I have something a little different for you today. A recipe! This is one of my favorite desserts – just in time for the holidays!
My favorite thing about this treat (ok, second favorite – the first is how incredibly delicious it is), is serving it to company, waiting until everyone has licked their spoons and dishes clean and then tell them what’s in it. I never tire of this conversation:
“This is so good. You’re telling me it’s made from avocados?!”
“No. Avocados? Really?”
“Avocados are in this?”
“It’s mostly avocado.”
“This can’t be avocado. It’s delicious!”
“Oh, it’s avocado!”
Etc etc for about 15 minutes.
I first stumbled upon a version of this recipe when I was going strictly dairy free and looking for alternatives to some of my favorite foods. When I have dessert, I’m a huge fan of rich and creamy, so I thought I’d have to go without. Luckily I found this!
I’m not going to lie – the first time I made this, I didn’t think it would be that good. I mean… avocados and chocolate? Seemed weird. Boy oh boy am I so glad I decided to try it anyway!
It’s hard to believe that something this heavenly smooth and delectably rich isn’t made from heavy cream or eggs. It’s even harder to picture that it’s full of healthy fats and antioxidants – but it is!
Give it a try yourself!
I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Yield: 2-4 servings
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Degree of difficulty: No problemo (but the first time or two you make it may require some patience)
- 2 very ripe avocados
- 2 cups non-sweetened non dairy milk (coconut or cashew have been my favorites)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 c sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar have all worked well for me)
- 2 tsp cinnamon (optional – but recommended)
Put all ingredients in blender – puree away! Pour into four small serving dishes (or, ahem, two bigger ones…) and you’re set!
Garnish with some strawberries, or raspberries, or a sprig of mint, whatever your heart desires. This one is great for company! (And enjoy the above conversation after it’s gone!)
Some tips to keep in mind for the first time or two you make this
- This one may require a bit of patience the first time or two, but done right, it is oh so worth it. So creamy, so decadent, so yummmmm! It gets better every time I make it.
- Definitely make sure your avocados are pretty ripe. If they are even a little bit too firm, your batch may end up tasting a little like chocolate guacamole (or “chocamole!” as my man likes to joke).
- The above quantities are general guidelines. I’ve never made a batch the exact same way twice. You have to rely a bit on your taste buds as you go along, as the type, size and ripeness of the avocado changes the flavor a lot. Start with the above, taste and adjust. You may feel it needs to be a bit sweeter or chocolatier. If it tastes a bit weird on the first taste, don’t give up! I promise there is a sweet spot (heh). Just keep adding, blending, tasting then suddenly you’ll say, “oh, dayum that’s good!”
- You have to have a decent blender for this. One that can really whip it all together. If you’ve got any chunks of avocado left, even tiny ones, again, it’s kinda like chocamole. Also, you may need more milk as some blenders may have a hard time blending without enough liquid to pull it all together.
And there you have it. Try this one out and let me know what you think. I’m guessing you may start having a love affair with avocados.