Why Dr. Hoody endorses this recipe:
Besides tasting decadent, smooth and creamy, Chocolate Avocado Mousse has amazing properties. Dark chocolate increases your serotonin resulting in a calming effect. It contains a small amount of phenylethylamine, which acts like an amphetamine and stimulates your cells to release dopamine. Dopamine plays a role in how we feel pleasure. You release dopamine when you eat chocolate and even when you think about eating chocolate. This response lasts as long as you eat or think about it! Perfect for romantic evenings.
Meanwhile, avocados can decrease obesity, help balance diabetes and even decrease heart disease risks. Avocados contain ingredients that promote healthy complexion and can increase energy levels. Its natural plant sterols contain healthy cholesterol. The fats in an avocado are mainly unsaturated and can decrease macular degeneration in the eyes.
Chocolate and avocado together, what a match! It’s healthy, contains omega 3’s, helps increase dopamine and calming effects, and has a luscious texture and taste.
- Flesh of 2 ripe avocados
- ¼ cup of regular cocoa powder
- ¼ cup of Dutch cocoa or melted chocolate chips
- 3-4 tbsp of milk of choice
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt (beware of any recipe that doesn’t include any salt)
- Sweetener of choice to taste
You have two options for this recipe: The version with the chocolate chips will be richer; the version with the Dutch cocoa (important to use Dutch) will be lower in fat and sugar. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. We use 3 tbsp almond milk, but if you’re not using a liquid sweetener then you might want to add a little extra for a smoother consistency. Serve chilled.