I’ve never really understood it when people say “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” What’s the point in having cake if you’re not going to eat it? I feel that way about most desserts, which is why I try to keep the typical sugar laden types out of the house as much as possible.
You might be surprised at how easy it is to make a healthy dessert. So healthy in fact, that you can eat it for breakfast and not feel even slightly guilty. Typical ingredients like chocolate can actually be good for you, and there are substitutes for unhealthy oils and sugar that are nutritious and delicious. With the right tweaks, you can create something that benefits both your taste buds and your body.
Choose Nutritious Ingredients
One of the most common dessert ingredients is probably chocolate. Most people are aware that dark chocolate is good for you, but did you know that studies show it lowers blood pressure and is a potent source of antioxidants? Cacao, the original source of cocoa, is considered a perfect food by many because it is loaded with phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and more. So assuming you like chocolate, we’re off to a good start.
Other typical dessert ingredients are fats and sugars, which give us the sweetness and richness we often desire. Believe it or not, avocado is a highly nutritious source of fat that tastes great in dessert recipes. It contains healthy fat, protein, vitamins and minerals, and fiber. Compare that to the canola oil or shortening that often goes into your favorite treat! For sweetness, there are many substitutes, but one of my favorites is raw honey, which is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. This article has great information on the myriad of benefits of raw honey. Pure maple syrup is also a great option as it has been shown to have numerous health benefits.
Creamy, Dreamy Chocolate Mousse
With these things in mind, I created this chocolate pudding/mousse recipe that combines numerous healthy ingredients. In addition to cacao, avocado, and honey, it has these additional nutrient boosters:
- Cinnamon, which has numerous benefits as discussed in this article.
- Coconut oil, which can be classified as a superfood and also has numerous health benefits.
- Himalayan pink salt, which is believed to be the purest form of salt available and has rich mineral content.
- Vanilla, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
- Lucuma powder, a low-glycemic sweetener made from dried lucuma fruit that contains many nutrients, including beta-carotene, calcium, iron, protein, vitamin B3, and zinc.
Here’s the recipe:
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
2 ripe avocados
1 tsp. cinnamon (preferably Ceylon – click here for why)
¼ cup raw cacao powder
2 tbs. raw honey (can substitute pure maple syrup)
2 tbs. melted coconut oil
Pinch of ground pink Himalayan salt
1 tbs. pure vanilla extract, or 1-2 tsp. vanilla powder
1 tsp. lucuma powder (optional)
Place all of the ingredients in a Vitamix, blender, or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Add additional honey or maple syrup if desired for more sweetness. Try it with some unsweetened finely shredded coconut on top – yum!
“You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.”
As it turns out, the correct form of the proverb is actually “you can’t eat your cake and have it, too,” which makes a lot more sense to me. Obviously, if you eat your cake now, you won’t have it to eat later. So be prepared to make more of this delicious treat, because (trust me) you will eat it quickly! And if you want to eat it for breakfast – go ahead! This mousse makes a satisfying, delicious and healthy start to the day as well as a delightful dessert. With so many options, it will be gone in no time.