There’s nothing that makes some people squirm more than mentioning the words “chocolate” and “avocado” in the same recipe, but hear me out: In this Chocolate Mousse, the avocado is hidden.
I first published this recipe in September 2011, the very month Stupid Easy Paleo made its Interwebz debut.
As often happens with old recipes, I took one look at the photo and kinda cringed. It left little to be desired, and I knew I could do better.
See? Looks like a Rorschach test. Proof that anyone can improve at something if they practice enough.
So, after I whipped up a batch of this Chocolate Mousse, I plated it up fancy, took another photo, and set out to improve the whole post.
Why This Chocolate Mousse Recipe Rocks
Alright, so you’re probably wondering why this recipe rocks.
First, it’s got hidden avocado as its creamy, dreamy base. That’s right…there’s no dairy in this recipe at all.
Don’t worry. The avocado, once blended, disappears into the background. You won’t even know it’s there!
Are Avocados Healthy?
Avocados are rad because they’re packed full of healthy fats, a majority of which is monounsaturated, and they’re surprisingly well-endowed in the Vitamin C department.
Just 100 grams of avocado contains about 16% of your daily Vitamin C value.
This Chocolate Mousse ingredient list is pretty short. Besides the avocado, it’s got cocoa powder (or cacao powder), coconut milk, a little local honey, and a dash of vanilla extract.
How to Modify This Chocolate Mousse
If honey isn’t your jam, use whatever sweetener you like. Maple syrup would work just fine and would pitted, soaked dates.
Feel free to cut back on the sweetener if you’d like, until it suits your tastebuds. Cocoa powder can be pretty bitter, so you’ll want something to break up that flavor.
If you can’t stand coconut milk, use whatever non-dairy milk you like: almond, cashew, etc. This recipe is pretty flexible so use your imagination, ‘kay?
I added a little bit of collagen peptides to give it a protein boost. Feel free to leave that out if you don’t have it. Not a deal-breaker.
Toppings for This Recipe
I topped my Chocolate Mousse with a little bit of chopped almonds for crunch. You could also use cacao nibs or even some toasted coconut.
For best results, whip this up in a food processor. (I have this one.) It’s a bit tough to make in a blender because it won’t fill up the pitcher very much…
…But if you’re diligent about scraping down the sides, it’ll probably turn out just fine.
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Chocolate Mousse Recipe (Dairy-Free, Paleo)
This dairy-free and Paleo Chocolate Mousse Recipe is packed with superfoods and a hidden ingredient that makes it uber-healthy! See how!
- 2 avocados
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao
- 3 tbsp coconut milk full-fat
- 2 tbsp raw local honey
- 1 tbsp collagen powder optional
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt
- Chopped almonds cacao nibs, or coconut flakes, optional toppings
Halve and pit the avocados. Scoop out the avocado flesh. Combine it with the cocoa powder, coconut milk, honey, collagen, vanilla, and sea salt in a food processor.
Blend for about 30 seconds. Remove the lid and scape down the sides with a spatula. Blend for another 30 seconds or until the mousse is silky smooth.
If the mixture is too thick, add a little extra coconut milk.
For best results, refrigerate until chilled, then top with the chopped almonds, cacao nibs, or coconut flakes. Or go wild and use all three!
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