Chocolate Mousse with Benefits
Health kick or not, there's always a good reason to feel good about eating well so we wanted to share our recipe for Chocolate Mousse. This tastes indulgent and you can happily sit back knowing that there's nothing in it but goodness. We've outlined why every ingredient can benefit you at the end of this post.
1 medium banana
½ medium-large ripe avocado
1 level tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew etc)
1 level tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cacao nibs (optional but great if you like the bitterness of very dark chocolate)
2 Strawberries (or other berries to serve)
Put all of the ingredients, apart from the berries in a food processor or blender and blitz until you have a smooth mousse.
Divide the mousse carefully between two ramekins or glasses, wiping any excess/smears away.
If using strawberries, rinse and pat dry on clean kitchen towel. Using a small, sharp knife slice each strawberry towards its stem a number of times, without cutting through completely. Gently fan out and place on top of a mousse.
Put in the fridge until needed.
Nutritional data per serving: 221 calories; 24g carbs; 11g fat; 5g protein
What's so great about these ingredients?
Banana: Low GL when not over ripe, they release their natural sugar energy slowly; a healthy source of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Avocado: Low in carbs, high in healthy fats (to enable absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K) and a good source of fibre, potassium and antioxidants. There are preliminary clinical studies showing that avocado consumption helps support cardiovascular health. Exploratory studies suggest that avocados may support weight management and healthy ageing.
Nuts: These calorie dense natural nuggets are incredibly nutritious, being loaded with healthy fats and important nutrients like Vitamin E and magnesium.Great for snacking on, almonds are found to improve your cholesterol profile whilst nuts in general may protect you from heart disease and diabetes.
Cacao: contains minerals including iron, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. and manganese. The flavonoid content is also particularly anti-inflammatory which can support your immune system.
Berries: the subjects of many nutrition studies these are some of the lowest carb fruits around, tend to be packed full of Vitamin C to support your immune system and aid healing plus they contain anti-oxidants which fend off cell damaging free radicals in your body