Anti-glycation sweet treat: Gorgeous raw chocolate avocado mousse
-Aug 16, Naomi Buff, Nutrition -
One of the hardest things about adopting a new healthy lifestyle is giving up favourite sweet treats. Holistic nutritionist and wellness coach Naomi Buff shares her tried and tested recipe for raw chocolate avocado mousse.
My Gorgeous Chocolate Avo Mousse is one of my favourites and a very easy recipe to start with especially if some of the ingredients are new to you.
You should be able to find everything you need for my recipe below from a good health food store or online (check out my store for a full range of raw and organic superfoods). Try to opt for raw where possible as this is where you will really nutritionally benefit.
A “raw” product has not been processed at a high temperature which destroy all the nutritional enzymes, it will have been cold milled or cold pressed which you may come across on packaging.
Why is raw cacao chocolate good for you?
Raw cacao is the most purest and natural chocolate you will find. However it is richly intense and bitter so a sweetener is usually needed. Your choice of sweetener may slightly alter the taste and I would encourage you to experiment with sweeteners and find your favourites. For example rice syrup is mild and malty and honey is usually more sweet.
I also love Lucuma (known as “The Gold of the Incas”) which is a natural sweetener and comes in a powder rather than liquid.
This is an optional addition to the recipe below and I especially adore the beautiful golden sheen it adds to chocolate based recipes and of course the nutritional benefits!
Gorgeous Chocolate Avo Mousse Recipe
1 large ripe avocado – pitted
2 heaped tbs raw organic cacao powder
2 tbs of rice malt syrup or raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp organic vanilla powder
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1 tbs raw organic Lucuma – (optional)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp of runny almond butter – to garnish
2 tsp raw organic cacao nibs – to garnish
Scoop out the avocado flesh. Add all the ingredients apart from almond butter and cacao nibs to a bowl and use a stick blender.
Blend everything until a smooth mousse forms and all the ingredients are fully combined.
Separate evenly between 2 bowls and drizzle 1 tsp of runny almond butter on each dessert followed by a sprinkle of 1 tsp of cacao nibs on each.
Put in the fridge for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Enjoy mindfully as your nourish your beautiful body with this gorgeously delicious dessert
Time 5 minutes
Nutritional Nuggets of Golden Goodness:
Raw Cacao powder/nibs – Rich in magnesium and antioxidants
Avocado – Rich in heart healthy omega fats, fibre and potassium
Vanilla Powder – A fragrant sweetener and mood enhancer
Raw Lucuma – Rich in beta-carotene, believed to help quicken wound healing and fight inflammation
If you’re wondering why it’s better to opt for a dessert that is free from refined sugar we explain how sugar causes wrinkles through a process called glycation. And, if you’d like to try another of Naomi’s healthy swaps try out her recipe for gingerbread granola.
She also shares how to make a nutritious green smoothie in this easy to follow video.