Around the holidays, we are often in search of crowd-pleasing sweet treats (especially ones that are actually packed with nutrition). This chocolate avocado mousse is a hit wherever and whenever we serve it.
If you keep the main ingredient secret, almost no one will guess that it's avocados that give this mousse that creamy texture. If you are looking for an added protein boost, try adding a scoop of our chocolate Daily Shake! This chocolate avocado mousse has plenty of healthy fat to keep the body energized and metabolism fired up. We also have a wonderful Mind-Blowing Avocado Smoothie version, if you want a breakfast treat!
Cacao is full of flavonoids, which are an antioxidant compound. These can stabilize and neutralize free radicals (which is great for our skin), lower our risk of heart disease and improve our cognitive function.
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1/2 cup unsweetened raw cacao powder
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch of sea salt
optional shredded coconut for garnish
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor (a blender can work too, you may just need to scrape the sides down more often) until creamy.
You can start with one tablespoon of coconut oil and see if you need more.
Sometimes, if it's not creamy enough, I add a splash of almond or coconut milk, but it's not always necessary.
We like it nice and thick, so when you hold the food processor upside down, it doesn't move (be careful not to glop it on yourself). This chocolate avocado mousse packs well for lunch and stores in the fridge for several days.
Recipe and Photography//Jenny Nelson