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I’m getting ready to head to the Roger Smith Food Writers Conference today. I’m really excited about it, and I don’t want to miss my bus to NYC, so I’m in a bit of a hurry…

In honor of Valentine’s Day and all things chocolate, though, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share this unbelievable raw chocolate mousse recipe with you.

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It’s rich, creamy and decadent, but it’s not a chocolate dessert you’ll have regrets about later….it’s quite good for you, in fact.

I’ve talked about raw cacao and it’s health benefits before, but to sum up (sorry, but I’m in a hurry), it is super high in nutrients, particularly antioxidants. It also contains numerous minerals, including magnesium and iron.

This recipe features raw cacao powder, which you can find in many natural foods stores, or purchase online. I also added raw organic cacao butter, which I have never used before. I like the thick texture it imparts to the mousse and how it kind of hardens when chilled, but if you don’t have cacao butter, you can probably use an additional avocado and a bit more coconut oil instead.

This is one of those recipes that I definitely suggest tasting as you go. You may prefer it with less cacao and more honey, for example. You can also make substitutions as you see fit. To keep the recipe vegan, you can use agave (or your favorite alternative sweetener) instead of the honey. Or use soaked dates to sweeten it instead. You could use almonds instead of the cashews and almond milk instead of the water…you get the picture, right? Go ahead an play around with it.

I honestly find this to be so intense that I can only eat a few spoonfuls at a time. It’s kind of the perfect dessert in that regard: you just can’t eat too much at once. It keeps well in the refrigerator, though, so feel free to keep a little bowl in there for when you need a little (healthy) chocolate fix…

Raw Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients:

*flesh from 1 avocado
*1/2 cup raw cashews
*3/4 cup raw cacao
*3/4 cup raw cacao butter
*2 Tb. organic coconut oil
*6 Tb. raw honey
*pinch of sea salt
*filtered water
*raw cacao nibs for garnish- optional
*fresh berries or sliced bananas for serving- optional

Directions:

1. In a high speed blender, process all ingredients, adding water as necessary, until you have a smooth puree. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving, if possible. Garnish with cacao nibs and/or fruit, if desired.

For more raw chocolate recipes, you might want to check out the book Naked Chocolate: The Astonishing Truth About the World’s Greatest Food. The book, which describes the many health benefits (including its role in weight loss!) of raw chocolate, also contains recipes for natural chocolate treats made with cocoa nibs, raw cocoa butter, nuts, coconut oil, and natural sweeteners.

 

4 Comments

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    Laura @ Hungry and Frozen — February 12, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    Wow, an avocado! I suppose all you’d get is the wonderful texture and a little nuttiness from it once all the other ingredients had been added. This is an intriguing recipe – I may have to try it at some stage! Is raw cacao the same as cocoa?

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    Lauren — February 13, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Lush and fantastic! I love the depth of flavours in here. Yum =D.

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    nakedbeet — February 13, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    Intriguing! I’ve only worked with cocoa nibs. Can I grind that up in place of the raw cocoa? Very curious to try this.

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    Mitch — February 18, 2010 @ 3:00 am

    It’s about time we try new and healthy food options just like what you’ve shared here. I really like your whole blog. Keep up the good work here. By the way, I’m a member of a great group who are health enthusiasts that might interest you too. Enjoy life to the fullest!

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