Chocolate Chia Avocado Mousse

Chocolate chia avocado mousse is a decadent, vegan treat, made without dairy or refined sugar. 

Chocolate Chia Avocado Mousse

So, I've got good news and I've got bad news.

The bad news is that Recipe Redux falls on a Sunday this month, so I don't have your regularly scheduled Sunday Paper.

The good news is that this month's Recipe Redux theme is chocolate pairings, so I'm pretty sure all is forgiven :)

Personally, I think chocolate pairs well with everything. Almonds, figs, quinoa, cayenne, and even kale have all cozied up with chocolate on my blog, so I knew I had to think outside of the box with this Redux.

If there's one food I love more than chocolate, it's avocado, so why not mix the two together! It sounds unlikely, but avocado has a creamy texture and mild flavor that can easily go sweet rather than savory.

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

A few years ago, I learned how to make chocolate mousse with avocado and cocoa powder. I've made a few variations, but for the most part, every recipe calls for a couple avocados blended with cocoa powder and some type of sweetener, usually honey or dates. It's incredibly tasty, but also quite caloric. Even though I'm not one for calorie counting and goodness knows I love my fat, I still wanted to figure out how to lighten it a bit while keeping the flavor decadent.

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Enter chia seeds. Chia seeds swell up in liquid to create a tapioca-like pudding (great for breakfast, btw!). Blending chia pudding in the food processor creates a fluffy, whipped mousse. So, I soaked a few tablespoons of chia seeds in almond milk, then it blended it with the rest of the mousse ingredients - the result was delicious!

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse

If you're like me, eating chocolate makes you happy. Sure, it tastes great, but on a biological level, chocolate actually promotes happiness! Eating chocolate causes the body to release endorphins, a neurotransmitter that creates feelings of pleasure and happiness, while decreasing levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Flavanols, a compound in chocolate, improves blood flow to the brain, which may improve cognition. Chocolate is also a natural source of caffeine, which can improve mental alertness.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a creamy bowl of happiness!

Chocolate Chia Avocado Mousse
Author: Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE
Serves: 6-8
I served this with a quick coconut whipped cream. To make it, refrigerate a can of coconut cream. Open the can and scoop out the cream, which will have separated from the water. Using a hand blender, whip the cream on high speed for a few minutes with a tablespoon or two of honey or coconut sugar to sweeten.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 2 large avocados
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Shredded, unsweetened coconut, for serving
  • Coconut whipped cream, for serving
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk and chia seeds. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to gel.
  2. Place dates in a food processor and process until chopped small.
  3. Add avocado flesh, cocoa powder, honey, vanilla and chia gel to the food processor. Blend 3-4 minutes, scraping down sides as needed, until creamy and pureed.
  4. Serve garnished with shredded coconut and whipped cream.

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