When I first thought up this recipe I really hoped it would work well as I wanted to create a soft, indulgent yet healthier chocolate truffle and what better way to make that happen than by adding an entire avocado to the mix to give it a soft truffle like texture while getting all the skin and heart health benefits from both the avocado and cacao!
Chocolate truffle benefits
-Filled with antioxidants
-More fibre than standard truffles
-Lightly sweetened and dairy free
-Great for nourishing the skin
As I’ve made these multiple times, I discovered that if you have a nice powder handy such as a dry berry powder or lucuma (fruit powder that has a caramel like flavour) to roll the balls in then you can reduce the liquid sweetener as more flavour is gained from the powders and as it’s on the outside of the truffles it’s the first thing to hit your tongue, so it kind of tricks your taste buds into thinking it’s sweeter than it is. Coconut works well too if you prefer that flavour combo over a sweeter one.
Recipe (makes 9/10 truffles)
-50g cacao liquor (*or use a 99% choc bar or as dark as you can find)
-1 medium ripe avocado (approx. 90g flesh)
-1 to 2 Tbsp (adjust to taste) honey/maple/date syrup OR sub for granular sweetener, I used a stevia blend
-1 tsp orange extract (find it in big supermarkets)**
*Note:Cacao liquor is 100% chocolate, no added sugar, If using a pre-made chocolate bar then reduce/adjust the sweetener according to your taste
**I’ve updated this recipe to include a mint option, I used 1/8 tsp mint extract from the supermarket which gave a fantastic mint flavour, highly recommend it!
Optional add ins: I’ve also created this recipe with additions such as collagen powder or a pinch of inulin both of which are great for gut health, so feel free to add some if you have any
1-Break the chocolate/cacao liquor buttons into small pieces then gently melt it in a bowl over simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted
2-While this melts, add the rest of the ingredients to a small food processor then add the cacao once melted and blend together then with the mix still in the bowl (if it fits into your fridge) place it into the fridge for minimum 45mins to 1 hour to set ( needs lower amount of time if using granular sweetener instead of liquid)
3-Once firm, scoop out generous teaspoon amounts and roll them between the palms of your hand to create balls then roll them in your desired coatings or just keep as they are
4-Store extras in the fridge in a container for up to 3 days