Creamy and delicious with no heavy cream, these avocado chocolate truffles are a healthy treat that’s incredibly easy to make! Made with just a handful of ingredients, including dark chocolate, you won’t believe these drool-worthy avocado balls are vegan. Finish them with a dusting of cocoa powder, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or sprinkles for a beautiful, wholesome dessert.
Holiday baking in the Streit house has commenced, and I’m so excited to add some new Veg World recipes into the mix this year. Exhibit A: these avocado chocolate truffles!
If you’re sort of scratching your head wondering why in the world I think avocado should be paired with chocolate, I have some tried and true recipes to convince you of how delicious this combo can be! See the Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse Recipe and Chocolate Avocado Muffins (Avocado Cupcakes) if you need some convincing.
These healthy lil’ truffles are similar in taste to the avocado chocolate mousse. They’re rich and creamy, thanks to dark chocolate and healthy fats from avocado, and not overly sweet. I like to dust them in finely shredded coconut for a little added sweetness, but they also taste great rolled in cocoa powder if you are a total chocolate lover!
Besides being super delicious, this recipe is REALLY easy. It’s a great option for a holiday party, Christmas, New Year’s, or Valentine’s Day. Healthy truffles also make a wonderful homemade gift for the foodies in your life. For another healthier treat, check out the Healthy Vegan Buckeyes while you’re here!
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Avocado: The star ingredient. Use ripe avocados that mash easily.
- Dark chocolate: I like to use a bar of dark chocolate, about 70% cocoa. I used the Endangered Species 72% dark chocolate bar when initially testing the recipe and it worked really well. Anywhere from 60 to 75% cocoa is a great choice. Using a higher cocoa percentage will make the balls too bitter. You can substitute dark chocolate chips if you don’t have a bar, and the recipe would also taste delicious with semi-sweet or milk chocolate. Use a vegan chocolate if you want the recipe to be fully vegan.
- Vanilla extract: I am a vanilla lover, but you could technically omit this if you don’t have it on hand.
- Kosher salt: Use sea salt if you don’t have kosher or sub a slightly smaller amount of regular salt.
The final ingredient you’ll need for avocado chocolate truffles is something for dusting! Here are a few variations:
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Finely shredded coconut (my fav, but make sure it’s finely shredded because larger flakes don’t work well to coat truffles)
- Crushed freeze-dried fruit (freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries are great if you are giving these truffles as a Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift)
- Finely chopped nuts, such as pecans, almonds, walnuts, or pistachios
The full recipe card for avocado chocolate truffles, including ingredient quantities, is at the bottom of the post. Here’s a preview of the steps with photos to guide you!
Mash the avocado until it’s as smooth as possible.
Melt the dark chocolate. I like to melt it in 30-second increments in the microwave, but you can also melt it on the stove.
Add the mashed avocado, vanilla, and salt to the bowl with the chocolate.
Stir until well-combined. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes until firm to the touch.
Scoop out a tablespoon of batter and roll into a ball. Work quickly so the batter doesn’t get too soft or sticky.
Roll each ball in dusting of choice.
Store avocado chocolate truffles in the refrigerator or freezer. I don’t recommend keeping them at room temperature because they will soften, lose their shape, and get mushy. They will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for 3 months. If freezing, let the truffles thaw for at least 10 minutes at room temperature so they aren’t rock solid when you bite into them.
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Healthy Avocado Chocolate Truffles
- Mash the avocados as smooth as possible. I personally use a fork to mash them, as I don't mind some specks of avocado in the truffles. If you want a smoother truffle with no specks, use a food processor or blender to mash the avocados. You can also blend all of the ingredients together in a food processor after melting the chocolate.
- To melt the chocolate, place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments on high, stirring between each one, until melted through. If you don't have a microwave, you can also melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a glass bowl placed over a couple inches of boiling water in a saucepan.
- Add the mashed avocado to the bowl with the melted chocolate. Stir in the vanilla extract and kosher salt. Mix until well-combined and as smooth as possible. Again, you can use a food processor here if you want it to be really smooth.
- Place the mixture in the freezer for at least 20 to 30 minutes until firm to the touch. Check it after 20 minutes to make sure it's not frozen solid.
- Set up a plate with the dusting ingredients. I usually use a few tablespoons each of finely shredded coconut and cocoa powder for all of the balls.
- Remove the avocado chocolate mixture from the freezer. Spoon out a tablespoon and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then, roll the truffle in your dusting ingredient of choice until coated. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients. You will get between 15 to 20 truffles depending on how big or small you want them. Work quickly so that the batter doesn't get too soft or sticky.
- Place the finished truffles in an airtight container. Enjoy immediately or chill for 30 minutes in the fridge before eating.
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- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
- Nutrition facts do not include dusting ingredients.
- Other options for dusting include crushed freeze-dried fruit, such as raspberries or strawberries, and sprinkles. These are good options if you want a festive flair.