Anneke’s Cooking Blog – “Chocovado”

Chocovado”: a vegan chocolate mousse with avocado. 

The December holidays have been over long enough ago for me to dare post an amazing dessert recipe to seduce you all back to sweetness and sinnery. This dessert is so simple yet soooooo tasty! And very healthy too, because it’s an avocado-based vegan chocolate mousse!

Normally I don’t care much for desserts, let alone chocolate-based desserts, because I usually enjoy my main course so much that leaving space for dessert is futile. Especially rich cholate-y desserts, that are often quite filling are a waste on me. Recently, however, I heard that vegan chocolate mousses are often more easy to digest. That got me interested! Also, I was curious whether it would be tasty enough to make me scoop up a little less, to leave room for a yummy dessert.

And now, I’m a fan! This mousse tastes sooooo creamy. Even without any milk, cream or eggs!

So if you’re expecting guests, or just want to spoil yourself with a luxurious dessert, this is it!

I am still thinking about a name though. Chocovado sounded quite apt to me. But if anyone has a even more creative idea, please let me know! =)

“Chocovado”:

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 75 grams dark chocolate (vegan)
  • 1 heaping spoon of cocoa powder (leave this out if you use really dark chocolate with more than 75 or 80% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 80 grams coconut cream (this is a creamier version of regular coconut milk so see if you can get it somewhere, or scoop up the top of a can coconut milk that’s been left to stand for a while)
  • a pinch of salt

Peel the avocado and put it in the bowl of a food processor or a large measuring can (if you use a hand-held blender). Melt the chocolate in a bowl in a pan boiling water (au-bain-marie) and let it cool down a few minutes. Then, add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix for a few seconds. After that, sweep the sides of the bowl carefully and mix everything again for a few seconds. Lastly, add the melted chocolate and mix everything until it is really smooth.

Divide over 4 small dessert bowls and put in the fridge for at least an hour. You can decorate with fresh fruit (e.g. one raspberry in the middle like I did) or chocolate shavings. Enjoy! And do not forget to lick the bowl and the spoon ;)

NB: these amounts make 4 tiny dessert bowls, so keep that in mind. In my opinion these portions are just right, but if you’re in the mood for a larger dessert, you can easily double the amounts!

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