Chocolate Avocado Truffles – Plus Amazing Avocado Facts

Chocolate Avocado Truffles
{Please welcome Laura from Petite Allergy Treats.  She’s here to share an amazing recipe:  Chocolate Avocado Truffles.  YUM!   Can’t wait to make these!}

I’m so excited share my easy truffle recipe made with cocoa powder and avocado.

Yes.  Avocado.

love avocados.

And why not? There’s so much to love.

Most people are not familiar with recipes in which avocado is the main ingredient, but there are many great recipes.  This is one of those you just have. to. try.

Here’s a quick nutritional lesson in case you didn’t already know how great avocados are for you.

Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados contain monounsaturated fat (the good fat),  fiber, potassium and other vitamins.

1. Monounsaturated fat:

Avocados contain high amounts of monounsaturated fat.  Monounsaturated fat is the GOOD fat our bodies need to help absorb vitamins and nutrients.

2. Fiber:

One avocado (on average) contains 10 grams of fiber. Think about that for a moment.  10 grams of fiber. An apple only contains 4-5 grams of fiber with the skin on. Believe it or not, bananas, that are known as a great source of potassium, come up short compared with avocados.

3.  Vitamins:

One avocado contains approximately  760 mg of potassium (twice the amount of a typical banana).

Here’s a list of more nutritional values in an average avocado:

- 250 calories
- 23 grams of monounsaturated fat
- 760 mg potassium
- 10 grams of fiber

RDV of vitamins:

6% Vitamin B6
4% Vitamin C
4% Vitamin E
2% Iron
2% Magnesium
6% Folate

Pretty impressive, huh?

Chocolate Avocado Truffles

3. It’s a fruit NOT a vegetable.  Who knew right?  A bit strange but true.  An alternate name is the alligator pear.

But enough about fun facts, lets get to the recipe.

This is a super easy recipe.

Simply food process the avocado and combine the other ingredients.

Super easy and minimal clean up.  I am all about finding short cuts when it comes to preparation and cleanup.  The truffles will be soft and rich.

They are not very sweet, closer to a rich semi-sweet dark chocolate.  I used dutch processed cocoa for the deep color but any cocoa powder will work.  Roll in roasted pumpkin seeds to boost protein, texture and flavor.

Oh, and another great fun fact is, one truffle contains just 42 calories!  

No need to feel guilty after eating more than one :)  (Or all 12 like I did on my test batch.)

My kids and I devour them.  Both of my sons didn’t even care they were eating avocado, one of the most nutritious vegetables fruits you can find.

Chocolate Avocado Truffles

 

 

These are great right from the bowl.

If you won’t be enjoying them right away, chill in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  Due to the perishability of avocado, I would recommend enjoying them within an hour of pureeing, if not freezing.  Coat right before serving.

I hope you like the truffles and learned a little more about how great avocados are.  Make some of these fabulous truffles today!

If you’d like another nutritious avocado recipe, check out these Stuffed Avocados.

I would like to graciously thank my host Adrienne, for allowing me to share this recipe on her site with all you awesome readers!  (I’ve heard she has the best readers and I totally agree.)  If you like my recipe, please head over to my blog Petite Allergy Treats to see some other great recipes.

Laura About Laura: I currently live in Wisconsin with my husband and two silly boys, who suffer from severe food allergies.  We have drastically changed our diets due to my son’s: wheat, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, sunflower and sesame seed allergies.

My family currently does not use Truvia, Xylitol or Stevia due to their close relationship with the sunflower family.   I use natural sugar substitutes such as dried fruit, maple syrup, and regular organic sugar in place of highly refined sugars in baking.  I believe that less is more when it comes to processed foods.  I try and buy organic produce whenever possible and support my local farmer’s markets in the summer months.

Laura loves to connect with her readers.  You can find more recipes on her blog petiteallergytreats.blogspot.com, and can follow her on FacebookPinterestGoogle+ and  Twitter.  Please feel free to email her with any questions, comments or just to say hello: petiteallergytreats@gmail.com

Did you know all of those facts about avocados?
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  1. These look beautiful and so simple! Thanks for sharing I am going to have to try these real soon with stevia!

  2. Whooooaooaoaooaoaoa that looks delicious. I love using avocado for these kind of things. I think it’d be nice to coat them in date sugar or even hemp seeds. =O

  3. I made these last night. They were super yummy but really soft so I just stuck them in the freezer and we are eating them frozen. Perhaps I needed a bigger avocado….next time I might try adding a little peanut butter or almond meal to stiffen them up.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Thanks! I can’t wait to have them. Maybe w/ a firmer avo they would work better?

    • Hi Peggy!

      I’m thinking your avocado must have been larger than mine. Try adding some more cocoa powder and sweetener to firm up. Almond meal would make another great nutritional addition and soaks up loads of moisture. Mmm… probably would add great flavor. So many possibilities!

  4. These are my kind of treat, I can’t resist chocolate truffles!

  5. Wow! These sound amazing! I’m sure my kids will love them!
    ~ Christine

  6. These look delicious Laura! I had no idea that stevia was closely related to sunflower?? Could that also mean they are processed in facilities with nuts? That’s been our biggest trouble with buying nut and seed butters…they’re all processed in the same facility, and the cross-contamination has been detrimental to our allergies. It’s literally like we have to make ALL of our own food anymore. Anyway, thanks for a great recipe, I can’t wait to try it out!

    • I had no idea either, laura.

    • Hi Lauren,
      Thanks for commenting! I know EXACTLY what you mean about the difficulty finding any safe seeds butters and making everything from scratch. I am still looking for a safe pumpkin seed. If you are not allergic to sunflower I would highly suggest Gerbs seeds. They have a dedicated facility that is free of the top 8 allergens, kosher certified, gluten free certified and sesame free. We cannot use them beacause they make sunflower butter on the same line.

      I don’t know how Stevia and other sugar alternatives are processed. I hate to say it but the only way to find out is to call the manufacturer. I know, right? More work for us to keep our kiddos safe. If you do end up calling them I would love to know what information they share with you. We’re already following each other on Twitter, so just tweet @PetiteAllergy and I can relay it back to Adrienne.

      Thanks again for commenting and I love your blog Oatmeal With a Fork.

      -Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats

    • I don’t think there are any stevias produced in facilities w/ nuts. Of course, you could ask but the issue here is the origin of the plant. I could be wrong, but I have ever seen a warning of that type on a stevia container. Take care Lauren!

  7. I thought about rolling them in peanut flour or PB2 for a chocolate/peanut butter truffle. I make a chocolate avocado cookie that is baked, so I am anxious to try this recipe.

    Thanks!

  8. Hi,
    Can I ask a silly question (I’m not the best cook in the world! :)):
    What do you mean by “1/4 cup + 2 T” of cocoa powder? I understand the 1/4 cup but not the 2T! :) Again, sorry about my ignorance.
    Recipe looks great! As soon as you clear this out, I’ll try it with xylitol.
    Thanks

    • Hi Antonia,
      Thanks for commenting. There is no such thing as a silly question when it come to the kitchen. I’ve actually gotten this question a few times on my blog, so don’t worry. The capital “T” stands for Tablespoons in US measurements. So it’s 1/4 cup of cocoa + (plus) 2 Tablespoons more of cocoa powder. Also keep in mind these measurement are approximations. The avocado size varies, so more or less sugar and cocoa could be used.

      Hope this clears up any confusion so you can enjoy these yummy truffles tonight. :-)

    • Hi Antonia,
      There’s so such thing as a silly question in the kitchen. The directions mean, add an additional 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder. So 1/4 cup and then add 2 Tablespoons extra cocoa powder. I try and use standard US measurement abbreviations. Don’t worry I’ve gotten several questions before regarding the capital “T”. Another thing to remember is these measurements are approximations due to the variations in the size of Avocados. ;-)

      I hope you enjoy these for the weekend or anytime!

      Thanks,
      Laura| Petite Allergy Treats

  9. I just found your site and love this recipe! We do need treats, especially for holidays. This one is perfect! We grow avocados and have plenty all the time. Today I shared your post on our family farm Facebook page: California Avocados Direct. Thank you!

  10. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy says:

    What a nice, simple recipe. I can see myself serving these at a few parties :)

  11. I am looking forward to trying these. Thanks for sharing.