If you are new to the wonderful world of chocolate avocado mousse, prepare to be blown away! It may sound crazy to you now, but someday in the near future you are going to give it a shot, and it will change the way you look at dessert forever! (Feel free to thank me later)
I got the inspiration a few weeks back from CavemanCooking.tv, where I came across a recipe for Paleo Chocolate Pudding. The recipe called for cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, honey, and you guessed it, avocados! I thought it was interesting at the time, but I didn’t even consider that it could be all that great. I’ve never really been a fan of Paleo-fying foods, most of them turn out like a bad movie sequel that never lives up to the original. I figured this was just another poor attempt of trying replicate aspects of a previous lifestyle.
Fast forward a few weeks later to yesterday, and I have about 20 extra avocados lying around my house. My parents discovered (after 15 years in the same house) that they had a fully grown avocado tree and I now have been blessed with more avocados than I know what to do with. As much as I love guacamole, there’s just no way I’m going to eat that much guac before they all go bad. I have to get a little creative. I remembered the video I had watched a few weeks earlier and operation avocado pudding was under way.
I decided last night that I would start by making the exact recipe I saw on the Caveman Cooking show. I luckily had all the ingredients already in stock, and after 30 seconds in the food processor, I got my first taste of magic.
Wow! Not even a hint of avocado! The texture is unbelievable and the chocolate taste is incredibly rich! I down spoonful after spoonful until my stomach feels bloated and tells me to stop eating. I threw the leftover in the trash can knowing that I would probably eat it again in a few hours if it was just sitting there.
Trial 1 complete.
I woke up this morning and couldn’t stop thinking about the avocado pudding. It was truly an amazing dessert, but I kept thinking I can make it better. I wanted to find a way to sustain or even improve the taste, but to make it healthier. I decided I would give it another shot tonight.
After thinking about possible ingredients all day, it was exciting to get back in the test kitchen and get down to business. The first few attempts tasted more like chocolate guacamole then pudding, but I finally came up with what I consider to be (possibly) the perfect recipe!
Here’s what it looks like:
1 Hass (or equivalent size) Avocado – Again, you gotta try it to believe it. This is where the amazing texture comes from. I promise you won’t even taste a hint of avocado once it’s mixed.
1 Large Banana – I decided to use this in place of the honey because I felt like the honey was kind of like cheating. Honey is basically pure sugar with little nutritional benefit, so I didn’t want to resort to it unless I had to. The banana ended up being the perfect substitute.
1 Tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – The same ratio that the original recipe called for, it definitely plays a key role in the final outcome.
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract – Another great contribution from the original recipe. It’s a potent flavor enhancer that barely affects the nutritional content.
3/8 Cup Organic Raw Cacao Powder– The other recipe claims to use cocoa powder instead of cacao powder but he may have just said it wrong. Regardless, cacao is the principal ingredient in most forms of chocolate and is actually very healthy. The added sugar is what makes most chocolate worth limiting, but there is 0 grams of sugar in raw cacao. I decided to increase the Cacao by 50% from the other recipe, with the hopes of getting an even richer, chocolaty flavor.
1/4 Cup Natural Value Coconut Milk Lite – I decided to add the coconut milk with the hopes of making the pudding even creamier. It worked great! It transforms the pudding into a lighter, more decadent texture which will now be known as chocolate mousse! I particularly like the Natural Value brand since it is the only one I have found without any added ingredients besides coconut and water.
1.5 Scoops ON 100% Whey Gold Standard (Double Rich Chocolate) – Did you really think I was going to let this dessert get away with such a low-protein content? Not a chance. Knowing how good this protein powder is in my daily smoothies, gave me confidence that it could work just as well in a dessert format. Boy, was I right. Not only did this tack on an additional 35 grams of protein, it actually improved the flavor! (I can only vouch for this brand and flavor, use other brands at your own risk.)
1 Raw Cage Free Egg – Eggs are a staple in so many delicious desserts, that I had to give this a try. It was a match made in heaven. More healthy fat and protein continue to elevate this to the next level.
1 Pinch Sea Salt – Salt improves the flavor of everything it touches. Adding a pinch was a no-brainer in my opinion.
That is all you need! It shouldn’t take very long to get all of these ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix them together. After about a minute of blending, grab a spoon and prepare to be amazed!
But before you do, I should warn you.
This is not some imposter dessert that is supposed to make you feel like you can still diet and eat dessert at the same time. This is an unbelievably rich, creamy, chocolate mousse that you would expect to get at an expensive restaurant. You may very well be compelled to eat the entire blender’s worth.
Now, consider yourself warned.
My recommendation is to split it into 3 servings and to give the other 2 bowls to your really good friends, or store them in the fridge for another day. While I wouldn’t get in the habit of eating this on a daily basis, you may be amazed at how great the complete nutritional breakdown looks.
Here’s what the final product comes out to once it is separated into 3 servings:
311 Total Calories (Or 933 calories if you eat the whole bowl. You could certainly do worse.)
16.5 grams of Fat (Healthy fat primarily from the avocado and coconut.)
7.5 grams of Saturated Fat (Again, good fat from the coconut.)
23 grams of Carbohydrates (A nice, balanced amount. Mostly from fiber.)
6 grams of Sugar (Incredibly low for any dessert. Let alone one that tastes this good.)
7.5 grams of Fiber (Awesome! Thanks Cacao.)
18 grams of Protein (Not many desserts can compete with that. It even beats some protein bars.)
While I would never try to claim this as the perfect recipe, I am pretty confident that you will fall in love with this dessert. You may even be compelled to come up with your own variation. (Almond butter and shredded coconut are two great ingredients that come to mind right away) Whatever you choose to do, please let me know if you stumble upon an amazing recipe that is different from this. I still have about 15 avocados that need to be used.