Happy April Fools Day! I was thinking and thinking what recipe I wanted to share with you all to celebrate today and this one crossed my mind! You see, this mousse has a secret ingredient to which it owes its creaminess to-avocado! You would never guess!..So this recipe is a great one for sneaking some extra veggies and nutrition into a picky eater’s mouth!
I often make this as a healthy dessert but honestly I have also enjoyed it at breakfast and as a snack too. You could even add some protein powder or collagen powder to the mix for some more nutrition and protein.
This mousse is nutritious for lots of reasons. For one, avocados are a great source of healthy fats as well as glutathione peroxidase (an enzyme that ultimately helps the liver with detoxification). Then there’s the cacao powder which is a super antioxidant (40x the amount of blueberries, just make sure its raw or fermented). Cacao also contains magnesium and potassium (important electrolytes) amongst many other nutrients! We’ve also got flaxseed which is an optional ingredient but I recommend, especially for us women during the first and second weeks of our cycle (our period and the week after). Flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that support the hormones during these weeks but it is also just a GREAT source of fiber to help with regularity any old day. 🙂 Speaking of fiber, cherries and avocados are full of fiber as well. And the deep dark red pigment of cherries is an indicator of all the powerful antioxidants they contain. Antioxidants are CRITICAL, I repeat critical for keeping our cells healthy and avoiding chronic disease!
Enjoy and I hope you can fool (and bless) someone today with this recipe!
Healthy wishes friends,
CHOCOLATE CHERRY AVOCADO MOUSSE
- 12 frozen sweet cherries or flathead cherries, pitted*
- 2 T almond butter
- ¼ of a ripe avocado
- 2 T cacao powder
- 1T flaxseed meal, optional
- ¼ c coconut or other non dairy milk (more as needed to blend)
- 1-2 dates (softened in hot water or date paste) or real maple syrup to taste
- Chocolate chips and/or cacao nibs, and more cherries to top it off!
In a blender add the frozen cherries, almond butter, avocado, cacao powder, flaxseed, 1/4 c of plant milk, and optional sweetener.
Blend adding milk as you need. Dress it up however you like and dig into that goodness!
*feel free to use frozen strawberries or other fruit in place of the cherries