Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? For chocolate avocado mousse that is.
SO many reason why you’ll love Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- First of all, there is no added sugar.
- Secondly, it is amazingly creamy, rich & decadent without all the calories.
- Third, this dessert has nutrients (bonus points for this).
- Fourth, it’s easy to make.
- Finally, although most important, Chocolate!
So when you have a chocolate craving that you want to fix fast, but you don’t want to ruin your diet in the process or fill your kids with garbage treats, then this is a MUST MAKE.
I’ve tried so many versions of chocolate avocado mousse and I cannot tell you how many versions I just could not stand! Most, in an effort to remove sugar, substitute Stevia and although it does have its place, that place is not in my belly. I am just NOT a fan and would rather go without sweetener, than use it.
However, this recipe does need a little sweetening up, especially if I want to call it a dessert (and I want others to like it). That’s where the dates come in. They are naturally sweet, low glycemic, and contain fiber, potassium & magnesium which are all essential nutrients. Most dates you find, have been dried (like a raisin or prune) and can be eaten as a snack, but for this to work just right, I like to soak mine in a little warm water for about 10 minutes. This just allows them to blend more smoothly and all the sweetness seems to come right out.
Avocado is where all the rich, creamy texture comes into play. Don’t worry,,,, it won’t taste like guacamole! This healthy fat actually takes on the flavor of whatever you pair it with, which in this case is chocolate! And in case you’ve ever wondered just how to pick the perfect avocado, here’s a little hint for you that has worked each time……find a fruit that is starting to soften (you don’t want mushy) and pop off the little stem from its top. If it’s still green underneath, then you are good. If it’s turning brown or black, then just put it down and find another.
Cacao is a raw chocolate powder that I like to use in place of unsweetened cocoa. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate, under processed and raw, therefore holding on to its many superfood powers. Cocoa is another option, if you cannot find the other. Cocoa is basically what happens when you heat the cacao seeds and process them. Although not raw, it does still contain antioxidants, as long as you purchase the unsweetened kind, and therefore can be used interchangeably if need be.
Now that you have all the basics, let’s grab your avocados, cacao powder, Medjool dates and let’s get this party started!
Avocado & Chocolate pair together wonderfully and there are so many things you can do with it. Blend together for a creamy smoothie like Texanerin’s Chocolate Avocado Smoothie or mix together to create some drool-worthy brownies such as Dishing Delish’s gluten-free Avocado Brownies & Wholesome Yum’s Chocolate Avocado Brownies. Just be sure to make adjustments to remove other allergens if need be.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe
- 2 large avocados, halved, pit removed
- 1/4 C. Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water 10 minutes
- 1/2 C. raw cacao powder
- 1/4 C. coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- pinch Sea Salt
- cacao nibs (for garnish)
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor except for cacao nibs.
- Process until smooth, adding additional milk if needed.
- Pipe into serving dishes for a fancier presentation.
- Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Sprinkle with cacao nibs.
- Garnish with fresh berries or coconut flakes if desired.
If you are more sensitive to sugar, omit the dates and use Stevia for your sweetener. I'd start with 1/2 tsp and go up to 2 tsp. (no more)
Yummmmm! Isn’t it great to know that you can indulge a little and still be eating healthy?!3