Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fresh Strawberries and Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This summer time dessert is very easy to make and so delicious . 

2 ripe avocados
1/2 c. agave nectar
1/4c. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt
fresh strawberries or raspberries
Fresh sprig of mint

With a large spoon scoop the avocado out of the skin and discard the seed.  In a blender add the avocado, agave, cocoa powder, coconut oil, vanilla and salt.  Blend until smooth. Scoop the mousse  into a pretty bowl or dessert dish and garnish with fresh fruit and or a sprig of mint.  This dessert is decadently rich and satisfying.

For the sake of presentation when serving with strawberries.  Take a large strawberry and leaving the stem on, make several slices into the berry from the tip almost to the stem.  Gently hold the berry and fan the slices without breaking them from the stem.  Place in the dessert dish on top of the mousse.  Make it pretty! 

On occasion I have used Earth Balance Buttery Spread in place of the coconut oil.  It changes the flavor slightly but makes it just as creamy and rich.  You can also add cinnamon for a slightly different taste.

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