You are 4 ingredients away from decadent chocolate truffles – no candy making experience necessary

As I tried to incorporate more vegan meals into my daily life, one course in particular slipped my mind. Need me to bring a side? Allow me to introduce you to this wonderful cold noodle salad topped with a coconut-tahini sauce. Looking for comfort food? Perhaps my spring pasta with chickpeas. But as for the dessert – which I love with all my being – I found myself stumped.

I’m not a big baker in the first place, but the process of veganizing some of my favorite foods, such as flourless chocolate cake and my mother’s cakes with chocolate chips, was like an endless science experiment. Although I’m definitely getting closer, my sweet tooth has yet to be sated. Enter: these easy-to-use chocolate truffles.

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The main base of these truffles is actually avocado. If you’ve only ever eaten avocados in a savory context, it might come as a surprise, but they have such a luxurious texture and sweet flavor that it’s the perfect cornerstone for a dairy-free and egg-free dessert. When combined with cocoa powder, espresso powder and agave, the end result is a fancy truffle.

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Recipe: Chocolate-Avocado Truffles

Ingredients

  • 2 medium avocados
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of espresso powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave

Optional

  • Powdered sugar without egg white
  • Crushed nuts (Pistachios make a nice coating.)
  • Dried coconut

directions

  1. In a large bowl or food processor, combine the avocado, cocoa powder, espresso powder and agave. Mix vigorously until smooth and completely incorporated. Taste and adjust the agave and espresso powder to your preference.
  2. Take 12 identical (or identical) balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until they are firm.
  4. At this point, they are ready to take advantage of it. However, this would also be an opportunity to coat them with powdered sugar, crushed walnuts or dried coconut for a little variation. If you go this route, return the truffles to the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes after coating.

Cook’s Notes

Most pure cocoa powders are vegan, but check the box to ensure no animal products have been added.

When buying powdered sugar, be sure to check the labels for varieties without egg white.


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