Finding balance can be difficult, especially when we try to cut out sugar and processed foods but are faced with far too many temptations. We’re used to the idea of dessert after dinner, or sometimes are just craving something sweet rather than savory.
Instead of restricting yourself, which can just lead to binging later on and regaining back everything you’ve lost, plan ways to treat yourself with healthy alternatives like this avocado chocolate mousse!!
The key is whole, real foods that are full of flavor and antioxidants, but taste decadent and naughty! The avocado gives this mousse it’s creaminess, dark chocolate to add that rich flavor, vanilla for that hint of sweet, and top it all with some berries, coconut, hemp seeds, or anything you’d like!
- 2 ripe avocado (medium to large is best)
- ½ c dark chocolate, 60% or more plus 2 tbsp. of cacao or carob powder if desired
- ¼ c almond, cashew, or hemp milk --> (Make your own! 1c water and 2 tbsps. of a nut/seed of choice, soak, then blend until smooth and creamy)
- 1¼ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- 1-2 pitted dates (optional)
- If you think you’ll want to add the dates, place 1-2 pitted dates into a small bowl of warm to hot water, enough water so that they’re submerged. Set aside
- In a food processor, scoop in the avocado and then add dark chocolate, hemp milk, vanilla, and salt. You can use a blender, or even a fork to mix if you don’t have a processor; you will just want to slightly melt down the dark chocolate if mixing by hand otherwise you’ll end up with chocolate chunks
- Process until blended and creamy
- Taste and decide ... Does this need more chocolate? Add in the extra cacao or carob powder! Does this need a little more sweetness? Take your softened dates and dump out all but about 1 tbsp. of water. Blend on high until pureed and the consistency of syrup. Add into the processor and mix! You can also add them right into the food processor just make sure they’re totally pureed
- Scoop out mousse and serve with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, or a combination of all!
- Can stay fresh in the fridge in a glass jar for up to 4 days, or freeze leftovers in an ice cube tray for a delicious smoothie base!!