Everything is better with chocolate and that includes recovery. I discovered this recipe in one of the best cookbooks I've ever invested in: "The Balanced Plate, The Essential Elements of Whole Foods and Good Health" by Renee Loux. More than a cookbook, The Balanced Plate is an adventure into the wonderful world of whole foods - as Renee says, "foods that nourish mind, body and soul." With chapters on the true cost of our food, the importance of organics, and special sections on using herbs, oils and various cooking methods, this is a book that will change the way you think about food.
Feeding myself well and learning to view eating as a spiritually as well as physically nourishing experience is one of the great joys of my recovery. Sharing meals with friends and family can be a daily exercise in gratitude for the abundance of our planet. Every recipe I've tried from this book is fabulous. This one is for treating yourself and your loved ones to the dark mystery of chocolate, the bright splash of fresh raspberries and the zing of mint. With very little sugar and lots of real food, this is one chocolate dessert you can feel good about. So without further ado, here is:
Chocolate of the Gods Mousse with Raspberries and Mint
Yields 8 servings 2 cups Hass avocados (about 2) 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2-4 tablespoons evaporated cane juice or organic sugar (otpional) 2 tablespoons coconut butter (optional) 1-2 teaspoons non-alcohlic vanilla extract 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (aged balsamic is best) 1/2 teaspoon shoyu (soy sauce) 1 cup pure cocoa powder (Green & Black's is choice) (I've used Ghirardelli with good results) 1 pint raspberries Handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
In a food processor, blend the avocados, maple syrup, cane juice or sugar, coconut butter, vanilla, balsamic vinegar and shoyu until smooth and creamy.
Add the cocoa powder and blend until smooth. Sifting the cocoa powder before adding it is a good idea to prevent lumps. A simple metal strainer works well.
Distribute half the raspberries evently among 4 to 6 dessert glasses. Follow with a dollop of mousse, a sprinkle of mint, the remaining raspberries, and more mint.
Leftover mousse can be stored in a tightly sealed container for up to a week in the fridge or frozen for up to a month. (Mine has never made it to either place!)
Nutrition: Per serving, 170 calories, 7 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 3 g protein, 29 g carbohydrates, 7 g dietary fiber, 25 mg sodium.
Hi. I'm Angela. Eclectic Recovery is my blog and I welcome you to its pages.
ER began as an exploration into my ongoing issues with addiction/mental illness and the solutions I employed and experiences I went through attempting to navigate a course to health. Mostly they have been unsuccessful and ridiculous. Such, I find, is much of life.
My own problems with addiction have led me to catch onto the fact that virtually the entire world is addicted and that a forced detox is imminent. Peak oil, climate change & continued destruction, imperialism, corruption, global financial and food insecurity - these things will not go away just because we don't look.
My recent intense self-education into these issues still feels way behind the curve. At the same time, I realize that the majority of folks still can't stomach the topics and are in deep denial of our dilemma. But becoming informed and taking action, accepting responsbility and stepping up to the plate are going to, at the very least, make it much easier when you release that last breath. At best, you could get to be part of a revolution for change that will move us from an oiil-based, patriarchally defined way of life towards a reverence based society wherein all life is honored and we become, again, just another part of that life.
There's a lot of information out there and I believe I've gotten pretty good at separating the wheat from the chaff. I am called to provide anyone who happens to visit ER the good information I'm finding and attempt to engage them in action.
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