Dec 202015
 

Tis the season to be jolly…and also to eat and drink excessively while wearing ugly christmas sweaters at about 14 different holiday parties. Oh, you know what I’m talking about. Sweets at holiday parties are inevitable, so here’s a slightly healthier option that will still satisfy your sweet tooth. You can even leave a few out for Santa too…I hear his cholesterol was a little high this year.
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These truffles have a whopping 4 ingredients, and 2 of them barely even count: dark chocolate, avocado (yup, I said it), vanilla extract, and sea salt. You can roll these in pretty much any crushed up toppings, but for the holidays I kept it festive with crushed pistachios, coconut chips, and freeze-dried raspberries.
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Added bonus, they take 0 real cooking, and all you have to do is blend up the avocado and mix it into dark chocolate that you melted in the microwave. Let it cool in the fridge and then roll into balls and cover in your favorite toppings and you have a seriously impressive dessert or gift to share for the holiday.
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Nutritional Highlights: We’ve all heard that (thank goodness) dark chocolate has so great health benefits from antioxidants and several vitamins and minerals. This all goes out the window, though, in typical truffle recipes, which are made with cream, butter, and probably some corn syrup or another sweetener. This recipe maintains the integrity of the dark chocolate without adding any extra sweeteners or saturate fats, and even adds another powerhouse ingredient, avocado, which makes these truffles extra creamy and provides additional monounsaturated fats which have been shown to improve heart health, as well as fiber and B vitamins. The toppings I chose are also a whole lot healthier than the sprinkles and caramels that often top our truffles. The coconut and pistachios provide additional healthy fats and fiber, and the crushed dried raspberries add virtually no calories but a killer red color. One of these truffles can absolutely be part of a healthy, balanced diet!
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Added bonus, these are gluten free (as long as you don’t use any gluten containing toppings) and can be vegan if you choose vegan chocolate.
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Dark Chocolate-Avocado Truffles
Makes about 12-16 truffles
(go for 16 and you have less calories per truffle!)
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What’s in them:
6 oz good dark chocolate, I used 72% cacao but you can go as dark as you like (about 1 cup chocolate bar squares, chunks, or chips)
1/2 cup pureed ripe avocado, about 1/2 large avocado or 1 small avocado
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Toppings of your choice: coconut flakes or chips, crushed nuts, crushed freeze dried fruit, cocoa powder, crushed candy canes, or any other toppings you can think of

How to make them:
1. In you blender or food processor, add the avocado, vanilla, and salt, and blend until very smooth. My avocado was slightly less ripe than I wanted it to be so it needed some help in the blender so I added 1 tablespoon of soy milk to provide a little extra liquid.
2. In a microwave safe bowl or double boiler melt your chocolate. If using the microwave, stir every 20-30 seconds to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn. Stop cooking as soon as all the chocolate is melted.
3. Mix the avocado puree into the dark chocolate and stir until well combined. Transfer to the refrigerator for about an hour to let the mixture harden.
4. Lay out a piece of parchment. Scoop small amounts of the chocolate mixture (a little less than a tablespoon) and use your hands to roll them into balls.
5. Roll the chocolate balls in your favorite toppings and enjoy!
6. These should be good at room temperature for about 2 days, but keep in the refrigerator or freezer to make them last longer.
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It’s such a shame that I don’t have any more holiday parties to bring these too. Whatever will I do with 16 chocolate truffles…

Hope everyone’s holidays are filled with family, friends, and of course, a little chocolate!
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