The Healthy, Feel-Good Chocolate Mousse

Every other week, Nikita heads to the kitchen to test out recipes we think the mang’Oh community will love. As a twist on the usual healthy fare, our recipes are usually sweet treats that incorporate an abundance of fruits, veggies, whole grains and nuts. We believe that “real food” treats eaten in moderation can add some fun and variation to a healthy, plant-based diet. We hope you’ll try them out and let us know what you think!

Here is a healthy twist on the well known chocolate mousse. I have spoken a bit about this ‘Banting Diet’ fad that has been extremely popular in South Africa and I have made a few of the ‘Banting’ recipes but I have not yet tried a dessert. Last week I decided to make “flourless cake” which only had 3 ingredients – eggs, butter and 90% cocoa chocolate. The recipe is not on this blog for a reason: it was an absolute flop! So I decided to try one more before I give up on low-carb desserts. My dad and I have different views on this recipe ( I really enjoyed it. Him, not so much). Try it out and let me know what you think!

Avocados are full of vitamin K, C, B5, B6 and E as well as healthy fats and fiber. This, combined with the ‘feel- good’ chemicals that cocoa powder releases in your brain, will lift your mood and will help beat that chocolate craving at the same time.

Ingredients

1 Ripe Avocado
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup Coconut Cream
1 teaspoon (5ml) Vanilla Essence
4 teaspoons (20ml) Natural Sweetener (add some more if you would like it sweeter)
Strawberries and almond flakes to garnish ( This is optional,feel free to use any fruit or nuts)

Directions

  1. Puree the avocado in a deep bowl
  2. Add the coco powder, vanilla essence and coconut cream
  3. Mix the ingredients and then add the natural sweetener and mix well
  4. Start putting the mousse into the cup
  5. You can layer the ingredients (this is optional, you can skip this step)

(I put half of the mousse mixture into a cup and then layered strawberries. I then put the rest of the mousse and topped with strawberries and almond flakes.)

This recipe is inspired by The Lifestyle Cafe