5 Minute MOUSSE ~ Chocolate with Avocado

5 MINUTE GLUTEN-FREE MOUSSE
What a great way to Celebrate EARTH DAY!!!  Friday, April 22, 2016.
It is a special day that started in 1990 – brought awareness of pesticides used in our crops and focusing on a cleaner environment. Organic foods began its slow resurgence at this time.

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AVOCADO
A friend of mine eats 1/2 of an avocado every day.  Mainly because she likes the creamy texture and taste. Instead of a salad or other ways to eat your avocado, how about dessert? This creamy high protein fruit goes well with cocoa in a smooth and luscious dessert. The good news is that this healthy avocado-chocolate mousse will not raise your blood sugar or cause that sugar crash of hypoglycemia, or encourage further food cravings. The perfect dessert!

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INGREDIENTS
1 ripe large avocado
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon stevia or other sweetener
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon natural almond extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Place the chocolate chips in a  bowl.  Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water.  Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
2.Place the melted chocolate, avocado, cocoa powder, almond or coconut milk, sweetener,  vanilla,  and salt in a food processor.  Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the side of the bowl as needed. Spoon into glasses or place in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe into glasses.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours  (Can be prepared 1 day in advance or even frozen and defrosted at room temperature).

Ingredients For The Avocado ~ ORANGE ~ Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients For The Avocado ~ ORANGE ~ Chocolate Mousse

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AVOCADO ~ CHOCOLATE ORANGE MOUSSE
INGREDIENTS
2 small avocados
1/4-1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon stevia or other sweetener
1/8 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place the chocolate chips in a bowl. Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2. Place the melted chocolate, avocados, orange juice, grated orange rind, coca powder, sweetener, and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth, scraping the side of the bowl as needed. Spoon into glasses or place in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe into glasses. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. This is especially pretty if piped into a hollowed shell of half of an orange.  I would suggest not to freeze this one.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse! YUM!!!

Avocado Chocolate Mousse! YUM!!!

 

AVOCADO ~ CHOCOLATE MOUSSE WITH CARDAMOM
INGREDIENTS
1 ripe large avocado
1/4 cup raw coco powder
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
1 tablespoon stevia or other sweetener
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon natural almond extract
1 tsp cardamom ground
1/8 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place the chocolate chips in a bowl. Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2. Place the melted chocolate, avocado, cocoa powder, almond or coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla, cardamom, and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the side of the bowl as needed. Spoon into glasses or place in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe into glasses. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (Can be prepared 1 day in advance or even frozen and defrosted at room temperature).
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starI  made all three of these mousse recipes and had a tasting with my friends. Diva Eva’s Taste Testers!  Although my preference was the  cardamom version, the  chocolate orange version got the most votes.  Orange is so good with chocolate!  I will be serving it tonight with my visitors from the States! They will be surprised with the added avocado!  Years ago, we used to serve the orange cups at Christmas dinners in Florida (the orange state) without the avocado.  I am so happy that I have found a new way to serve avocados for my friends. They know I am a health nut! Talking about nuts, you can grate the avocado nut. Use it like salt and pepper. read more www.dailymail.com .  Add a half grated avocado seed to your smoothy. Did you know Queen Elizabeth uses avocado oil.
HAT2FOOD TIP: Add toasted sliced almonds,  mixed berries (frozen or fresh) and  cocoa nibs. Top with yogurt + chia seeds or chia powder (grind some chia seed with a mortar and pestle and then sprinkle both chia seeds and powder on top of the dollop of plain yogurt). The sour yogurt will bring out the flavour of the sweet mousse. I have used lemon yogurt in a pinch! For peanut butter fans add a smidgen (to taste) in your mix. If you combine cardamom with orange works well too.

TRADITIONAL MOUSSE
Classic Chocolate Mousse is laden with heavy cream, eggs, egg whites and espresso coffee. However,  you could add some instant coffee or espresso (to taste) to your A/C Mousse.
VARIATION
Edible clover is good for St. Paddy’s day celebration! The clover would be lost on the dark, delicate dessert we just made. I would add a dollop of yogurt on the mousse. Then, sprinkle the edible clover in top of the yogurt for good colour.  Here is another version. The St. Paddy’s Day Mousse from my friend at slendereats.blogspot.ca This recipe uses 6 egg whites giving a light fluffy texture to the avocado. Adding peppermint extract is a nice touch. The chocolate bottom has one tablespoon of instant coffee. It looks so pretty!

Add Fresh Mint and Top with Edible Clover.

Add Fresh Mint and Top with Edible Clover.

Pear Almond Tart Recipe (Gluten Free)

The soft, sweet pear makes this Fall fruit perfect for enjoying fresh or for using in healthy recipes like a “Pear Almond Tart”. Pears are harvested and plentiful this time of year. Bonus: A gluten free dessert!
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6 pears
1/4 teaspoon dried ginger powder
1 cup ground almonds
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar substitute plus 1 tablespoon
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
pinch of salt
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Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350F and butter a 9 inch ring mold or removable bottom tart shell.
2. Peel, half and core pears and toss in ginger and 1 tablespoon sugar substitute.
3. Toast the ground almonds lightly  for 10 minutes on a baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment.   Let this cool slightly.
4.  Mix almonds, eggs, sugar substitute, almond extract, vanilla extract, grated ginger, pinch salt  in a food processor or blender.
5. Lay pear halves in the ring mold and pour batter into pan and spread evenly. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
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didyouknowDID YOU KNOW: In the Odyssey, Homer called the pear a “gift from the Gods.”  Pears are a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family of plants. High fiber pears help protect us from the development of —> type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stomach cancer. Pears have been linked to prevention of osteoporosis since Boron (in pears) aides in retaining calcium in your bones.  When you need an energy boost, have a pear or a slice of “Pear Almond Tart” instead of a candy bar. It works!

Clafoutis DESSERT

Plum, Cranberry and Almond Clafoutis (pronounced “kla-FOO-tee”) Recipe
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INGREDIENTS
3 plums
1 cup cranberries (can be frozen, no need to defrost)
1/4 cup (50g)   ground almonds
2 tbsp (30gm) rice flour
1/2 cup (100g) sugar substitute
2 free range eggs
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup (250g) milk (2% or whole)
1 tbsp(30g) melted unsalted butter
2 tbsp(30g) sliced almonds

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DIRECTIONS
1)  Preheat oven to 375 F ( 190C)
2)  Line a spring form pan with parchment
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3) Using a pastry or silicon brush the bottom and sides of pan with melted unsalted butter
4) Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the sweetened on the pan and rotate the pan to distribute evenly.  Turn the pan upside down to let any access fall out.  Keep any access sweetener to add to the batter.
5)  Place pitted, sliced in half plums evenly on the spring form pan.  Sprinkle the cranberries all around.  It is alright to bake these from frozen.  There is not need to defrost them.
6)  Place in a blender the ground almonds, rice flour, sugar substitute, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract and a pinch of salt. Blend the batter and pour it on the fruit.  Scatter the top with sliced almonds and bake for 35-45 minutes until risen and golden brown.
7)  Let cool and dip a knife into hot water and run it along the side on the spring form pan. Remove the ring.  Slice using a knife dipped in hot water.  Plate and serve warm ( topped with whipped cream – optional ).
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Into The Oven

Into The Oven

Out of the oven

Out Of The Oven

To The Table -M-M-M-M-

To The Table -M-M-M-M-

didyouknowDID YOU KNOW? Eating 6 almonds a day lowers your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Eating almonds also helps curb your appetite and regulates your blood sugar. It looks like a peach pit because it is a member of the prunus family (fruit trees). The polyphenols and antioxidants are thought to help fight off heart disease and cancer.
It is easy enough to make this dessert for two or just for yourself.

Just use half of the ingredients and bake in individual custard cups. I used frozen cherries for the individual servings.  The flavour was a little flat as the cherries had very little acidity.  I would add some grated lemon rind the next time I make this with cherries.
Enjoy one of them and refrigerate the other one for tomorrow!

Need a Tasty Treat Today? Craving Sweets or Chocolate? Here is the solution!!!

MAGIC TRUFFLES
My neighbour loves chocolate and loves sweets but she gets headaches for days afterwards. I started thinking about this and kept my mind and my eyes open for a solution. I did some testing with organic dates and almonds and came up with these treats.
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Chocolate Raspberry Truffles
RECIPE
Ingredients
1 cup soft pitted date
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp natural raspberry flavour*
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
pinch salt (optional)

Directions
Add dates and almonds to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they come together into a ball. Break up ball and add cocoa powder, natural raspberry flavour vanilla extract and salt. Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again. Roll into 20 small balls and dust with cocoa powder. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. They will store longer in the freezer. My neighbour tried them and did she get a headache?  You guessed it!  NO!
Added pizazz – Sprinkled edible gold leaf on your truffles. Or – add organic lime zest on top of the truffles -right before serving for that extra tang.
*Note:  Natural raspberry flavour is made by companies such as Boyajian and is available through http://www.goldaskitchen.com and other sources.

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Curb your Sugar Cravings
A few weeks later, I was chatting with my hairdresser about food. She was concerned about the sugar that her adult sons were ingesting and she asked me if I had any recipes for dates and nuts. She had tried to make some sweet treats on her own with limited success. She was chopping the ingredients with a knife. You really will not get that smooth consistency with a knife. A food processor is really ideal for this process. You can change the consistency by adding more lime juice or almond milk.
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CHOCOLATE MATCHA TRUFFLES
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RECIPE
Ingredients
1 cup soft pitted date
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1T organic matcha green tea powder
1 T unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt (optional)

Directions
Add dates and almonds to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they come together into a ball. Break up ball and add cocoa powder, matcha powder, almond milk, vanilla extract and pinch salt. Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again. Roll into 20 small balls and dust with more matcha powder.
Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or longer in freezer.

didyouknow2FOOD FACTS: You do not become hypoglycemic with these treats. They do not elevate your blood sugar. Remember with sugary treats, you are full of energy or have the sugar rush. Inevitably, after the peak then comes the crash. These truffle treats have very healthy ingredients;  full of nutrition and will also give you a boost if you are working in the office or you are at the gym.  You can keep on going like the “Ever Ready Bunny” .
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LIME PISTACHIO TREATS
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Ingredients
2 cups pistachios
I cup pitted dates
4 organic limes, zest and juice of each.

Directions
Mix only 1 1/2 cups of the pistachios and all the dates in food processor until it comes to a ball.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the pistachios for the coating. Process the pistachios and dates until it comes together in a ball (about 3 minutes). While this is mixing, zest the limes and then juice them. Chop the remaining 1/2 cup pistachios into tiny bits to be used for coating. Break up the pistachio-date ball and add zest and juice of all key limes. Process until well combined. Toss pistachio-date mixture into 18 balls and then roll in chopped pistachios. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month or longer in freezer.
HAT2FOOD TIP : You can change the consistency of these sweet treats by adding more lime juice or almond milk as needed. Also if you are using the zest of any citrus fruit, you must buy organic to avoid the pesticides. If you are just eating or juicing the lime,  you don’t need to pay extra for the organic.