Cacao Surprise Truffles


I made these kinda last minute for Jesse and me to enjoy on Valentine’s Day and we ended up eating the whole batch that night. I figure, it’s a half an avocado each, so why not? Plus, these are perishable and best not to store in the fridge for too long. And, there’s also the part about these being incredibly delicious and decadent.

Anyway, since I wasn’t able to get any snapshots the day I made these, I had to make them again in order to do so (bummer, I know). Jesse and I weren’t too disappointed about it, to say the least.

Make sure you use a ripe avocado, otherwise they’ll taste kinda green. It doesn’t have to be overly ripe, but ripe enough and ready for eating.

Also, as some of you know, Jesse and I floated in a sensory deprivation tank yesterday evening. I will be recapping about this experience. Cheers!

Adapted from this recipe.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1.5 Tbsp raw honey
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut and cacao powder for rolling, optional

(Note: cacao nibs, crushed nuts, goji berries, etc. would all be great options for rolling the truffles as well).



  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the raw honey, cacao powder, cinnamon and cayenne. Once honey is dissolved and mixture is combined, remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Peel and pit the avocado, and add to a food processor or blender. Process until nearly smooth. Then, add the chocolate mixture and process again, until smooth. Scrape down the sides and re-blend as needed. Alternatively, you can mash the avocado by hand with a fork (get all the lumps out) and then stir in the chocolate.
  3. Scrape chocolate avocado mixture out and into a bowl (unless you made it by hand, then you can keep it in the same bowl) and place in the refrigerator to chill for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Once chilled, scoop out tablespoon-sized balls and roll between your hands to form a truffle (note: this part is messy and sticky!). Place each truffle on a foil or parchment paper lined plate. Chill in the refrigerator about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove from fridge and smooth out any rough/fuzzy looking spots on the truffles with your fingers. Then, roll half in cacao powder and half in unsweetened coconut shreds, or other toppings of choice.
  6. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Yields: about 13 truffles


13 thoughts on “Cacao Surprise Truffles

  1. Craving4More February 17, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    I say why not 1 whole batch each!?!?😘

    • paleoinpdx February 17, 2014 / 3:36 pm

      Because I only made one batch…until I had to make them again a couple days later 😉

  2. thecuriouscoconut February 18, 2014 / 8:47 am

    These look amazing!! I definitely have to make them.

    • paleoinpdx February 18, 2014 / 8:52 am

      Thanks, they’re pretty incredible! Avocados never cease to amaze me.

  3. Naz (@CinnamonEats) February 19, 2014 / 5:30 am

    Wow! I really need to make these, they look fantastic! Now to get some avos 🙂

  4. Evelien April 12, 2014 / 4:27 am

    They really look amazing! How long do you think they can be kept in the fridge?

    • paleoinpdx April 12, 2014 / 8:53 am

      Thanks, they’re quite tasty! They’ve never lasted in my fridge longer than 1 day, so I can’t say for sure. I would probably only keep them in the fridge 2-3 days max though. It’s mashed ripe avocado, so they’re perishable and I think any longer than that and the flavor will change or diminish.

  5. K June 15, 2016 / 10:28 am

    I made these last night. OH. EM. GEE. – I am a addicted. I keep mine in the freezer and allow them to defrost 5 minutes before I eat them. They’re great this way on a hot day! It also makes it a little more difficult to eat the whole darn batch…because, lets be honest, I want to do that too! I did find that when I was making them I had to put the batch into the freezer for 20 minutes so that they were hard enough to roll into little balls and not get it all over my hands. I don’t know if that’s because I added too much or not enough of an ingredient, or because it’s hot summer weather here. In any case, they’re still yum! I think I’m going to gather some more ingredients to roll them in and make another batch. Oh yes!

    • paleoinpdx June 15, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      Love the idea of keeping them in the freezer and eating them that way. I’d still probably eat them just as fast though! They’re pretty incredible and I’m glad you thought so too 😉

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