This raw chocolate mousse combines fantastic flavor with powerful nutrients. If you have cocoa powder, avocados, nuts and a natural sweetener like dates or maple syrup around the house, you have the makings of an amazing chocolate treat in minutes!
Warning: This recipe can be hazardous to peace in the household, unless you’ve got a very good system for whose turn it is to lick the bowl…
Chocolate (the darker the better) is a good source of minerals including
magnesium, potassium and iron, and powerful polyphenols — the ones that make chocolate bitter. Several studies show dark chocolate is good for the brain, including memory, and a 2012 review of scientific studies indicated dark chocolate may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease (ref. Hooper, Am J Clin Nutr 2012)
Avocados are known for their fabulous array of important unsaturated fats, including the delicate yet essential omega-9 (also found in extra virgin olive oil). Few realize avocados contain over 20 vitamins and minerals.
Both maple syrup and dates contain natural sugars which in contrast with refined white sugar, still contain the vitamins and minerals you need to convert these sugars to energy. Honey offers similar benefits.
Maple syrup comes from the sap of the maple tree and is as sweet as honey, with f
ewer calories and a few more minerals. It’s a fairly good source of both manganese and zinc. After the sap is collected from trees, it’s heated. The water content evaporates and it thickens into a syrup with a sugar content of about 60%.
This dessert is packed with important minerals. Both manganese and zinc play important roles in your cells’ defenses against free radicals, the “sparks” extinguished by antioxidants. Your body uses manganese as a tool for activating a powerful antioxidant (superoxide dismutase) inside your cells.
While eating this chocolate treat, think
of the tools you’re giving your body to reduce free radical “spark” damage (oxidative stress), strengthen your immune system and help prevent cancer.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 4 dates
- 12 cashew nuts (or so)
- 2 T cocoa powder (raw is great if you've got it))
- 4 T cold water
- 1 T maple syrup or honey
- Put the cashews in the blender and pulse until almost a paste.
- Add the other ingredients and mix until smooth.
Chop a few pistachios or other nuts and sprinkle on top before serving. Fresh raspberries or other seasonal berries are a lovely accompaniment to the taste of chocolate; so are mint sprigs.