Normally I do my blogging on a Thursday or Friday when I’m at home by myself. Not so this month as both kids are at home on holiday. They are both quite good at entertaining themselves but nevertheless it is still just a bit more hectic than usual. I had a small window of opportunity this morning before I had to take the kids to swimming lessons and thought I would quickly rustle up these delicious little treats of avocado and chocolate truffles. All went to plan – kids playing contentedly outside while I played with melted chocolate and dusty cocoa powder inside. That was until the kids popped their heads indoors and spied the bowls of melted chocolate. By this time I was taking my photographs and was quite engrossed in what I was doing and gave a few vague nods when asked if they could lick the bowls. Kids quiet – I carried on with my photos. Most of my photos are taken next to an open door in the dining room and what I hadn’t realised was how windy it was today. Dusty cocoa powder sprinkled over a board with a gust of wind equals dusty cocoa powder all over cream floor tiles. By this time I’m starting to watch the clock so no time to clean up. Another dusting of cocoa powder is added to my board and off we go. Kids run outside – barefoot – through the cocoa powder. Next time I looked at the clock we had exactly 10 minutes to get ready. The kids were called in from the garden only for me to discover they were covered in chocolate and cocoa powder. A quick wipe over, toilet check and we were out the door in 10 minutes. I patted myself on the back for arriving on time, got the kids changed, another toilet check and made our way out to the pool past the wash hand basin with the mirror placed conveniently above it. What! What did I just see? I stepped back to take another look in the mirror and was horrified to find that I had a generous helping of cocoa powder on my face and through my hair. “Why didn’t you tell me?” I shrieked at the kids. “Well, you always look like that” was the response. There is not much you can say to that. I found myself a little corner and hoped nobody would notice as I sat and picked and wiped away chocolate from head to foot.
Reminiscent of watching a chimp in a zoo, I’m sure.
I first came across the idea of combining chocolate and avocado from one of my favourite blogs, Strands of My Life. I have adapted Suzanne’s cupcake topping slightly by adding the melted chocolate to make a lovely rich truffle mixture which is much healthier that the traditional full cream version. The only downside to using avocado is that the mixture doesn’t keep for very long – a couple of days at the most.
Melt half (75g) of the chocolate in a microwave or over a pan of boiling water.
Remove the flesh from the avocado and place in a small food processor.
Add the melted chocolate, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla essence and blend to a smooth consistency. (**Note** make sure to taste at this stage. You should not be able to taste the avocado and if you do you will need to adjust the amount of chocolate you are using. It will all depend on the size and variety of avocado you use.)
Place in a shallow dish and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until the mixture is firm enough to handle.
Just before removing the mixture from the fridge, melt the remaining chocolate as before.
Using a teaspoon take enough mixture and roll between your hands to form a ball. You might find it easier to dust your hands with some additional cocoa powder to stop the mixture sticking to your hands.
Dip in the melted chocolate and place on a baking tray which has been lined with baking paper.
Decorate with sea salt flakes, chilli or drizzle with white chocolate.