Soft, chewy, decadent… but best of all healthy.
That’s how I would describe these little bites of heaven that are guaranteed to satisfy the strongest chocolate cravings!
Chocolate cravings often stem from hormonal imbalances and deficiency in magnesium. Raw cacao is one of the top 10 sources of magnesium and is also high in disease-fighting antioxidants. It can affect the brain, promoting neurotransmitter activity, dopamine production, and a feeling of happiness. This combination makes it especially desirable during periods of hormonal imbalance such as menstruation and pregnancy. However, grabbing a chocolate bar high in sugar, additives, and processed cocoa can do more harm than good. Make sure to go for raw high-quality Fair Trade dark chocolate from a trusted source with minimal sugar or better yet make your own!
Some of my personal favorites are these simple dark chocolate barks with pistachios or other nuts/seeds/fruits of choice, chocolate peanut butter cups, raspberry dark chocolate cups, or these avocado dark chocolate truffles if you’re feeling like something creamier and more decadent.
Avocado contributes to the rich velvety texture and also significantly bumps up the nutritional profile without affecting the taste so much. It provides a variety of nutrients such as B vitamins (all except B12), vitamins K, E, C, fiber, copper, potassium, a wide range of phytonutrients, and monounsaturated fatty acids. The presence of fats in avocado can dramatically increase the absorption of phytonutrients like carotenoids to about 2-6 times compared to low-fat sources such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens (1).
Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think! Don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram or Facebook @nutriholist or leave me a comment below. Enjoy!
Healthy Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles Recipe
Yields 18-20 Truffles
- 1 small avocado
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- Pinch of unrefined sea salt
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and add to the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Process until you get a smooth sticky mixture
- Scoop a spoonful of the batter and roll into a ball between your palms. Set aside and repeat. Coat the truffles in cacao powder or other topping of choice if desired and enjoy! Store leftovers in the fridge