Chocolate Avocado Snowball Truffles
I know what you’re thinking – chocolate and avocado, yuck! Trust me on this one, it’s actually a delightful blend of two healthy ingredients making this truffle a guilt-free treat to indulge in – here’s why.
Bittersweet Chocolate or Dark Chocolate is rich in magnesium and antioxidants like flavonols. With a high cocoa content (70% or more) it offers tremendous health benefits including:
- reducing blood pressure
- increasing good (HDL) cholesterol and slightly decreasing bad (LDL) cholesterol
- increasing insulin sensitivity
Avocados are so delicious, healthy, and easy to incorporate into your diet, and for good reasons:
- Avocados are incredibly nutritious containing more than 20 different vitamins and minerals!
- Unlike other fruits that are high in carbohydrates, avocados are high in healthy fats.
- Avocados contain more potassium than bananas
- Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monunsaturated fatty acids – but they don’t just contain any fat… the majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.
- Avocados are loaded with fiber.
- Eating avocados can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- People who eat avocados tend to be healthier.
- The fat in avocados can help you absorb nutrients from plant foods.
- Avocados are loaded with powerful antioxidants that can protect the eyes.
- Avocados may help prevent Cancer.
- Avocado extract may help relieve symptoms of arthritis.
- There’s some evidence that eating avocados may help you lose weight.
The last main ingredient I added was dried unsweetened coconut flakes since they pair so well with chocolate. While they tend to be higher in saturated fat, it’s best not to overdo eating too much. That’s why these truffle balls have a light dusting of coconut flakes.
That said, coconut flakes do provide a small amount of carbs to help give you energy, and a small amount of protein to help preserve lean muscle mass and make enzymes and hormones. They also have a small amount of iron and phosphorus but not a significant number to be of much benefit.
If you don’t care for coconut then you could dust them with cocoa powder, sprinkles, crushed nuts or simply leave plain to enjoy.
Try this simple and healthy recipe, you won’t believe how easy they are to make and how quickly they’ll disappear. Don’t tell anyone there’s avocado in them unless of course they’re allergic. Wait to hear them tell you how delicious and creamy they are, then tell them the surprise ingredient (avocado) – they’ll be shocked at how wonderful they taste!
With just a few ingredients that you may already have on hand I hope you’ll whip up a batch of these Chocolate Avocado Snowball Truffles today!
Chocolate Avocado Snowball Truffles
You'll be shocked at how decadent these taste, and how quickly they can be made & will disappear!
- 10 oz. bittersweet/dark chocolate (I used 67% chocolate chips)
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- unsweetened coconut flakes, for rolling (optional)
- Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. (I just use an oven safe bowl over a saucepan)
- Mash the avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible, then stir into melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened. Place in refrigerator to set for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch.
- Once mixture has been chilled and is slightly firm, use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to scoop out the chocolate and roll between the palms of your hands to create 10 - 12 smooth chocolate balls. Place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and return to the refrigerator to chill for another 10 minutes.
- Place coconut flakes in small bowl, and roll each truffle into the coconut to coat. Serve at room temperature, but store in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life - approximately 5 days.
I call this a Chocolate Avocado Snowball Truffle because it reminds me of the Snowballs I used to eat as a child from Hostess.
Slightly adapted from Detoxinista
These snow balls are fantastic, Vicki. Chocolate and avocado are such a healthy and delicious combination that everyone should try!
I agree Angie. When I made these I told my family they were chocolate truffles knowing that if I mentioned avocados were a main ingredient they wouldn’t try them. Instead they had one and loved it. Once I told them the secret ingredient they were shocked, still said eww, but really liked them. These are so easy to make, everyone should make them, at least once.
Vicki, these look awesome! I love that you included so many facts about avocados – they’re one of my favorite fruits and now I know to eat them more often for their health benefits! Plus, these look super fudgy and delicious!
They’re very fudgy, that’s from the avocado. Avocado is used here in place of the cream making these extra good for your body. Tasting is believing!
Thank you for your comment.
These sound delicious, Vicki. Is there something else you could roll them in besides coconut?
Absolutely Loretta! You can roll them in cocoa powder, crushed nuts of your choice, sprinkles, crushed goji berries for an extra power boost, or anything else that sounds good to you. You’re the chef, you can roll them or change them up however you like – you’re in the drivers seat!
Thanks for your comment. Hope you and Randy are doing well.
I have seen so many recipes of avocado and chocolate, but have not tried any…now, I am very tempted to try this snowballs…they sure look good. Thanks for the recipe Vicki!
Have a wonderful week 🙂
That combo is so good. Who would have ever guessed. I hope you’ll try it.
Such a yummy , guilt free treat!! I’d love a stash for when my sweet tooth needs to be satisfied!
We’ve been cutting them in half, they’re rich and just a little satisfies.
Fun recipe! We haven’t used avocado in a sweet yet, and really need to — I keep hearing how well it works. This looks like a spectacular way to use it — thanks!
It is and best of all it’s so easy. Literally ready in just minutes.
Oh my goodness this sounds so amazing. Love this combination, I’ve done some baking using avocado instead of butter and I love how it turns out. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you Mary, these were so good! No one would ever know avocado was a main ingredient. Mine were gone so quickly. I hope you give them a try. Thank you for your comment!
I’ve seen several recipes combining avocado and chocolate. I must really try this soon! It would be the healthiest way to get my chocolate in!
What a fabulous idea to make us healthy that taste good! love it!