Sweet, creamy, and oh so chocolaty. Mexican chocolate truffles are as delicious as they are nutritious.
Plus they pack a little kick of spice, thanks to a small addition of cayenne pepper.
Show your loved one just home much you care by making them this easy homemade valentine's candy recipe.
This gift from the heart is also heart-healthy and super creamy thanks to the unexpected addition of mashed avocado.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Mexican Chocolate Truffles is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
The easy ingredient list:
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- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ripe avocados
- pure vanilla extract
- expresso powder
- cayenne red pepper
- crushed toasted almonds
- cocoa powder
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- large bowl
- hand mixer or stand mixer
- paring knife
- medium bowls
- small melon scoop
- baking sheets
- parchment paper
- small paper candy cups
- valentine heart box (optional)
- Flat storage container with lid
Why this easy truffle recipe works?
Surprise your Valentine this year by giving them candy you've made yourself.
These deliciously creamy chocolate truffles are super easy to make and require no cooking whatsoever!
You'll be in and out in the kitchen in a flash and then the refrigerator does all the work.
Plus, your sweetie will never even know these delicious candies are good for them (because they're made with heart-healthy avocados). So mum's the word!
How long does this chocolate truffle recipe take to make?
Preparing the avocado and chocolate truffle mixture will take approximately 10 minutes.
Once the truffle mixture is assembled, it needs to be refrigerated at least 60 minutes (but longer is better) so the truffles will be easier to roll.
Additional ingredient options for coating homemade truffles:
- sanding sugar
- chopped pecans
- chopped hazelnuts
- chopped pistachios
- crushed peppermint candy
- crushed red hot candy
- confectioners sugar
- toasted crushed almonds
- cocoa powder
How to make Mexican Avocado Truffles:
- Add the pitted, ripe avocados to a large bowl along with the vanilla, cayenne pepper, salt, espresso powder.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave on medium-low power (stirring occasionally) until smooth and creamy.
- Add the melted chocolate to the avocado mixture and blend until thoroughly combined.
- Spoon the chocolate and avocado mixture into a covered dish and refrigerate at least 60 minutes, but 4-6 hours is even better.
- Add the almonds to a zip-top bag and crush with a rolling pin to form crumbs.
- Add the crushed almonds to a dry skillet and toast the nuts over medium heat, stirring continually, for 2-3 minutes. Watch them carefully as they will burn quickly. Once you can smell the almonds, they're toasted and ready.
- Allow the almonds to cool.
- After the chocolate avocado mixture is completely chilled, use a small melon baller to scoop and roll walnut size truffles and roll them into the toasted almonds and/or cocoa powder.
- Add the truffles to paper cup liners and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Can these Mexican chocolate truffles be made ahead of time and frozen?
For freezing the truffles individually, once rolled in a coating of your choice, place the finished truffles on a baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
Add the pre-frozen truffles to an air-tight freezer container and freeze for up to 2 months.
Thaw for 30 minutes before serving.
How long will these truffles remain fresh?
Keep the truffles in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and they'll keep for up to 5 days.
Can the cayenne pepper be omitted from this recipe?
Yes, and no.
While you can omit the red pepper from this recipe, I implore you not to.
After all, it's the addition of the cayenne that takes a plain chocolate truffle candy and turns in into a fabulously Mexican chocolate candy treat.
Trust me when I say that the amount of cayenne in this recipe is not enough to make the truffles spicy. But it is enough to make the flavor of these delicious chocolate candies linger longer on your tongue in a very enjoyable and unexpected way.
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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's easy homemade candy recipe.
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Printable Recipe Card
Mexican Chocolate Truffles
- 2 ripe avocados pits removed, skinned, and diced
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon espresso powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
- 1½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup toasted slivered almonds, crushed to form crumbs
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- mini paper candy cups optional
- Remove the flesh from the avocados and place in a large bowl.
- Add the vanilla, salt, espresso powder and cayenne to the avocados.
- Mix thoroughly with a hand mixer until blended (scraping down the sides as needed).
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips on medium-low power, stirring occasionally. IMPORTANT - Do not melt quickly or on high heat!
- Add the melted chocolate to the avocado mixture and blend with the hand mixer (scraping down the sides as needed).
- Spoon the mixture into a container and refrigerate at least 60 minutes.
- Using a spoon or melon baller scoop approximately ½ tablespoon of chocolate out and roll into 1" balls.
- Roll each truffle into your choice of toasted almonds crumbs or cocoa powder.
- Place in mini paper candy cups if desired.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Chill for a minimum of 60 minutes, but longer is even better.
From time to time you'll need to rinse your hands with water when forming the balls. This will make the rolling process a little easier, and neater. After rolling, refrigerate the truffles until ready to serve.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's easy homemade candy for Mexican chocolate truffles as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!
Thank you so much for visiting me today in my Kudos Kitchen. I hope you found something you'll love and that you'll come back and visit me often. There is always room for you around my table!
Should you have any questions or comments regarding anything you've seen here on my blog, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. It is always my distinct pleasure to respond to you just as soon as I possibly can.
I never would of known that these had avocado in them! I bet it makes them so creamy!
These are absolutely darling. I am not telling my kids they are healthy :-).
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Never thought to use avacodes to make Chocolate truffles. Thanks for chance to win great products.
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I think the new blog design is fabulous!
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Love the look of your blog - pictures are great!
The coffee cup would say, "Chocolate Espresso Dry, Not Liquid".
I'm new to your blog but after looking around a bit it's well organized and very easy to navigate!
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Glad to hear that it loaded quickly for you. Thanks for letting me know, and thanks for visiting 🙂
Nutmeg Nanny says
I love you site redesign, this giveaway but especially these truffles! I'm a huge fan of no-bake candy (even though they are made with avocado so they seem lighter than traditional candy) and these truffles look awesome!
Tina W says
I love the logo: the whisk in the paint palette really defines your 'brand'.
It's clean, crisp, smooth, and appealing. Easy to navigate. Nice!
Meg @ With Salt and Wit says
This is so creative! I am loving how you lightened up an indulgent dessert with the avocado!
Melissa from Hungry Food Love says
I sooo want to do a site redesign as well. Congrats... and what an interesting recipe. I want to try it out 🙂
The site looks great! Easy on the eyes and also easy to navigate... It flows nicely
Kim Beaulieu says
Lovely site, congratulations on a new look. So happy for you. I love this recipe, jazzed up truffles make my heart soar.
Lovely Avocado!! I really love chocolate and I will definitely try this recipe. And yes, your blog looks phenomenal. Thanks Renée for sharing the recipe 🙂
Isabelle @ Crumb says
Congrats on the new digs! It's always nice to get a fresh start for the new year, huh?
I'm loving these clever healthy truffles. I've had an avocado-based chocolate pudding before, but I never thought to use the same trick to make truffles. Totally genius!
Heather S says
Love the design. Very clean, simplified, and easy to navigate. And the truffles look AMAZING!
Your blog design is very pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate!
I love the blog's design and all the great photos.
It looks great! Very clean and updated:)
Amy L says
I like your blog design. It's not so cluttered as many others are.
Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos says
These truffles are EVERTYHING! I adore anything chocolate with a kick of heat and these are perfection - much like the new look, Renee!
I love the new look!l
eat good 4 life says
OMG these are the bomb. I can't believe these are made with avocados. What a great recipe!
The truffles looks so yummy. I never have added avocadoes to truffles before.
Michelle @ Blackberry Babe says
These are so cool!
Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
What a fun giveaway, Renee - and these truffles look entirely dangerous (and deeeelicious)!
I made chocolate pudding once with avocado and cacao powder, this looks even yummier with your additions, perfect bite sizes also. Love the design layout. Congrats on the changes.
Brittany Koelmel says
I love your blog design! I am currently working on re-designing my companies website myself. Its fun but can be super hard!
Well, this is the first time I've been on your blog, but it looks lovely.
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Looks easy and delicious.
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great new design and giveaway!
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Love it dear! Very clean and fresh! I am in need of an updated site!
Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
I absolutely LOVE that you made these with avocado! Your site looks great too 🙂
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
Love your new blog design! I have blog design envy 🙂 These truffles are wonderful and thanks for the generous giveaway 🙂
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Oh Renee!!! I love the new design and these Truffles! I'm so excited that we both made the switch to wordpress. Your new site is beautiful!
Me too, Angie! Great minds think alike I see 🙂
Love that you used avocado in the truffles. I've made a chocolate mousse with avocado but never tried truffles, awesome idea!
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I just love the new site. Love all of the pictures and the clean look to it all!
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I love the new blog design! Congrats!
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What a great recipe!
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I think your blog design is very nice. It's cool clean and very simple. I love your top picture. I believe this is my first time here, so I really don't know what was replaced.
Lori @ RecipeGirl says
Love your new design! And I'm crazy about these truffles too 🙂
Your new blog set is lovely. A great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.
I love the design
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I love it!! Congratulations!!
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This is a really refreshing new layout, love all the white! I see the artistic side of it too
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I like the layout it is bright & makes me want to explore more
Love the look of your site. The candy looks so easy and good. Pinned. Thanks.
Love the blog redesign. Looks fabulous and professional! Goes perfect with you.
tara pittman says
I love all the pictures. Makes me want to make the recipes
Thank you, Tara! I hope you do try the recipes! That's what it's all about. Enjoy!
Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva says
Congrats on your new site Renee! It looks fabulous. The Avocado Truffles sound really fantabulous too!
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the site, and the recipe 🙂
Lara Prachar says
Thank you, Lara!