Chocolate Avocado Truffles and Concord Grape Sorbet

September 24th, 2010

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Ever since making our savoury avocado truffles, we’ve been thinking about creating a dessert version of this much loved dish. Here is a quick and simple way to prepare an elegant and challenging dessert.

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The “truffles” are filled with a light chocolate mousse and coated with cacao nibs and ground pistachios. The silky flavours of avocado and chocolate are complemented by the textural, crunchy coat.

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Late summer and early fall in the produce isle means grapes, all kinds of them. We’ve been thoroughly enjoying grapes for about two months now, making Muscadine grape juice almost daily and obsessing over a heavenly fig, grape, and cinnamon shake (let us know if you’d like the recipe).

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Concord grapes are a special treat. They contain seeds, which nowadays seems rare and exciting. Most grapes sold in the States are seedless – a true shame considering the myriad health benefits of grape seeds.

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The Concord grape sorbet, besides completing the dish with beautiful jewel tones, adds a nice amount of sweetness to the mild tastes of the truffle and bitter notes of the cacao nibs.

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The sorbet tastes a bit like grape jelly and serves as an exciting companion that pleases both eyes and palate.

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Chocolate Avocado Truffles and Concord Grape Sorbet

Chocolate Mousse
1/2 cup meat of fresh young coconut
flesh scooped from centers of 2 avocados (see assembly instructions below)
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons carob powder
1 tablespoon mesquite powder
1 tablespoon maca powder
5 tablespoons raw agave nectar
3-4 tablespoons coconut oil
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)

Raw pistachios – ground in a mortar
Raw cacao nibs – ground into smaller pieces in a mortar

2 large ripe, but still firm avocados

Head here for step by step assembly instructions with photos.
Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. With a spoon, scoop some flesh from the center of both halves, leaving enough flesh on the skin for the avocado to be able to hold its shape when the skin is removed. Place the flesh into a high speed blender with the rest of the chocolate mousse ingredients and blend until smooth. Fill the avocado halves with the chocolate mousse, and put them back together. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, this way the mousse will set and the avocado halves will become glued together. If you don’t have time to wait, you can bypass the refrigeration, and slowly peel away the skin from the avocado, it will just take a little more care. Place the ground coating on a flat plate and drench the peeled and stuffed avocado in the coating, carefully turning it to cover its whole surface. Your avocado truffles are now ready to be served, or to stay in a refrigerator for up to one day.

Concord Grape Sorbet
4 cups concord grapes
1 cup purified water
2/3 cup raw agave nectar, or more to taste

Thoroughly blend all the ingredients in high-speed blender, making sure that the seeds have been processed. Strain to remove the solids and discard them. Refrigerate until well chilled, and put into an ice cream maker for 25 minutes or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Tags: dessert, food, raw food, recipe

  • Sous Chef Sean says:

    Concord grapes and chocolate truffles, there isn’t a better combo on the face of the earth!

  • Oh, holy cow, that looks SUBLIME! And gorgeous to boot!!! I literally think my tongue was hanging out as I was reading the post. Never seen anything like the avocado truffle. Thanks….that was really ‘food to get excited about!’ Thanks for sharing it!

  • Silani Wahlgren says:

    This is truly awesome! The California Avocado festival in Carpinteria is this weekend……perfect!

  • VeganLisa says:

    your posts always transport me to a fantasyland. Your creations are inspired and beautiful. I’ve made your savory avocado truffles so now the sweet version will be on my to-do list.

    Of course, we would like the heavenly, shake recipe.


  • Sweet Faery says:

    Wow, I heard that avocado could easily be cooked in desserts, but this recipe is particularly original. It’s beautiful and very inspiring!

  • Kasi Bern says:

    My Avocado tree has loads of fruit but not ready yet. I am SO looking forward to testing this incredibly awesome recipe. Golubka YOU always amaze me with your talent : )

  • ~Lisa~ says:

    How inventive and beautiful! I really would love to try this. Fantastic recipe!

  • Jennifurla says:

    Your pics are art to me, lovely lovely

  • gypsyjess says:

    Yes, give us the fig, grape, and cinnamon shake recipe please! :)

    I have to say, your recipes are so beautiful and creative! You’re an inspiration.

  • wow this is stylish! I just loved how the whole acavoda being asseble, the end was stunning! brilliant work!

  • Nadia says:

    This looks great and I believe tastes great also!
    Amazing idea :)))

  • OMG! Woooot? Chocolate and avocado?
    Would have never thought of that before but it look SO good. Love it!
    I’m so glad I discovered your blog. Its gorgeous :-)

  • Golubka says:

    Thanks so much everyone, your comments mean the world!

    Fig and grape shake:

    4 cups grapes
    1 cup dry figs OR 1 cup fresh figs – hard stems removed
    1 cup water for dry figs or 1/2 cup for fresh figs
    2 cups ice cubes
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

    Combine all the ingredients in a blender. We usually make half of this portion.

  • Silani Wahlgren says:

    Thanks for the recipe. We’ll have it today just before going to the avocado festival.
    I have some mango/coconut cones from your last post finishing up in the dehydrator and I think I’ll make a Thai inspired salad with bean sprouts and young… coconut strips with some napa cabbage or something like that to go inside the cones. So fun to make the cones.
    I daydreamed a whole lifestyle, living somewhere where coconuts and mangos grow everywhere, making all kinds of varieties of these cones in a little palm thatched hut by the beach. I designed holders for the cones in fused glass, bamboo and marble…all in my head while doing the fiddly business of making the cones. Most entertaining.

  • Sue says:

    This looks positively scrumptious!!!!!! Anya,,,you never fail to amaze me!

  • Fab says:

    Hey, I absolutely love your blog. The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes look delicious. I linked to you on my blog here,
    under Food.
    Hope you don’t mind! Keep the beautiful posts coming!

  • Yummy!!!!!!! that’s lookin so great. It is totally irresistible for me to have it. Plz tell me where I may find it ready-made coz I’m not a good cook :(

  • Lela says:


    I need to switch back to raw food. Now.


  • Golubka says:

    Silani: I daydream like that all the time too! Your world sounds wonderful :)

    Fab: Thank you, we don’t mind at all :)

    Software Development India: I wish there was a place for you to try it! Maybe one day, when we open a restaurant :)

    Thanks so much everyone!!!

  • Мила says:

    Аня! Умопомрачительно!

  • jinx says:

    Ooooh…well, avocados come in so many different sizes, but there is a place near me that sells peewee avocados and I think they would be just perfect for this!

  • Wow…just…wow. This is my first time visiting your blog, & I just can’t stop browsing your creative recipes & AMAZING photography. I can’t get enough, so I will definitely be back!
    Yes on the shake recipe please :)

  • Maree says:

    Hi there!

    Just wanted to let you know I have included a link to this recipe on my e-newsletter that I send out to help animals and to spread the vegan word.

    You can see it here

    Hope this makes you happy. :)

    Fond regards,

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  • This is such a wonderful recipe – I made my version and absolutely loved it!
    I admire your blog – full of wonderful ideas and beautiful photos!
    Happy Easter!
    Greetings from Poland:)

  • Sini says:

    One word: WOW

  • Kaloy says:

    Wow, it’s cool! you just made it by yourself, right? that is one great piece of art! Hmm, i wonder if you could also personalize Stubby Holders

  • Avocado Diva says:

    Those are AMAZING! I have unique and rare avocados at my site that might inspire you!


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