I’m not going to lie. I am NOT a big fan of the avocado. I know, I know…full of fiber and antioxidants, fatty acids and potassium, can lower cholesterol…”wonder food!” they say, beloved of the health conscious. Of course you could say similar things about blueberries and almonds…
So the other night after dinner Tonya told us she is trying out a new dessert recipe that she would be sharing at an upcoming event and wanted our opinion. Very secret and hush-hush as she added the final preparation touches.
What she presented was delicious looking chocolate mousse topping a couple of lady-fingers and covered in pecans. After having several scrumptious bites of this silky and smooth mousse and knowing there HAD to be something unusual about this dessert, I asked her “What’s the catch?” She explained, much to my surprise, that the chocolate mousse was prepared with…yep, avocados.
Chocolate-Avocado Mousse has been a favorite vegan and healthy chocolate alternative for several years as the avocado replaces a lot of the dairy and saturated fat ingredients usually associated with mousse, such as eggs and heavy whipped cream, without sacrificing the taste.
Needless to say, before knowing the details, I would have sworn the Chocolate-Avocado Mousse was just ordinary…mousse. And it’s quick! And it’s easy! Seriously. No baking, no boiling…no cooking! Just combine the ingredients, blend in a processor and…Done.
2 ripe avocados
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 – 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
dash of salt
Peel and pit the avocados. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Remove from processor and refrigerate at least an hour. Serving suggestions: Serve with lady-fingers or lemon wafers. Top with nuts, berries or chopped chocolate.