Born Pinner, Budding Chef | Healthy Chocolate Mousse

I've been promising this one for far too long now. But I've been so busy making and eating this mouthgasm that I haven't had time to stop and share the recipe. Well, fellow chocolate-and-avocado-lovers-but-always-separately-never-together-until-now, tonight is your night. And lookie there, I gave up the secret ingredient in the second sentence. It's avocado. This mousse is made with a savory fruit (yes, it's technically a fruit). And not chocolate, but raw cacao (NOT COCOA, CACAO. I'm sorry, I don't know why I'm Kan-yelling in caps at you. I think it's enthusiasm, but also to emphasize that the two are very different). When these two super-ingredients (plus a few more for taste and consistency) make sweet blended amor to each other in the Nutribullet, amazing things happen.

Guilt-free things.

Look-at-all-the-good-you-are-doing-for-yourself-things.

After all, avocados are a low-sugar fruit full of "the good fat" (monounsaturated), which lowers your bad cholesterol, as well as your risk of stroke, heart diseass and cancer. It's also full of protein, fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals.

Raw cacao powder -- the other main ingredient in this mousse -- is rich in antioxidants that help you destroy free radicals in your cells (i.e. slow down aging), lower your risk of heart disease and help prevent cancer.

Yup. Very similar powerful benefits. This delicious "dessert" is a heart disease and cancer-kicking ninja. That's what I mean; these things allow you to enjoy the ecstasy of indulgence without sacrificing your efforts to reach a New Year's goal (not saying there is anything wrong with a non-healthy indulgence, only offering kudos to those who have made a goal and will use this recipe to support it).

I'm working toward a big goal myself, which is achieving my pre-baby body by the World's Cutest Human's second birthday. Some women accomplish this in two weeks, or two months, or six months, or a year postpartum. Some women haven't had to work on being kind to themselves in the face of post-baby body scrutiny as I have. Out of respect for the individuality of everyone's unique experience, I only say this: when the going gets tough, the tough make this healthy chocolate mousse.

How does one concoct such goodness? Let's begin. ** Note: I cannot find the original Pinterest recipe that inspired this post, but I did immediately commit it to memory, and have tweaked it to perfection ever since. **

What You'll Need:

  • One avocado for every two servings
  • 4 Tbsp. raw cacao powder for every one avocado, or every two servings
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water or almond milk (or milk... liquid of your choice) -- tweak for desired consistency
  • Dash of cinnamon (and nutmeg, if you like)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or almond) for every two servings
  • Pure maple syrup (don't f*** around with the fake stuff. If you don't have pure maple syrup, use the sweetener of your choice or omit it if you prefer strictly sugar-free)
  • Optional: one banana (changes the consistency, but adds a natural sweetener)
  • Toppings: raspberries (or any berry), shaved coconut, cacao nibs, sliced almonds or walnuts or any other topping of choice

What You Do:

  • Put all of the above (except the toppings) in a Nutribullet/food processor/blender and go to town on blending that baby for a solid minute or two. It should be a relatively thick consistency (i.e. not a smoothie), but will get even more so in the refrigerator, where it should rest for at least 2 hours. The longer, the yummier.

THIS IS IMPORTANT AND BEARS REPEATING (I'm sorry, I'm Kan-yelling at you again): give this stuff time to settle in the fridge and for all the ingredients to become intimate friends. If you taste it right away, you will be able to taste the avocado and "OMG Yum" might not be your first thought (though it should be showing serious promise). After a long (min. 2 hours) rest, you will not be able to believe how rich and chocolately the flavor is; you would never know it was made with avocados. So definitely make in advance. Hell, just always have it made and on-hand in case of femme-mergency.

Anyway, after giving the blended mousse mixture some time to chill, literally, remove from the fridge and serve. And by serve I mean, dump on the toppings and shovel unceremoniously into your face.

Or put into a nice little dish, plating your toppings artfully. Your call.

Tweet your gratitude to @BURBSandaBBQ and share your tweaks and improvements to this mouth-heaven in the comments below or on Instagram with the hashtag #bornpinnerbuddingchef.