Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Fruity Chocolate Mousse - with a Surprise Twist

Fruity?  Surprise twist?  Ah chocolate...That makes everything better, doesn't it? Friends were coming over to dinner on the weekend, and just a few days beforehand, I got a text saying they were on a health kick so no dairy or sugar, or desserts.  Eek!   What to make?  Main is easy, just baked fish and salad - phew!  And the rest?  Mmm...

I was flicking through Delicious magazine the other day and I saw a vegan recipe for chocolate mousse made on fruit.  Now, it calls for raw cacao powder and honestly I was going to use it BUT when I went to the local health food store, a packet was going to cost me a mortgage payment.  So normal Dutch cocoa powder it is.  

I have varied the recipe a wee bit, as the original recipe has no sweetener at all, but I really felt it needed something.  I also doubled the amount of coconut cream as it was very thick, and needed to be thinned out a bit.  As my sister said with a twinkle in her eye, this would be really great with a bit of sugar and a whorl of cream on top :=)


Serves 4

ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas, chopped

2 ripe avocadoes, chopped

2 tbs hazelnut butter (or nut butter of your choice)

1/2 cup (40g.) of cocoa/cacao powder, raw or otherwise

4 tbs coconut cream or milk (chilled)

2-3 tbs rice bran syrup or maple syrup

a pinch of sea salt flakes

1/4 cup (30g.) cacao nibs

250g. berries of your choice - I used raspberries


Method:

Everything bar the cacao nibs and berries goes into a blender and you whizz it till smooth

Pour into a serving dish or tea cups

Chill for a couple of hours

Throw on the nibs and berries


Tips:

Add more syrup if you like it sweeter

And more coconut cream/milk if you think it is too thick

I am thinking you could even go ahead with just one banana not 2! And maybe try a bit of vanilla extract or cinnamon

I suggest using a bit less cocoa if you use Dutch cocoa rather than raw cacao powder as it is very dark and very strong - maybe 30g.



ingredients gathered 


getting ready to whizz  


nearly whizzed up!


pop in the fridge for a couple of hours    


decorate and eat  



carry to your hungry guests - hey my shirt matches the berries :=)   





my cocoa powder foodle 



14 comments:

  1. So how was it in the end Sherry? There's a lot of fruit in it!

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    1. it went down very well with the guests lorraine. not being a banana lover it was a teeny bit too much for me but i could still appreciate the smoothness and the chocolate taste.

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  2. Looks so yummy Sherry. Love those berries with it...really pops with colour :)

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    1. isn't it pretty? and it tasted pretty good too.

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  3. That looks delicious. I would never think to put avocado in it!

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  4. omg this sounds to tasty and is healthy too, win win x

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    1. Hi Sarah
      Yep tasty and healthy! Great stuff.

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  5. Avocados used for their natural oil are an interesting idea for those who are avoiding processed oils, but I've never been completely convinced that this creates a more healthful result. Like you, I'm not a banana lover, so this one's not for me!

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  6. This looks amazing but I remain unconvinced that avocados should be used in sweet recipes. They are just too yummy on their own. A good dollop of sweet icecream and sweeter berries is probably where I would be hunting out my extra sweetness for this desert. Love your Qld footwear too ;)

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    1. oh thanks stella. yes it was (and is) a hot night so bare feet are the go.:) it was a nice dessert but i have to admit i prefer cream and eggs and sugar.

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  7. I'm going to have to try this!!!!

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    1. Yep it’s pretty good stuff Jennifer:) and good for you.

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