Dark chocolate avocado mousse has a not-so-secret ingredient—one that’s unique when it comes to desserts.
I’m talking about the avocado. This is a non-dairy vegan-friendly mousse with all the great qualities of a traditional mousse. It’s thick, creamy, velvety, rich in flavor, and pairs perfectly with ripe fruit. It’s full of healthy fats, fiber, and nutrients in comparison to most mousse recipes, not to mention it’s absolutely delicious!
Can You Use Avocados In Dessert?
Ode to the avocado, I truly have a thing for avocados. From the dinosaur-looking thick skin on the outside to the moment you slice the diameter of the avocado to reveal that absolutely beautiful natural ombré of green to yellow. The comparison of their exterior to interior is actually quite poetic to their soft and delicate nature inside (am I getting too hipster here?).
The flavor and texture profile of avocados have always enticed me; they’re sweet, buttery, and nutty with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. They’re also simultaneously subtle yet hold their own flavor when mixed with other foods. A great example of this is a favorite of mine, an avocado with freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice and sea salt. It’s so simple yet so tasty, the citrus notes and a little sea salt shines a spotlight on the flavor profile in the avocado. On the other hand, the avocado acts as the supporting cast when combined with something as rich and strong in flavor as my other beloved, dark chocolate.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Avocado?
Avocados occasionally get a bad rap because of the high-fat content. Sometimes I find myself wanting to scream to the rooftops “Don’t fear fat!”, especially the good kind. Most of us (no fault of our own) have been brainwashed by the media, friends, magazine articles, and even medical and nutrition professionals by the low-fat craze that hit us by storm in the 90’s. Well, friends, the 90’s are over, and they want their avocados (and punk rock grunge T-shirts) back!
Avocados are one of the smartest fat fuels I can think of. They’re one of my go-to foods anytime I want something filling, nutritious, easy, and of course delicious. Avocados are great for regulating blood sugars due to the high amounts of fiber and healthy fats, both of which take longer to digest.
The fat contained in the avocado is also considered heart healthy due to the balance of homocysteine by vitamins B6 and folic acid. Both of these B vitamins help regulate homocysteine levels (this is a good thing, as higher homocysteine levels are a risk factor for heart disease). These green beauties are also a “beauty” food as they contain high amounts of anti-inflammatory nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants which help fight free radicals, not to mention vitamins and minerals which support hair, skin, and nails.
Back to this delicious recipe using the almighty avocado! This avocado mousse is a perfect display of the avocados subtle nature in flavor, as it plays back up to dark chocolate and contributes to the velvety, creamy, and thick texture of the mousse.