‘Tis the season, boys and girls! Here is a recipe that you’ve probably seen on many paleo recipe websites. It is one of the easiest and tastiest desserts; perfect for the holiday season (or an indulgent post-workout snack?)!
It was surprising that the avocado is not something you can really detect, but it gives it the ideal silky smooth texture.
Ingredients: (for 1 serving)
For the Chocolate Mousse:
- 1 large , ripe avocado
- 1 1/2 tb sp cocoa powder
- 1 tb sp maple syrup (to taste; feel free to substitute with honey)
- 2-3 tsp water
For the topping:
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries (I found a bag with a mix of cherries and blueberries at HEB)
- 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Add the avocado, cocoa powder, maple syrup and water to a blender. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Taste and adjust to desired level of sweetness. Your mousse is ready!
- In a non-reactive pan, add the balsamic vinegar, frozen fruit, maple syrup and heat for 3-4 minutes. When the cherries-berries look cooked (but still retain their shape), remove them and place in a separate container.
- Continue to heat the liquid in the pan until it reduces to a syrup like consistency. Remove from the stove and add the fruit back into the balsamic reduction. The topping is ready!
- Chill the mousse in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, top with the balsamic cherry/blueberry sauce, garnish with mint leaves and enjoy!
* The sweetness in the recipe is on the low side – in my world, no such thing as too dark / too chocolate-y. But if you prefer something milder, adjust the amount of maple syrup / cocoa powder.
* Other topping ideas: Sprinkled chili powder, roasted slivered almonds, fresh fruit.
* This is a paleo “treat”. But, if you wanted it to be more strict, you can avoid the maple syrup/honey and just use fruit for a touch of sweetness.