When I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle, I was shocked by how many things were not already naturally vegan. For example, sugar! Some white refined sugars are processed through bone char. Totally gross! Besides it just not being always vegan, we know that sugar can cause a variety of health conditions, and for those reasons I choose to greatly reduce refined sugars from my diet.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy some delicious sweet treats – I’ve just learned to make them without refined sugar. My favorite substitute is fresh dates! They are deliciously sweet and provide natural sugars. I will admit though, that when I began eating more veggies & greens, my body automatically began to reduce its cravings for sweets. Pretty cool how smart our bodies are!
I will show you in this video how to make a simple and delicious chocolate mousse that is packed with nutrients and healthy fats that will satisfy even the sweetest of sweet cravings! I love keeping this delicious treat in my fridge for the times when I get a little sweet tooth, but without the side effects or guilt! (You know those times when the cravings sometimes hit…when life just doesn’t seem to be sweet enough on its own and we feel the need to supplement! YIKES!) This treat is so effective that all I need is a little spoonful to satisfy my chocolate or sweet craving when it occasionally occurs.
You’ll need a food processor, cutting board, measuring cups & spoons, small knife, spoon, spatula and the following ingredients:
- ¾ cup pitted medjool dates (soak them in warm water for about 20 minutes to make pit-removal easy)
- 2 ripe organic avocados
- 2/3 cup raw organic cacao powder
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of pure organic maple syrup
- ¾ tsp. ground organic cinnamon (or more according to taste)
- 1 vanilla bean
- Raspberries and/or blueberries, to serve
First, remove the pits from the dates and add the dates to the food processor.
Cut the avocados in half and remove the pit by giving it a good whack with your knife. Scrape out the avocado and add to the food processor.
Cut the vanilla bean in half & scrape out the seeds – put that in the food processor and add all of the remaining ingredients to the food processor.
Process it for up to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl regularly.
Once the chocolate mousse has a smooth consistency, spoon into serving bowls and garnish with fresh berries and even a fresh mint leaf when in season!
This amazing mousse will last in the fridge for about 3 days or consider freezing for a frozen treat. You can freeze the mousse in ice-cube trays and put a popsicle stick in the center of each cube for easy snacking!
I hope you enjoy this simple and delicious recipe.
Thanks for veggin’ out with me, The Happy Vegan!