Entertaining When Company Is Coming / Desserts
Dec 21, 2017
‘Tis the season to indulge. We all enjoy our sweet treats during the holidays, but if you plan on fitting into your jeans by January follow these tips.
- Make a healthier fruit dip with plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, natural peanut butter and a little honey to pair with Honeycrisp apple slices and pear wedges.
- Fresh fruit dipped in dark chocolate such as navel orange segments, pear slices, and pineapple.
- Pumpkin pie or fruit based pies are always a better choice compared to sugary and higher fat pies like pecan pie, peanut butter pie, and chocolate pies – Still make your slices smaller to help reduce calories.
- Oatmeal cookies make a better choice because they are higher in fiber content, but portion control is still key.
- Plain dark chocolates are a better choice compared to sugar-filled milk chocolates, but limit yourself to only 1 or 2 small pieces.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Prep Time: 1 hour Number of Servings: 20
- 1 medium, ripe Avocado, mashed
- 6oz semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 ½ tablespoons, unsweetened cocoa powder, separated
- Coarse sea salt, to taste
- Assorted toppings (coconut, sprinkles, nuts)
- Melt chocolate in either the microwave or on the stove, taking care not to burn it.
- Once melted, stir in the mashed avocado, brown sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest, salt and 1 ½ tablespoons of the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined.
- Place the truffle mixture into the fridge for 30-40 minutes and allow it to cool until partially set.
- Use a small cookie scooper or tablespoon to dollop out the truffles and form into balls with your hands.
- Roll truffles in the remaining 1 tablespoon cocoa powder or other desired toppings (chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc.).
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Calories: 50 Protein: 0.3gm Total Carbohydrates: 7gm Fiber: 0.8gm
Total Fat: 3.5gm Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 16mg
Recipe courtesy of Avocados from Mexico