This healthy yet decadent chocolate mousse tastes like the “real deal” with each creamy and rich spoonful. Enjoying pleasurable but healthy foods, including dessert, is a big part of Dr. Chutkan’s Live Dirty, Eat Clean Diet. So, go ahead . . . you’re in for a nutrient-dense treat.
1 ripe avocado
¼ cup cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
¼ cup coconut or almond milk (start with less and adjust to desired consistency)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Optional toppings: shredded coconut, fresh berries, banana slices, cacao nibs, sprinkle of cinnamon
PLACE THE AVOCADO, COCOA powder, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender. Slowly add in a splash or two of coconut milk, until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. (This is a thick dessert.) Place the mousse in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors set before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Serve in individual small bowls and top with shredded coconut and fresh berries or other optional toppings.
Recipe by Elise Museles of Kale and Chocolate. First appeared in The Microbiome Solution (Penguin 2015).