These sinful Aztec Chocolate Avocado Truffles are made from pure dark chocolate and mashed avocado, rolled in Aztec hot chocolate mix.
A year ago, I drove more than 2,000 kilometres by myself in a tiny purple Chevy Spark on the sides of mountains and on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. I ate lobster and made a fool of myself dancing to some Down East tunes in a tiny Baddeck hall. I kept a gnarled walking stick in my car that some good Samaritan had left at the trailhead of a rocky Cape Breton mountain, tied up with bear bells to soothe my fearful soul while out hiking. It was a wonderful week.
So, how does this relate to Aztec Chocolate Avocado Truffles? Great question.
While on this solo jaunt through Nova Scotia last summer, I popped into a sweets store on the Halifax Boardwalk, aiming to eat my way through every city and town. It was there that I found a canister of Aztec Hot Chocolate mix, said to be deliciously rich and spicy. It was the last day of my trip and I figured, hey, my poor bulging suitcase can take one more souvenir, right?
Oh, man. That hot chocolate mix was GOOD.
The beauty is in the minuscule amount you need to be satisfied. Being someone with a low tolerance for spicy food, I almost burnt off my taste buds after shoveling in chunks of mix my first time. Bad idea. Now I know to use only a little bit and let the warmth flood my mouth properly.
The mix had languished in my cupboard until something hit me: I really wanted truffles. But what if I were to roll the truffles in a chocolate-y mixture of half cocoa powder and half Aztec hot chocolate powder? Thus, these Aztec chocolate avocado truffles were born.
Far from being a disturbing combination of produce and chocolate, these truffles are phenomenal with just mashed avocado and melted dark chocolate. As someone who really, really dislikes avocados, I can guarantee that the flavour is so minimal in these Aztec chocolate avocado truffles that you won’t even notice it.
Like all healthier options, do they taste EXACTLY like butter and cream-filled truffles? Unfortunately, they don’t. But I swear that they taste exceptionally good. Definitely an option if you want to go the healthier route. I would serve these at a party, no sweat.
If you’ll be making the truffles in advance, be sure to save the powder rolling step until you’re about to serve them. I found the oils from the avocado and chocolate soaked through the powder layer after about 10 hours or so. This doesn’t affect the taste at all, but for a prettier truffle, save that step for last. If you could care less about pretty, make it easier on yourself and pre-roll them.
Just don’t be like me and swallow a bunch of that spicy hot chocolate mix. You’ll be happy you didn’t.
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Total Cost = $2.56 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 3.5 oz. dark chocolate, chopped small
- 1 medium avocado
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup spicy hot chocolate mix*
- In a small bowl, microwave chopped chocolate on low for 20 second intervals until almost fully melted. Remove from microwave and stir well to melt the rest of the chunks.
- In a separate small bowl, peel and mash the avocado until smooth and buttery. Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl and stir well. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon; mix. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- On a flat plate, mix the cocoa powder and hot chocolate mix until combined; set aside.
- Once the mixture is mostly solid, roll into 1-inch balls with a cookie scoop or a spoon and your fingers. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder and hot chocolate mixture just before serving to avoid the avocado oils seeping through the cocoa powder. Keep at room temperature.
Adapted from Yummy Healthy Easy.
3.5 oz. dark chocolate = $1.25
1 medium avocado = $0.50
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract = $0.04
1/4 tsp. cinnamon = $0.02
1/4 cup cocoa powder = $0.25
1/4 cup spicy hot chocolate mix = $0.50