Decadent Vegan Chocolate Mousse
After the pictures of the Vegan Cooking Class with Deb Gleason emerged highlighting the participants with their fingers in the vitamix happily foraging for every last drop, I was asked to post the recipe and so here it is. Even though I had eaten as much as I could from a table full of delicious food items, I could not say no to this final offering of chocolatey deliciousness and ate every last bit.... It was just THAT good!
This recipe is an absolute keeper as it hits all of my checkpoints in terms of flavour, nutrient density, and ease of creation! ;)
Made of some amazing superfoods the ingredient list items boast some amazing qualities that you may not be aware of.
The sweetening agent of choice in this recipe is maple syrup. Based on research by the Canadian Nutrient File (Health Canada), maple syrup’s nutritional value is superior to other common sweeteners, such as honey, sugar, and even brown sugar. And, believe it or not, the calories in maple syrup are lower than in corn syrup and honey, averaging about 50 calories per tablespoon. Also:
-Maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese, which plays an important role in energy production and antioxidant defenses, and is necessary for normal brain and nerve function. A portion of ¼ cup of maple syrup contains 100% of the Daily Value of manganese!
-The sweetener provides 37% of the Daily Value of riboflavin, which aids in the metabolic process.
-Pure maple syrup also contains 18% of the recommended Daily Value of zinc, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
-Other minerals found in maple syrup are magnesium, calcium and potassium, decreasing the risk of hypertension or stroke. (1)
The bulk of the mousse is made with avocados and if you have never eaten this amazing superfood, allow me to tell you a little bit about it.
-Avocadoes provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocadoes also contain fiber
-Avocadoes provide the healthy kind of fat that your body needs. Like olive oil, avocadoes boost levels of HDL (the "good" cholesterol). HDL cholesterol can help protect against the damage caused by free radicals. This type of cholesterol also helps regulate triglyceride levels, preventing diabetes.
-Avocadoes are an excellent source of carotenoids, a high quality Vitamin A
-The combined effect of the deluxe package of nutrients contained in avocadoes offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocadoes' unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation. This means avocadoes can help prevent or mitigate against both osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. (2)
Decadent Chocolate Mousse
1/2 C organic maple syrup
3 ripe organic avocados, skins and pits removed
1/2 c raw organic cacao
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar
Pinch of sea salt
fresh organic raspberries
fresh mint leaves
Place the avocados, maple syrup, cacao, vanilla extract, balsamic vinegar, and salt into food processor or vitamix and blend until velvety smooth. Spoon into small dessert bowls and chill. Garnish with mint leaves and raspberries before serving.
I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as we did..