I have created the dream dessert: it’s super easy to make and filled with healthy fats and antioxidant rich cocoa. It is to die for! This chocolate mousse is also dairy and egg free for those who are sensitive. I like developing what I call “therapeutic treats,” which are delicious versions of your favorites without the junk, AND they have the added benefits of superfood nutrients. It’s the perfect guilt-free dessert or snack. This mousse has a secret ingredient that gives it its silky smooth texture and beneficial fats: Avocado! But don’t let that deter you; it does not taste like chocolate guacamole, I assure you.
This is the ideal treat to whip up when you want a little something decadent and chocolatey. You could double (or triple, or quadruple) the recipe to make for a crowd. No one will know it’s egg and dairy free and contains avocado!
Single Serving Chocolate Mousse (paleo, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free)
1/2 ripe avocado
2 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder, or carob powder would work too if you don’t tolerate chocolate. I have also used chocolate protein powder to give this a protein boost. This one is my absolute favorite.
1-2 tbsp coconut cream (the cream from the top of a can of coconut milk that has been refrigerated). This brand of coconut milk is BPA-free.
1 tsp almond butter (optional, but gives it a nice richness)
2 tsp grade B maple syrup, or to taste
a splash of vanilla extract, maybe 1/8 tsp? I just added a small splash and didn’t measure.
pinch of sea salt
Refrigerate a can of coconut milk overnight ideally. If you didn’t do this, no worries. You can use coconut milk too, but use less, maybe start with 1-2 tsp and increase to your desired thickness. Halve an avocado and scoop out 1/2 into your food processor. I used my cuisinart mini-prep which was perfect for this job. Add all other ingredients and process til smooth and creamy. Add more coconut milk or cream to get the mousse to your desired thickness. Add more sweetener if desired. I like mine on the fairly unsweet side. You can also leave the sweetener out altogether. Eat & enjoy! Or you can refrigerate for later.
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Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. In addition to her coaching practice, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and kick nagging digestive issues for good. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.