February 26, 2013

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

In 2011, I entered an avocado cooking contest.  I had two crates of avocados, which were around 50 pounds total.  I created chocolate avocado fudge, chocolate avocado cupcakes with avocado buttercream, and avocado poundcake.  It was a fun experience, but I had no desire to have avocado desserts for a long time.

Well, it's been nearly two years, so meet avocado chocolate mousse.

This "chocomole" is a creamy, rich, and decadent chocolate dessert.  The avocados provide the creamy smoothness of "normal" chocolate mousse.  This mousse is like the "real" thing: light, fluffy, and full of chocolate flavor.  You can't even really taste the avocado!

I substituted honey for agave nectar because I prefer the taste of honey.  I used my favorite cocoa powder from King Arthur Flour.  Because dark chocolate is heart-healthy, I used a combination of semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips.  This decadent dessert is loaded with healthy fats from the avocado plus anti-oxidants!  You can garnish it with berries or crushed nuts, if you like.

You see, healthy and dessert can be in the same sentence.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Yields 4 (3/4 cup) servings

4 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1/3 cup almond milk, sweetened or unsweetened
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar (I used honey)
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Place a small saucepan of water over medium-low heat until barely simmering.  Once simmering, place a small bowl containing the chocolate chips over into the saucepan.  Stir the chocolate until smooth and melted, and then set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a food processor, mix the melted chocolate and the other ingredients until smooth and creamy.  Place into serving bowls and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Source: Directly adapted from Giada De Laurentiis


  1. this is awesome! and I bet the honey imparts a nice flowery touch. I've heard of black beans for cookies but this is even better!

  2. Claire...this stuff looks so amazing! I've heard of people pairing avocado and chocolate together in desserts....and I've yet to try it. This looks just too luscious not to! : )


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