Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chocolate Avocado Mousse + A Dark Chocolate Giveaway

Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking

I have returned from my trip to Oregon with good news, we found a house we loved, we made an offer on it, and our offer was accepted!!! Sooooo as such, I'm currently buried under mounds of home-purchasing paperwork and filled with glee. The inspection is taking place on Saturday and, *fingers crossed*, if everything goes well then the rest of the process should be smooth sailing aside from these mountains of forms that need to be read and signed. We'll be slowly packing up our things and making the drive up north towards the end of next month, so if anyone has any packing/cross-state moving tips, they would be much appreciated! (Especially if they involve a 16-hour drive with a dog and a cat. Not really looking forward to that part.)

Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking

Now, onto the food! A few months back, a friend of mine told me about a wonderfully delicious chocolate mousse she'd had at a restaurant here in Los Angeles. It was one of those raw vegan places, and she'd said the mousse was made out of chocolate and avocados, which I thought sounded both weird and interesting. I know some people have sweet avocado smoothies, but with chocolate? In a pudding/mousse form? I was very intrigued. So per usual, I had to try making it myself to see what all of this chocolate avocado talk was about.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking

The base is made from melted chocolate mixed with coconut milk, honey, and avocados which is then whipped into a flurry with a blender or food processor. In all honesty, scooping the avocados out of their skins was the hardest part of making this recipe. It's literally dump ingredients into blender + turn blender on = MOUSSE. If you want it to look extra fancy, you can scoop the mousse into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe it out into little serving bowls, but it will taste just as good simply scooped out into a bowl. I could definitely taste the avocado in the recipe, but it wasn't at all a bad thing, since it's rich creamy flavor paired really well with the chocolate, and the honey and raw sugar helped balance out the bitterness of the other two ingredients. It definitely doesn't taste the exact same as a normal cream-based chocolate mousse, but it's still quite tasty and so, so much better for you.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking

I melted down some French Broad dark chocolate bars from Cocolectic for the base, and they're kindly offering up a chocolate bar giveaway for you all, as well! This is probably one of the coolest giveaways I've had here, simply because I am a huge, huge chocolate fan and the folks at cocolectic are all about the art of artisan chocolate making. Cocolectic is a monthly chocolate subscription box that contains four bars of dark chocolate delivered to your doorstep along with a description card that tells you about the flavor profile of each of the bars, the cocoa beans used, where they were sourced from, the amount of cacao in each bar, and a little bit about the makers of that month's set of bars (the chocolate brand changes monthly). So it's basically like a monthly wine connoisseur subscription except with delicious, exquisite dark chocolate bars. And one of my favorite aspects of the subscription (aside from all the chocolate) is that the delivery box is always sealed with a wax stamp initialed C. (I know it has nothing to do with chocolate, but to me those little personal touches always make getting something in the mail that much more exciting.) And Cocolectic is kindly giving away a variety of gift cards of three of you, YAYYY!!! To enter the giveaway please use the rafflecopter widget below. You can also use the code 5AC at check out to receive $5 off your Cocolectic order. The giveaway ends on 5/22 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time, best of luck everyone!

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Adapted from Giada de Laurentis


1/2 cup crushed dark chocolate
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons full fat coconut milk, room temperature
4 medium-sized ripe avocados, with pits and skins removed
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup dutch process cocoa powder
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
sea salt to taste (between a pinch and 1/2 teaspoon)

Begin by melting down the chocolate in the top of a double boiler until smooth, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled to firm it up (about 40 minutes), then you can either serve as-is, or scoop the mousse into a frosting bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe the mousse into small serving bowls. Serve immediately.



Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking

Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking

Chocolate Avocado Mousse | Adventures in Cooking


91 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the house!!! We are in a very similar position and have our fingers crossed everything works out :) This avocado mousse looks OUT OF THIS WORLD!! I definitely want to try it!

    Sues

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  2. I will be making this. Looks wonderful. normally Im a sweet/salty combo girl!

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  3. Congrats on the house! I wish I had any moving tips to give; we've moved very short distances 4 times in the last six years, and the only thing I've learned is to hire movers to do the big stuff. I am absolutely TERRIBLE at packing boxes efficiently. They always weigh about 3000 pounds each and my husband glares at me.

    My sister just texted me last week asking me to make her chocolate avocado mousse, so I'm so glad you posted this recipe! I'll have to give it a whirl!

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  4. It's not that uncommon to find, but the first time I ever made a Pear Crumble with Ginger instead of Cinnamon, it was a total lightbulb moment!

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  5. I tried a wonderful wine called Cabanero. It is a blend of Cabernet with habanero pepper. YUM!

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  6. This mousse looks wonderful.
    The first time I tasted sea salt on chocolate it was like I had died and gone to heaven. Now it's a very popular combination, but I'm just glad someone thought of it.

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  7. For a while I thought lemon and lavender was odd but very intriguing. Holy man it's definitely one of my favorites now.

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  8. I've been wanting to try chocolate and avocado together for a while, but I'm just not brave enough.
    I make myself a green smoothie almost every day, but today I tried spinach + pineapple. Pure heaven.
    I can't wait to make more of the same! :D

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  9. I was really shocked to discover I liked the flavor of apples and tuna together.

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  10. Actually chocolate and avocado was a flavor combo I really wasn't too sure about. Then I made some chocolate avocado pudding for my son's second birthday in place of frosting on his dirt cake and it was amazing! I will have to pick up some more coconut milk and avocados to try this recipe out.
    Also, yay for moving back to Oregon! It's such a pretty state to live in.

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  11. Honey and lemon on a crepe. I can bring the full experience to my mind just by thinking about these flavors.

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  12. Congrats!! That is so exciting and I am beyond happy for you guys!

    I love avocado mousse, so this looks awesome!

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  13. Well, it's not that abnormal, but my favorite go-to dessert is chocolate pudding made with coconut milk. It's beyond delicious and pleases the masses, since it's gluten and dairy free.
    What neighborhood did you end up going with?

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  14. This looks amazingly delicious. Having done a few long distance moves, my tip is to have a good clear out before you move. I can't believe some of the things that I have moved that should have been given to charity or binned long before the boxes were packed.

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  15. Mucha suerte con los trámites de la nueva casa, ¡¡¡QUE FELICIDAD!!!.
    Amiga como siempre tu receta es ORIGINAL y RICA, muchas gracias; y a disfrutar soñando con tu nueva vida :)))
    Conxita

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  16. This is for sure strange - but jam on hot dogs is actually delicious!

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  17. Chocolate and avocado is such a perfect mix, this is amazing. Your pictures are quite stunning too. Love this so much, Eva, and congratulations!

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  18. I recently had a peanut butter dipped strawberry, which was surprisingly good.

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  19. This may or may not sound weird, but chocolate and cheese together at once is so good (depending on the cheese.)

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  20. Simple, healthy, and delicious. Pinned! :)

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  21. Just last night I had a rhubarb / asparagus panna cotta. It was amazing actually!

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  22. I love making avocado mousse!! This recipe is lovely!

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  23. Sweet Corn in Vichyssoise. We had it at Maison Blanche on Longboat Key and it was magical!

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  24. i have made chocolate avocado mousse before but didnt care too much for it..im going to try your recipe soon and definitely pipe it :)

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  25. Adding a dash of cardamom to hot chocolate. And then oatmeal. And crumble...

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  26. I've used black beans in brownies as well as avocados in chocolate mousse. It's amazing what goes well together. Just don't tell your guests the secret ingredients until AFTER it's been consumed. :)

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  27. Love avocado in my smoothies!

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  28. love the avocado and chocolate combo... who would have thought it would be so perfect!

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  29. This looks delicious! Would love to use the dark chocolate to make this.

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  30. Garlic and white chocolate ice cream. Strangely delicious.

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  31. I love salty and sweet together. Since I was a little kid I've always eaten liver sausage or braunsweiger with jam on it - traditionally it was plum jam, but now I use all kinds. I learned that from my father.

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  32. I just had it in a cookie - habanero, orange, chocolate chip. It was delicious.

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  33. sweet and salty :)
    insta : myriam_bennsir

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  34. I was trying to think of weird flavour combinations a while ago. I decided cabbage and chocolate would never go...so of course I had to try them together. I cooked a dish of roast beetroot and cabbage and added in chocolate-dipped walnuts. I kid you not, it was delicious!

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  35. Well, I don't know if this is unconventional, but I love peanut butter on burgers.

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  36. Flavor combo would be sour cream and honey on matzoh!

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  37. I adore Giada and now, I cannot wait to give this a go. Avocados are one of my absolutely favorites...and of course so is chocolate. I cannot imagine how they taste together! ^_^ ...So this is probably the most common answer but I have to say sweet and salty....although sweet and spicy is also really insane.

    Thank you for hosting this fun giveaway. Your site is *GORGEOUS*!! :D Best of luck with your move and have a lovely holiday weekend ahead.

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

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  38. black pepper and ginger!

    marie [dot] hope [dot] martin [at] gmail [dot] com

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  39. Tried a dark chocolate bar with chili. Can't say I liked it much.

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  40. Recently I tried a dark chocolate bar with candied violets. I was very surprised how delicious it was!

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  41. I would have to say chocolate cookies with red pepper.

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  42. Oh wow. What a heavenly combo. I love that you used coconut milk in there too. I am sure it is delicious. So happy for your house. Wish I had some advice about the pets during the drive. Good luck with that.

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  43. congrats on the house!

    i keep thinking i should try the chocolate and avocado combination but haven't as of yet

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  44. I've always wanted to making avocado and chocolate mousse... perhaps my saturday treat.
    a soft mild goats cheese with dark chocolate is a swell combination... maybe even another mousse-like idea.

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  45. I love the surprise addition of ground red pepper. This beautiful mousse is NEARLY as exciting as your new house!! Things have been insane over here and I haven't been able to breathe or visit your blog in so long... and when I finally do, you've gone and purchased a house? Congratulations, Eva! That's huge. While paperwork and lugging furniture and pets around doesn't seem compatible with that excitement, it's all part of the grand experience and I'm sure everything will go smoothly :)

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  46. I recently tried a lemon-honey-basil ice cream from a delicious farm-to-table restaurant nearby, and it was an incredibly surprising and delicious flavor! I'm usually not a savory-sweets kind of girl, but this tickled my taste buds like no other!

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  47. Chili powder sprinkled on Granny smith apples. A friend introduced me to this treat and I love it!

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  48. I heard about this chocolate+avocado combination but haven't tried it yet! It looks delicious! Good luck with moving and that long drive with cat & dog ha ha! :-)

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  49. I have always hated Stilton cheese until I tried it with poached pears. Sublime. Thanks for the giveaway Eva.

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  50. For me it was a hot pepper honey...would not have thought to pair those two but it was SO good!

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  51. I know this craze has been around for awhile,but I'm still all about the salted caramel. Such a good flavor combo....

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  52. This looks awesome! I can't wait to try it out! I have to say I tried bacon wrapped dates last year and surprisingly loved it! :) so sweet and salty!

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  53. this is magnificent! avocados for the win. :)
    i had a stout this weekend that was flavored with cherries and rhubarb. surprisingly excellent.

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  54. French broad makes a lavender sipping chocolate. I didn't think I would like the floral flavor with chocolate, but it's amazing! Actually, I'm experimenting with dark chocolate and lavender candy as we speak : )

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  55. I would have to say brownies topped with garlic. I had them once at a garlic festival.

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  56. I love dipping frenchfries in honey! its really good

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  57. I adore every single photo of your blog !

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  58. watermelon and prosciutto!

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  59. I can't think of one, I'm not really the most experimental person. But, this mousse looks AMAZING!

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  60. watermelons and salty bread - one of the bestest mixtures for me ;)

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  61. Wowwww that's such great news about your upcoming move! And I actually often make avocado/chocolate "frosting" type thing, and always always love it!!! But yours sounds extra decadent~so delish! :D

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  62. pb banana. not so weird now but back in the day i would never have tried it!

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  63. I hope that suits you another household! Along with haha which is entirely the kind of thing identification declare basically Moved: )

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  64. Fried eggs and jam. It's my favorite egg sammie! Also I love bean to bar chocolate - thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway :)

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  65. Chocolate and sea salt's gotta be my fav combo.

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  66. I make jam, and the strawberry-cherry poblano jam was a fan favorite at our openhouse-unexpectedly delicious!

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  67. The most pleasantly surprising flavor combo I've had is a fig and speck pizza that's made by a local pizzeria. It's amazing.

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  68. This looks and sounds SO good! Can't wait to try it!!

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  69. Only take things you love! And get rid of all mismatched, broken, or "bleh" things (aka those towels or plates you secretly hate and keep meaning to replace).

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  70. I'm a little late to the party, but I just recently found out that apple and peanut butter is an amazing combo

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  71. This looks amazing - Christy S.

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  72. I like sea salt,chocolate and fruit,like rasberry or blackberry. Yum....

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  73. I happen to love peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches, sounds crazy, but they are delicious!

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  74. The first time I had a mocha coconut latte in Hawaii was the beginnning of my chocolate and coconut obsession, not the most profound combination but it definitely was to me!!

    wimbley73@aol.com

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  75. Honey and goat cheese pizza! It's delicious!

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  76. Having grown up in a spicy-phobic household, eating fresh fruit with chili powder was really a revelation for me.

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  77. Great alternative, looking forward to trying it!

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  78. I love chocolate dipped bacon so much, but when I first heard of it I didn't think it would be very good!

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  79. stephanie scales campbellMay 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    i tried orange chocolate and really didn't think i would like it but it was awesome

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  80. In Japan, I tried French toast with spicy tomato sauce, and it. Was. Awesome.

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  81. I made ice cream the other week out of beets and oranges. Surprisingly awesome!

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  82. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    My fave unexpected combo is dark chocolate and chillies!

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  83. Congratulation on your house, I hope it all works out for you!! =) Also thank you for the giveaway!!

    My unexpected combination would have to be chocolate & mustard!!! (it happened on accident but ended up not being terrible lol)

    *Moving tip: Pack all of the heavy stuff first(& the things you will need right away), you don't want to crush anything fragile!!

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  84. Peanut butter + pickles…THE BEST!

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  85. Most unusual combination I've had is avocado + yogurt + honey. I made a mask for my face and had leftovers, so naturally I had to taste. It became a dessert I made on purpose, after that. I've also enjoyed the combination of dark chocolate + cayenne.

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  86. One time I had a Ghiradelli Chocolate bar that was Intense Orange flavor. I bought it on accident not realizing it was orange flavored and was actually pretty upset with myself when I got home and realized it. But after I tried it it was actually pretty good. No regrets after that :D

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