janet @ the taste space

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

In Desserts on July 29, 2011 at 6:49 AM

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.

  1. Your leg will get better soon. *hugs*

    The mousse was a nice surprise dessert last night. Thanks 🙂

  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 😛

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

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

  7. 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. 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. http://www.peninabareket.com/feedyourrroots/2010/10/trick-or-treat/

  9. 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. 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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