Chocolate Avocado Mousse Layered with Banana Slices

As I mentioned in an earlier post (the Chocolate Avocado Brownies recipe), I learned of the diverse uses of avocado in baking and sweet treats on a trip to Maui.  I’ve been fascinated since.  This mousse was inspired by a chef in Wailaia; who made the most decadent, vegan dessert for my son because he wasn’t able to eat any of the other desserts on the menu due to severe food allergies.  I’ve wanted to replicate it since then.AvocadoMousse1

My kids are equally fascinated by the fact that avocados—a fruit—can be used in their treats, so when I tempt them with some new avocado experiment, I’m pleasantly surprised with their excitement!

I love that they receive healthy nourishment and get to feel indulgent at the same time!  This one, they devoured!

Ingredients:

1 Large Ripe Avocado

A heaping ¼ Cup measure of Organic Cocoa Powder

2-3 TBS Honey (I’m a big fan of raw, local honey!) *

1 TBS Pure Grade A Maple Syrup

1 tsp Pure Madagascar Vanilla

A Pinch of Sea Salt

1 Ripe Banana

Soy Whip Topping (or other whipped topping of your choice–there are some great homemade versions that use coconut milk.  Another of my favorites uses blended cashews…  I’ll need to find that one again soon!)

*Play around with the right sweetness, after adding both honey & maple syrup.  I definitely prefer the blend, and I personally prefer a bit of the bitter chocolate taste—my kids like things a little sweeter!

Directions:

Spoon the avocado into a large bowl, add the other ingredients and begin AvocadoMousse2mixing with a hand mixer.  Once all of the ingredients are combined, use a rubber spatula to scrape the edges, and keep mixing—the more you mix, the smoother it will become.  When you’ve blended it to the consistency you want, layer the mousse in dessert cups (four of them) with slices of banana.  Top with whipped topping and enjoy!

Variations:

I’ve had a similar dessert with mint leaves and a touch of mint extract added to the mousse.  I’ve also eaten it with raspberries.  I think it could be wonderful with most fruits!  I also would like to try it with a bit of almond extract and topped with sliced almonds, or with coconut extract topped with coconut flakes.  And for those who like a little heat, try a pinch of cayenne!  I’d love to hear of some of the other variations that you try!

AvocadoMousse3For the Love of Your Life,

Angie