Avocado Truffles

Avocado Truffles

Avocado Truffles

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • ⅓ cup mashed avocado (about 1 small avocado)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, for rolling (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the chocolate, vanilla extract and pinch of salt over a double boiler, and melt until completely smooth. Mash the avocado with a fork until no lumps are visible, then 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. (NOT overnight… I left mine in overnight and had to warm it back up to get them to scoop.)
  2. Next, use a small cookie scoop* to scoop the chocolate into 12 balls. Roll the balls between the palms of your hand to create a smooth surface.
  3. Roll each truffle in the chopped pecan and chocolate chips mixture until evenly coated.  Serve at room temperature, but store in the fridge.

* I use this cookie scoop: Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop, 1 Tablespoon, 35mm

*Original Recipe: The Detoxinista

Wild News!

Brian and I have a bit of exciting news….. We’ve become Wildtree Reps!

Last weekend Mom, Brian and I were at a Strawberry Festival and as we were wondering through the booths we came across a company that I hadn’t heard of before (I’m an Event Coordinator for another festival, so I know a lot of direct sales companies).  Wildtree is direct sales company that specializes in all natural spices, mixes and oils.  Every Wildtree product is natural: containing no additives, preservatives, MSG or food dyes.  The typical Wildtree event is done as a tasting party.  Does this sound like me and Brian, or what?  Eeep!

We bought the Infused Grapeseed Oil Set and the Alfredo Extraordinaire at the festival.  I wanted the Alfredo sauce mix because I’ve found it hard to find many without wheat and  I actually knew what all the ingredients in the mix were!  (How rare is that?)

We sampled a number of the oils at the festival….. The reps even had popcorn for us to dip into the oil samples.  How’s that for nice?  Most companies that offer samples just have pretzels or bread cubes.  Popcorn for those of us avoiding gluten… nice!

I couldn’t wait to get home and start trying out the oils and the Alfredo sauce mix.

Since we’re trying to stay low-carb, Brian and I have been on a Spaghetti Squash kick.  I already had some squash roasted and frozen, so I just grabbed it out of the freezer and let it thaw for the afternoon.  I put it in the oven for about 30 minutes to heat it back up.  I hadn’t tried freezing and reheating it before, but it turned out just fine.

I was really pleased with the Alfredo sauce mix. Yes, you can just buy Alfredo sauce in a jar, but one jar is too much for just the two of us (and have you read the list of ingredients?  Do you know what half of those things are?).  Most of the time I don’t have all the ingredients on hand to make Alfredo sauce from scratch, but I always have butter and milk. This will be nice to just have on hand.   I’m already imaging other recipes!

Over dinner we discussed Wildtree and talked about signing up as reps.  Working for a small family company, I either have tons of time available or none at all.  Something like this would give me some nice flexibility.    I had considered joining a direct sales company before, but hadn’t come across a product that I felt passionate about.  Wildtree is FOOD… HEALTHY FOOD!  And instead of those parties where the reps convince you to buy purses that you will use twice or candles that you will yard-sale……I’ve bought plenty in my time… not knocking em…. that’s just not for me….. These are FOOD Parties!  What is more fun than getting together with your friends and having a tasting party?!  Brian liked that these are parties that, as a guy, he would enjoy too.  We especially liked that the products were all natural and preservative, additive, dye and GMO free.  This is a product and a company that fits US.

So you are going to be seeing more recipes on my blog using Wildtree products.  Not ALL of my recipes…. but more.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! If you are interested in more info about the products or hosting your own Tasting Party please message me!  I would love to introduce you to Wildtree!  Of course if you just want to shop online, you can use my online store too.


Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients

1/2 c. MilkSpaghetti Squash Alfredo

1/2 c. Alfredo Extraordinaire

5 Tbs. Butter

2 Chicken Breasts

1 Spaghetti Squash

Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil

Directions 

In a small pan, cook the chicken with a tablespoon or two of the Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil.  (I hate dirtying multiple pans, so I set the chicken on a plate and reused the same pan.)

Melt 5 tablespoons of butter and add the milk and Alfredo sauce and mix.  (I just followed the directions on the package.)

Top roasted spaghetti squash with Alfredo sauce and chicken (and mushrooms if you like!)

 

Avocado Lime Cheesecake

 I’ve been wanting to create a dessert tasting menu for…. forever!  I’ve been collecting “tasting” cups and glasses every time I see them on sale.  I found a couple of sets at TJ Maxx after the holidays on clearance!  So when my cousin graduated from high school this weekend, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity.  We created a whole line up of desserts in cute little mini dishes. We had a BBQ out by the pool and then set up the dessert bar… because if we set it up before Aunt Rosie would have snuck off with all the desserts!  (She is worse than I am about cute little cups and desserts!)

Avocado Dessert Bar

Every good menu has a theme, right?  The theme here?  Avocado!  Every dessert was made with avocado.  We didn’t say a word until everyone had polished off their desserts.   I’ve got some pretty picky eaters in my group and no one seemed to notice our secret ingredient.  I have to admit, I was impressed with these Avocado Lime Cheesecakes cups.  The avocado is pretty overpowered by the lime…. I think you could serve this and no one would ever know.

I wanted to keep all the desserts gluten-free.  Since I was serving these in cups, I didn’t bother with a “crust”.  I just ground come pecans and put them in the bottom of the glass.  With each spoonful you got a little bit of pecan..yum!

Avocado Lime Cheesecake

Avocado Key Lime PieIngredients

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP sugar
  • 3/4  ripe Haas avocados, pitted
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a mini food processor*, chop 1/2 cup pecans.  Spoon pecans into glasses.
  2. Heat cream in a small saucepan until warmed, but not boiling. Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In the mini food processor , and add the avocado and cream cheese. Pulse to combine. Add lime juice and a pinch of salt and pulse until smooth. Add cooled cream mixture and pulse just to combine.
  4. Using an icing bag or Zip-Loc, pipe avocado/cream cheese mixture into the glasses. Place in freezer for several hours or overnight.
  5.  Garnish with lime zest or whipped cream if you like, and allow to thaw a bit before serving.

Yield: 8 Servings

* If you want to make a whole pie, just double this recipe or check out the original recipe HERE.

*I use this mini food processor: Black & Decker HC306 1-1/2-Cup One-Touch Electric Chopper

* I used these glasses: Libbey Just Desserts Parfait Glass with Minaiture Stainless Steel Spoon 25-Piece