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