You are going to love me for my vegan chocolate mousse recipe.
As in re-evaluate your relationship kind of love.
That’s a pretty bold statement and I usually don’t like to toot my own horn, but as my mum says: “if no one else is tooting it for you …”
Are you intrigued? Excited? Are your taste buds watering?
They should be.
This chocolate mousse is the kind of recipe that makes you question everything that you knew about healthy eating. You might be asking how something could taste this good and be good for you.
I asked myself the same thing as I put my body and taste buds on the line to test, tweak and transform this recipe.
And the result? As I said it takes a lot for me to pat myself on the back but that is exactly what happened.
Why You Want This
As a bombshell bride you refuse to give in to diets and deprivation, but you also want to eat food that nourishes your body as well as your tastebuds.
Plus with only a handful of ingredients this mousse is quick and easy to make — just remember to eat it slowly!
Why You Need This
I think we can all admit that regular chocolate mousse is delicious. Yet eating a calorie bomb of sugar and heavy cream isn’t always appropriate for a Tuesday night.
Fortunately, this vegan chocolate mousse recipe is as nutritious as it is delicious, making it the perfect treat for your bridal menu.
The Deal With Avocado
Avocado is high in healthy fats and fiber, which promote a healthy digestive tract and metabolism. The main source of fat is the monounsaturated fat, oleic acid, which can help to lower “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL). Adding small amounts of good quality fats to your meals increases feelings of satiety and can also boost the absorption of fat soluble nutrients from other foods (such as vitamins A, D, E and K).
What This Means For You
The combo of fiber and fat in this vegan chocolate mousse mean that you only need to eat a small amount to feel satisfied. You’ll also avoid the sugar cravings and crash that come with regular sweet treats.
The Deal With Raw Cacao
Raw cacao is made by grinding the seeds (cacao beans) of the Theobroma cacao tree. It is a rich source of minerals and antioxidants that work to stabilize and destroy free radicals in your cells and tissues. These antioxidants, known as flavonoids, can help to lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, inflammation and even stress.
To reap the benefit from these antioxidants it’s important to buy organic, raw cacao. This means that the beans haven’t been sprayed with harmful chemicals, and the lack of heat-processing helps to keep the antioxidant profile intact.
The Deal With Treat Food
Too much of a good thing is still too much. Cacao contains the stimulant theobromine, making it unsuitable for people who are sensitive to caffeine, or if you are already feeling “wired” and have difficulty sleeping. It also contains oxalic acid, which can interfere with the absorption of calcium.
And of course keep in mind that both avocados and cacao are calorically dense, so even though this mousse packs a superfood punch it is intended as a once or twice a week treat only.
How To Get Your Fiance On Board
I don’t think I need to answer this . . .
Now It’s Your Turn
What’s your favorite go-to dessert that we could give a nutritional makeover? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
Yours in chocolate love,
Jennifer Dene xox
Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Serves 2 – 4
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 3 dates, pitted
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 30 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Spoon into bowls and chill before serving.