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Chocolate Avocado Mousse with a Balsamic Cherry-Berry topping

By admin | In Nutrition | on December 13, 2012

‘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
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.

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