Avocado Chocolate Mousse

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[feel free to call this dish whatever you want…this is also gluten-free and dairy-free, but aren’t all mousses…or meeses?!]

We are well underway with Olympic week here, Nerdship, and I hope that you are enjoying the festivities as much as we are. Today in Sochi, the men’s ice hockey teams will meet for their quarterfinals, and I’m here to share a recipe in honor of my favorite hockey player.

 

While I’m not the biggest sports fan, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for ice hockey for one very important reason: I’m a daddy’s girl, and my dad played in a recreational hockey league for several years as I was growing up. I only got to see him play once, and it’s a fuzzy memory, but I do remember helping him pack up all of his pads in our garage and marveling at his bruises, which sometimes spanned the entire width of his bicep.

Isn’t he adorable in his gear? AvacadoMousse_Allison_nerdsandnomsense dad11

Every time my dad went out to the rink, I’d tell him, “Good luck; don’t get hurt,” and he’d stop on his way home to grab a Three Muskateers bar as a treat for me. Now, as tends to happen, we have both gotten older. While we are trying to take better care of ourselves by avoiding things like those candy bars, neither of us has lost our sweet tooth. It’s just time to find a healthier, yet still delicious, replacement.

Enter avocado chocolate mousse!

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I know what you’re thinking: avocado for dessert?! But give this recipe a spin and let us know what you think. You’ll be getting your dose of healthy fats and satisfying your chocolate cravings all at the same time. The only thing better than that is scoring the winning goal right before the last buzzer (or blocking it, if you’re a goalie like my dad!).

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Ingredients:

  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash sea salt
  • 1/4 c cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 6 egg whites

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Directions:

  1. Begin by blending the first four ingredients together in a food processor. (Trust me when I say that you don’t want to leave this up to a fork!)
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  2. Next, add the cacao powder and almond butter and blend again until smooth.
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  3. Now you’ve got an extremely rich chocolate pudding. It tastes good, but it might put me into a dessert coma if I had more than a spoonful. So, in a separate bowl (or handy egg-white beater), beat six egg whites until stiff peaks form.
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  4. Gently fold the stiff egg whites into the chocolate mixture.AvacadoMousse_Allison_nerdsandnomsense 07-mixed19
  5. And voila! You have a delicious mousse that won’t kill your diet. Let it chill out in the fridge for at least an hour before devouring.AvacadoMousse_Allison_nerdsandnomsense 08-final110

It can’t get any easier that that! If you’re a fan of avocados for dessert, definitely check out our Dark Chocolate-Java Brownies as well so you can get your sweet-tooth fix. If you have a favorite dessert that is made with avocados – let us know in the comments below. We always love to hear from you guys!

 

Avocado Chocolate Mousse
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • ¼ c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash sea salt
  • ¼ c cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 6 egg whites
Instructions
  1. Begin by blending the first four ingredients together in a food processor. (Trust me when I say that you don’t want to leave this up to a fork!)
  2. Next, add the cacao powder and almond butter and blend again until smooth.
  3. Now you've got an extremely rich chocolate pudding. It tastes good, but it might put me into a dessert coma if I had more than a spoonful. So, in a separate bowl (or handy egg-white beater), beat six egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  4. Gently fold the stiff egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
  5. And voila! You have a delicious mousse that won’t kill your diet. Let it chill out in the fridge for at least an hour before devouring.
 

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