Instant Gratification Chocolate Mousse

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Ok so the title for this post is a little weird…but this really is instant gratification in so many ways! It takes barely 2 minutes to make (plus a little refrigeration), uses only a few ingredients and is genuinely good for you! That, and calling it ‘instant, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, clean chocolate mousse’ didn’t really work.

The secret ingredient is avocado, which seems weird in a dessert, but actually does a similar thing to what bananas do to smoothies. A blended avocado gives a velvet texture, a whole bunch of decent fats and a creamy taste to this pudding. Plus, it’s angelic just for the fact it’s a mousse without cream and sugar!

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. This makes them ideal for meeting calorie intake and getting in some healthy fats without seriously increasing your carbohydrate intake. Monounsaturated fats are vital for glowing skin, strong hair and nails. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins and folic acid, which women are often deficient in. So there literally is no reason not to make a massive vat of this mousse and eat it all guilt free!

For 2 mousses:

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp 70% organic cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp 100% cacao, melted (optional – increase cocoa powder to your own preference, or use 70% dark chocolate instead)

You might want something to serve it with, I used hazelnuts and raspberries.

Method:

Squeeze the avocado flesh from their skins into a blender & blitz with all other ingredients, until smooth. Chill in the fridge for 40 mins or so and serve!

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Nourishing Nut Milks

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It was only a couple of years ago that if you were lactose or dairy intolerant, soy or rice milk were your only options. All well and good if you actually liked them but with such a distinctive taste and weird texture, I always thought they were terrible in cereal, tea or coffee. Now, even small convenience stores at least have almond milk available and larger stores, a plethora of oat, hazelnut and coconut milks as well.

I started trying nut milks in smoothies and protein shakes to add some more nutrients and a different texture. If I have one of these drinks for breakfast, I want something that’s going to keep me full and not make me bloated like dairy can. Nut milks are also fantastic in baking, desserts and cocktails (particularly coconut milk in the latter) and I love an almond milk chai latte.

I still drink dairy as I’m not intolerant, but I much prefer nut milks for a more luxurious depth of flavour and better nutrient profile: tons of calcium and vitamins B2, 12, d and E and no added preservatives, artificial flavouring, colours, lactose or animal fat. Great for those who like to eat clean, vegans, or anyone looking to increase the nutritional value of their food. Alpro come out on top for their broad range of milks, both original and unsweetened. Rude Health also have an amazing oat and almond drink, which almost tastes like a milkshake in itself.

Don’t pass up nut milks – whether you can tolerate dairy or not – they’ll fit right into your routine and are a great change from the norm, particularly at breakfast time.