Vegan Chocolate Mousse--Made with Avocados!

Looking for an easy dessert that satisfies a sweet craving, is easy to make, is created with 100% whole foods, and looks impressive? Well I've got one for you! With a base of avocados, this chocolate mousse is dense, sweet, and tastes far more like a guilty pleasure than it really is!

Wow, did this week fly by. I actually made this mousse nearly a week ago and didn't have time to post it. It's been a busy few days! We concluded our first ever giveaway--thank you to OOFOS and congratulations to Molly! I also finally felt well enough to fully get back into serious training mode and clocked 21 miles last Saturday in spite of snow and chilly temperatures, so I am a bit more optimistic about my upcoming 50k. I'm also gearing up to take a coaching course this weekend, hosted by Road Runners Club of America. Oh, and I work full time. All good things--but so little time to play in my kitchen or with this blog.

So sadly this week has not been full of delicious recipes. We've been eating a lot of rice & veggies because I've only had time to throw things hastily into the pressure cooker. I will get around to posting more of my super quick meals--usually just rice & veggies with a homemade sauce--so if you're interested in hearing about these, please let me know!

While we were eating in a rush all week, the week before, I made this chocolate mousse. It honestly blew me away with how decadent it is. Taste Tester gets to eat a lot of experiments, and he dubbed this one 'amazing' after a few bites. The best part? It's made with nutrient rich avocados & completely natural ingredients. It's also very easy to customize based on what you have on hand. There is just a little bit of hands on prep, then it's mostly just waiting for it to chill a little bit in the fridge, so this could absolutely be made midweek. Read on below for how to make your own!

Medium Quick, Easy

Makes 4 servings

What you need:

  • Flesh of two Avocados

  • 3/4 cup almond milk, or whatever milk you have on hand (Water will work!)

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1//4 cup + tablespoon sweetener--I used NOW Foods Date Sugar but you could use honey, agave, etc.

  • Juice of an orange (It works without this, but it adds to the flavor if you have one on hand!)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1) In a blender, puree all of your ingredients until smooth. When done, transfer to a bowl. It will look something like this:

Yes, I know what this looks like. I promise it ends well. Originally this popped up as the thumbnail for this post and I had to quickly change it, as this is going to attract absolutely nobody.

2) Using either a whisk or an electronic hand mixer with the whisk setting, beat the mixture for a few minutes until it gets lighter and fluffier. It will almost double in volume, and will end up looking something like this:

Now we're getting somewhere!

3) Now, carefully spoon the mixture into whatever you'll be serving it in. I went with four small rammekins, but you could do one large bowl, etc.

4) Let the mousse sit in the fridge to chill for about 45 minutes. I learned that this is NOT as good frozen as it is chilled, so if you do put it in the freezer to chill more quickly, keep a close eye on it! The fully frozen variety loses some of the texture.

All finished! The bonus of the small rammekins is that I would have eaten the entire four serving bowl by myself otherwise...

This mousse is delicious on it's own, but I put blueberries on the top of TT's & chocolate chips on mine. I used Enjoy life Mini Chcocolate Chips--allergen free & non-GMO! Let me know how you get on--I'm especially curious to hear how this works with different sweeteners!

Products used in this recipe & where to find them: NOW Foods Date Sugar, Enjoy life Mini Chocolate Chips (I'm not endorsed, just a fan of both!)


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