Avocado, Chocolate and Lucuma Mousse
This is GREAT for kids and for dinner guests! In fact, your dinner guests will be shocked after they discover that this pudding is very nutrient dense and consists of NO refined sugar! I started making this for my six year old as he’s addicted to chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! But on the other hand my eight year old is addicted to avocados, avocados, avocados! To keep everybody happy, I decided to combine the two, with some lucuma for a little Peruvian Maple flavour, and voila! This mousse was born! Raw cacao is a fantastic ingredient to use when trying to make a healthy dessert. It has been associated with several health claims ranging from improving the function of the heart to helping to reduce cataracts. Many studies have also suggested that theobromine, which is a non-addictive stimulant naturally found in raw cacao, can be used to combat depression. Additionally, it is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. If you want to increase your good cholesterol levels whilst decreasing bad cholesterol levels then raw cacao is the perfect thing to include in your diet Using avocado in a dessert might not seem like a conventional idea but they are full of so much goodness that you really can’t go wrong! Be sure to pick a ripe one to make your mousse and always scrape it out well as the portion nearest the skin is where the most nutrients can be found! Avocados are crammed with good fats that help to protect the heart against disease. The Lucuma fruit, which is native to Peru, provides the perfect sweetener! The fruit is dried out at a low temperature and then turned into powder. It rates low on the glycemic scale and is full of nutrients like iron, zinc, beta-carotene and calcium. The maple-like taste makes it great for sweet dessert dishes whilst keeping you healthy at the same time!
- 1 medium ripe avocado
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder, or more to taste
- 3 fresh dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup coconut milk, nut milk or filtered water
- 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
- pinch unrefined sea salt
- 1 tbsp lucuma
- So all you need to do to create this dish is blend everything together and then leave to chill in the fridge for an hour. Then you can top it with your favourite super food and enjoy this awesome ‘avocacao’ treat!