Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and to keep with the trend of chocolate desserts I decided I needed to add a simple, healthy alternative to that delicious little piece of melt-in-your-mouth goodness known as a truffle. Those things can pack quite the calories and sugar for such a tiny treat. Most of the ingredients in the store bought ones aren’t even things we can find in our own pantries. Why add chemicals, refined sugars and other processed ingredients you don’t need when you can actually make truffles that tastes just as good, if not better, in even less time than going to a store to buy some. After testing out a few different methods I thought would create a comparable texture and flavor I narrowed it down to one. You want to know what the best part is? It only requires 4 ingredients of which you most likely already have on hand. Yes, it’s really that simple. This homemade dessert packs a ton of chocolatey flavor, healthy fats and antioxidants. Technically if you accidentally ate the whole batch of 8 it wouldn’t even be THAT bad…just saying. Though I do recommend sharing as they make a great gift and whomever is lucky enough to try one will be very impressed with your skills!
Makes: 8 truffles
- 6 oz (approx ½ c) dairy-free dark chocolate chips
- ¼ medium ripe avocado (about a 1/3 c cup), mashed to remove any lumps
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- In a double boiler melt chocolate until smooth, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. (This can also be done in a microwave by adding chocolate to a heat safe dish and set on high for about one minute)
- Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat and add in vanilla and mashed avocado. Stir to combine.
- Cover bowl and place in the fridge to set for about a half hour (may take longer if still very hot). Chocolate should be firm (moldable), but not hard to the touch when ready.
- Remove from fridge and using a tablespoon scoop out chocolate and roll between fingers to form a ball. (FYI: this part can get a little messy!)
- Once 8 truffles are made, sprinkle cocoa powder in a dish and roll each chocolate in it to coat.
- Place back in fridge until ready to serve.