Special Occasion Truffles
These truffles are healthy and delicious. They skip the butter fat and get their creaminess from avocado. Even if you do not care for the flavor of avocado, all you will taste is the chocolate.
6 Ounces Dark Chocolate or Semi-sweet Chocolate chips
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
1 Ripe Avocado, skin & stone removed, mashed
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
2 Tablespoons Shredded Coconut
Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. If you do not have a double boiler, just use an oven-safe bowl over a saucepan. Mash the avocado with a fork and stir it into the melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened. Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Use a tablespoon to scoop the chocolate into 12 balls once the mixture is slightly firm. Place them on a pan lined with parchment or wax paper and roll the balls between the palms of your hand to create a smooth surface. Place the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and coconut in small bowl, and roll each truffle to coat.
Serve at room temperature. Store leftovers in the fridge; makes 12.
Pro-tip: This truffle recipe uses real cocoa instead of artificial milk chocolate. This may be surprising to many but pure chocolate is in fact dairy-free. True dark and semi-sweet chocolates are made with a base of cocoa solids (cocoa powder), cocoa butter and sugar and is naturally dairy-free. Read labels to make sure you are getting the pure stuff.