Chocolate Avocado MoussePosted: January 22, 2013
I’ve had an avocado in my fridge for quite some time now, and I’ve been waiting
patiently for it to ripen so that I could make a very special recipe out of it. I think you probably all know by now about my obsession for chocolate, but I’ve been really trying to get it in check in my pursuit of eating better. That said, I knew I’d have to replace my nightly dark chocolate chip extravaganza with something so that I didn’t end up dying a slow and painful death from chocolate withdrawals, and that’s where I was hoping this recipe would help!
A while back, I’d seen the recipe floating around Pinterest and on Julie’s blog, and it looked totally delicious. Then, when I saw it in my new Practical Paleo cookbook, I knew I finally had to try it. I was a little nervous about the ingredients but hey, if I can learn to love spaghetti made out of squash and spinach smoothies, why not chocolate mousse made with avocado? Just because it sounds weird doesn’t mean it tastes weird!
Last night, I finally pulled the trigger and attempted the recipe. My first problem, which I knew would be a problem going in, was that I don’t own a food processor. I decided to go ahead with it anyway though, using my GNC blender instead. I dug out the flesh of the avocado and into the blender it went – with my fingers crossed.
Along with the avocado went about 4 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, a couple teaspoons of honey, and a splash of water to get it all going. While this is all that’s included in Julie’s recipe, the Practical Paleo also calls for a ripe banana, and I would’ve included it if I’d had one. I think it would add a lot for the texture and sweetness, and I’m looking forward to trying it next time.
After a lot of blending, I ended up with a glorious chocolate masterpiece. It may not look like much, but let me tell you: it was delicious. I’m not a fan of avocados in general, but if you had asked me what this was made out of and I didn’t know, I never would have guessed. I swear.
Aside from the lack of banana, the only other drawback was that the texture wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted it to be super creamy and smooth, and it was left a little chunky, as the blender didn’t quite do as good of a job as a food processor would have. That said, who wants to lend me their food processor so I can try it again? I promise there with be some chocolate avocado mousse in it for you.
I dipped some strawberries and fresh pineapple in it last night, and it was the perfect dessert-like snack. I’m already brainstorming all the other things you could do with this delicious concoction: dip graham crackers in it, top it with almonds, eat it straight out of the bowl with whipped cream and Oreos… Okay, maybe that last one is more of a dream, but it would make a really delicious chocolate cream pie filling.
I’ll be sure to report on a revised ingredients list and a food processor update next time I make it… because there will definitely be a next time!
Have you ever tried this recipe? What do you put in it?
Do you own a food processor and would you recommend buying one?
What weird ingredient combos do you love?