Have a Ball with Decadent Truffles

by Laurenda Bennet

Playing host this season or do you just need a dish to pass? These truffles are a crowd pleaser with a hidden superfood ingredient: avocado! Your guests will delight in their creamy, rich chocolate taste and revel about their secret health benefits. Avocados are full of nutrients and healthy fats, which aid in keeping blood sugars stable. Because they’re so mild in taste, the avocado is undetectable, making them a perfect addition to any dessert buffet.

Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles

makes about 20 truffles

1 ripe avocado
6 ounces dark chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (separated)
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped

Pit the avocado and mash the flesh with a fork until completely smooth and lump free. Melt the chocolate in either the microwave or on the stove, making sure not to burn it. Once melted, stir in the mashed avocado, palm sugar, almond extract, salt and 1 1/2 tablespoon of the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Place the truffle mixture into the fridge for 30-40 minutes and let cool until partially set.

Meanwhile, pulse the almonds several times in a food processor to create small bits. Remove mixture from fridge and use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to dollop out the truffles and form balls with your hands. Rotate between rolling in the remaining 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and chopped almonds. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

Notes: For plain chocolate truffles, substitute vanilla extract for almond extract. Store in fridge (or freezer if you want them a bit more firm).

Laurenda resides in Rockford with her husband Daniel and their two sons. Laurenda is a health food writer for LaurendaMarie.com and a West Michigan lifestyle and portrait photographer.




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