Time for holiday baking! I always bake cookies, but this year I decided to try making candy as well. Here is my experiment with chocolate truffles.
What makes chocolate truffles unhealthy? Usually they are made with heavy cream, meaning high amounts of saturated fat. This is the fat that is bad for the heart. A typical chocolate truffle contains about 6 grams of total fat and 4 grams of saturated fat in just one piece.
What happens when we replace the heavy cream with puréed avocado? Saturated fat content is decreased to only 1.5 grams per piece and there is the added benefit of 1 gram of fiber plus some vitamin E, vitamin C and B vitamins. What changes in taste and texture? Nothing! As far as I can tell at least.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Truffles
Makes 20 truffles. Requires about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish (including cooling time)
112 grams semisweet chocolate
1 large avocado, puréed
1 Tbsp nonfat milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
2 Tbsp sugar free hot chocolate (dry mix)
2 Tbsp crushed peppermint candy
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl for about 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds
- stir in puréed avocado, milk and peppermint extract until well combined
- put in the freezer for about two hours
- sprinkle hot chocolate powder and crushed peppermint candy on a small plate.
- Take small chunks (about quarter sized or slightly larger) of the chocolate mixture and roll into balls–about 20, or less if you want larger truffles
- roll balls in the hot chocolate/peppermint powder until completely covered in powder
- store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 3 months
Nutrition Facts for popular chocolate truffle on the market (same serving size): 75 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 5 mg sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrate (0 carb choices), 0.5 grams of fiber, 4.5 grams of sugar, 0.5 grams of protein