If you’ve read Destiny & Desire, you’ll remember the scene in which Tracie makes chocolate mousse for Wyatt (and if you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?). I thought it would be fun to share the recipe (although, spoiler: the secret ingredient is revealed).
Here is it, along with some of my favorite variations. This is a great dessert under any circumstances, but it’s particularly nice if you’re trying to cut back on refined sugar or if you’re looking for something vegan and/or gluten-free.
Plus it’s really easy and fast. Can’t beat that.
Tracie’s Chocolate Mousse
Makes 2 servings
1 ripe banana
2 heaping tbls of cocao powder
1 ripe avocado
1/4 to 1/2 cup cup water
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries OR 1 tbls coarsely chopped orange zest
Optional garnishes: fresh mint leaves; fresh raspberries; chopped or slivered nuts; orange zest, whipped cream (not vegan, obviously)
Put banana, cocoa powder, avocado and raspberries or orange zest in a blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of water and blend until smooth, adding extra water if necessary to get a thick, pudding consistency. Scrape into small bowls. If not serving immediately, cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge. Garnish as desired immediately before serving.
- Substitute cold coffee for water for extra flavor
- Substitute coconut milk for water for a different flavor and extra creaminess
- Gradually increase the water until you have a thick sauce; serve with fresh strawberries, orange slices and other fruit (kind of a healthy chocolate fondue)
- Increase water to 1–1.5 cups and drink as smoothies (best attempted with a blender)