In my endeavors to create a healthy lifestyle for myself I have constantly struggled with my diet. I am a sucker for chocolate and a major carb craver. Despite my reasonably full on fitness regime I was beginning to feel as if my diet was cancelling out all the hard work I was doing at the gym. Not to mention starting to negatively affect other aspects of my life. Instead of depriving my body completely of the foods that really satisfy me I have been searching for healthy alternatives that still taste delicious but give me more nutritional value.
I found two recipes online which I combined to create a new concoction I like to call healthy avocado chocolate mousse cakes.
I know avocado in a dessert does not sound particularly appealing. But I promise you cannot taste the avocado. This dessert is delicious, rich, luscious and relatively easy to make – a positive if you’re like me and find there are not enough hours in a day.
To make these delicious mousse cakes you will need..
- 4 oz Baking chocolate (or raw Cacao nibs for a healthier options)
- 1T Coconut Oil
- 2 Large Avocados
- ½ cup Honey or Maple Syrup
- ¼ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1T Vanilla extract
- 1T Coconut Flour
- 3 Eggs – I prefer Free-range (a happy chicken = a healthier egg) but it is the baker’s discretion.
- ½ t Baking Soda
- ½ t Gluten Free Baking Powder
- ½ t Salt
- 2 Large Avocados (ripe is best as it is easier to mash to a smooth consistency) – nobody likes lumpy mouse.
- 1/3 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
- 1/3 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3T Coconut Oil
- 1t Vanilla extract
- ½ t ground chia seeds (if you don’t have a mortar and pestle don’t fret; I have made the recipe with whole chia seeds and it tastes just as delicious.)
And let’s not forget the health benefits Chia Seeds bring to the food pyramid.
|Chia Seed Benefits
- In a microwave safe bowl, or using a double boiling method, melt the baking chocolate and coconut oil together.
- Puree the avocados in a food processer (a stick blender will suffice too) ensure there are no lumps.
- Fold the chocolate into the avocados in a large mixing bowl.
- With an electric mixer, beat the remaining ingredients into the batter until smooth.
- Grease a baking tray (recipe suggests an 8×8 pan however I chose to use tart ramekins) and pour the batter in smoothing out the edges
- Bake at 180 degrees for 15 mins.
- Cool in the fridge while you start on your mousse topping.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender/with a stick blender until smooth and silky.
- Once brownie base is cooled and firm use spatula to divide the mousse topping amongst ramekins/ spread it over brownie surface if you chose to use a baking tray.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving (allowing the chia seeds to thicken.
- Sprinkle with strawberrys, chopped almonds, walnuts, cocoa nibs or top with some whipped cream or Greek yogurt before serving.
Quick, easy and healthy.
Please try give this recipe a try and let me know what you think.
It totally fills my chocolate cravings and is a great healthy alternative for a dessert.
The original recipes can be found at…
and Avocado brownies http://www.tgipaleo.com/2013/07/14/avocado-brownies/