chocolate avocado mousseWhether you’re into it for the mood-boost, the antioxidants, or the supposed aphrodisiac properties, chocolate on Valentine’s Day is a no-brainer. I like mine dark and bitter, but a little (very little) bit sweet. That probably says way too much about me, but hey, the truth will set you free. Or something like that.

This recipe is a heart-healthy twist on traditional chocolate mousse. However, instead of heaps of cream and sugar, it features avocado, which lends a smooth, rich texture along with a healthy dose of fiber, monounsaturated fat, and potassium to help manage your cholesterol and blood pressure-important stuff if you’re planning to grow old with the person to whom you are serving said mousse.

You can enjoy this plain, but I love it garnished with berries and a dollop of whipped cream. It would also be divine with whipped coconut cream on top!

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 large ripe avocados, flesh scooped out

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp brewed coffee or espresso

1/2 tbsp sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup, honey, etc

1 bar high-quality dark chocolate melted

Fresh berries for garnish

Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

1. Process avocado, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, coffee, and sweetener in a food processor.

2. Add melted chocolate and process until the mixture resembles mousse.

3. Refrigerate, covered, for an hour or longer.

4. Garnish with fresh berries and whipped cream, if you wish.

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