In 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!
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.
- 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
- Soak the dates in warm water until soft- 5-10 minutes. Drain.
- Put all ingredients in the blender or nutribullet and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Place in the fridge until well chilled.
- Garnish with raspberries or other fruit or serve plain.
Enjoy this rich and creamy dessert!
Recipe taken from Eating Well Magazine.
Avocado picture from Anna under Creative Commons license.
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