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Avocado chocolate mousse: A guilt-free sweet treat

Avocado's creamy texture and healthy fats serve as the perfect base for a mousse that's packed with nutrients. 

It might seem peculiar at first to think of avocados as a key ingredient in dessert, given their usual association with savoury dishes or guacamole. However, the beauty of avocados lies in their incredible versatility. They possess a uniquely creamy texture that, when blended with dark chocolate, transforms into a luscious, velvety base for desserts like Avocado Chocolate Mousse. Recipe compliments of The South African Avocado Growers’ Association.

Ingredients

  • 250 g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 120 ml milk (or a little more for preferred consistency)
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)

For the garnish

  • Fresh berries
  • Grated dark chocolate

Method

  1. Place the chopped chocolate into a heatproof bowl and either microwave on medium heat using 30-second bursts (stirring between each) or set over a pan of lightly simmering water – do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water (stirring frequently), until melted and smooth. NOTE: When the chocolate is almost melted, remove from the heat and just stir through until smooth to avoid over-heating. Set aside to cool slightly whilst you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Cut the avocados in half and de-pip. Scoop the flesh into the bowl of a food processor. Add ¾ of the milk to the avocado and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to the blender and blend into the other ingredients until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender bowl and add the rest of the milk a tablespoon at a time blending until the mousse is the desired consistency (it will thicken a little further as it cools and sets).
  4. Taste the mousse for sweetness. If you feel it needs more sweetness (it will very much depend on personal preference and on the type of chocolate used), add a little honey (1-2 tablespoons) and blend again. You may also choose to add more milk than the recipe indicates if you want your mousse to be ‘looser’.
  5. Garnish with chocolate shavings and fresh berries, and serve.

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