I’ve been so curious to try the avocado chocolate mousse trend that I’ve seen everywhere, and I finally took the time to whip some up!
I am happy to report that this recipe is super easy, quick, and best of all; tasty. Of course, nothing beats real restaurant chocolate mousse, but this stuff comes pretty dang close. It’s decadent, chocolatey, rich, and hits that sweet tooth without any of the guilt. This dessert is paleo, vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, and HEALTHY! The avocado provides monounsaturated fats, and the cacao powder gives you a healthy dose of antioxidants and minerals.
This recipe is adapted from Maddie Lymburner’s recipe book: What I Eat for Life. I highly recommend this book; it contains so many plant-based healthy recipes that are simple and easy to follow. I added a bit of maca powder into my mousse because I find maca pairs well with chocolate, and maca also has plenty of health benefits, so why not sneak it in? Maca contains over 20 amino acids and is mainly known for it’s hormonal benefits. It can help balance hormones, which is great for us women, because when our hormones are out of whack, this can lead to a plethora of problems within the body. Anyways, back to the recipe!
Here is what you will need:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup (or any sweetener of choice)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 Tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp plant milk (I used almond)
- OPTIONAL: 1 Tsp maca powder
- Combine everything into a food processor or blender, and process until the mixture is smooth.
- Once smooth, place it in the fridge to set for at least three hours. This step is important because it will allow the mousse to thicken and the flavors to develop.
- Scoop the mousse out into a bowl and top with some fresh fruit or whipped cream! I topped mine with organic berries.
*NOTE: I know it seems super weird and kind of gross at first to be using avocado in this recipe, but you CANNOT taste it! Make sure to use a very ripe avocado to get the best results (creamy and delicious).
The final product should be a smooth, velvety, chocolatey treat. Top it with some whipped cream, fresh berries, or coconut yogurt would also be divine with this. Dessert doesn’t have to mean your diet is ruined. Enjoy my friends!