It's no surprise to anyone I have a pretty big sweet tooth. Not only is this sweet tooth big, but it's one of the most convincing and persuasive teeth I have :D I blame it on my parents, naturally.
As a kid, my mom (the best healthy cook ever) made dessert with almost every dinner. So now, I have this psychological connection with dessert feeling like the meal completion. If I have dinner without dessert, my mind starts wondering, "That's it? and Where's the finale?"
It can be a struggle sometimes, but I do have strategies to keep this devious voice at bay ;) You see, this dessert = meal completion connection doesn't only happen after dinner. To be honest, it happens after most meals (even breakfast sometimes)! My theory is that I need some natural and low sugar healthy sweets during the day or after dinner so I don't fall off the wagon. This salted chocolate mousse is one of those "go-to" healthy desserts I keep around to stay on track . . . It really is ahhh-mazing!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Maple syrup or sweetener of choice
- Unsweetened carob or raw cacao powder
- Coconut oil
- Shredded Coconut (for garnish)
- Chopped Nuts (for garnish)
Salted Chocolate Mousse
VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE
total time: 15 min
- 2 very ripe avocados
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened carob or raw cacao powder
- 1 heaping Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
- shredded coconut for garnish
- chopped nuts of choice for garnish
- Blend avocados in food processor until they look almost "whipped"
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor.
- Garnish with a pinch of salt, chopped nuts and/or shredded (unsweetened) coconut
TOPPING IN THE PHOTO:
Fresh Berries, unsweetened coconut, and chia seed jam
Chia Seed Jam (inspired by A House In The Hills)
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Combine strawberries, juice of 1/2 lemon and honey in a small sauce pan and heat over low. Mash berries with a fork and stir until broken down to a consistency and sweetness you're happy with!
- Add chia seeds and mix.
- Refrigerate in jam jar for 1 hour to set.
Mix ahead and store in individual serving mason jars.
- Refrigerator: 2-3 days
- Freezer: 3-6 months
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Coreen Murphy