Looking for something sweet without all the sin? This rich mousse will knock your socks off! Everyone I know who has tried this mousse falls in love immediately and is amazed at the art of an avocado. Cacao powder is what makes this dessert call to chocolate lovers, like myself. While we're on the subject of chocolate, did you know the difference between cacao and cocoa....besides the spelling? Well, they both come from the same bean, but cocoa is cleaned, roasted and processed, whereas cacao is raw, uncooked and unprocessed. Raw cacao is comprised of 300 compounds, including carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and sulfur. It is also an antioxidant and is considered a superfood. Once cacao is cooked and processed, it loses much of its nutritional benefits, therefore becoming "cocoa". Once milk is added, the antioxidant levels drop dramatically. This is what is found in our standard candy bars. So, next time, reach for the cacao, which can be found at health food stores.
Try this VERY simple mousse recipe and in just a few bites, that sweet side of you will be satisfied.
1 cup cacao
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff....not Aunt Jemima) Grade B is best
1/4 cup water
Blend all together until creamy and enjoy! Don't forget to lick the spoon on this one. :)