Wait a minute…avocados?! In chocolate truffles?! You heard me. Yessir. These dark chocolate avocado truffles are decadent and smooth and creamy…but with a healthy twist. I challenge you to make these truffles and DO NOT tell your kids/spouse/friends/coworkers that avocado is one of the ingredients. Just see if they notice…you might be surprised. But first, let me tell you a little more about this powerhouse fruit.
Avocados are a an amazing food. To put it quite simply: they are like superheroes in the food world. With supreme health benefits and amazing versatility to be used in a wide variety of dishes, the avocado will always be here to fight crime and bring justice! Okay…that might be going a little too far. But they ARE a “super”food in many ways.
Some people can be a bit weary of avocados because of their high calorie and high fat content
(138 calories and 14.1g fat in half a medium-sized avocado). But do not fear these green fruits! Avocados are actually one of the best foods you can eat. They’re packed with beneficial nutrients and heart-healthy compounds. Here are just a few reasons you should consider adding avocados to your diet more often.
Avocadoes are packed with carotenoids.
Avocados are a good source of lutein, a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. They also contain the carotenoids zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Not only are avocados a rich source of carotenoids by themselves—they also help you get more of these nutrients from other foods. Carotenoids are lipophilic (soluble in fat, not water), so eating carotenoid-packed foods like fruits and vegetables along with monounsaturated-fat-rich avocados helps your body absorb the carotenoids.
Avocados will keep you fuller longer
Half an avocado contains about 3.4 g of fiber, including soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber slows down the breakdown of carbs in your diet, which can in turn keep you fuller longer. Avocados also contain oleic acid, a fat that activates the part of your brain that make you feel full.
Avocados can help lower your cholesterol
As well as increasing feelings of fullness, the oleic acid in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels.
High cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. The cholesterol-lowering properties of avocado, along with its folate content, help keep your heart healthy.
Avocados are a good source of protein
An average avocado contains around 4 grams of protein, which is much more than most other fruits. This makes them an option for a good source of protein for those on a vegan or vegetarian diet as well.
I hope you’re impressed by all the health benefits you can get from eating avocados. And if you’re still not a big fan of either the taste or texture or whatever it may be, I implore you to try these dark chocolate avocado truffles. The avocado then becomes a sneaky undercover agent adding lots of nutrients to a delectable little treat. Plus with the extra boost of antioxidants you get from the dark chocolate too? These might as well be a vitamin pill you pop in the morning! But wouldn’t you rather eat these than take a boring pill?…
I adapted this recipe from Apple of My Eye’s truffle recipe….here. I followed her recipe mostly with just a few tweaks.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Makes 16-20 truffles
1 1/2 small, ripe avocados
5 oz. dark chocolate
1 heaping Tbsp. Splenda brown sugar blend (or 2 Tbsp. brown sugar)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (separated)
Slice avocado in half, pit the avocado, then get all of the flesh out into a medium sized bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocado until lump-free.
For the dark chocolate, try to find baking bars or dark chocolate bars rather than dark chocolate chips if you can. I used Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate bars. Melt the chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Add the melted chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and about 1 1/2 Tbsp. of the cocoa powder to bowl of mashed avocado. Stir well to combine.
Place the mixture in the bowl into the fridge and let set for at 40 minutes. Use a small ice cream scoop or a small tablespoon to scoop about tablespoon-sized truffle balls. Roll the truffles around in your hands, then roll them in the remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp. cocoa powder. Place all truffles back in the fridge to fully set for a bit longer. Yes, I know it’s hard to wait, but it’ll be worth it! Then pop one in your mouth. Smile and enjoy your healthy treat.