And we’re back. It’s been awhile again since my last post and I’m sorry about that! I’m realizing it’s a little difficult to keep up with the food blog while adjusting to doing graduate school full time. Now that I’ve gotten through finals (a.k.a. hell week), I can finally get into a groove of posting regularly again. Also, my schedule next semester seems to be more manageable so I will be able to continue posting more regularly.
Plus, now I can finally shift my focus to the holidays. Thank goodness. Because of finals, I have felt so out of the Christmas spirit. So, to get myself holiday ready, I made some of these healthy peppermint truffles which were just the thing to put me in the festive mood! While making these in the kitchen, I blasted the Christmas channel on Pandora and now I am feeling so much more in touch with the holiday cheer! I can’t wait for Christmas! My family usually does a “Jewish-Christmas,” in which we go to the movies and then eat Chinese food afterwards. We are very untraditional like that. I love it! I think the plan this year is to see Star Wars and then eat a full Chinese buffet (don’t you love cheat days?). Cannot wait.
Anyways, back to these deliciously minty and fudgy truffles. They taste so good you wouldn’t think they are healthy, but they are. They use avocado to make it super creamy and fudgy instead of heavy cream. They are also gluten-free and vegan! And this recipe is super simple to make and does not require much time at all. What’s not to love about a healthy and easy chocolate treat?!
I made half of a batch dipped in chocolate and half of a batch rolled in crush peppermints. This part of the recipe is up to you! If you are a chocolate addict and would rather dip them into chocolate, go for it! If you have more of a liking to peppermint, roll those babies in crushed peppermints. Or if they are already rich enough for you, you can just leave them alone and not roll them or dip them in anything! Either way will be super tasty!
- 1 cup Cacao Powder
- 1 Avocado, peeled and pitted
- ¼ cup Coconut Oil
- 6 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- ½ teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Crushed Peppermints, optional
- Melted Dark Chocolate for Dipping, optional
- Place all ingredients into a food processor
- Blend mixture until smooth
- Place mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes
- Take out and roll into quarter-sized balls
- Roll in extra cacao powder, crushed peppermints, or dip into melted dark chocolate (then let them cool in refrigerator)
- Serve and enjoy!