There are three reasons I was looking for a recipe like this.
- I’ve been following Dr Mindy Pelz’s fasting FLAG protocol for the last 6 weeks and I wanted a low carb, high fat treat
- It would seem that perimenopause has kicked off some serious sweet cravings that I’ve never had before
- I had a ripe avocado that I didn’t want to waste
After putting “avocado, chocolate and peanut butter treats” in to Google, I found loads of recipes I could have used. However, many had sugar or flour in them whilst some were, quite frankly, a faff.
So what’s a girl to do?
You got it, make up her own recipe and hope for the best. And honestly, these couldn’t be easier!!
1 ripe avocado
100g dark chocolate (I used 70%)
1/2 cup nut butter (I used smooth peanut because that’s all I had)
Are you ready for just how simple this is?
1.Scoop out the flesh of the avocado, place in your blender with 1/2 cup of nut butter and blitz*
2.Melt your dark chocolate (I used the old fashioned method of melting in a dish over saucepan of simmering hot water) and add to the avo and nut butter mix.
3.Blitz again until completely mixed.
4.Take a heaped teaspoon of the mixture and roll between your hands to form a ball.
5.Roll the ball in ground almonds. Repeat until the mixture is used. I got 17 balls.
6. Place in the fridge to chill.
7.Enjoy!!! (warning – they are VERY moreish)
Ok, so this isn’t the best picture to show you just how decadent and truffle like they are when you bite in to them, but in my defence I was mid-painting my sisters lounge and it was an “on-the-go” shot.. because I knew there wouldn’t be any truffles left by the end of the afternoon lol.
I’m not actually sure how long they need to be in left in the fridge to harden up, but I’d say a minimum of 30 minutes. I left mine in there all afternoon and they were delicious. So delicious in fact that I put the rest in the freezer last night** so I wouldn’t eat another one every time I went to the fridge.
Alternatives to consider
- You could try different flavours of chocolate
- You could add flavoured essence – I think I might try and almond/bakewell spin next time
- You could use desiccated coconut instead of ground almonds (or other crushed nuts)
- You could use different nut butters and go for crunchy vs smooth (which I imagine are lovely)
- You could experiment with adding some soaked dates to the mix
- You could add some protein powder but you’d have to probably increase the wet ingredients so they’re not too dry
In total transparency, I have no idea if these will be classed as keto and to be frank, I don’t really care. For my personal needs they do the trick with being low carb, high fat and delicious flavour.
I’m definitely going to be trying some different versions and making in bulk ahead of the festive seasons so that I can satisfy my sweet cravings without the sugar hit!
* I used a small ninja blender/mixer. The mixture isn’t very “wet” so you will need to periodically scrape down the sides and pulse vs just blend. When I finished blending, it sorted of resembled a crumbly mixture vs a smooth paste. But honestly, I don’t think it matters once it’s all rolled up
** I have eaten them straight from the fridge but my opinion is they taste better when they’ve had a little bit of time to soften up. Depends on how desperate you are for that sweet treat 😂