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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Posted in Desserts by janet @ the taste space on July 29, 2011

You wouldn’t think a falling bicycle could be so dangerous.

If I was riding it, sure. But not a bicycle falling down next to me!

This time, I wasn’t even riding my bicycle and I was injured.

I was standing next to my bicycle, as it was falling, and the front chainring (or chainwheel or spikey teeth where my gears change) decided to take a piece out of me. A few pieces. A few deep chunks of me. I saw my subcutaneous fat before I started to bleed, and knew it was bad news. In the next instant, blood was pooling down to my sock. I declined an offer for a napkin to wipe the blood off and softly said, “I just need to get to work.”  The nice stranger probably thought I was nuts. Of course, with an injury like that, it only makes sense to wish you were at work if you worked at a hospital!  I hopped on my bike and rode off.  I eventually found my way to the emergency department where I was cleaned up and stitched back together (thank you year 2 medical student).

***disclaimer, possibly gory photo of my leg… Personally, I don’t think it looks too bad, but it is definitely not as appetizing as my mousse!**********

My supervisor remarked that after enduring the injury, freezing and stitching, I deserved a treat. He suggested ice cream. Interesting idea, I thought. Instead of ice cream, I plotted and schemed. I had some avocados at home that I had forgotten to add to some tacos, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. A quick, decadent treat.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse.

Definitely not your typical mousse, it is a light chocolate pudding with a hint of spice. Not airy as you would expect in a mousse. If you would like more of a pudding, don’t add any water but it was good both ways. I adapted Gena’s chocomole, to include a bit of lemon juice, a dash of cinnamon and cardamom and swapped agave nectar for the dates. Next time, I may omit the water completely, and try adding some almond or hazelnut butter for added richness and a more pudding-like consistency. For something more airy, I may try this cashew-based recipe instead.

Thank goodness I have another avocado!

But I won’t wait for a pity-party for my next chocolate fix.

No worries about me, though, because my leg is doing fine, as am I. In fact, the worst thing that has happened is that I am now wearing skirts and dresses (pants irritate my stitches). Becoming quite feminine with my masculine injury, eh?

This is my submission to Ricki’s new Summer Wellness Weekends.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

1 ripe avocado (not too ripe, not unripe) [mine was 1 cup]
2 tbsp agave nectar, or to taste
5 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch cinnamon
pinch cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla (I used Penzey’s Mexican vanilla)
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup water (optional)

1. Blend all ingredients, except water, in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust as necessary. You may want to stop here for a lovely pudding. If you want it lighter and fluffier, slowly drizzle in the water.

Serves 2.

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  1. Rob said, on July 29, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Your leg will get better soon. *hugs*

    The mousse was a nice surprise dessert last night. Thanks :)

  2. Caitlin said, on July 29, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    wow, what a scary experience! that wound looks pretty horrible, good thing you are ok!

    the mousse looks great! i love that there is no tofu in it! and the texture looks really nice. i’m quite a fan of avocado, myself ;)

  3. sprint2thetable said, on July 29, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    That looks painful!!! Hope it heals quickly.

    I love chocolate avocado pudding and have made a version myself… but the cardamom addition sounds like it would make this even better! I’m going to have to try that in the next batch. :)

  4. Ricki said, on July 29, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    How awful for you! I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have been able to ride off to the emerg by myself after that! Hope you’re doing better and that it’s healing quickly!

    The mousse does look like a good consolation, though. ;) Thanks for submitting it to the WW event this week. :)

  5. Joanne said, on July 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Aww I’m so sorry you got injured chica! At least it was something that could easily be stitched! And seriously, if a second year could stitch it, then it couldn’t be that bad. :P

    I’ve made avocado “buttercream” before and loved it. I think mousse is next!

  6. Judith said, on July 29, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    oh thanks, I am trying this tonight. I think it would go well over cold stewed rhubarb..mmm yum

  7. foodblogandthedog said, on July 30, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Ow, that looks nasty! I’ve made an avocado rum mousse before called Avocado Crazy but I’ve never tried it with chocolate, sounds crazy good!!

  8. Penina @Feed Your Roots said, on July 30, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Ouch! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    I make a mouse very similar to yours and use it as a filling for a raw chocolate cake. Here’s the recipe if you’re interested.

  9. Priya Yallapantula said, on August 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Ouch !!! That does look bad. Take care and don’t put lot of stress on your leg and let it heal. Anyways, the mousse is a different story, looks superb, rich and creamy and delicious :)

  10. Ashley said, on August 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Oh my goodness your poor leg!!! I’ve been meaning to try making avocado chocolate mousse. This one looks really good and like the perfect treat after your injury!

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