You’d have a hard time finding a nutritionist who doesn’t love avocados.
And with good reason. Avocados are a true superfood, packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, folate, potassium, magnesium, fibre, carotenoids, antioxidants, the list goes on and on.
Many folks are afraid of the fat in avocados, but more than half of that fat is oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that’s also found in olive oil. A major portion of avocado fat also contains anti-inflammatory nutrients like phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs), as well as a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
This delectable mousse has an extra antioxidant punch with the addition of raw cacao powder, which has over 25,000 antioxidants in every spoonful. Yum. You will lick your bowl clean, I promise.
I made a few additions to Jen’s original recipe, as I needed more liquid to create a creamy texture. And I still had bits of dates left, which leads me to believe my old food processor couldn’t quite handle them. Soaking the dates might work better for next time – if your food processor is like mine, you might want to try this too!
What else would you add to this recipe to change it up?
This post is part of a month-long series about exploring the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.
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- 1 large avocado
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder
- ½ cup almond milk, or another non-dairy milk
- ⅓ cup water
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp lucuma powder (optional, adds some caramel-ish undertones)
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add more liquid as needed.