cacao

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Chocolate mousse with avocado, coconut milk and pistachios

Avocados are always in our shopping list, since we use them almost every day. Both their rich flavor and their creamy texture make them extremely useful in many sweet and savory preparations. Specifically in vegan pastry, because of their high fat content, they can be used as a healthy and cruelty-free substitute for whipped cream in a wide range of recipes -from a simple, chocolaty mousse like the one we make today, up to an impressive raw vegan cake or a refreshing and fluffy ice-cream.

Usually when I find avocados at a good price, Ι buy a relatively large quantity, mostly for our salads. I keep them in the fridge and every 2-3 days I take some out and place them in the fruit bowl on our kitchen counter. The simplest way to make our avocados ripen in 2-3 days is to place them next to ripe bananas, apples, pears or other fruits that ripen after being picked from the trees. These fruits produce a natural plant hormone which makes them ripen and so does to the avocados that are placed together with them.

Chocolaty, avocando, coconut milk and pistachio mousse - Veganinathens.com

This chocolaty, raw and vegan avocado mousse is my favorite way to use overripe avocados and prepare a wonderful dessert in only 5 minutes. In order to achieve a rich and fluffy texture I also add full fat coconut milk, which, moreover, balances –together with the cacao and the vanilla- the taste of avocados that might not be welcome from everyone.

Finally, pistachios, give to our dessert an even more interesting taste and texture.

Chocolaty, avocando, coconut milk and pistachio mousse - Veganinathens.com

Ingredients
(4 servings)

  • 2 very ripe avocados, medium sized (1 ½ cup flesh)
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk homemade or store bought
  • ½ cup agave syrup or another liquid sweetener
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp natural vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw pistachios peeled and coarsely chopped

Method

  1. Pour all the ingredients in a blender and blend on a medium speed for a few minutes until a smooth cream is formed.
  2. With a spoon add in each bowl a thick layer of the mousse, in between 1-2 Tbsp of pistachios and then end with a nice thick layer of chocolate mousse.
  3. Garnish with pistachios, cover the bowls and place them in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Chocolaty, avocando, coconut milk and pistachio mousse - Vegan in Athens

Note: Experiment with additional ingredients such as orange zest and orange juice instead of vanilla extract, or replace pistachios with nuts of your choice!

 

 

 

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Κρεμώδες, σοκολατένιο άλειμμα με φυστικοβούτυρο και κακάο - Veganinathens.com

Peanut butter and cacao cream

Peanut butter and cacao powder are two ingredients that are rarely absent from my cupboards. Especially, when they are blended together into recipes, most of the times the final result is yummy!

So this time, I decided to experiment with peanut butter and cacao, in order to create a rich, creamy and in the same time, healthy spread. It’s exactly what it takes when we crave for some chocolate stuff or when we want to relish our breakfast and add some taste to our afternoon snack. Additionally it can be used as a topping in our cakes, muffins or biscuits, adding extra bonus to our creations. In any case, this chocolaty spread is something that one should try at least once!

Peanut butter and cacao cream - Veganinathens.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup agave nectar or other liquid sweetener
  • 1/3 cup orange juice or water at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder

Method

  1. Put in a bowl or in the blender the orange juice, the agave nectar and the cacao powder and stir with a fork or blend until all the ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Then add gradually the peanut butter, stirring (or blending) well each time, until smooth and creamy.
  3. Put the spread in a sterilized, airtight glass jar and keep in the fridge. You can keep it for more than a week.

Κρεμώδες, σοκολατένιο άλειμμα με φυστικοβούτυρο και κακάο - Vegan in Athens

Note: Although the recipe is very simple, it is necessary to follow the steps above in order to achieve a smooth, creamy texture.

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