Choc avo mousse

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I’ve been met with confused looks and silence when I’ve asked friends to guess what’s in my choice avo mousse, because it tastes so close to the real thing they can’t tell the difference!

The rich creamy texture of the avocado makes it the perfect base for a delicious, guilt-free dessert. And there’s lots to love about raw cacao.  It’s a potent source of antioxidants, lowers blood pressure, reduces your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, protects your nervous system, lowers insulin resistance and may even reduce the risk of certain cancers.  As if that’s not enough to get you across the line, it’s high in essential minerals including magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and calcium, and contains a stimulant that releases endorphins that boost your mood.

I’ve used rice malt syrup as the sweetener, because it’s fructose free and has a low glycemic index (GI), which means the energy releases slowly into your bloodstream (when used in moderation) instead of causing blood sugar spikes.  If you’re not fussed about fructose banana tastes pretty yummy too!

 

You will need:
1 large avocado
1/4 cup raw cacao (I use Loving Earth)
1/4 cup coconut cream
2 tbs rice malt syrup (I use Pure Harvest)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt

 

What to do:
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend with a hand held blender until you get a smooth and creamy texture.  Taste and adjust the flavour if you need to.

2. Serve with fresh berries – pomegranate, shredded coconut and buckwheat would go well with this too.

 

Styling – Carlie Monasso.

Photography – Samara Clifford

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Zara is a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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