Valentine’s Day Rich Chocolate Mousse

IMG_1172In my family, we are usually not big celebrators of Valentine’s Day but I found these really cute heart shaped ramekins at the Goodwill and  felt like I couldn’t let them go to waste.  I experimented high and low looking for a tasty, but healthy chocolaty dessert to fill those adorable hearts. After I tried a chia recipe that my husband said tasted “leafy” and my chocolate loving son refused to eat, I knew my search was not over.  Then I remembered that while visiting Bend, Oregon in June, I had tasted a chocolate avocado pudding.  After my failed chia attempt and a few other experiments that will go unmentioned, I decided to try to recreate the avocado experience.

After all my failed attempts, this pudding mousse concoction came out way better than I had hoped- a little sweet, super creamy and VERY chocolaty!  I used Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Powder to give it that amazing chocolate flavor.  I love this product and use it almost every day in my Nature’s Path Qi’a Chia Buckwheat and Hemp Cereal  along with a scoop of Thorne MediPro Vegan Shake- such a yummy and filling breakfast!  But I digress!

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The bulk of this mousse is avocado.  I love avocados because they are a particularly rich source for potassium, Vitamin E, folate, Vitamin K, Copper and Vitamin C.  (Read more about all the benefits of avocados here). I love this mousse because it was so easy- just a few whirls of all the healthy ingredients in my NutriBullet  and a few hours in the fridge and then it was ready to be devoured.

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Valentine’s Day Rich Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 16 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup of cacao
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tbs of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the dates in warm water until soft- 5-10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Put all ingredients in the blender or nutribullet and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Place in the fridge until well chilled.
  4. Garnish with raspberries or other fruit or serve plain.
  5. Enjoy!
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Enjoy this rich and creamy dessert!

Recipe taken from Eating Well Magazine.

Avocado picture from Anna under Creative Commons license.

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10 Responses to Valentine’s Day Rich Chocolate Mousse

  1. I love avocado chocolate mousse so much that I made a version of this for a sugar cravings workshop. I like that you added coconut oil to yours, I must remember that next time.

  2. kelsey says:

    wow! that looks awesome!

  3. Catherine says:

    I’m a big fan of avocado in dessert! It tastes so rich and creamy.

  4. I’ve tried chocolate pudding with avocados and it was tasty!

  5. Warren says:

    I’m intrigued. I’ve never had/never would have thought to have avocados and chocolate together. This is definitely something I will have to remember for the future!

  6. Bonnie says:

    Ooooo! I’ve never seen this type of recipe. Looks like a good one to experiment with! Thanks and I’m glad you found something successful for the whole family. :)

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