Easy Avocado Chocolate Mousse

10/08/2016
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Making chocolate mousse out of avocado is definitely an idea you might roll your eyes at - but it’s really some sort of nutritional and culinary wonder! It just works, the texture's right, it's nutritious and delicious.

Avocados make a great base for chocolate mousse as, being so lovely and buttery, they blend into a beautifully smooth mixture, much the same as your standard chocolate mousse.

Flavour-wise they’re surprisingly undetectable – once blended with the other ingredients, particularly the cacao powder, you’ll instead get a deliciously rich chocolate flavour hitting your taste buds.

Nutritionally, they’re a rich source of nourishing monounsaturated fatty acids (your skin will love them), several B vitamins (important for energy), and the fat-soluble vitamins E (again, skin). They’re also a source of dietary fibre, which help keep the bowels happy.

This recipe uses avocado, cacao or cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk. I’ve found the addition of coconut milk, plus a little chilling time, is important in creating that ideal mousse texture – when refrigerated the coconut milk helps the mousse slightly firm up, making it a joy to dunk your spoon into. Decorate a serving with fruit (fresh, tinned, freeze dried), shredded coconut, nuts and seeds, or dark chocolate shavings – whatever your heart desires.

Easy Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Author Danijela Unkovich
Prep Time: 5 mins
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Ingredients:  

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ⅓  cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, or more or less to taste
  • A pinch of salt

Method:

  • Peel avocado and place green flesh into a food processor. Add your other ingredients and blend until you have a lovely smooth mixture.
  • Taste test and adjust to your preferences - add more cacao if you want a deeper chocolate flavour or add a touch more sweetener if you want to sweeten it further. Blend again.
  • Enjoy immedaitely, or pop mixture into a bowl or serving glasses and keep in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Pair with fresh fruit to serve. Enjoy!

Notes:

Sweetener substitute: Instead of maple syrup you could sub for honey, although this will make it non-vegan. You may want to adjust how much you add, as honey is sweeter than maple syrup. Other ways to sweeten include a few drops of stevia, adding a banana to the mix or a few medjool dates.

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  1. Made this today, I didn’t add any sweetner but it was sweet enough without it. Lovely recipe I will make this again.