November 4, 2014

EAT: salted dark chocolate avocado mousse


Hellooooo November!  Here comes all the good and bad of colder weather and holiday happenings.  On one hand I love this time of year when I get to use my fireplace, snuggle up in PJs and sweatpants (oh, how I love thee) and spend lots of time with family and friends.  On the other hand there's the inevitable winter weight gain from an increase in heavy foods, holiday sweets and decrease in exercise.  In the end, it's a great trade off if you ask me!

Regardless, it's always nice to be mindful of what you're eating and exactly what's in it.  And if you can make it a bit better for you without sacrificing flavor you're in a win/win situation.  Behold - a salted dark chocolate mousse that's quite delicious and not (as) bad for you!  The main ingredient is avocado which gives it that rich, smooth texture.  And although there is that slight hint of avocado flavor (which I already love), it really tastes similar to a classic chocolate mousse.  The best part?  It's super easy to make!  I found the adapted recipe from Adventures in Cooking and made sure to sprinkle a bit more sea salt on the top.


Recipe (adapted by Adventures in Cooking)

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup crushed dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons full fat coconut milk, room temperature
- 4 medium sized ripe avocados, with pits and skins removed
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup dutch process cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- sea salt to taste and to sprinkle on top (between a pinch and 1/2 teaspoon)

Instructions:

- Melt down the chocolate in the top of a double broiler until smooth, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled to firm it up (roughly 40 minutes).  Serve as is, or scoop the mousse into a large pastry bag with a large star tip and pipe into small serving bowls.  Serve immediately and enjoy!



xoxo, NB

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