Healthy Chocolate Truffles are the ultimate dessert. One bite in to these dreamy treats & you’ll hardly believe they’re paleo + vegan friendly!
I’ve kinda got a thing for chocolate. I mean… it’s not really a thing, it’s a full blown love affair (sorry Ty). It’s just SO good. I don’t know when it started… maybe when I was a kid? I can remember eating chocolate at my grandparents house, drinking hot chocolate with my dad and eating snow caps at the movies when I was little… but I don’t really know where it began. Maybe it’s just in my DNA?
I’ve said this before- but when I started to eat healthier, chocolate was the one thing I refused to give up. You want me to eat grilled chicken and ground turkey every day for lean protein? Done. No carbs? Done. Give up grains and dairy? I’ll miss cheese, but ok. Give up chocolate? NOPE. Not happenin’. It’s not that I can’t live without it (although I’ve never tried), it’s that I don’t want to!!
With the holidays right around the corner, there is chocolate/treats everywhere you look. Which I love, but also hate a little bit cause it’s pretty tough to resist! One Christmas treat that I always find hard to pass up are these Lindt truffles. I feel like they’re always around… They’re everywhere in the store, people usually give them as gifts, and my gram always has bowls of them every where! These Extra Dark Chocolate ones are my favorite, they’ve got a decadent center + are covered in a dark chocolate shell… they’re seriously dreamy.
Every year I eat one too many of these truffles, and a few years back I realized that I could probably make a better for you version of them that had way less sugar! I did some research, and after some experimenting in the kitchen I came up with the perfect recipe that is seriously delicious enough to rival the chocolatiers at Lindt. Plus, they’re easily made vegan or paleo friendly when you select a vegan/paleo chocolate bar. Paleo + vegan truffles, you ask? YES! It’s possible! The secret ingredient is….
…Avocado! Yep, you heard me right. Avocados are what give these truffles their rich, creamy center. Traditional truffles are made with lots of sugar + heavy cream, but not these guys!
- 1 ripe avocado (Approximately ½ cup)
- 6 oz dark chocolate (use a paleo or vegan option depending on your diet)
- 1 tablespoons of coconut sugar
- ¼ tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (on the side, for dusting)
- Puree the avocado in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- In a separate bowl melt the chopped dark chocolate. Be careful not to burn the chocolate (If you're microwaving it I would stir it every 20 -25 seconds)
- When chocolate is completely melted, stir in the coconut sugar + whisk until dissolved.
- Add in avocado and vanilla and mix again
- Put in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.
- Roll the truffles into small balls+ dust in cocoa powder (Sprinkles also work!)
- Keep the truffles in the refrigerator to preserve freshness and try not to eat them all in one sitting 🙂
This Healthy Chocolate Truffle recipe has been on the site for years, but it was time that the pictures got a re-do. I know you might be thinking that these are probably a lot of work.. and who wants to make homemade candy… but I promise you, they’re 100% worth it. They are so rich + dreamy you’re not going to want to buy the ones from the store! And.. when you bring these out at your holiday party or your Christmas dessert you can impress all of your friends/family. Mine are always shocked when I tell them the secret ingredient that makes them so yummy!
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