Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Perfect Chocolate Mousse

I want to give you a recipe that will knock your socks off. It is a raw recipe for chocolate mousse from Living Cuisine by Renee Loux Underkoffler. I have made it servel times.
This should make about 4 cups.

1/2 cup pitted soft dates
3-4 tbs. pure maple syrup
1 tbs. cold-pressed coconut butter (optional but I recommend it)
1 1/2 tbs. non-alcohol vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups mashed avocado (about 2 med. avocados)
3/4 cup raw carob powder
4-6 tbs. cocoa powder or additional carob powder

Soak dates for 5-10 minutes in 1/2 cup fresh water. Drain the soaked dates keeping a little of the date soak water. In a food processor (not a mini) blend the dates, maple syrup, coconut butter, and vanilla until smooth. Spoon in the avocado and blend until smooth. Add a few tbs. of date soak water if needed to help in blending. Spoon in carob & cocoa powder and continue blending until smooth. Keeps fresh in the fridge for a few days. I like to serve it with pureed mixed berries. She aslo suggests freezing it for an ice cream which I haven't done... yet. Enjoy. It is yummy! All of these ingredients can be found in the health food stores.
Something I really like about this author and this recipe book is that she says "Diet is far more than what goes into our mouths. Our lifestyle, exercise and rest, emotional well-being, thoughts, and love are meaningful variables in the formula for health." I agree. Paul & I have embraced this idea and it has really paid off for us in all ways. We have never felt better, been happier and more open, or loved each other stronger than today, this very moment. Life threw us lemons and man did we ever make lemonade.

Something else to ponder from Ben Sweetland..."we cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."

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