A silky textured, chocolate and strawberry pudding that’s perfect for dessert on a warm summer evening, made with… avocado! Raw chocolate mousse, or pudding, is no longer considered a strange new idea, and recipes abound on the internet for this healthy sweet treat.
For me, the trick is to find the right balance of rich, chocolate flavour with the lightness of a mousse so you can happily make it to the bottom of your glass (that’s right, I like to be fancy and serve it in a glass!), scraping those last delicious morsels of chocolatey goodness.
I have to say, I’m not normally a fan of raw food – I prefer my water at room temperature and only occasionally eat salads. In traditional Chinese medicine, raw food is considered too cold (or yin) for our bodies to adequately digest and is only recommended for those with a hot constitution to aid cleansing and cooling.
In summer, though, when the humidity is high and I’ve been playing outside with my children most of the day, this raw chocolate mousse is the perfect way to cool us all down! It provides the sweetness we crave with the added bonus of good fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s also fully vegan and gluten-free, making it perfect for anyone with sensitivities or intolerances to dairy and wheat.
Fruity Raw Chocolate Mousse
Serves 1-2 (double the recipe for a family dessert)
- 1 nicely ripe avocado
- scant ¼ cup almond milk (unsweetened – make your own for optimum nutrition!)
- 1/3 cup ripe strawberries + a couple extra for decoration (local and organic/unsprayed ideally)
- 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons raw, or very good quality, cocoa powder (your cocoa powder should be a rich dark colour)
- 2 teaspoons Epicure Tutti Fruity + a little more to sprinkle on top (1) (this is optional but I find it really takes this dessert to a tasty new level and I love that Tutti Fruity contains the anti-inflammatory superfood turmeric along with the goodness of real fruit)
- Place all ingredients in food processor and blitz until smooth on the purée setting! That’s it!
- The mousse will have a slightly grainy texture, which I like, but if you want it smoother, simply pass the mousse through a sieve into your serving containers.
- Transfer mousse to serving containers – you can serve in glasses, ramekins, or small bowls.
- Decorate with a sliced strawberry and a sprinkle of Tutti Fruity or use your imagination and create a delicious dessert by layering mousse and berries – you could even top with a cashew nut cream, extra berries and a drizzle of pure maple syrup for a truly decadent treat!
(1) Full disclosure – I’m an Epicure consultant and sell Epicure products online and through hands-on cooking classes. Many of the recipes on this blog feature Epicure products as I use them so much in my own cooking and want to inspire my customers with different ways to use their sweet and savoury real-food and spice mixes.