Avocado. Chocolate. Mousse. Yes, you heard me right! I’m sure you are wondering, how on earth avocados mixed with a little chocolate, along with a few other ingredients, could possibly turn into a rich, sweet, chocolatey mousse. Trust me, I was VERY skeptical myself while flipping through Giada de Laurentiis new book Giada’s Feel Good Food, and seeing this recipe. I love avocados, I love chocolate, and I love mousse! I’m not sure I love them all together, because, well, I had never tried chocolate mousse made with avocados before. Skeptical or not, I had to give it a try. I was intrigued!
I made this mousse, chilled it for about 5 hours, and then taste tested it. (The recipe calls for chilling about 3 hours before serving). The texture was creamy and smooth and perfectly moussey! The flavor however… I couldn’t pin it. I wasn’t sure if it was the agave, the avocado after taste, or what? Something was just… off. I covered up the bowl of mousse and put it back in the fridge, figuring I would have to find some other use for it. I also then had my answer, chocolate mousse made with avocados… no dice.
The next night, Ben and I went to dinner with my mother-in-law and some wonderful out of town friends of ours. I was telling them about this recipe and how it was just… bleh. A little while after returning home from dinner, I had an intense sweet tooth attack. I don’t know about you, but this occurs often in my household! 😉 So I decided to give the avocado-chocolate mousse another chance. Who knows, maybe my taste buds had been off the day before?
LOW AND BEHOLD, I spooned a tiny bit right out of the bowl, tasting it hesitantly, then tasting a little more, then a little more, and could not believe how much I LOVED it! It tasted completely different than the day before. It was so creamy and smooth, chocolatey-rich, with no weird after taste. It was so good, I could hardly tell it was made with avocados. What a complete difference by storing/chilling overnight, giving it at least a full day and a half for the ingredients to marinate and bring out the rich, chocolate flavor that was over powering whatever I had been tasting the previous day. Since I am so pleased with the way it ended up tasting and turning out, I feel it is approved to sharing it with you!
This Avocado-Chocolate Mousse is a great alternative to a full dairy-rich mousse. It’s also vegan and gluten-free!
In the bowl with the avocado, combine the melted chocolate, sifted cocoa powder, agave, vanilla, sea salt, and almond milk. Blend together until creamy and smooth. (I used the beaters on my hand mixer – low setting).
After being chilled, the mousse will have thickened up, making it easy to pipe pretty swirls in your dish! Or, if you don’t care about the pretty swirls, you can just spoon the mousse into your dish. Or, just eat it right out of the bowl… I won’t tell anyone 😉 I topped the mousse with candy raspberries (real raspberries would have been ideal, but didn’t have any on hand). Or you can top with whatever you like, such as blackberries, strawberries, mini chocolate chips, almond slivers, no topping at all… you get the idea.
*Serves 6 in small bowls (makes about 2 1/2-3 measuring cups)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 large, ripe avocados, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 cup light agave nectar
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (if the almond milk or coconut milk you are using is sweetened, omit the 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
Garnish- raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, slivered almonds, etc.
- Put the chocolate chips in a pan over a double broiler lightly simmering water on low heat. (If you don’t have an actual double broiler pan set, you can make a double broiler by heating a small pot of water to just simmering on low heat and putting a heat-proof bowl with the chocolate chips over that pot of simmering water).
- Using a heat-proof spatula, stir the chocolate chips until melted and smooth (no clumps). Remove from heat. Set aside.
- In a mini food processor, blend the avocados until creamy and smooth. Pour into a separate bowl.
- In the bowl of avocados, combine the melted chocolate, sifted cocoa powder, agave, vanilla, sea salt, and almond milk until smooth.
- Cover bowl, and refrigerate mousse for at least a day and a half before serving.
- When chilled and ready to serve, pipe or spoon the mousse into bowls.
- Add your garnish and serve!
Recipe from Giada’s Feel Good Food