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!
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!
Healthy Chocolate Truffles
Healthy Chocolate Truffles are the ultimate dessert. One bite in to these dreamy treats & you'll hardly believe they're paleo + vegan friendly!
- 1/2 cup ripe avocado
- 6 oz dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp 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, being careful not to burn the chocolate, stirring every 25 seconds.
When chocolate is completely melted, stir in the coconut sugar and vanilla. Whisk until dissolved/combined.
Pour chocolate mixture into food processor with pureed avocado and pulse again to combine.
Put in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to cool and set aside small bowl of cocoa powder.
Once truffles have cooled, roll the truffles into small balls + dust in cocoa powder
Keep the truffles in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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You can get the nutrition facts for this recipe here.