Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles prove to be a healthful option for those keeping January resolutions. They’re rich and creamy, and a guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
It’s always wonderful to indulge in a rich, chocolaty dessert no matter the nutritional value. I’ve never been a health food blogger and I personally think that moderation is key, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a healthful dessert that tastes amazing. Dessert – healthy or not so healthy – should always taste good! These buttery avocado truffles are a great example of a dessert that is better for you, and also tastes delicious.
Dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao will be the most healthful option for these truffles, but semisweet chocolate chips also work well. Dark chocolate will be less sweet and taste more chocolate forward. Semisweet chips will yield a sweeter truffle, as it has around 55% cacao and more sugar (percentage will vary by brand).
The avocado ganache will have a firm but pliable consistency when chilled. This makes it easy to roll between the palms without being too sticky. These were coated in a combination of matcha green tea powder and confectioners’ sugar. This gives the truffles a pretty green hue and an earthy, grassy note. Matcha can be an acquired taste, and if you’re not a fan you can roll these in unsweet cocoa powder instead.
The texture of the chilled truffles is dense and chewy. If you leave them at room temperature they’ll soften slightly and lose their chewy bite. I like them both ways, but chilled wins as favorite!
I’ve seen many avocado truffle recipes that aim to mask the avocado flavor with the chocolate, but this is not that kind of recipe! You can clearly taste the avocado’s buttery notes, which will please anyone who loves this fruit.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
- 2 medium Hass avocados ripe
- 1 1/2 cups 274 grams dark or semisweet chocolate chips, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Mash avocados until lumps are virtually gone. You can beat these in a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer for smoothest results. Add melted chocolate and vanilla extract to the mashed avocado and mix until all ingredients are well combined. Refrigerate for at least 40 minutes or until the mixture is firm.
- Combine matcha powder and powdered sugar in a bowl until well mixed. Pour the mixture in a shallow dish. Scoop out rounded teaspoons of the chilled mixture and roll between your palms until mixture forms a ball. (Truffles should be the size of a small walnut).Note: Rinse your hands in cold water to keep chocolate mixture from sticking to them, and to keep the temperature of the truffle balls cool as you work with them.
- Roll truffles in matcha-powdered sugar mixture and place on a plate or wax paper covered baking sheet; refrigerate for 10 minutes to set. Reserve the extra matcha mixture to re-roll truffles, if needed. Keep chilled until ready to serve.