I used to be a huge fan of the Food Network and watched tons of their shows. Then we shifted the way we eat, and cancelled our cable and the programs fell by the wayside. I was recently visiting family in Seattle and watched a show called Chopped one night with them. I found myself getting hooked again, the sheer brilliance and creativity (not to mention time efficiency!) of the chefs participating was very inspiring. I have always been a fan of the black box challenge, what better way to let your creativity shine?
Inspired by the show, I created my own black box challenge for dessert one night during our visit. We had been out all day, and I had neglected to pre-prepare something. At the last minute I came up with this super quick and easy Chocolate Avocado Mousse recipe, and was really happy with the end result. It is rich and creamy, with a dark chocolate flavour that really lets the raw cacao in this recipe shine. It is choc full of healthy fats, and is a great choice for kids (we got multiple thumbs up from the little ones in attendance!)
I love serving the Chocolate Avocado Mousse with some Coconut Whipped Cream and a pinch of raw cacao (as pictured above).
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
3 ripe avocados
1/4 cup raw cacao
1/4 cup coconut milk
Pinch sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup (adjust for personal preference)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Slice avocados in half and scoop out fruit into a blender or food processor.
Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
Adjust flavouring as needed and serve!