By: Dreena Burtons –Plant-Powered Kitchen
This chocolate mousse is incredibly healthful, with a foundation of avocado and dates to create a smooth, sweet consistency. Kids will love it, and will have no idea how good it is for them!
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out (or 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract)
1 cup peeled, pitted, and roughly chopped ripe avocado (about 1 large or 1 1/2 medium avocado)
1 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup raw or regular cocoa powder
1 tsp orange zest (zest orange first and then juice)
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/8 tsp sea salt (don’t omit, balances flavors)
In a food processor, puree all ingredients. Puree until very, very smooth, stopping processor to scrape down several times throughout processing. This pudding is very thick. If you’d like to thin it, you can do so with more orange juice, or a splash of nut milk or water. Serve or store in the refrigerator. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw, oil-free, nut-free