I love the idea of combining a few whole ingredients and coming up with a decadent dessert. Avocados and chocolate don’t usually go together, but trust me; they are actually the perfect combo.
I was first introduced to avocado mousse by the store Organic Avenue in NYC. I was skeptical at first for obvious reasons; avocado and dessert don’t usually go hand in hand. After my first bite, I knew it’s an unusual match made in heaven. I also knew that I needed to come up with my own recipe to support my new avo mousse habit.
Coming up with my own recipe was harder than I thought. I didn’t want to use much sweetener, but I didn’t want my mousse to taste like avocado either. I decided to use dates, which added to the delicious mousse texture and added some natural sweetness. I also added some maple syrup and a lot of raw cacao powder, which also brought out the delicious chocolate mousse flavor.
I soaked the dates in boiling water for 15 minutes to soften them a bit, and then placed all of the ingredients with the drained and softened dates into a food processor. Process until the mousse becomes nice and smooth. It doesn’t get easier than that. Avocados really make for the most perfect mousse consistency, sans dairy. Amazing, if you ask me.
The idea that chocolate mousse can be good for you is definitely an easy idea to get used to. Avocados provide loads of vitamins and minerals. They are full of fiber and heart healthy fats and are very anti-inflammatory. Plus, avocados are satiating. Eating this mousse will make you feel incredibly satisfied, without that “ugh I just ate too much dessert” feeling. We’ve all been there….
I love topping this chocolate mousse with some cocao nibs to add some crunch and some fresh raspberries. When serving this mousse, it’s totally cool to leave out the word “avocado.” I won’t tell, and trust me, no one will ever know.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 6 dates, soaked first in boiling water for 15 minutes, drained
- ¼ cup plus 2tbs maple syrup (can try leaving out the extra 2 tbs depending on your taste, add it in for extra sweetness)
- ¼ cup + 3 tbs cacao powder
- 1tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ coconut milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
- Toppings (optional):
- Cocao nibs
- Fresh raspberries
- Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process all ingredients until a smooth mousse like texture has formed. Can add in an extra tablespoon of coconut milk if it seems too thick. Top with cocao nibs and fresh berries. Enjoy!