surrendering to my sweet tooth
“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer
I can do without the salty snacks or junk food, fried food and fast-food, but with dessert, I’ll take seconds, please! During my childhood, I recalled eating ice-cream everyday for breakfast for a week straight until my parents restricted my ice-cream intake. They were such party poopers, but obviously, I needed the ice-cream locked up and out-of-sight. To this day, I honestly live by the quote above. Seriously, life is too short, so let’s skip the entrée and eat dessert first.
Look at it this way, while you’re at the restaurant eating the entrée.. BAM AND BOOM! A meteor hits the table or a tornado comes by, and life as you know it is gone. You would leave Earth without having dessert. I know, how upsetting! I avoid this tragic story by eating dessert first. My boyfriend has a hard time catering to me because I drive him nuts, demanding dessert before dinner. He can’t eat sweets before a meal because my poor baby will get a tummy ache [eyes-rolling]. He takes and watches me as the sweet, delicious dessert mesmerizes me. I mean, seldomly, I would compromise and allow dinner to precede dessert. I am reasonable at times, but being a woman, I tend to be right. Unwillingly, I order my entrée and eat half the food, satisfying my hunger enough while leaving PLENTY of room for dessert. The entrée gets packed up and dessert is ordered. 🙂 Well, as far as I remember, you spell dessert with two S’s because you want seconds [vs desert has only one S]!
You’re probably thinking that I am crazy and exaggerating! Trust me, my obsession with sweets is ridiculous from eating cheesecake for breakfast to consuming only cookies all day. Ask me to go to the store to buy ice-cream, I’ll come back with 7 different flavors and in various sizes. You can never get bored of ice-cream! Enough of my wandering… let’s get back to the purpose of this post.
Over the weekend, I made dark chocolate avocado truffles, which were better alternatives for my sweet tooth. [If your family doesn’t like dark chocolate, like mine, I would suggest making it extra dark, so you’ll have more to yourself. 🙂 If sharing is caring and you’d like to care, pick a lower percentage of cocoa to reduce the bitter taste, gratifying their palates.]
About a dozen truffles
- 1/3 cup of mashed avocado [about one small avocado]
- 6 oz of dark chocolate [I used a 6oz Guittard 70% cocoa bar]
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt [I used about a teaspoon for a more sweet & salty taste]
- cocoa powder for coating [optional]
Bear with me on directions, I am not the ideal person to give instructions due to my forgetfulness and tendency to wander off.
1. Combine the 6oz dark chocolate, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt over a double boiler. [I used an oven safe bowl over boiling water in a small saucepan for this and broke the chocolate bar into pieces for easier melting.]
2. In a separate bowl, cut the avocado in halves and discard the pit. Mash the avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible. Pour mashed avocado into chocolate mixture, fold in and incorporate ingredients evenly, resulting in a smooth consistency.
3. Refrigerate for about half an hour or until harden.
4. Scoop with a tablespoon and roll between hands until ball rounds off smoothly. Coat with ball with cocoa powder. [This step is really optional, but why would anyone skip it?! Chocolate heaven!] **Beware – this step can get a little messy and dirty**
**Step 4: You can coat balls with ground nuts or shredded coconut, if desired.**
5. Enjoy and try not to devour all of them in one sitting.
the food enthusiast