Healthy Chocolate Mousse

IMG_0480We had another amazing Food and Fun lesson starring Lauri Bunting, who taught the middle school kids at Community School how DELICIOUS a raw vegan treat can be!

Lauri provided the recipe and taught the kids something fun and interesting about each ingredient.    Here are a few fun facts about the main ingredient, avocados:

  • Avocados originated in Mexico and Central America.  In the 1700’s, European explorers discovered the fruit and used it as butter on their biscuits while out at sea.
  • Avocados are known as Alligator Pears in Brazil and Butter Fruit in India.
  • Although they are considered a savory fruit in the United States, many countries such as the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, and southern India, use avocados to make milkshakes, desserts and ice cream.

And here is the recipe: Chocolate Mousse!

Makes 6 servings

3 avocados, mashed

7 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup soft dates

1/2 cup agave nectar or organic maple syrup

Dash (1/8 teaspoon) of Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt

Dash (1/8 teaspoon) of cinnamon

Add water to desired consistency

Directions:  Place the avocados, cocoa powder, dates, agave nectar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in a high-speed blender, and process until completely smooth. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, Chocolate Mousse will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator and 2 weeks in the freezer.  See below for some great photos plus some original ideas on how to use the mousse for fudgsicles, chocolate sauce, and more!

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Fudgsicles: Freeze the Chocolate Mousse in ice cube trays. Thaw for 5 minutes before serving.

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Chocolate Sauce or Fondue: Add ½ cup water

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This creamy and rich mousse is delicious alone, as a tart filling, or served as a fondue with fresh strawberries, bananas, or tangerines.

A huge Thank You to Lauri and parent volunteer Andrea Cookston for sharing their time and expertise!

For more great ideas from Lauri, please see: https://www.facebook.com/rawsensations (re-named to Lauri’s Veggie Creations)

 

 

Comments

  1. Kathryn - HKIE says:

    Here is another version that tastes just as good!
    -1/2 cup coconut water plus meat from 1 coconut (option is to add a can of coconut milk)
    -1/2 cup water
    -1/3 cup honey or agave
    -2 soaked dates
    -1 avocado
    -6 T cacao powder
    -1/2 t vanilla
    -1 t sea salt.
    Whirl in the vitamix, divide into small ramekins and fresh for 10 min. Garnish with raspberries.

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