Breakfast, snack or dessert? There are many foods that cross over all of those categories and fit perfectly well into each one. I have one more to add to the list: Avocado Chocolate Mousse, healthy enough to be a good way to start your day, filling enough to hold you over until dinner as a snack, and sweet enough to be dessert!
We’ve highlighted the attributes of avocados before (See our blog link here.), but let’s have a recap: the main vitamins in these luscious fruits are vitamin K, folate and E; they also deliver the mineral potassium. They are low saturated fat; have no cholesterol, no sodium but plenty of oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid with multiple health benefits. In short, they are a super food.
For all those reasons, finding new ways to enjoy avocados is always on my to-do list. However, many children don’t find avocados very attractive at first, perhaps because they are usually introduced to them as guacamole. This is unfortunate because children’s developing brains have so much to gain from this fruit. As a matter of fact, it makes a fantastic “first food” for babies. Remember of course, babies should be introduced to such foods only after age 6 months, and only using one ingredient at a time; therefore, start with just plain, mashed avocado. The recipe below isn’t appropriate for babies until they reach age of 12 months due to the added honey.
If your children or kids you know are not a fan of avocado, try making this avocado chocolate mousse for them and watch their reaction when you tell them the main ingredient is avocado! This recipe allows you to vary the amount of sweetness that you want by adding more or less honey. As a general rule, I always suggest starting with the smaller amount and add more slowly; in that way you can keep your final calories under control.
Also, notice the recipe calls for milk. You can choose whichever milk you prefer, from cow’s milk to coconut. But for better results, use full fat versions of your milk. This will make the mousse much smoother and silky. Although, if you are looking for a leaner snack, you can use non-fat milk instead.
Whatever options you choose, this mousse will change the way you look at the dessert!
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
- 1 Hass Avocado
- 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon of Once Again Creamy Peanut Butter
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Killer Bee Honey
- Using a knife cut avocado in half; then with a spoon, gently remove avocado from skin.
- Add to blender or to a small bowl, if you plan on using an immersion blender.
- Add all ingredients, leaving the milk for last. Add the milk slowly until you achieve the consistency you desire.
- Mix well and place in refrigerator for up to 20 minutes to set. Serve cold.