What, another chocolate dessert?!?! Yep! Have I gone chocolate mad? U-huh! I make no apologies! I love chocolate and is loves me. And chocolate is healthy, so why not have some fun with it, right? 🙂
Chocolate puddings are a sneaky way of giving something nutrition to your loved ones without them even realising it. This recipe is the closest I've come to making something that should not be healthy, but is! It can even help with weight loss (when combined with wider whole food way of eating).
One of the main ingredients here is lucuma powder. Lucuma is a fruit originating from South America, so it's an exotic fruit, just like mango. It's high in beta-carotene, calcium and B vitamins, as well as being a rich source of fibre and other valuable nutrients. One study on the health benefits of the lucuma fruit found that it has excellent anti-inflammatory and healing properties, making it ideal for anti-aging and skin regenation. That's great news for all of us! The best part about this fruit is the flavour; it's sweet and almost vanilla-like making it an excellent addition to smoothies and most desserts!
You can get lucuma powder from most health food shops in the superfoods section. Lecithin you can also buy from health food shops – look for the non-GMO variety.
Recipe: Rich Chocolate Mousse
- 2 cups warm water
- 10 dates
- 4 tbs cacao powder
- 4 tbs pumpkin seeds or hazelnuts
- 2 tbs cacao butter
- 2 tbs lucuma
- 1 tbs lecithin
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp pink salt
This is another one of those dead easy recipes where all you have to do is put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!
Place in the fridge to set.
Serve with fresh or dried berries or simply on its own!
If you can't get hold of cacao butter (usually found in health food shops) this recipe will also work using coconut oil.