Valentine’s Dessert: Chocolate Orange Mousse

Mmmmm. Chocolate.

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It’s quite the understatement to say that I love chocolate.

I need chocolate.

And I’m not picky: brownies, ice cream, cookies, cake, pie- it all works. I’ll even take a little unsweetened cocoa powder mixed into my morning smoothie or oatmeal.

But. I’m not immune to the fact that most of the chocolate I enjoy also comes with lots of saturated fat &calories.(I’m looking at you Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Blueberries. Why must you be so amazing? )  Not exactly an every-day food and certainly discounts some of the health benefits of chocolate.

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Seeing as though I am not giving up my love for chocolate anytime soon, enter this dessert.

Chocolate, orange zest, walnuts and… avocado.

No, that’s not a typo. The secret to making this creamy, decedent dessert is by whipping everyone’s favorite vegetable fruit, the avocado. (Don’t worry. You will never know it’s there!)

Remember those big chocolate oranges that came wrapped in the pretty foil? I used to love those as a kid and wanted to recreate the same pairing here.

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Success.

The only problem with this dessert? Knowing that at any moment, you can whip up chocolate mousse that rivals any restaurant or store-bought variety. You probably already have most of these ingredients in your house already.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Chocolate Orange Mousse

Ingredients: (for 2)
1 ripe avocado, peel & pit removed
1/8 cup + 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup fresh orange juice from 1 orange
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1/2 an orange
pinch of salt
Optional toppings: coconut creme, walnuts, chocolate chips

Using a hand-mixer or food processor, mix avocado until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, juice, extract, and zest. Continue to whip or mix until very smooth, about 2-3 minutes more. Taste. If you want a sweeter mousse, add more sugar.

Divide the mousse into two small bowls and refrigerate for 1 hour until firm. Top however you prefer.

Spoon feed to your sweetie. ;-)

Looking for the perfect entree to go with this dessert? How about Pappardelle in Saffron Cream? 

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  1. says

    Amazing what a luscious, creamy texture you can get out of a humble avocado! For a healthy chocolate fix, it doesn’t get much simpler than this.

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