Happy, HEALTHY Valentine's Day!

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Enjoy a sweet, savory Valentine's Day without all of the sugar!  We love this recipe from Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Licensed Chef, Linda Hellman!

Valentine Truffles

 These truffles are healthy and delicious. They skip the butter fat and get their creaminess from avocado. Even if you don’t care for the flavor of avocado, all you’ll taste is the chocolate.

Avocados are a great unsaturated fat source and they offer Omega 3 Alpha Linoleic Acid, Folic Acid, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium and Vitamins B, C, E, & K.

6 ounces dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ripe avocado, skin & stone removed, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons shredded coconut

Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. If you don’t have a double boiler, just use an oven safe bowl over a saucepan.

Mash the avocado with a fork and stir it into the melted chocolate mixture until smooth and thickened.

Place in the fridge to set for 20 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch.

Use a tablespoon to scoop the chocolate into 12 balls once the mixture is slightly firm.

Place them on a pan lined with parchment or wax paper and roll the balls between the palms of your hand to create a smooth surface.

Place the 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and coconut in small bowl, and roll each truffle to coat.

Makes 12 Truffles.

Be Creative…Roll in chopped nuts of choice or mini marshmallows, as well.

Double the recipe and make a variety for your Valentine.

Serve at room temperature.  Store leftovers in the fridge, if there are any!

 

Linda Hellman
BSNS CCN
Licensed Chef
(203) 301-9000
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