Secret Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse: decadent, rich, and perfectly creamy.  A smooth, velvety treat, this melt-in-your-mouth dessert is a piece of absolute chocolate perfection.  Unfortunately, it is also full of fat, calories, and sugar.  Usually, I will save this dessert for a special occasion.  Not only is it wickedly unhealthy, but also very time consuming– chock-full of manual labor.  There is the whipping, the chopping, the melting, and more whipping.  To make a good chocolate mousse takes a lot of time, a lot of ingredients, and an extra notch in your belt buckle.

However, we have an incredible chocolate mousse recipe full of nutrients and a special heart-healthy ingredient that we dare you not to love. Completely gluten free, this dessert is also diary free, egg free and soy free.  As a bonus, this recipe only uses 5 main ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen.  Ready for the secret ingredient?

Avocados!

I know this doesn’t sound like a dessert ready ingredient, but before you dismiss the idea entirely consider this: highly versatile, this fruit is naturally gluten free and blends perfectly to make a smooth, healthy base for a dark chocolate mousse.  You cannot even taste the avocado in this deceivingly healthy dessert.  Many times I have tricked the pickiest of dessert connoisseurs into devouring the entire treat before mentioning the hidden healthy ingredient.  You don’t even have to tell anyone and they would be none the wiser.  Just think, in five minutes you could be staring down a delicious bowl of good for you dessert!

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium ripe avocadoes
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup agave nectar (if you don’t have any agave you can double the honey)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 dash of salt

Optional:

  • Berries
  • Slivered almonds

Directions:

  1. Peel and cube avocadoes.  Place in a food processor, process for two minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until the avocado is completely smooth.
  2. Add cocoa powder to the pureed avocado and process for an additional minute.
  3. Add honey, agave nectar, vanilla, and salt.  Mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Add additional honey or chocolate depending on taste.
  5. Transfer chocolate mousse into individual glasses and layer with berries.  Garnish the top layer with slivered almonds and additional berries.

For best results, chill the dessert in the refrigerator before serving.

We are curious; do you have any great recipes that use a special hidden healthy ingredient?  Comment below and tell us what you think!

2 Responses to “Secret Ingredient Chocolate Mousse”

  1. Bridget Smith says:

    I know a lady who makes Avocado Chocolate Pudding that is amazing but terribly expensive to make. This looks way good! Thank you for sharing. I went GF five weeks ago. This is going to help with dessert time.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I’ve made this before! I made it for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago because my cousin is Vegan and my husband and I are always looking to make healthier versions of our favorite foods. The junk food lovers didn’t love it as much as we did (because it was sickeningly sweet like other mousses/puddings) so they just put a little non-dairy whipped topping on it and ate it right up. The rest of us loved this recipe! :)

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