Consider my world rocked. I have been egg- and dairy-free for years now, and thought I would never ever have something like chocolate mousse ever again. I have already said a sad goodbye to key lime pie, coconut custard, and any flavor of creme brulée. I love dessert, but anything with a custard has long been off the table for me, and of course those have always been my favorite kinds of dessert.
My sister-in-law, Julia, literally changed my life last month when she introduced me to this site. She did it in the best way possible, which was to prepare one of the desserts (this mousse I am sharing with you), before telling me the secret ingredient list. She assured me it was vegan and that I could eat it without problem. When I took a bite, my toes curled right up in my shoes. It was the thickest, creamiest, most delicious thing I had eaten in years. How could this be vegan and taste so sinful and amazing??
I couldn’t believe it. Now, since you have the recipe below I’m just going to go ahead and tell you that the secret ingredient here is avocados. And before you curl your lip and say “eeewww,” let me just reassure you that there is no avocado taste at all. Just silky, dark chocolate goodness. It is vegan, gluten-free, raw, healthy for you and whips up in the blender! The key, as always, is to use good quality cocoa powder (not Hershey’s) because the flavor of the chocolate really sings in this recipe.
I’ve had a lot of folks ask me recently about where to start to begin a vegan diet, and I must say I am addicted to the HealthyBlender website. She has some great stuff over there that is healthy and easy to make. I will post a couple more things from her just to entice any stragglers ;)
4 ripe organic avocados – halved, pit removed and discarded, flesh scooped out
1/2-3/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
3/4 – 1 cup of raw agave nectar, to taste
3 Tbsp raw almond butter OR 1/4 cup coconut cream
2 Tbsp natural vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 pinches of sea salt to taste
Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) and puree until smooth. You may need to use your tamper or spatula, scrape the sides of the blender and pulse a few times. This mixture gets very thick. But if you keep with it, it will get to that perfect, creamy consistency.
Spoon into glasses and chill for a couple of hours before serving.