Making chocolate mousse out of avocado is definately an idea you might roll your eyes at - "why not just eat normal chocolate mousse!". 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 great 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, 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're a rich source of nourishing monounsaturated fatty acids (your skin will love them), several B vitamins (important for energy), and the fat-soluble vitamins E (again, skin). They're also a source of dietary fibre, which help keep the bowels happy.
This 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 ideal 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 fruit (fresh, tinned, freeze dried), shredded coconut, nuts and seeds, or dark chocolate shavings - whatever your heart desires.
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
Pinch of salt
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 sub for honey, although this will make it non-vegan. You may want to adjust how much you add, as honey is sweeter than maple syrup.
Other ways to sweeten include a few drops of stevia, adding a banana to the mix or a few medjool dates.