A rich and creamy chocolate mousse that’s not only delicious, but also healthy and made entirely with raw ingredients. It’s dairy, gluten and refined sugar free as well as being vegan. It’s also very simple to make. The date syrup used for sweetening can be exchanged for agave nectar or honey.
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.
Healthy Chocolate Mousse
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.
The mousse was creamy and soft but not runny. It was certainly rich although it had the consistency of a chocolate pot rather than that of a mousse. One coffee cup was enough at one sitting. Although we couldn’t taste the avocado, it gave a substantial creamy richness in an “I can’t believe it’s not butter” kind of way.
There’s no mistaking the banana flavour and the chocolate is quite powerful too. The nutmeg adds aromatic piquancy, just what is needed in this custardy creation. CT thought it was a real tropical delight, unlike the weather we’ve recently been experiencing. He described it as a one pot wonder. He then blew it all with his unflattering remarks about reliving his baby food experiences. Bet he was never lucky enough to get anything as good as this in his infancy.
At the time of writing this post, I didn’t have a power blender. But good as this healthy chocolate mousse was, I reckon it would have an even silkier mouthfeel. Next time I shall use my Optimum Vac 2 Air Vacuum Blender.
My ABC of Some of the Alleged Health Benefits
Beneficial for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, helps with weight management, enhances body’s ability to absorb nutrients and is high in potassium.
High in antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, fibre, magnesium, mangenese and copper.
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.
Other Raw Recipes You Might Like
- Chocolate chia pudding
- Chocolate spread with cashew nuts
- Coconut bliss balls
- Filled raw chocolates
- Organic oaty chocolate truffles
- Pear almond butter
- Salted caramel chocolate milkshake
- Salted caramel sauce
- Spring tonic nettle smoothie
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Healthy Chocolate Banana Mousse – The Recipe
Raw Chocolate Banana Mousse
- 2 medium ripe bananas – peeled
- 1 ripe avocado – peeled
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder (I used raw cacao)
- 2 tbsp date syrup
- a pinch rock salt
- 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. I use an Optimum power blender*.
- Spoon into 4 serving dishes.
I’m sending this raw chocolate banana mousse 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 healthy chocolate mousse is uber healthy, I’m also sending it over to Franglais Kitchen. For, One Ingredient this month is healthy.
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