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Easy Recipe: Healthy Chocolate Mousse

I love chocolate and prefer it before any vanilla or fruity dessert. Now that I eat mostly plant-based foods, I’ve learned to find substitutions for my favorite sweets. Rather than using processed chocolate to bake or include in chilis, smoothies and sugary desserts, I use cacao. While cocoa powder has a richer, sweeter flavor, it’s more processed. Cacao is a pure, raw powder that is high in antioxidants and therefore provides more health benefits. Ever since my cousin, Lisa, a dietician and incredible vegetarian cook, blended a creamy cacao mousse for me, I’ve been hooked. I eat it for snacks and sometimes breakfast, too.

As a mom, wife, writer, and business owner, I don’t have hours to enjoy the intricacies of baking. Recipes that I follow or create include simple ingredients and take only minutes to prepare. This one takes little time and satisfies my sweet cravings with no guilt.

Easy recipe: Healthy Chocolate Mousse

 

Would you substitute cacao for cocoa? Try it in the recipe below.

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PrettyWellness.com Healthy Chocolate Mousse
 
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This healthy chocolate mousse is made of only a few truly natural ingredients.
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 3 avocados - very brown and soft
  • 3 tbsp. raw, organic cacao powder (you can use cocoa powder but it's less healthy)
  • 1½ tbsp. organic vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. raw, organic agave syrup
  • Optional: 3 tsp. Himalayan sea salt before blending to offset dark cacao/chocolate taste. Add coconut or fruit of choice for garnish.
Instructions
  1. Peel avocados - make sure they are very brown and soft.
  2. Add avocados to the blender.
  3. Next add cacao powder, vanilla extract and agave syrup and blend. If you don't have a high speed blender, you may have to pulse/blend it more, stopping and using a spatula to mix.
  4. Blend until you reach a creamy desired consistency - typically about two minutes with a high speed blender.
  5. Taste test - if it tastes too much like avocados, add a little more vanilla extract and/or cacao. If you have a sweet tooth, add slightly more agave.
  6. Eat right away and/or put in refrigerator for a thicker consistency.
Notes
It took me a few times to "perfect" my mousse. Once you reach the desired consistency, taste and do the following:
-add Himalayan sea salt to tone down the cacao flavor
-add more cacao if you like a dark chocolate flavor
-add an additional tbsp. of agave for sweetness or additional medjool date paste (medjool dates covered in water for 30 minutes.)

 

10 Comments

  1. I’ve never tried an avocado in a dessert, but this looks really good :)
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    • It’s sooooooo good. I eat an avocado mousse almost every day. You should really try it if you are a fan of chocolate mousse.

  2. What a GREAT idea! I can’t wait to try this! Super creative, I’m wondering if you can use syrup in lieu of the agave?
    Kristen recently posted…Rock Star Birthday Party Ideas

    • Yes, you totally can use syrup instead of agave. I sometimes use medjool date paste (made by soaking dates in water for a few hours) instead. It’s delicious. I just ate one a few minutes ago.

  3. Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I love avocados in anything so I think this is a MUST Try!
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    • I love avocados, too. I can eat them for days. I add nutritional yeast on them for breakfast. On a lunch salad I will add hot red peppers. For dinner, I’m all over the place…sometimes in creamy soups, on salads, on mushroom/portabello burgers. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without them.

  4. FREAKING LOVEEEE avocados these days! And to think that I didn’t eat an avocado until I was 26 years old!!!!!
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  5. Cool recipes! I like dishes with avocados. Cooking makes me so happy. Thanks.
    William recently posted…6 Impressive Features of Modern Day Pressure Cookers

    • I love love love avocados, too. I don’t love cooking so I try to find simple recipes to make the prep easy. I’m going to check out your pressure cooker reviews. Thanks for stopping by.

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