Combining 2 Loves

February 9, 2011

I feel the need to document the weather here in Dallas.  Yesterday afternoon, Billy and I went on a bike ride in the sunshine.  It was warm enough that Billy wore shorts.

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This morning, we woke up to snow and it’s 15 degrees with below zero wind-chill.

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So there’s that.  Now to the point.

I LOVE chocolate.  I LOVE avocados.  You can search around the blog world and find many recipes combining these 2 stellar ingredients.

Heather makes Hot Chocolate Soup.

Angela makes a Chilled Double Chocolate Torte.

Abby makes Mexican Chocolate Ogre Cookies.

And Katelyn makes Raw Chocolate Mousse.

It was about time I gave this combination a whirl.

You know you married the right person when he comes home with a bounty of avocados, each of which he has tested for ripeness to last throughout the week.

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On Monday, I posted about the chocolate peanut butter cups I made for Billy.  His 2nd birthday dessert was Belgian chocolate mousse from Whole Foods, lovingly purchased by our dear friend who hosted Billy’s birthday dinner last Friday.

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Since I eat a dairy-free diet, I thought I’d make a vegan chocolate mousse. After looking up several recipes, I went with some ingredients I had on hand.

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1/2 avocado

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tablespoon raw sugar (or your sweetener of choice – honey, agave, etc.)

1/4 tablespoon cinnamon

splash of pure vanilla extract

dark chocolate chips

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After processing for a minute, I added a splash of almond milk to help smooth the consistency, which still had more texture than a regular mousse, but very creamy.  I enjoyed it this way, but you could run your blender/food processor a minute or so longer for a smoother consistency.

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I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes before eating it for dessert.  I loved it!  The addition of cinnamon and vanilla gave it some depth.  I think it would be great with banana for natural sweetness in place of the raw sugar.  The possibilities are endless.

Have you ever used avocado in a sweet recipe?

Do you live in a place where the weather changes rapidly?

What’s your favorite cold weather accessory?

I think gloves are my #1 because my hands are always cold.  But if I put my hands in my pockets, I’d say a warm hat!  And I have about 40 scarves/pashminas.

If you haven’t already, please enter my Choco-Lotta-Love giveaway!

~Bird

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