I’ve seen a few renditions of chocolate mousse made with avocado.
And while the traditional version is not necessarily ‘bad’, especially if it’s enjoyed occasionally, and is homemade with whole ingredients — such as pastured eggs, unhomogenised organic dairy and good quality dark chocolate — it won’t be suitable for those with certain dietary restrictions or particular health concerns.
Hence the advent of the choc-avocado mousse, which is super delicious!
And it’s the perfect substitute to traditional chocolate mousse, since it’s dairy and egg free, and full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats from the avocado plus antioxidants from the cocoa (more so if you use cacao powder, which is raw).
I decided to create a version after a discussion on healthier food choices in my workshop a couple of weeks ago. A participant had mentioned that she refused to eat mousse made with avocado. It just seemed wrong to her.
But you just don’t know until you try, right?
And therein lies the (mental) barrier to trying certain foods. Sometimes it’s just what you call it or knowing what’s in it that can turn someone off from tasting something new.
It’s no wonder that the paleo and vegan movement has gained big momentum over the last few years — it’s because, I think, they’ve used familiar, conventional words to describe something not so familiar food combinations, such as (cauliflower) pizza, (kale) pesto, (nut) cheese, (chia) pudding, and this mousse.
This is how you can ‘trick’ someone into at least trying healthier substitutes.
(Cue evil laughing.)
So don’t tell anyone there’s avocado in this mousse — well, at least until they’ve licked their bowl clean!
Serves 4 | Prep time 5 minutes | dairy free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo friendly
- 2 medium (or 1½ large) ripe avocados
- 1 small (1/2 large) banana
- 1/3–1/2 cup cocoa/raw cacao powder
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp nut/coconut milk or coconut water
- 1 tsp vanilla powder/essence
- pinch Himalayan/Celtic salt
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender/processor, and process until smooth and silky.
Use the higher amount of cocoa/cacao powder if you’d like it chocolatier. If you do this, you may need to increase the amount of maple syrup to balance the bitterness.
Refrigerate leftovers (if you have any!) in an airtight dish for up to 3 days.
Serve as is, or sprinkle some nuts or cacao nibs for texture. It’ll go well with fresh berries in summer.
You can also use it as a filling to make individual mousse tarts, using a bliss ball mixture to make the base, or use this ‘cheesecake’ base to make the tart shell.
And to use it as a cake/muffin icing, add a little melted coconut oil/cacao butter/dark chocolate, so that it becomes firmer
- sans banana — the banana helps to make the mousse lighter. If you’d rather not have any banana, just add another 2 tablespoons nut/coconut milk or water. You may need to add a touch more maple syrup too
- different sweetener — try 4 fresh medjool dates, ¼ cup honey, or some stevia (only use stevia if you need it to be sugar-free)
- jaffa — follow the sans banana variation, but replace the milk with freshly squeezed orange juice and a few drops of pure orange essence oil
- choc-mint — follow the sans banana variation, and add a few drops of pure mint essence oil
- choc-chilli — follow the sans banana variation, and add ¼ – ½ tsp cayenne pepper