One of my friends found an unusual recipe for a Heart Healthy Chocolate mousse that would not kill your diet. Mrs Mac found this on pinterest but was not brave enough to try it herself so I stepped up to the challenge. I decided to make it for my husband for Valentines day and I did not tell him the ingredients until after he had tasted it.
It was impossible to tell that the main ingredient was avocado and it was tasty enough. I am not a huge fan of chocolate mousse anyway but it was fine. Very filling, we both only managed about half of the small ramekin so even better as we cut the calories by half again. I probably would not make this for ourselves again but would definitely pass on the recipe or make it for guests for a bit of fun to get them guessing the ingredients.
A fun experiment.
Here is my effort.
I made the candy hearts from Red Candy melts and some heart moulds I had in for Valentines day but if you don't have moulds just follow the directions in the recipe below or skip this part and decorate with a mint leaf or something else you already have.
ps, I 'acquired' my packets of Splenda from Starbucks so I didn't have to buy a whole box of them.
Heart Healthy Chocolate Mousse
- 1 large avocado, stone and skin removed
- 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk or nonfat milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt (plain regular yogurt is fine too, or use vanilla for a little more sweetness)
- 2 packets sweetener or to taste (I used Splenda) or a little honey if you don't like sweeteners
- Place all ingredients except Splenda in a food processor. Pulse until smooth, wiping down the sides and stirring as needed. Add Splenda or sweetener one packet at a time, tasting in between. You may need more or less than 2 packets depending on how sweet you want your mousse.
- Place in a bowl and chill until ready to use. Serves 1 large portion or 2 small, however this is really rich and filling. I suggest 4 mini servings!
- To make the red hearts, melt about 2 tablespoons of red candy melts according to package directions. Place melted candy in a sandwich bag and cut off one corner. Pipe hearts onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill until hardened.