Raw Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate, affectionately called food of the Gods, comes from a tree in the jungle called a cacao tree. Beautiful yellow/green pods hang from the tree’s trunk and branches. When cut open, the edible, fibrous white pulp is sought after by the people native to the area. Embedded in the pulp are dark purple seeds that after being dried and processed, become “chocolate beans”. When eating a raw food diet and creating raw food recipes, we are not interested in the processed chocolate that has lost many of its nutrients, we are interested in chocolate in it’s raw form, cacao.
Why? Cacao has a high level of antioxidants,and is an excellent source of dietary fiber. Cacao is known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, and contains an impressively high iron content. It also has many other essential minerals in significant quantities. Cacao is also a source of serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine, which are said to help alleviate depression and increase feelings of well-being. Cacao also contains anandamide which delivers feelings of bliss and B vitamins, which are essential to brain health.
As you enjoy this chocolate mousse, made with cacao and other healthy ingredients, know that you are not only experiencing bliss on your palate, but also are doing your brain, body and attitude a favor.
- 3/4 cup dates, soaked until very soft with pits removed
- 2 avocados
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 3/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- In food processor or blender, combine all ingredients and blend or process until smooth.
- Refrigerate, then enjoy.