With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I know that a lot of us are thinking about sweet treats. I’m not just talking about my couples out there, I’m also talking all of my friends living the single life. (You do you, boo.) We all deserve to treat ourselves a little bit. There are so many ways to treat ourselves and the people we love on Valentine’s Day, but usually, we default to boxes of chocolate or decadent desserts. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could satisfy your dessert desires with something that’s also kind of nutritious? I’ve got you covered. Cue Creamy Chocolate Avocado Mousse!
Why Avocado Belongs in Your Dessert
If you’re thinking, “Avocado belongs in guacamole. Keep it away from my desserts, crazy lady,” I’m going to attempt to blow your mind.
Let’s think about what goes into a traditional chocolate mousse– we need a source of fat to give it a velvety mouthfeel (heavy cream), something to give it a bit of structure (egg), a little sweetness (sugar), and chocolate (duh.) Heavy cream and eggs aren’t the worst things ever, but mother nature can actually provide a more nutrient-dense alternative- avocado! That’s why we’re using it in this Creamy Chocolate Avocado Mousse recipe.
Most of us have heard that avocados are a good source of healthy fats. The fat in avocados lends a luxurious creaminess to dishes, especially when it’s pureéd. Lesser-known fact: avocados are also a great source of fiber. This fiber can lend texture to your mousse to keep it from falling flat.
Why avocado belongs in your life
- Okay, we already know this, but avocado is a great source of healthy fat. It’s technically a fruit, and it’s the only one that contains a significant amount of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat helps lower LDL cholesterol (aka “bad” cholesterol), which can improve your heart health. Fats also make it easier to get the most out of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K).
- Like I mentioned above, avocado is packed with fiber that will help you feel full and keep your gut bacteria happy. Just one serving of avocado (50 grams or 1/3 of a medium avocado) contains more than 3 grams of fiber.
- Avocado is full of other nutrients, including potassium, copper, vitamin K, and vitamin E, which (among many other things) support cardiovascular health. It also contains folate, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, which are important for growth, metabolism, and immunity, respectively.
- Avocado is a functional ingredient. It’s amazing sliced, mashed, or it can be used more creatively (think Avocado Chocolate Mousse, yummy smoothies, and dressings). This rare fatty plant food is an awesome tool for making all kinds of dairy-free and vegan-friendly dishes.
- It tastes amazing. The end.
You might still think that avocado sounds like a weird dessert ingredient, but I have a feeling you’ll love it if you give it a try. This recipe is very easy to customize with different sweeteners and toppings. Make it yours!
A Few Notes
This recipe works with whatever sweetener you prefer. I’ve personally tried it with agave nectar, honey, and stevia, but I like the flavor and consistency of the maple syrup version the best. Keep in mind that if you use stevia, the mousse might have a slightly bitter taste.
The mousse you make when following this recipe will be a lot lighter in color and fluffier than the one pictured, so don’t fret if you think yours looks different! The mousse I made in the photos had a lot more cocoa and less sweetener in it, so (despite looking pretty) it was really bitter. Yuck! This recipe is the product of about 5 trials, but I ended up with a version I’m really happy with. Yay for trial and error!
Creamy Chocolate Avocado MoussePrint Recipe
- 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips (substitute vegan chocolate chips to make this recipe vegan)
- 2 ripe avocados (the softer, the better!)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
- 4 strawberries, sliced
Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir until melted.
Add the avocados to a food processor and mash a little bit with a fork. (I find this helps with the consistency of the final product.)
Add the melted chocolate, cocoa powder, almond milk, and maple syrup to the food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth and free of any visible avocado pieces.
Spoon mousse into a container, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Top with strawberries (and dark chocolate chips if desired!)
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 226 calories, 14g fat, 28g carbs (8g fiber, 16g sugar), 3g protein, 13% DV for potassium, 24% DV for vitamin C, 11% DV for iron