It has been quite a while since my last post: I was studying for law exams, I started a new job and I went on holiday, but I am back with a great recipe:)
This recipe features raw cacao powder. Raw cacao or raw chocolate is made from cold-pressed, unroasted cacao beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacao and other beneficial molecules which break down in the process of prolonged heat exposure. The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bars. In fact, the chocolate they are reffering to, is raw cacao.
When you buy normal cocoa powder (note the slightly different spelling), the beans have been roasted, which causes their molecular structure to change, and the overall nutritional goodness is reduced. Minimally processed, natural raw cacao is a one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavanols and contains many vital vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, vitamins E and B, essencial healthy fats (oleic acid), protein and fiber. Cacao beans are known as ‘the food of the Gods’. They are a true superfood with amazing properties and were much prized by the Aztecs. Associated with happiness, raw chocolate’s unique combination of natural chemicals helps alleviate depression and promotes a sense of well being.
So if you’re a chocolate lover just trade the commercial, processed chocolate for raw organic cacao. You can add raw cacao powder to your smoothies, or use it for a chocolate mousse like I did. Don’t worry if you don’t have raw cacao powder, you can also use normal cacoa powder. Although it may seem inferior to raw cacao, it’s actually also good for you (and less expensive) if you choose the plain cocoa powder,without added sugars and milk fats or oils. Surprisingly, it still retains a large amount of antioxidants in the process and is still excellent for your heart, skin, blood pressure, and even your stress levels.
This mousse is incredibly easy to make and comes together in minutes. Everything goes into the food processor or blender and is whipped into silky and creamy perfection with a naturel sweetness from the dates. Healthy, velvety, smooth chcolate mousse with an intense, deep chocolate flavour, do I need to say more?
Ingredients for 1 serving:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 (medjoul) dates, saked until soft
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or pods from 1 fresh vanilla bean
- a pinch of salt to enhance the flavour
- Optional extras for the topping: mixed berries, walnuts, sliced almonds, mulberries, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes or just anything you prefer!
Make sure your banana and avocado are very ripe as this will improve the flavour of the mousse enormously.
- Cut the avocado’s in half and remove the stone. Scoop the flesh in the bowl of the foodprocessor or a powerful highspeed blender.
- Add the skinned banana and process or blend until smooth and creamy.
- add the dates, cocao powder, vanilla extract, salt and blend again.
- If you want to make a ligther mousse, add a splash of water, coconut water or almond milk.
- Spoon the mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Serve alone or with a great topping. I used some walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds for a lovely crunch and added berries to give the mousse a great fruity twang.
Enjoy your indulgence!
Lots of love, Leila
– Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it ~Roald Dahl