Dairy-Free Avocado Chocolate Mousse

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If you told me a few years ago that I’d be making things for dessert like chocolate mousse made out of avocados and dates, I would have laughed at you. But I’ve learned a lot in the past few years about nutrition and have been trying to make better eating decisions for the healthy of my body (and the beauty of my waistline). The problem is that I LOVE food…and really love chocolate. So when J and I decided that we would adopt a paleo (ish) diet during the week, I quickly started craving all the things I couldn’t eat. Like cheese. And chocolate. And anything drenched in sugar.

Thankfully, my friend Chassie re-posted this amazing recipe earlier this week and I just happened to have a couple of ripe avocados ready to go. This recipe is super easy — it literally takes 5 minutes to make — the result is a thick, rich chocolate mousse that won’t make you feel like you’ve ruined all your workouts. You could totally serve this at a dinner party and nobody would have a clue that it’s made out of avocados; it’s that good. And yes, it’s also paleo, dairy free and raw.

INGREDIENTS
¾    cup dates, soaked in water until very soft and de-pitted (it took about 10 minutes for my dates to soften)
2     avocados
1     cup unsweetened almond milk
¾    cup raw cacao powder
½    cup organic maple syrup
A pinch of cinnamon (optional)

In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate and top with your favorite garnish — coconut, almond slivers or raspberries would be great!

*This recipe was originally posted here.

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