These healthy chocolate avocado truffles are a fantastic simple dessert. So easy and delicious, they are certain to become a favorite in your home.
They're also loaded with nutrition so you can feel good about serving them anytime. They're simple enough for every day, but perfect for gifting and special occasions too.
Seriously, I'm so excited to share these chocolate truffles with you all. They are so sooo delicious – even my “I don't like chocolate” hubby was swooning over them.
They are a super easy dessert so you can pull it together quickly to bless your family, someone you love, or just make an indulgence for yourself.
Because treating yourself every once in awhile is a good thing.
The Need for More Healthy Truffles
I have 3 truffle recipes on my blog already.
But they clearly weren't enough.
One can never have too many truffles, I say.
First of all, truffles are typically chocolate, which is something we all can agree is a good thing.
Second, they are an easy no-bake dessert so they come together in a flash (in fact, this recipe for Nut Butter Balls / Truffles is about as easy as it gets!)- perfect when you're in a hurry and in the warmer summer months when the thought of turning on the oven is a bit daunting.
Third, they are yummy.
When you can add “healthy” to the above benefits, we have a real winner.
I used to make chocolate truffles every year as a Christmas gift for friends and loved ones.
Those were loaded with expensive chocolate bars, heavy cream and white sugar.
Alas. They were incredible, but since candida has become a household word around here there's not going to be any of those around any time soon.
Chocolate Avocado Truffles – with a Kick
These truffles, however?
That's a different story.
These chocolate avocado truffles are loaded with the healthy goodness of plain cocoa, avocado, coconut butter, and a low carb sweetener.
Sigh – this much deliciousness with a bunch of health thrown in?
I dare say that these give the cream and white sugar laden truffles a real run for their money.
These are that good.
How good? Let me tell you – my husband is NOT a fan of chocolate. It gives him a headache sometimes and he typically passes it up.
But he sure didn't turn down these morsels of yumminess.
He ate one and said:
These. Are. Good. I mean real good.
And they're good for you too.
Health Benefits of Avocado
The base is avocado, which is a nutritional powerhouse:
– loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits
– high in Omega-3 fatty acids
– supports cardiovascular health
– promotes blood sugar regulation
– anti-cancer benefits – improves inflammatory and oxidative stress levels.
This resource has more on all of the above points. I think you'll find it to be fascinating reading and will surely inspire you to whip up some of these truffles asap.
I must say, I will feel especially good about getting my next big bag of avocados at Costco the next time I am there :).
Health Benefits of Coconut
– high in fiber
– low glycemic index
– improves heart health
– has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic healing properties (Source)
The health benefits of cocoa were harder to substantiate. The information is kind of all over the board so I am not going to mention it here. Maybe in a future post after I have more time to digest it (pun intended.)
Regardless of whether or not cocoa is super good for you or not, these truffles are way healthier than most other dessert you could make.
And if you use stevia in these chocolate avocado truffles, you are getting a nutritional boost there as well. I touched on some of that in this post–Is Stevia a Danger to Your Health? The Truth Comes Out.
Believe me though.
You won't need to convince anyone to gobble down a few of these to boost their health.
That will come naturally :). In fact, I bet you will love these so much that you will either want to make a bunch and freeze them for later, or alternatively you can stock up on avocados when they are on sale and take advantage of my tips for freezing avocados. You're welcome.
What You Will Need
You will need to the following things to make this recipe:
Coconut Butter (here's how to make your own)
Cocoa (use carob for a caffeine free and AIP alternative)
Coconut Sugar (for a low-carb option, use xylitol, erythritol, or my homemade powdered sugar substitute)
Pure Stevia Extract (use powdered or liquid – here's how to make your own liquid stevia – see more about How to Use Stevia here. You can also use another sweetener, which you may wish to do for AIP)
Salt (I recommend Real Salt)
Cayenne or Chipotle Pepper (optional – omit for AIP)
Toppings – options include cocoa powder (use carob for AIP), crushed nuts or seeds (omit for AIP), and shredded coconut
Cookie Scoop or Melon Baller. Of course, you can just use a spoon and roll the balls in your palms.
Recipe Notes and Substitutions for Chocolate Avocado Truffles
- Cocoa: One thing to keep in mind is that cocoa powders vary in quality and strength. Please do taste the recipe prior to forming the truffles to make sure that they taste amazing. If not, you might have to adjust the cocoa or sweetener. More cocoa is (almost) always a good thing :).
- Coconut Butter: If you would like to make your own coconut butter, see my Homemade Coconut Butter.
- Carob: You can use organic carob instead of cocoa for a caffeine-free and AIP alternative. If doing so, you can most likely omit some or all of the sweetener, since carob has an inherent sweetness. A reader of my blog has made these with carob and used no sweetener at all.
- Sweetener: You can use 4 to 5 drops liquid stevia instead of stevia extract (here’s how to make your own liquid stevia) – see more about How to Use Stevia here. Alternatively, use approx. 6 Tbsp of your sweetener of choice. If AIP, you may wish to avoid stevia.
- Toppings: Options for toppings include cocoa powder (use carob for AIP), crushed nuts or seeds (soaked and dried) (omit for AIP), and organic shredded coconut. One reader shared the amazing idea of rolling the truffles in coconut flakes toasted with maple syrup and a combination of freeze dried blueberry and raspberry powder.
- THM: This recipe fits in as an “S” on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
- A homemade alternative to powdered coconut sugar is my Powdered Sugar Substitute.
- For a low-carb option, use powdered xylitol in the same proportion as the coconut sugar, or ¼ cup powdered organic erythritol.
Here's a short video to show you just how EASY and really FUN these delectable truffles are to make!
Easy Chocolate Avocado Truffles with a Kick - paleo & vegan
- 1 large ripe avocado (each approx. 4 inches in height~7 ounces)
- 3/8 cup coconut butter
- 3/8 cup cocoa (see notes for carob sub information)
- 3 Tbsp powdered coconut sugar (use xylitol, erythritol, or another low-carb sweetener for keto / low-carb)
- 3/32 tsp pure stevia extract (or 3 scoops)
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 dashes cayenne (optional - omit for AIP)
- Toppings (crushed pumpkin seeds, coconut, cocoa, powdered sweetener, etc.)
- Place all ingredients in a food processor.
- Process until well mixed.
- Place in a bowl in the refrigerator until fairly firm (approx. 40 min), or alternatively use the freezer for 10-20 minutes.
- Using a small cookie scoop or melon baller, scoop out balls of the avocado mixture and roll into balls.
- Roll the balls into desired topping.
- Refrigerate or freeze any remaining truffles for later.
Really – these are just so simple to make. I recommended this recipe to a friend who wanted to make a special treat for a friend of hers who suffers from many food allergies. She made these (and LOVED them, by the way), and said that she will DEFINITELY be making them a lot more now that she knows how simple (and delish) they are!
I really had to work hard to not eat the whole batch of these truffles myself.
I'm watching my chocolate / caffeine intake due to adrenal fatigue, but boy were these calling my name all day.
I think these will be a frequent addition to our healthy snack menu in our home for sure (maybe made with carob next time), but I might need a lock on the refrigerator door :-).