Healthy chocolate mousse


Ok girls, as promised, here is the guilt-free chocolate mousse.  But before you look further, please keep an open mind and trust me on this one…

Because if you have not heard of avocado chocolate mousse before, you might just keep on going (and understandably so), missing out on something truly delicious.  When I first heard of this dessert, my thoughts were along the lines of ‘leave the guacamole for the nachos’….


As many of you might know, avocados are full of healthy goodness.  They are loaded with nutrients such as fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and folic acid to name a few.  They also act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients such as beta-carotine, which are vitamins stored in the liver and fatty tissues.  Because they are eliminated slowly, they pose a greater risk for toxicity.

Many of us don’t associate chocolate with a slim waistline, but cocoa is loaded with antioxidants which protect the body from cellular damage.  As a matter of fact, cocoa has more antioxidants than most foods tested so far, such as blueberries, red wine, black and green tea (more than 4 times the amount of green tea).  I’m of course talking about dark chocolate and not an Aero bar, which is loaded with sugar and saturated fats.
 
I could do an entire post on just sugars and sugar alternatives, but basically you want to stay clear from sugar or foods that rate high in the glycemic index.  A glycemic index rates foods in the order of speed in which they release glucose into the body.  Those with a high GI – such as table sugar – rate high on the GI and should be avoided.  For this recipe, I chose to use raw honey, which is a healthy alternative to sugar when used in moderation.  In a future post, I will address the other sweeteners as we explore more delicious healthy recipes.

Ingredients – Healthy Chocolate mousse recipe 
2 medium ripe avocados
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1/4 cup of honey, raw agave nectar or other sweetener of choice
1/2 cup of coconut milk or almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
dark chocolate for garnish


In a blender or food processor, blend avocados until smooth.  Add remaining ingredients except for the dark chocolate and mix.  Scoop onto bowl and chill for at least half hour.

If you wish, you can also top it with some coconut whip (go here to see the recipe) 
Garnish with dark chocolate, some berries and enjoy this guiltless pleasure…:)

You will not notice the taste of the avocado, but the smooth and creamy texture of this dessert will make you want to make it over and over again.  I would love to know if you decide to make it what you think. 


Have a great day! 

much love,
Lucy







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Comments

  1. says

    Okay- I am going to TRUST you and try this. I love avocado and I don’t do any sugar but I do use Stevia. I’ll let you know how it turns out. xo Diana

  2. says

    Yum! A similar recipe for chocolate pudding is in Jessica Simpson’s “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook which I have tried. Yours looks more decadent with the coconut milk and I will have to give it a try!

  3. says

    The avocado was quite prevalent on the end notes. To answer one post, I used skim milk, and think the milk choice was just fine. To correct the off-tasting end note I added 2 tbl confectioner’s sugar and a sprinkling across the top of the bowl of powdered cinnamon (sorry, I didn’t measure the cinnamon, but given the strength of cinnamon you can adjust according to your taste). With those added the result was a completely subdued after-taste, and an almost mexican chocolate pudding. I hesitate to call this mousse, the product is not fluffy nor airy as a typical mousse should be, but slightly thick like a pudding. I would surmise whipping heavy cream in lieu of the milk would make it closer to a pudding, but then we are treading away from the “healthy” recipe, but whipping egg whites most likely would work as well without sacrificing the health of the dish. If anyone tries either of those variations please update.

  4. says

    They are loaded with nutrients such as fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and folic acid to name a few. They also act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients such as beta-carotine, which are vitamins stored in the liver and fatty tissues. Because they are eliminated slowly, they pose a greater risk for toxicity. view

  5. Molly says

    I just made some of this and sampled it before throwing it in the fridge to chill and WOW! It is delicious! Doesn’t taste “healthy” at all, just like an incredible chocolatey dessert. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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