Raw Chocolate Banana Mousse
The combination of avocado and chocolate is my no means a new one. It is seen as a fruit in many parts of the world and treated as such, with chocolate sauce often smothering it. However, it’s a completely new combination to me. I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time now, but was finally spurred on by Louise’s recipe for chocolate mousse that she posted earlier this month.
So when I was contacted by Sainsbury’s to feature fairtrade bananas I already had a good idea what I wanted to do. I was pleased to learn that all of the bananas sold by Sainsbury’s are fairtrade and have been since 2007. They claim to sell more than all the other retailers put together. According to the Fairtrade Foundation, the UK’s purchase of fairtrade bananas is responsible for keeping the Windward Islands afloat (get it). They also enable many smallholders in other parts of the world to retain a living and improve their communities.
It’s January, we’re all trying to be good after the excesses of Christmas, so what could be better than a chocolate and banana pudding that is totally healthy and really good for you? I decided to create my own version of chocolate avocado mousse, making it a little more substantial and giving it the flavour of bananas. I also wanted to make this a completely raw dessert as many claim there are additional benefits to eating food in its raw state. Here is my ABC of some of the alleged health benefits:
Avocado – beneficial for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, helps with weight management, enhances body’s ability to absorb nutrients and is high in potassium.
Banana – high in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, fibre, magnesium, mangenese and copper.
Chocolate – raw cocoa in particular is full of antioxidants and is said to be good for the heart, as well as relieving tension and giving feelings of well-being. The essential fatty acids may raise good cholesterol and reduce bad. There is still a lot of controversy as to whether this is true of the roasted chocolate we are all more familiar with.
- 2 medium ripe bananas – peeled
- 1 ripe avocado – peeled
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder (I used raw cocoa)
- 2 tbsp date syrup
- a pinch rock salt
- a squeeze (1 tsp) lemon juice
- a good grating nutmeg
- Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and whizz until everything is thoroughly combined and smooth.
- Spoon into 4 serving dishes.
Can be eaten immediately or kept covered in the fridge for a couple of days.
I’m sending this over to Javelin Warrior for his Made with Love Mondays as everything is entirely made from scratch – such a hard job as it was 😉
As this is uber healthy, I’m also sending it over to Franglais Kitchen and How to Cook Good Food for One Ingredient, which this month is healthy.
Disclosure. I was sent a Sainsbury’s voucher to buy the ingredients for this recipe. There was no requirement to write a positive review. As always, all opinions are my own.