Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: , Total Time: 5 mins
January 10, 2014
This is possibly the quickest, most nutritious and delicious pud EVER. And something I’ve been meaning to make for YEARS. Truly. And now I’ve made it I’m so wondering why I didn’t do so sooner!. My kids love a chocolate mousse but avocado has been a definitive no no since they were weaning babies. I’ve no idea why, such a creamy, delicious fruit and frustrating packed full of good stuff. Which is why I’ve been thinking for a long time about making them this very mousse, love a wee bit of motherly deception!
Whilst Frannie was at school yesterday afternoon Jacques and I got busy in the kitchen, as we do together quite often. Starting with an enormous pot of my Kids 5-a-day Bolognese we followed on with this mousse, as I had a couple of avocados that needed using. And would you believe when I sliced them open Jacques got stuck in with a spoon scooping out spoon after spoon of avocado, remarking “I like this Mummy”. Hmmm. Probably no need to chocolatify the remainder but I was resolute to try the mousse, at the very least to tempt his big sister to finally eat avocado. I have to admit she didn’t really go for it despite being clueless as to it’s content, but maybe she was just having a fussy day. Jacques however devoured his. Me too, and Grandma who happened to conveniently drop by at pud time.
One of the reasons such a mousse appealed to me is it’s speed. I really don’t do puds much, as regular readers are probably dismayed to know!. Being more of a savoury person I don’t spare much time for pudding making. Added to the fact for every pud my kids eat there are at least five that are flatly rejected. From cheesecake to crumbles, to steamed puds and fruit tarts. They like yoghurt, Frannie likes ice cream and usually anything chocolatey but virtually everything else bar a homemade cake is met with disapproval. Weird eh?. Though I probably shouldn’t complain.
And gosh was it a whiz to make. Simply a little melting of chocolate and chucking everything in a food processor for a few minutes until silky smooth. And only four ingredients too: Plain Chocolate, Cocoa, Honey and Avocados. So naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and sugar-free (well there is honey) ….you name it! And choca block full of nutrients from the avocado and plain chocolate.
The recipe fits a few blogging challenges this month. Firstly Family Foodies which I host with Vanesther, this month hosted over at Bangers & Mash with the dear to my heart theme of Hidden Goodies. Next up, to Four Seasons Food, another challenge co-hosted by myself and Anneli over at Delicieux. I’m hosting January and it’s all about Virtuous Food, and I think you’ll agree this is about as virtuous as a choccie pud can be. To Chocolate Log Blog‘s We Should Cocoa event which this month is hosted by Lancashire Food and has the theme of New Ingredients. Being as this is the first time I’ve paired Chocolate & Avocado, funnily enough, this definitely fits!
Dark Chocolate, Avocado
Babies 9-12 months, Toddlers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Vegans, Choccie Fiends, Avocado Haters (believe me they’ll NEVER know), Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free
Serves a family of four.
Try topping with strawberries when in season, sliced bananas, chopped nuts or grated plain chocolate. Or eat as is.
A food processor
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: , Total Time: 5 mins
For a family of 4:
50g good quality dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa content
2 ripe avocados, medium sized
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
1) Melt the chocolate either in a bowl over a pan of simmering water OR carefully in a microwave, leave to cool for a minute or two.
2) Remove the flesh from the avocado and place in the food processor along with all other ingredients and the slightly cooled chocolate
3) Whiz for a few minutes until silky smooth, scraping down the sides a couple of times
4) Spoon out into small serving bowls and cool in the fridge until ready to serve
And that really is all there is to it!