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


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


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


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 


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

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

  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!


  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 ;)

    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.

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

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


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