Making chocolate mousse out of avocado is definately an idea you could roll your eyes at - "why not just eat normal chocolate mousse!", I can hear my boyfriend moan. Well you totally can and I do, it's one of my favourite desserts. But making chocolate mousse out of avocado is a sort of nutritional and culinary wonder - it just works, the texture's right, it's delicious and is also packed with good things for the body. It's typically vegan-friendly and dairy free too, and so can happily fit the requirements of those who nourish their bodies that way.
Avocados make a great base for chocolate mousse, as being so lovely and buttery themselves, they blend into a beautifully smooth mixture, much the same as your standard chocolate mousse. Flavour-wise they're surprisingly undetectable - once blended with the other ingredients, particularly the cacao powder, you'll instead get a deliciously rich chocolate flavour hitting your taste buds.
But all this aside, another reason to love avocados is for their nutritional properties. They truly are a beautiful food - they're a rich source of nourishing monounsaturated fatty acids (your skin will love them), several B vitamins (important for our energy levels), and the fat-soluble vitamins E (again, skin). They're also high in dietary fibre, which will help keep your bowels happy - and a happy gut helps equal a happy body.
My recipe uses avocado, cacao/cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk. I've found the addition of coconut milk, plus a little chilling time, is important in creating that perfect mousse texture - when refrigerated the coconut milk helps the mousse slightly firm up, making it a joy to dunk your spoon into. Decorate a serving with fresh fruit (berries or mandarin segments are delicious), freeze dried fruit, shredded coconut, nuts and seeds, or dark chocolate shavings. Here I used strawberries, freeze-dried strawberries and raspberries, and pomegranate seeds.
Easy Avocado Chocolate Mousse
2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup cacao/cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup, or less or more to taste*
1. Peel avocado and pop all of the green flesh into a food processor. Add your other ingredients and blend until you have a lovely smooth mixture.
2. Taste test and adjust to your preferences - add more cacao if you want a deeper chocolate flavour or add a touch more sweetener if you want to sweeten it further. Blend again.
3. Pop mixture into a bowl/serving glasses and keep in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Pair with fresh fruit to serve. Enjoy!
*Instead of maple syrup you could use honey, although this will make it non-vegan
*If you want the chocolate mousse sweeter simply add more sweetener or try a few drops of stevia, 1/2 banana or a few medjool dates