the palms of your hand to create an smooth surface. (Be warned: this can get messy!)
  3. Place the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder in small bowl, and roll each truffle into the cocoa to coat. Serve at room temperature, but store in the fridge for a lasting shelf life.

Notes:

  • These truffles can be dairy-free and/or sugar-free depending on the type of chocolate you buy. Be sure to read labels carefully!
  • Feel free to roll these truffles in ground nuts or shredded coconut, if you prefer.

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite Valentine treat? I’m a big fan of anything chocolate– especially this Flourless Chocolate Cake!

Comments

  1. Nathan says

    TIP: Place a cold pack in a ziplock bag to cool your hands with between rolling each truffle. It’s much less messy this way!

  2. Debi says

    made these last night and today because for the life of me I can’t get the lumps out! Even when it looked like all lumps out of avocado they were still visible after I mixed with chocolate! I even tried my food processor AND mashing second time around. Any suggestions? Regardless of the visible lumps they are DELICIOUS and so decadent! I used 72% dark chocolate!

  3. snail says

    I just made these, and at first I didn’t think they were going to set properly. The mix seemed oily and wet. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, because I used a 4 oz bar of fair trade vegan baking chocolate instead of 6 oz of chips, and I sweetened it with coconut sugar. I didn’t measure my avocado. I figured I got the proportions off, but the chocolate I used was expensive and I dreaded the thought that it might go to waste. I rolled them into slimy little balls despite my concerns about the texture, left them in the fridge for a while, and when I remembered to check on them, I was very impressed. They had firmed up perfectly, and they were just as rich and smooth as the milk-based truffles I used to eat around this time of year before I became a vegan. My husband doesn’t usually like sweets, but he ate four of them in one sitting. I will definitely be making these again, perhaps for my family Christmas party.

  4. Orla McLaughlin says

    These look delicious! Can you use raw cacao powder, coconut oil (melted) and maple syrup/agave instead of the store bought chocolate?

  5. says

    I’m actually really intolerant to caffeine (chocolate included. LAMEST intolerance, I know), but I made these for my neighbor. At first, she was pretty skeptical when she found out there was avocado in them, but a few seconds into a bite and her eyes grew wide with utter delight. She absolutely loved them! So much so, I keep thinking about biting into one myself, but it’s just not worth the consequences :)

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  1. […] Chocolate Avocado Truffles from Detoxinista: I’ve made these at least three or four times over the last two years. These are very simple, but can be a little time consuming and messy because you have to refrigerate the mixture and then hand-roll them into balls to cover with cocoa powder. However, they are extremely delicious! I add mint extract to mine when the holidays come around. […]

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