Thick, decadent, and deceptively healthful. This chocolate avocado mousse is whipped up in minutes with clean, wholesome ingredients that will impress even the pickiest of palates.
Sweetener (use agave or maple for vegan, but you can use honey as well)
This is one fail proof dessert that is worth definitely worth trying, especially if you’re trying to stick to a cleaner diet.
I remember my mom used to have this cookbook called Deceptively Delicious that was basically a cookbook designed to trick your kid into eating vegetables that they would otherwise side eye before chucking to the floor. It had chickpea cookies, cauliflower mac n cheese, broccoli tater tots etc etc.This chocolate avocado mousse fits perfectly into that category of deceptively delicious. I may not have picky kids, but I do stand a better chance at getting my husband to eat certain foods if he doesn’t realize they are there. I shoo him out of the kitchen on a daily basis just so he won’t see what ingredients I’m using to stop him from forming any premature judgements.
The first time I made this I made sure to shut him from the kitchen for the five minutes it took to make and then made him eat it and try to guess what was in it. Now- two things you should know about Mike. Number one: he likes his chocolate. Like, he really likes chocolate. Dark. Number two: he does not like avocados. Which I can’t get over because if I like it then obviously he should like it, right?! (And yet I don’t mind because it means I don’t have to share with him.) Even though his opinion of avocados are less than fabulous, he was scraping the sides clean in minutes. Score.
I realize that avocado is a fruit not a vegetable, but it also happens to be one of the healthiest foods that we can eat. It’s heart healthy, it’s loaded with fiber and potassium, and it even improves your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from other foods when eaten together. Say what?! As if I needed another reason to eat guacamole by the spoonful.
This also works great as a frosting if you’re in need of something dairy free or want to make a healthier dessert. For a more pudding like consistency, add a tablespoon or two of water along with your ingredients to thin it out. A lot of recipes will call for almond milk or a similar non dairy milk, but unless you’re using a flavored milk (like vanilla) I personally think water works just the same- and it’s cheaper.
- 1 large ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup (30 grams) cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup/agave for vegan option
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder, (optional)
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) water
- Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh into a blender. Add the rest of your ingredients and blend until smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender if you need to get everything incorporated. If you want a more pudding like texture or something not quite as thick, feel free to add another tablespoon or two of water into the blender and mix until smooth again.