Healthy Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate mousse is decadent, creamy, and dairy-free (vegan-optional) but most importantly made with good-for-you ingredients. Plus it takes less than 5 minutes to make and has 5 ingredients!!!

5 Ingredients (makes 2 large-portion dessert servings), directions below:

2 large avocados

1/3 cup cacao or cocoa powder (unsweetened)

2-4 TBSP honey (preferably raw & unfiltered) or brown rice syrup (vegan option)

1 TSP vanilla extract (OPTIONAL)

1/2 TSP pink Himalayan salt (to taste, OPTIONAL)

But why is it healthy?

Avocados have numerous benefits, here are just a few: great source of Omega 3, chock full of dense nutrients like more potassium than bananas, vitamins B, C, E, and K, folate, high in good fat (learn about the amazing oleic acid here), high in fiber, low in carbs due to fiber content, the high fat content helps to absorb other nutrients that are fat soluble (E, K, antioxidants, etc), has antioxidants (Lutein & Zeaxanthin) which help to protect from free radicals like pollution, vegetable oils, ozone, chemicals, even stress, etc… plus avocados are just so darn versatile. Eat them savory or sweet…delicious either way!

Raw cacao powder also has numerous benefits, Dr. Mercola notes, “Raw cacao powder contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and nearly four times the antioxidant power of your average dark chocolate – more than 20 times than that of blueberries. Protein, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur, flavonoids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids are also present.” As mentioned above, it is really high in magnesium so for those of you who crave chocolate ALL the time (like me) add some magnesium to your diet or routine and it may help fight off cravings. Lately I have really enjoyed indulging in chocolate instead of taking magnesium regularly, but when I go back to eating less sugar, supplementing with magnesium will come in very handy. According to the I Quit Sugar site, “Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).” Unsweetened Cocoa powder is still a great option if you don’t have cacao powder handy. Because it is highly processed it doesn’t have the same health benefits but it will work just fine in this recipe

Raw and unfiltered honey is great for several body processes, just like the first 2 ingredients above. Thank you Dr. Axe for breaking it down for us, “It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin. In addition, the nutraceuticals contained in honey help neutralize damaging free radical activity.”

Quality vanilla extract can be as powerful at reducing inflammation and enhancing mental abilities as cayenne pepper, according to The Bulletproof Exec, Dave Asprey. Be sure to use a high quality vanilla from vanilla beans and not made with “natural flavors” or “vanillin”.

Pink Himalayan salt is a wonder on its own as well. The pink salt boasts a whopping 84 minerals our body needs. It is said to help overall adrenal and thyroid function, boost metabolism, and works as a natural hormone balancer.

Brown Rice Syrup (vegan option sweetener) comes with its own benefits, too. Because it is made up of complex carbs (those are the good ones), it takes more time for your body to break down and metabolize. This is great because it doesn’t dump on your liver as quickly as regular sugar or even honey, which spike your blood sugar levels. So this is a great choice if you are watching your sugar intake as well. It is great for baking because the flavor is smooth. It also has a decent amount of fiber and no cholesterol or fat.

Directions:

In a blender, put in all the avocado flesh, all the cacao powder, 2 TBSP honey or brown rice syrup (you can add more to taste later, less is more here), vanilla extract and salt (in the video, I added the salt later because I forgot about it!). Blend ingredients until smooth and taste. Add more of whatever you think it needs then stir and blend again. Make sure the consistency and taste are right and if not, keep tweaking the recipe until you get what works for you. Once ready, pour the smooth and blended mixture into dessert cups, or a big bowl. This recipe makes 2 large dessert ramekins. You can either eat the mousse right away or put it in the fridge to get really cold (my fave). Because they are so rich and creamy, they are perfect to split with someone special or indulge on your own (been there!).

Do you have a healthier twist on an old favorite? Please let me know in the comments below! I will also take suggestions… :)

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