Updated: Jun 8
Must be something about March ... the lead up to Easter perhaps? Heading into cooler weather? I just noticed that the last time I posted a chocolate recipe was March 2021.
Anyway, let's crack into it. I hate online recipes where you have to read the cook's life story before you get to the recipe. I'll pop the spiel at the end instead.
But just one thing - when I say cook, please know, I am not a great cook. This recipe doesn't require any form of cooking. And it is super easy. Not the cheapest (we have a lovely friend who gives us free avocados) but really worth it. And not as expensive on your health as going for a sugar-filled factory-made dessert.
2 medium avocados
1/4 cup cocoa powder
4 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
pinch of salt
What to do:
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Spoon into 4* glasses and chill.
Lovely served with raspberries.
* This gives you 4 big shot glass type portions. Personally I make this amount for 2 or 3 people. And by that I mean I put it into 3 ramekins then eat them all myself. It's very addictive! If you're more self-controlled than me, it should last a couple of days, covered, in the fridge.
You want your avocados to be ripe, even a day over is fine.
Feel free to add more cocoa, or even some melted dark chocolate chips if you like it really chocolatey.
Use any kind of milk. I've made this with cows, almond and soy - all delish. You could probably use coconut milk too. Feel free to increase the amount of milk for a smoother texture.
You may like to start with less maple syrup and check the sweetness level first. If you don't have maple syrup, you can use any sweetener, but if it's a dry one like powdered stevia, you'll have to increase the amount of milk you use to get the nice smooth, mouth feel.
We use Himalayan pink salt.
So why avocados and chocolate?
They're both high in magnesium, which we're all about at SO because of its amazing benefits. (So is spinach I guess. But that's not going to give you the creamy, melt in the mouth texture that the avocado does). Plus, you really can't taste the avocado. Except for Charles, who is an extreme avocado snob who doesn't like it ruined by the addition of chocolate. Hence why I get to eat the whole thing myself!
Avocados are also rich in nourishing fats and nutrients. This definitely isn't a low-calorie treat. But it's deeply satisfying. And when you're satisfied, and your body feels nourished because it's received some good fats and nutrients, you won't go looking for 'naughty nibbles' afterwards. Even the maple syrup contains useful minerals like manganese.
I hope you try it and love it!