Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles

Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles

Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles – a decadent, melt in the mouth treat, but with “no” heavy cream or butter, minimal added sugar and saturated fat.

 

Traditionally chocolate truffles have been made with a good amount of heavy cream and butter – both of which are rich sources of saturated fat. A diet that is high in saturated fats is not good for health. And most of the foods that fall in the “decadent” and “indulgent” category have a ton of saturated fat. Nature has blessed us with a variety of fat sources. So here again, I am trying to make the best use of that bounty.

 

Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles – a decadent, melt in the mouth treat, but with “no” heavy cream or butter, minimal added sugar and saturated fat. Prepared with ingredients that are good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

These Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles are utterly fantastic. Both dates and avocado lend a luxuriously smooth texture. The avocado mainly substitutes for cream and butter. And most of the sweetness in this treat comes from the dates. You may also want to check out another delightful avocado based recipe – Rose Avocado Smoothie.

 

Unlike refined sugar, the date fruit is naturally rich in some minerals and vitamins. While traditional medicine has touted its medicinal properties, modern research has revealed that dates are a rich source of phytochemicals such as phenolics, carotenoids, flavonoids and procyanidins – compounds that are known for several health promoting benefits. Not to mention the fact that dates are an excellent source of dietary fiber.

 

Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles – a decadent, melt in the mouth treat, but with “no” heavy cream or butter, minimal added sugar and saturated fat. Prepared with ingredients that are good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Here I use only a fraction of chocolate as compared to what would be needed in traditional recipes. But the chocolaty taste comes from the addition of cocoa. To flavor the truffles, I have used orange zest as I think that orange and chocolate are a match made in “Food Heaven”. But it can be substituted with vanilla, almond, cinnamon or whatever flavor you may fancy. Talking about chocolate and alternatives to butter, you may love to try this recipe – Chocolate Hazelnut Honey Crescent Rolls.

 

I have to mention that homemade truffles typically have a short shelf-life and should be consumed within a few days after making. Although, I think that you may not really need to worry about shelf-life as these Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles will deliciously disappear!!

 

Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles – a decadent, melt in the mouth treat, but with “no” heavy cream or butter, minimal added sugar and saturated fat. Prepared with ingredients that are good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

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LUSCIOUS DATE AVOCADO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

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NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 15                 Serving Size: One Truffle

 

Calories 62, Total Fat 4 g (Saturated Fat 1 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g), Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 13 mg, Potassium 134 mg, Phosphorus 41 mg, Total Carbohydrate 6 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 2 g

 

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1 medium size avocado (200 grams avocado flesh)

5 to 6 medium Medjool dates (200 grams, pits removed)

2 ounces semi sweet chocolate*, chopped

3 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder

2 teaspoons grated organic orange zest

1 pinch salt

6 tablespoons toasted chopped pistachios/cashew nuts or toasted coconut

3 to 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate*, chopped (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

 

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Chop the pitted Medjool dates and process into a paste in a food processor.

 

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Melt the semi sweet chocolate in a double boiler or a small bowl set over a pot of steaming water. Stir gently as needed. Do not over heat. If using a temperature guide, suggested temperature is 90 to 93 degrees F.

 

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Add the melted chocolate, avocado, cocoa powder, orange rind, pinch of salt.

 

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Process it to a smooth paste in the food processor.

 

Spread the truffle mixture over a plate and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

 

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Using a teaspoon or a melon baller scoop out 2 teaspoons of the mixture and shape into smooth truffle balls and place it in a plate.

 

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Roll the truffles in the toasted nuts or coconut and place in a parchment lined container.

 

If you prefer to coat the truffles with chocolate, then melt the bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler as mentioned above.

 

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Dip a metal measuring tablespoon or an ice cream scoop and turn it over to drain the excess chocolate. Place a truffle ball in the scoop and gently roll to coat with chocolate using a fork or a small spoon as a guide.

 

Then roll the chocolate coated truffles carefully in the nuts or coconut. Place the truffles in a  parchment lined container. Allow the coating to firm up for about an hour.

 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy the Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles.

 

 

Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles – a decadent, melt in the mouth treat, but with “no” heavy cream or butter, minimal added sugar and saturated fat. Prepared with ingredients that are good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

 

Photo Credits: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Notes:

 

The consistency of the truffle mixture may vary slightly depending on the moisture in the dates. If needed, adjust the consistency with some extra cocoa powder.

 

The recipe lists the exact amount of nuts, coconut and bittersweet chocolate needed to coat the truffles. You may start with slightly greater amount of these ingredients for ease of rolling and save the rest for other use.

 

Check to make sure the ingredients in the brand of chocolate used for making these truffles are “Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free”

 

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Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles
 
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Eclectic
Author: The Delicious Crescent
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 15
Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles – a decadent, melt in the mouth treat, but with “no” heavy cream or butter, minimal added sugar and saturated fat.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium size avocado (200 grams avocado flesh)
  • 5 to 6 medium Medjool dates (200 grams, pits removed)
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate*, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated organic orange zest
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons toasted chopped pistachios/cashew nuts or toasted coconut
  • 3 to 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate*, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Chop the pitted Medjool dates and process into a paste.
  2. Melt the semi sweet chocolate in a double boiler or a small bowl set over a pot of steaming water. Stir gently as needed. Do not over heat. If using a temperature guide, suggested temperature is 90 to 93 degrees F.
  3. Add the melted chocolate, avocado, cocoa powder, orange rind, pinch of salt.
  4. Process it to a smooth paste in the food processor.
  5. Spread the truffle mixture over a plate and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. Using a teaspoon or a melon baller scoop out 2 teaspoons of the mixture and shape into smooth truffle balls and place it in a plate.
  7. Roll the truffles in the toasted nuts or coconut and place in a parchment lined container.
  8. If you prefer to coat the truffles with chocolate, then melt the bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler as mentioned above.
  9. Dip a metal measuring tablespoon or an ice cream scoop and turn it over to drain the excess chocolate. Place a truffle ball in the scoop and gently roll to coat with chocolate using a fork or a small spoon as a guide.
  10. Then roll the chocolate coated truffles carefully in the nuts or coconut. Place the truffles in a parchment lined container. Allow the coating to firm up for about an hour.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy the Luscious Date Avocado Chocolate Truffles.
Serving size: One Truffle Calories: 62 kcals Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Unsaturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 6 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 13 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 0 mg
Notes
The consistency of the truffle mixture may vary slightly depending on the moisture in the dates. If needed, adjust the consistency with some extra cocoa powder.[br][br]The recipe lists the exact amount of nuts, coconut and bittersweet chocolate needed to coat the truffles. You may start with slightly greater amount of these ingredients for ease of rolling and save the rest for other use.[br][br]Check to make sure the ingredients in the brand of chocolate used for making these truffles are “Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free”
 

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I love using avocado to make chocolate “pudding”, but I’ve never thought to use it in this way. These look delicious!

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