You'd never guess these silky-smooth keto truffles are made with avocado! Treat yourself to glorious chocolatey goodness without the carb count. Even better, these dairy free, sugar free truffles are ready to eat in 10 minutes.
Table of contents
- Are truffles keto friendly?
- Keto chocolate truffles with avocado
- How to make silky-smooth keto truffles
- Choose the best ingredients
- Flavour variations
- Coating ideas
- Keto truffles with cocoa powder
- How to store chocolate truffles
- More keto recipes like this
Truffles have been my secret passion since I was a teenager. I remember buying a little bag of 3-4 artisan handmade chocolates from the department store every time I made it into the centre of Hamburg, where I grew up. They cost a fortune, but tasted just so good.
Chocolate all on its own is a wonderful thing, but the creamy fillings (normally made with butter or heavy cream) just take truffles to the next level. There's something about cracking that crisp chocolate coating to feel your teeth sinking into the soft centre...
Are truffles keto friendly?
Truffles are naturally gluten free. The problem is the high sugar level, which makes them not keto friendly. In my opinion it's just not worth getting an insulin spike from regular truffles, whether you're following a keto diet or not.
With this recipe, you can make your own sugar free truffles that taste just as good as the original - at only 1/.1g net carbs per truffle!
These truffles are perfect for Valentine's day or any other day when you feel like a small yet decadent treat. And with a low carb count like this, you can definitely have seconds!
Keto chocolate truffles with avocado
I really, really love this sugar free truffles recipe, guys. Because I have not only just replaced the sugar with a low carb sweetener. No. I have also made these truffles dairy free by using avocado instead of heavy whipping cream or butter.
Repeat after me: These keto truffles DO NOT TASTE OF AVOCADO.
They taste of silky-smooth, ultra creamy, gently sweet dark chocolate. Plus whichever extra flavour you choose to add, from mint to orange to coffee (more ideas at the bottom of the post.)
How to make silky-smooth keto truffles
1.) Remove the stone and peel from the avocado. Place the avocado meat in a mixing bowl, add the salt and blitz with a stick blender until smooth.
TIP: As this is not a huge amount of avocado, a stick blender with attachment works best (the little one you blitz spices and sauces in). I think you won't have enough avocado for a full-sized food processor to do its job properly.
The alternative is to mash the avocado with a fork. I've tested it - it's fine if your avocado is PERFECTLY RIPE. Just make sure you mash really well.
You don't want to find green blobs in your truffle!
2.) Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a bain-marie over medium heat. Alternatively, melt in the microwave.
How to melt chocolate without it curdling or seizing
Take it slowly, whether you use a water bath or the microwave. And remove the chocolate BEFORE it is fully melted so it does not get too hot.
Bain-marie (AKA double boiler): Place the chocolate pieces into a bowl. Place into bowl into another bowl or pot with boiled water. The heat from the water/steam surrounding the bowl will slowly melt the chocolate. Make sure you stir continuously.
Microwave: Microwave the chocolate 1 minute on high. Check. Microwave up to another 30 seconds, until your chocolate is half-melted. Remove and stir until fully melted. If necessary, microwave again, but ONLY in 10 second intervals.
Add the powdered erythritol (and any extracts, if using) to taste and mix well.
3.) Add the melted chocolate to the avocado and stir through with a spatula or fork.
The mix hardens as the avocado cools down the chocolate - I was able to work with mine straight away. If it's too soft to work with, place it in the fridge for a bit.
4.) Take roughly 1 tablespoon - or use a small cookie scoop - and roll into truffles using your hands.
5.) Then, roll through a bowl with cacao powder to coat. (You can use cocoa powder as well, but I prefer the lighter colour of the cacao and also its nutritional benefits.)
Choose the best ingredients
As we're only using a few ingredients, it is absolutely ESSENTIAL you're using the best you can find. This means:
Must be perfectly ripe and without brown spots. If you cut one open and it's stringy, hard and bitter - sorry, it's just not going to make a good truffle.
When you buy your avocado, give it a gentle squeeze to check it's ripe! And stay away from the "ripen at home" avos. From my experience, they often go from rock-hard to brown.
You want to look for a chocolate brand that contains as few ingredients as possible - cocoa mass, cacao butter and a sweetener. That's all you need.
Anything else they put in is to increase profits, not taste.
I sweetened my sugar free truffles with powdered erythritol. Using 92% dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons was just right. Do adjust to your liking though - I don't like my sweets very sweet.
If you use an unsweetened chocolate, you may need to up it to 3 tablespoons. The Lily's chocolate chips are sweet already, so 1 tbsp may be sufficient.
Note - if you feel the mix is too firm, you can loosen it up by using a little coconut milk or coconut cream.
It's not necessary to add additional flavours, but if you feel like it, here are a few suggestions:
Orange: 1 tsp orange extract and 1 tbsp grated orange zest.
Nutty: 2 tbsp almond butter or peanut butter and roll in ¼ cup chopped toasted almonds or hazelnuts
OR: 1 tsp vanilla extract/maple extract/mint extract/coffee extract/ground cinnamon/cardamom.
Apart from coating your healthy chocolate truffles with cocoa powder, you could also coat them in:
Melted chocolate - use a dark chocolate with 90% cocoa solids or sugar free chocolate like Lily's.
Any chopped nuts!
Keto truffles with cocoa powder
I recommend to use a good quality chocolate over cocoa powder. Why? Because chocolate contains cacao butter as well, which helps firming up the truffles.
If you wanted to try using cocoa powder instead, I would go for 4 tbsp cocoa PLUS around 3 tbsp cacao butter or coconut oil to increase the fat content. Taste and adjust if necessary.
Note that I have not tried this myself yet, and that I would always choose cacao butter over coconut oil as it's firmer. If you use coconut oil, the end result will be softer.
How to store chocolate truffles
These keto truffles stay firm and taste great at room temperature. But if you want to store them, I recommend to put them in the fridge. They last around 1 week.
And yes, you can freeze them, too! Freeze in a single layer, not touching each other. After that, transfer them into a freezer bag or container, layered between pieces or parchment paper.
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Keto Chocolate Truffles
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- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- Remove the stone and peel from the avocado. Place the avocado meat and salt in a mixing bowl and blitz with a stick blender until smooth. Alternatively, mash REALLY WELL with a fork.
- Melt the chocolate (***see notes) and stir in the powdered erythritol. Add to the avocado and mix well.
- Take roughly 1 tbsp and roll into truffles. Place the cacao powder in a bowl and roll the truffles through it to coat.
First published in February 2020. Updated with more info in February 2021.
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