I’m not the kind of health coach that believes in banning all desserts from your life. In fact, I enjoy desserts a lot – I enjoy making them, and I like the idea of giving yourself a treat here and there. So I'm especially happy when I can create healthier alternatives to traditional dessert recipes.
I’ve posted about one of my favorite desserts before: Vegan Key Lime Mousse. I love citrus flavors, but for some reason, they are always more appealing in the summer months than in the winter. When it’s cold and dark outside, I love a good dose of chocolate instead (ok I’ll be honest, I’m always in the mood for chocolate – any time of year). Most of the time, a few squares of my favorite dark chocolate bar do the trick, but sometimes it’s fun to do something a little fancier.
So if you are like me and are in the need of a chocolate fix, try out this chocolate-flavored version of my mousse recipe. This vegan chocolate mousse recipe uses several of the same ingredients as the key lime recipe, including the super-secret ingredient that gives it all the wonderful fluffiness and creaminess – avocado! (Yes, I get it. Avocado isn’t something you’d usually associate with dessert and it sounds weird, but trust me on this. You’d never guess it was in there – it turns out great). And it’s just as simple – you pretty much melt a few things and blend it all together. Can’t get much easier than that.
It’s a fun recipe for serving to guests, because you can add various toppings and serve it in fun little dishes to make it a little gourmet. Oh and did I mention it’s vegan and free of common allergens?
Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe
2 avocados, skin and pit removed
1⁄2 C rice milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
2 t vanilla
2 T coconut oil, melted
1⁄4 t salt
6 oz dark baking chocolate, melted
1/3-1/2 C agave
Berries, chopped nuts, cacao nibs, mint leaves, or flaked coconut for topping
1. Puree the avocado in a food processor until smooth. Add the rice milk, vanilla, melted coconut oil, melted chocolate, and salt. Blend.
2. Add agave to your desired sweetness and blend. The higher the cacao content of the baking chocolate, the less sweet it will be.
3. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into small bowls or cups, and sprinkle on your favorite toppings to serve.