These healthier raspberry truffles only have four ingredients and are vegan, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and naturally grain-free and gluten-free.
I’ve been wanting to make healthier truffles for a while now. I don’t mind a little cream but I know a lot of you are dairy-free or vegan and I wanted to post something fun and easy for Valentine’s Day that everyone could make. So I started off with using coconut milk and chocolate, but the taste and texture both seemed off to me. Then I remembered my Nutella fudge, which is made with avocado, and this is the result. Nothing but chocolate, avocado, and liqueur here!
The texture is like whipped ganache and melts in your mouth. And even more importantly – they taste so, so good. You really can’t detect the avocado at all! I added 2 tablespoons of raspberry liqueur to give the truffles more of a raspberry flavor. If you don’t have it or don’t want to make raspberry truffles, you could use any type of liqueur or alcohol you want. The raspberry liqueur adds a hint of raspberry, but if you use rum or another type of strong alcohol, it’ll likely be a lot more than subtle.
You’ll probably only want to start off with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste. If you don’t want to use any alcohol at all, I’m guessing you could use 2 teaspoons of vanilla and omit the rest of the liquid but since I haven’t tried it, you’ll have to experiment with that yourself. :)
I made these yesterday and was expecting them to taste a little funky today (because of the avocado) but they taste exactly the same. The cocoa powder coating is almost no longer existent, so if that’s how you want to decorate them, roll them in cocoa powder only up to about half a day before serving. But I highly recommend making the version rolled in freeze-dried raspberries. They add an amazing pop of taste and color and really make the truffles so much more interesting! The raspberries don’t stay crisp once rolled in truffles but they don’t get soggy, chewy or anything unpleasant.
If you’re looking for something healthy or healthy-ish for Valentine’s Day, this is all you’re going to get from me. My next post will be an insanely decadent nutritional disaster. ;) Enjoy! Also, check out these Double Thumbprint Heart Cookies for another healthier Valentine’s Day dessert. This Gluten Free Vegan Red Velvet Bundt Cake also looks fantastic!
Healthier Raspberry Truffles (paleo, vegan options)
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- Yield: 20 truffles
- 80 grams avocado flesh (about 1/2 avocado)
- 6 ounces (170 grams / 1 cup) chocolate semi-sweet chips or chocolate chopped (use paleo / vegan, if desired), melted
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur (or another liquor of choice or a mix of vanilla and liquor)
- 20 freeze-dried raspberries
- In a medium mixing bowl, mash the avocado flesh with the bottom of a drinking glass or with an immersion blender.
- Add the melted chocolate and pinch of salt and stir. If there are any chunks of avocado, use a silicone spatula to smooth them out.
- Add the raspberry liqueur and stir. It will almost immediately start firming up.
- Once everything is well combined (and no chunks of avocado remain), place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20-45 minutes or until firm enough to roll into balls. The mixture shouldn't be sticky after refrigerating.
- Crush the freeze-dried raspberries with your fingers and place on a small plate.
- Form 3/4" balls of the truffle mixture and roll in the crushed raspberries.
- Can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for 1 day in an airtight container. They can also be frozen.
- To make these truffles paleo-friendly, use dark dairy-free chocolate and omit the alcohol. To make them vegan or dairy-free, make sure you use appropriate chocolate.
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I’ve made these so many times and now get requests! I add an extra tablespoon of raspberry liquor and also put some ground freeze dried raspberries into the mix. Then temper chocolate to coat them in and they’re delicious!
Because of the extra booze the inside doesn’t freeze, so I keep them in the freezer and eat them straight from here.
Thanks so much for sharing this amazing recipe.
Oooh! I love your changes! I’ll definitely have to give them a try. Thanks a bunch for your tips! I’m thrilled that you’ve been enjoying them. :)
Yummy! These beautiful truffles look so tender and chocolatey! I love the decoration too, especially the ones with the chocolate swirls on top. :-)
Healthy truffles and small bites are my ultimate obsession!
Thanks so much, Gemma! Those are my favorite looking ones, too. :)
As soon as I can get my hands on some loverly avocados I’m giving these a try! <3 this!
I hope you’ll enjoy the truffles!
Oh, avocado is a great idea! These look amazing…and so darn pretty. Now tell me, what’s your secret for making them so perfectly round? My balls (whatever kind) are always a bit wonky…
Haha. Maybe it’s the dough? This one was easy to roll into neat little balls!
These truffles are gorgeous! And I love how you lightened them up! I’m also a fan of avocado and chocolate together!
Beautiful truffles – I love the idea of the avocado substitution!
Erin, this is pure genius. I’ve had avocado based chocolate desserts before but not truffles! Love that you used freeze dried raspberries. So pretty. I munch on freeze dried fruit by Just Tomatoes all the time! It’s such a fun ingredient, too. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! And I wish freeze-dried fruit were affordable over here. I brought mine with me from the US and save it just to use as decoration. Which is sad, because they’re so yummy!
Yum! What a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat! Love the use of avocado – it’s amazing just how many uses that green fruit can have!
Right?! I don’t even like avocados but making sweet treats with them always turns out well. :)
Wow…avocado! Really? I would have never guessed you could make truffles with avocado. Pretty amazing.
Avocados are pretty cool, indeed. Especially in no-bake goodies!
Holy genius recipe. I adore the avocado base, especially since I have 2 overripe avocados that I don’t want to throw out but don’t know what else to do with them. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to use them up!
I hope you’ll try the truffles! Let me know how they turn out. :)
I love that you use avocado in this recipe! It’s such a great addition to healthy baking, and you can never tell it’s in there!
Agreed! Its awesomeness knows no boundaries. ;)
Would you please send me a couple of those?! They are so beautiful and delicious looking at the same time. Love that they are dairy free :)
Thank you, Beate! :)
I really admire your perfect decorating skills! I have none! These look stunning and I’ve used avocado with chocolate many times so I too don’t taste any avocado flavor just the chocolate comes forth. It truly makes everything creamy!
All I can decorate is truffles and other ball-shaped stuff. :) (that’s why I almost never post cakes / cupcake!)
These sound really great. Definitely healthier than most of what’s out there. And I’m looking forward to seeing what your nutritional disaster is…
Thanks, Susan! And I hope my next post will live up to your expectations (I know you’d never make it, though ;))