Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

 I try to watch a few TED talks a week.  And please don’t think I’m trying to sound intellectual for saying that, because it’s truthfully just the opposite. I commit so little time to reading books/the news lately, that listening to TED talks while I fold laundry is pretty much the only thing keeping me from being an entirely worthless human. I’m really doing the bare minimum here when it comes to lifelong learning.

But I do get so much out of TED talks. Not only is there an incredible amount of information packed into 15 minute videos, but the passion of the speakers always inspires me as much as the content of the talk itself. And what better time to experience passion than the second week of February…
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While I know this is not very romantic, my Valentine’s Day present to you, in addition to these (heart healthy) chocolate avocado truffles, is one of my favorite TED talks on the topic of relationships. This talk is about why it’s difficult to desire (desire, not love) the same person for your entire life, and how the qualities that make you love someone are oftentimes the exact opposite qualities that make you desire someone – and what you can do about that.

But I’m guessing you don’t come to Paint + Tofu for relationship advice, so we’ll move on to the dark chocolate avocado truffles. They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, and if you don’t love them, you either need to lower your standards or just accept that you’re going to be alone forever.

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Just like my favorite recipe of all time, cookie dough hummus, these truffles are a healthy dessert that you would never guess is healthy. There’s minimal sugar involved, and avocado is the not-so-secret ingredient that gives the truffles a rich taste and creamy texture. The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat in avocados helps lower cholesterol, while dark chocolate is shown to lower blood pressure and help improve heart function, making these truffles even more thematic for Valentine’s Day.
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 They tasted kind of like half-cooked brownies, which is a great thing and exactly how all brownies should be.  I could identify the avocado when I tasted them,  but I’m pretty sure that’s just because I made them, and it wasn’t in a bad way at all. Avocados and dark chocolate are a surprisingly natural fit.  I kept these simple since it was my first time trying them, but crushed nuts or coconut shreds would both be great additions. Either way, they taste amazing and are a much better alternative to all the heart-shaped candy that’s about to be 50% off in two weeks at CVS.
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Truffles

DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO TRUFFLES

Recipe Adapted from Apple of My Eye 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 5oz dark chocolate bar (vegan!)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Optional Add-Ins: Crushed nuts, coconut shreds, mini chocolate chips, instant coffee

Instructions: 

  1. Mash avocado with a fork until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Melt chocolate bar in microwave or over stovetop until melted.
  3. Mix avocado, melted chocolate, vanilla, sugar, salt, and 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder. Also add any additional mix-ins.
  4. Freeze/refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  5. Once somehwat-solidified, scoop and roll into 3/4″ balls.
  6. Roll in remaining cocoa powder and serve!

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

 

Comments

  1. says

    well now i must listen to that TED talk! it sounds super interesting! and i come here for whatever you want to post and write about ;) the truffles look delicious and i REEEEEEALLY could go for a couple (or 10) of them right now.

  2. kelly says

    I have been known to eat brownies before they are fully cooked. Now I can get that same effect without the shame! Finally, can’t wait to try these!

  3. says

    Damn these look SO good. I used to love those truffles you can get at Costco before going vegan. I def need to try a homemade version :)

    I’ve never watched TED Talks but it helped my live-in bf decide to become a weekday vegetarian. Awesome news for me ;)

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