Saturday, 23 November 2013

Good-for-you Chocolate Mousse

This is one of my favourite things to make. The process is just so decadent, especially when creating the recipe as a lot of tasting and testing is required! The best version of healthy chocolate mousse that I have tried so far has got to be from the Wild Food Cafe. While they didn't share the recipe with me I managed to get the ingredients out of them, all of which I have tried to incorporate here except the algarroba powder. I had never heard of this before so did some googling. 

Algarroba powder is a Peruvian carob which comes from the pods of the mesquite tree. Considered a superfood due to its protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc content, its is perfect for sweetening raw recipes or smoothies. I will be looking out for it and once tried will blog a review. 

Peru is abundant in natural superfoods as the cacao I used in this recipe is also Peruvian. This raw cacao is made by cold-pressing the oil out of the beans, filtering them and resulting in a premium grade powder. When processed this way the cacao powder produced contains more antioxidants than any other known food. They go into further detail and compare nutritional content to other foods (40 times greater than blueberries!) so if you are interested have a look at their website here

Ingredients (Serves 2): 

4 dates

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 avocado

2 and a half tablespoons of cacao powder

2 ripe bananas

2 tablespoons of almond butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

Simply add all theingredients into your food processor and blend. If you are using a blender which may not be very powerful add the dates, coconut oil and almond butter first and let that blend for a few minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients. 

Eat immediately or if you can't wait or let chill in the fridge for later!