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Triple Chocolate Cake Balls

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Triple Chocolate Cake Balls—and they are healthy!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • ½ cups Mashed Avocados, Mashed Very Well
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • ⅓ cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • ⅓ cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ cups Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • ½ cups Plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cups Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • FOR THE BALLS:
  • 4 ounces, weight Light Cream Cheese
  • ½ cups Semi-sweet Chocolate Chis
  • 12 ounces, weight Dark Chocolate

Preparation

For the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8-inch Pyrex pan. Mash or puree the avocados. You do not want any clumps—none!

Whisk the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

In another bowl, whisk the avocado puree, brown sugar, eggs, Greek yogurt, vegetable oil and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined (it’s fine if there are a few lumps). Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into the prepared dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. You want to remove this on the earlier side—when the cake is cooked but still on the underdone side. Let cool 10 minutes.

For the cake balls:
Using a spoon, scoop the cake into a large bowl and crumble into pieces. You want to do this while the cake is still pretty hot. Then add the cream cheese. Mix until the cream cheese is combined and there are no white streaks.The cake will be moist and packable. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir until just combined.

Line 2 baking pans with wax paper. Roll the cake into 1 1/2-inch balls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for several hours in the refrigerator, or place in the freezer for about 20 minutes. You want the balls to be firm but not frozen.

In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the dark chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring each time until melted.

Remove the balls from the fridge. Place one ball at a time in the dark chocolate. Using a fork, coat the balls in chocolate and then lift out and shake off any excess chocolate. Place back on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining balls.

Place back in the fridge for 10 to 20 minutes to help the chocolate harden faster. Store these in the fridge or in a cool dark place.

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ExpatCucina on 2.26.2013

Ive never made a cake using avocado. Sounds like a great idea!

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