A Simple, *Healthy* Recipe to Feed Your Chocolate Cravings

Chocolate MousseI like to think that I don’t have a sweet tooth. I don’t crave candy, and usually end up feeling ill if I binge on too much sugar. I’d like to take a moment to thank my mom for this! Growing up, our candy intake was heavily monitored. So much so that – due to not being allowed to gum –  I once tried sneaking some bubble gum from a goodie bag that I got from a friend’s birthday party. The only time I could find to chew my gum in secret was, yep… bedtime.

Long story short, I learned my lesson after a hair cut and my favourite nightgown being thrown out. Oops.

So, while I don’t usually crave sugar, I definitely DO crave chocolate. All the time. And while I enjoy dark chocolate, I don’t love it as much as that creamy, smooth, melt-in-your-mouth-delicious milk chocolate.  But as I mentioned above, too much sugar and this girl is not a happy camper, and there’s a heck of a lot more junk in most milk chocolates out there. So, I did some research and found a heavenly, creamy recipe for chocolate mousse…. And a healthy (ish) one to boot! There’s a few of these around actually, so after reading a couple, i decided to try my own take on it. A lot of the recipes I found use banana, but I don’t always include it in my recipe as I feel that the banana flavor can be overpowering.  So without further adieu, here it is! Health benefits are listed below.

 

 

Chocolate mousse parfait! Raw chocolate mousse topped with Greek yogurt, raspberries, blueberries, toasted coconut.

Chocolate mousse parfait! Raw chocolate mousse topped with Greek yogurt, raspberries, blueberries, toasted coconut.

Creamy Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:
1 avocado
1/4 cup almond or coconut milk*
2 – 3 tbsp coconut oil
3 – 6 tbsp raw cacao powder*
2 – 6 tbsp pure maple syrup or liquid honey*
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
1 banana (optional)

*actual amount depends on your desired consistency and taste

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Directions:
Cut and peel avocado, and place in a food processor or blender. Add nut milk and blend until smooth. Add coconut oil, sweetener, vanilla extract and banana (optional) and blend again until smooth.  Add cacao powder one tbsp at a time, blending until you reach desired colour and taste.

[Warning: too much cacao can make this treat VERY rich!] Transfer into bowl(s) using a spatula, and leave in refrigerator for 1 – 3 hrs to chill. Serve plain, or add fruit and nut garnishes, yoghurt or cream for a non-vegan spin, or whatever else you like to eat your chocolate with!

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Why is this recipe good for you?
1. Avocados aid in antioxidant absorption, and is known as a “good fat” that serves as an anti-inflammatory and aids in our digestive tract. It’s also said to lower the risk of heart disease!2. Coconut Oil has a huge list of health benefits, including improved brain function, cholesteral maintenance, improved digestion and metabolism, and more. It also has the ability to kill bacteria and fungus in the body! (side note: I feed small amounts of coconut oil to my dog to help keep the yeast growth in her ears in check.)
3. Pure Maple Syrup has compounds (also found in foods like flax seed and whole wheat) known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. Also said to contain natural minerals such as calcium, vitamin B, zinc, potassium and magnesium.
4. Raw Cacao Powder is the healthier, unroasted version of cocoa. It’s cold-pressed, so the living enzymes aren’t destroyed. Raw cacao is said to lower insulin resistance and blood pressure, reduces the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, guards against toxins, and boosts your mood. It’s also said to slow the ageing process! There’s a lot more benefits, but I’ll stop there :)

Do you love chocolate as much as I do? What’s your go-to “healthy” chocolate recipe? Share it in the comments!

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