To kick off our week-long chocolate theme here at FOLK, I wanted to share a sweet little guilty pleasure…but without the guilt.
Now I must warn you – please keep an open mind about this one. If you haven’t heard of avocado chocolate mousse before, you might just keep on going (and understandably so), missing out on something truly delicious. When I first heard of this dessert, my thoughts were along the lines of ‘leave the guacamole for the nachos’…
As you might know, avocados are full of healthy goodness. They are loaded with nutrients such as fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and folic acid to name a few. They also act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients such as beta-carotine, which are vitamins stored in the liver and fatty tissues. Because they are eliminated slowly, they pose a greater risk for toxicity.
Many of us don’t associate chocolate with a slim waistline, but cocoa is loaded with antioxidants which protect the body from cellular damage. In fact, cocoa has more antioxidants than most foods tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, black and green tea (more than 4 times the amount of green tea). I’m of course talking about dark chocolate.
Ingredients – Healthy Chocolate Pudding recipe
2 medium ripe avocados
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
1/4 cup of honey, raw agave nectar or other sweetener of choice
1/2 cup of coconut milk or almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
dark chocolate for garnish
In a blender or food processor, blend avocados until smooth. Add remaining ingredients – except for the dark chocolate – and mix. Scoop onto bowl and chill for at least half an hour. Garnish with dark chocolate, berries and enjoy this guiltless pleasure…:)
If you wish, you can also top it with some coconut whip (go here to see the recipe).
You won’t notice the taste of the avocado, but the smooth and creamy texture of this dessert will make you want to make it over and over again.
If you try this dessert, I would love to know your thoughts.
I hope you can join us tomorrow when Heather shares another chocolate inspired creation. Have a great day!