Quick Chocolate Mousse…Sounds just about right!

I like to go with what feels good and this feels just about right to me!  This highly popularized EASY to make raw vegan chocolate mousse is made with avocado which means it contains 18 of the standard 20 essential amino acids.  In this version I use maple syrup, and while not considered a raw food, it is packed with antioxidants*.  It is my practice to choose ingredients that may not stick to the norm if it means that it is more nutrient dense (raw or cooked).  Typically made with heavy cream, eggs and sugar and with many great interpretations out there, some healthier than others, who am I to judge?  I just love it and love is a beautiful thing ♥

Click here for a quick and fun video tutorial (our hijacking attempts to load my videos have not been successful…yet!).

No guilt!  Try it and let me know how it goes!

Ingredients

2 avocados, Hass variety, ripe
3/4 cup maple syrup, or more to taste
1/2 cup brazil nut milk (click for recipe) or use water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coffee extract, optional
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cups raw cacao powder, unsweetened cocoa powder works as well
Top with cacao nibs and berries, optional
Organic peanut butter or almond butter, optional

Directions
Blend ingredients until completely smooth. To adjust consistency, add more nut milk or water. Serve in a small bowl or ramekin, with a thin layer of organic peanut butter on the bottom of, followed by a generous layer of mousse. Top with cacao nibs and berries, and enjoy!

Tip: Store in airtight container with a layer of cling wrap on top of mousse, then cover with lid. This will help prevent quick oxidation of the avocado and preserve flavor. This will keep for up to 3 days and up to 5 days with a mild change in flavor.

References

http://www.uri.edu/news/releases/?id=5256

http://www.naturalnews.com/034370_avocado_nutrition_facts_health.html#ixzz2FNnLbb73

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Quick Chocolate Mousse…Sounds just about right!

I like to go with what feels good and this feels just about right to me!  This highly popularized EASY to make raw vegan chocolate mousse is made with avocado which means it contains 18 of the standard 20 essential amino acids.  In this version I use maple syrup, and while not considered a raw food, it is packed with antioxidants*.  It is my practice to choose ingredients that may not stick to the norm if it means that it is more nutrient dense (raw or cooked).  Typically made with heavy cream, eggs and sugar and with many great interpretations out there, some healthier than others, who am I to judge?  I just love it and love is a beautiful thing ♥

Click here for a quick and fun video tutorial (our hijacking attempts to load my videos have not been successful…yet!).

No guilt!  Try it and let me know how it goes!

Ingredients

2 avocados, Hass variety, ripe
3/4 cup maple syrup, or more to taste
1/2 cup brazil nut milk (click for recipe) or use water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coffee extract, optional
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cups raw cacao powder, unsweetened cocoa powder works as well
Top with cacao nibs and berries, optional
Organic peanut butter or almond butter, optional

Directions
Blend ingredients until completely smooth. To adjust consistency, add more nut milk or water. Serve in a small bowl or ramekin, with a thin layer of organic peanut butter on the bottom of, followed by a generous layer of mousse. Top with cacao nibs and berries, and enjoy!

Tip: Store in airtight container with a layer of cling wrap on top of mousse, then cover with lid. This will help prevent quick oxidation of the avocado and preserve flavor. This will keep for up to 3 days and up to 5 days with a mild change in flavor.

References

http://www.uri.edu/news/releases/?id=5256

http://www.naturalnews.com/034370_avocado_nutrition_facts_health.html#ixzz2FNnLbb73

http://www.maxilamba.com/flash.html?video=%3Cembed%20src=’http://daily-spots.com/wp-content/uploads/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress/player/player.swf’%20height=’350’%20width=’600’%20allowscriptaccess=’always’%20allowfullscreen=’true’%20flashvars=%22&controlbar=over&dock=false&fbit.height=350&fbit.pluginmode=FLASH&fbit.visible=true&fbit.width=600&fbit.x=0&fbit.y=0&file=http%3A%2F%2Fd28jtamhwxd4ym.cloudfront.net%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2FMousse-_11.flv&image=http%3A%2F%2Fd28jtamhwxd4ym.cloudfront.net%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2FMousse-.jpg&mediaid=2311&plugins=viral-2h%2Ctweetit-1h%2Cfbit-1h&tweetit.height=350&tweetit.pluginmode=FLASH&tweetit.visible=true&tweetit.width=600&tweetit.x=0&tweetit.y=0&viral.allowmenu=true&viral.bgcolor=0x333333&viral.fgcolor=0xffffff&viral.functions=embed&viral.matchplayercolors=true&viral.oncomplete=true&viral.onpause=true&viral.pluginmode=FLASH%22/%3E

My first post….A Nut Milk?!

Hola! I’m thrilled to be sharing with you at Pedaling for Peace a little bit about food and nutrition!

I will admit, my fingers had been feeling a quiver of shyness. I wanted the first post to be extra special- not digging for clever remarks or sweet nothings to impress you with the latest research and bombard you with references on how to do it “right”.  We are all smart here. We can Google just about anything these days. The challenge was bringing the essence of me to you not hidden by someone else’s research. What is totally and purely me? Coming from a mindset of “I know nothing” I like to share the innocence of looking at each day as if it was the first on earth. I’m that two year old full of wonder playing in the sandbox throwing sand at the other kids because I think it’s funny. I walk with rocks in my pockets and crumbs on my face. But you’ll get to know more about me as we go along!

NutmilkSo I will do what I do when I meet make new friends, a Nut Milk! I travel with my nut milk bags and love showing everyone how to make their own milk because I feel it’s so easy and taste way better than store bought. It’s also a great beginning of setting a basic foundation for making dietary and lifestyle changes. And if by any chance I share a thing or two that inspires you to live a healthier happier life, then I am glad I was there for you just in time.

 

Ingredients
4 cups filtered water (use less for a creamier milk)
1 cup brazil nuts, soaking not required
¼ cup dates, soaked and pitted
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch sea salt

Directions
Blend all ingredients for about 2 minutes to allow the fat in the nuts to emulsify. Filter through a nut milk bag, nylon bag or mesh vegetable/produce bag and enjoy!

Make about 2-4 quarts and keep in a glass jar such as a mason jar for up to 3-5 days. Enjoy!

Hope you enjoy of what is to be one of many posts!  I’d love to hear your feedback, questions or just plain old shoot the breeze.

xo Carla