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During March’s National Nutrition Month, a healthy, delicious dessert made from simple wholesome ingredients became a favorite. A local cafe featuring vegan food inspired me to make my own vegan chocolate avocado mousse.
I’ve read about combining avocado with cocoa powder to make this creamy dessert. However, until sampling it at The Veggie Table, I’d never eaten it. Let me tell you, it’s amazing.
This vegan chocolate avocado mousse comes together quickly. And, it’s a great way to use up ripe avocados. I mentioned the recipe in Creating Highly Nutritious Meals. Here is more info about the dessert and my perfected recipe.
Avocados, the Secret Ingredient
Avocados are extremely nutritious. They are fruits, which is why it appears on my list of highly nutritious foods under that category.
This pear shaped fruit is loaded with healthy fats, fiber, protein and 20 different vitamins and minerals including vitamins B5, B6, C, E and K. Avocados contain more potassium than bananas. Plus the good fats contain oleic acid, associated with reducing inflammation in the body and fighting cancer.
Avocados are also high in antioxidants that improve eye health. Additionally, the fruit increases antioxidant absorption from other foods.
Incredibly, a recent study shows that people who eat avocados are healthier than people who don’t. Those who add avocados to their diets have a higher nutrient intake and are 50% less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that are major risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
The edible part of the fruit, the yellow/green flesh inside, is rich, smooth and creamy, making it an ideal addition to salads, salsas…and mousse!
Tips for Making Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Start with ripe avocados. You know the joke about avocados…you wait for them to ripen and then suddenly, they’re overripe.
You want ripe avocados for this mousse recipe. The outer skin appears dark, black almost, and the fruit feels soft and gives to pressure, when the avocado is perfectly ripe.
Using a knife, cut through the skin of the fruit from end to end, on both sides of the fruit, and separate into two halves. Remove the large pit. Using a spoon, scoop out the soft flesh inside.
Use freshly cut avocado right away, as oxygen causes the fruit to oxidize and turn brown. When making the mousse, I cut the avocado last, right before adding it to the blender.
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- 3 ripe avocados
- 1/4 cup plant based milk
- 6 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- dash sea salt
- Halve avocados, remove pits and scoop out flesh. Combine with remaining ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Stop and scrape down sides. Repeat two more times. After scraping down the third time, blend on high for 60 seconds.
- Scoop mousse into four dessert cups. Cover and chill for at least an hour. To serve, top with fresh berries or fruit.
Enjoying This Dessert
It only takes a few minutes to create this dessert. While dinner simmers on the stove, there’s plenty of time to blend the mousse and pop it into the refrigerator to chill. The smooth and creamy pudding-like dessert is ready to eat fresh from the blender. It thickens up immediately. However, I love the mousse chilled.
When serving, top with fresh berries such as blueberries and sliced strawberries. Raspberries or blackberries make excellent toppings as well. Or add a dollop of whipped coconut milk, chopped nuts or a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut.
Then enjoy. Vegan chocolate avocado mousse is the perfect end to a meal. And it makes a pretty little “fancy” dessert for guests or for a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary meal.
Have you tried chocolate avocado mousse? Is there another avocado recipe that you enjoy? Share with me your favorites in the comments below.
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