25 Apr 2020 No Bake Sweet
This recipe is an indulgent chocolatey treat that is packed full of healthy ingredients. The kids will probably never guess that the main ingredient is avocado. The mousse combines the silky smoothness of a blended avocado with the flavour of chocolate. If the idea of chocolate and avocado in the same mouthful sounds unconventional, trust me – they are a food marriage made in heaven. Piping the mixture into the glasses gives a tidy finish and helps avoid air gaps, but the mixture can be spooned in if you prefer.
Place the cacao nibs in a mini-blender and blitz to give a rough crumb. Tip them into a small bowl and set aside. Wipe the blender bowl and blade of crumbs.
Halve the avocados, discard their stones and scoop the flesh into the blender. Add the maple syrup, cocoa or raw cacao powder, vanilla extract and peppermint extract, and blitz to give a thick, silky smooth mousse. Cut the tip off the piping bag to give a 2cm opening. Scoop the mixture into the bag and then pipe it evenly between the serving glasses. Alternatively, use two small spoons to scoop and scrape the mixture into the glasses.
This can be eaten straight away or it can be made up to two days in advance and kept covered in the fridge. When ready to serve, sprinkle the cacao nib crumbs evenly over the top of each one. Stick a mint stalk into the centre of each one, so it sits upright as if growing, and serve.
For a twist…
Instead of the peppermint extract, add to the blender either the finely grated zest of 1 large orange or a 2.5 cm piece of fresh ginger that has been peeled and finely grated. Alternatively to the Peppermint essential oil, use doTERRA’s Wild Orange or Ginger.
* Be sure to use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil. I use the DoTERRA brand. Please get in touch via my social media links if you would like to learn more about any of their oils and uses for not just cooking, but also natural health and wellbeing.
Photo (c) Mandy Mortimer
2 tbsp cacao nibs
2 ripe avocados
75ml maple syrup
50g cocoa or raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract or 2 drops doTERRA peppermint essential oil
4 mint sprigs with 5cm stalks
Disposable piping bag (or two small spoons)
4 x 100ml serving glasses