Paleo Mexican Chocolate Mousse (with Avocado!)

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When I first put together this recipe, I was like, "WTF." I didn't just think it. I said it out loud, which is why it's in full-fledged double quotes instead of baby thought quotes.

'Avocado and

chocolate

?!,' I thought, in single thought quotes, sifting through various paleo hacks.

I knew I had to try making my own paleo chocolate mousse, just to see if this would be as terrible as I thought it was going to be. And in the spirit of experimentation, I decided to turn the heat up and make a Mexican chocolate version.

Little did I know it would actually turn out kind of, well... great.

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Paleo Mexican Chocolate Mousse

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan

Adapted from

Practical Paleo

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 T full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana and/or 3 T of honey or maple syrup (just sweeten to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: I topped this with some dark chocolate chunks, because yum.

Mix all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until whipped nicely. Chill until it's time to EAT.

Thoughts, ideas and other uses:

  • The flavor is not going to be like regular chocolate mousse, so get that nonsense out of your head. I'd say it's an acquired tasteā€”at first I wasn't so sure, but by the bottom of the bowl I was pretty into it.
  • I wouldn't expect it to keep long, though you'll never know when the avocados turn brown. :)
  • Use this general recipe but change the spices to create different flavor combinations.
  • Garnish with hazelnuts too. Yum.
  • Check out these other weird things I found out you can do with avocado.
  •  Obsessed with these Iittala dessert bowls we got as a wedding gift. So obsessed that I eat scrambled eggs from them sometimes.

P.S. I don't often post desserts, but when I do you should make

them

.

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