My no bake avocado chocolate mousse cups are basically chocolate mousse on a brownie, a hormone-balancing, anti-oxidant, melt-in-your-mouth snack that will boost your protein, magnesium and iron levels and power you through the day.
These avocado chocolate mousse cups are topped with a fluffy chocolate mousse. The mousse is the type you'd find in a chocolate truffle. Some people roll mousse into a ball and coat with chocolate and call it a truffle. I thought, let's be different today, and simply plop it on top of a brownie.
And so I did, creating a melt-in-your mouth treat. Super-energizing, and full of fresh whole ingredients.
And it's not just any chocolate treat.
Maca Powder Balances Hormones
These mousse cups are not just delicious, they also contain maca powder which helps balance hormones. Other ingredients, such as cacao, boost your mood and assist your sleep. And nut butter adds protein for energy. And avocados assist every process in your body, so how's that for a healthy ingredient!
You don't need to buy an unhealthy candy bar for mid-afternoon boost. Just pop a few of these healthy bits of magic in your lunch. You will soar through your day!
If you are interested in other foods that help balance hormones, check out my article : Balance Your Hormones by Eating These 7 Foods Daily.
How Healthy is Maca?
The primary hormone-balancing ingredient in these brownie bites is maca powder. So, what is maca powder?
Maca powder is made from the maca root. And the maca root is actually a root vegetable in the broccoli family. It is considered one of the 7 important adaptogens. Okay, quick definition stop!
What is an Adaptogen?
According to Merriam-Webster, an adaptogen is "a nontoxic substance and especially a plant extract that is held to increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning."
There are seven other well-known adaptogens besides Maca? They are Amla, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps, Holy Basil, Rhodiola. I won't go into their benefits now, but look them up! It's fun to figure out which ones could apply to your situation. Anyway...
You should know that Maca tastes a bit nutty and is known for its nutritional powers. It's rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, copper and iron.
For that reason, Maca is known to boost energy, balance hormones, and even reduce sun damage to skin.
And it's easy to put into chocolate recipes. This recipe especially is no-bake, and fairly easy to make. Just blend up brownie ingredients, press into mini paper cups. Blend up truffle filling ingredients, pour on to the cups and chill. Dust with cacao powder to finish.
Nutritious Ingredients in the Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cups
These cups have the following stand-out ingredients in both the bottom and top layers.
Dates are a source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, iron and many other essential vitamins and minerals.
Walnuts are full of omega-3, excellent for everything from weight-control to brain support.
Cocao Powder is rich in all the nutrients naturally found in chocolate, including antioxidants and magnesium.
Avocado, a popular vegetable that has nutrients that benefit every single body process.
Maca Root, as noted above, excellent at balancing hormones.
Per layer, the ingredients are as follows:
The top avocado mousse is built with two important ingredients, avocado and chocolate. To bring out the best flavors and texture, I use both melted chocolate and cocoa powder, as well as other supporting ingredients. And throw in a bit of maca powder as an option. Maca powder helps balance hormones.
The bottom brownie layer actually has some overlapping ingredients, minus the avocado and with the addition of dates and walnuts.
Together all the ingredients bring a wealth of nutrition to this tiny treat.
Ingredients in Avocado Mousse
Ingredients in the Brownie Bottom include dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, as well as vanilla, salt and maca powder.
How to Make This Chocolate Avocado Mousse
It is very easy. Start with the brownie bottoms. You don't need fancy equipment. Just remember to soak your dates if they feel dry. I boil water and pop them in for a few minutes, then pit and blend with other brownie ingredients.
And press the brownie dough into mini cupcake papers. That is your brownie bite base. Say that three times fast lol.
Then, blend up avocado mousse, add milk to make it pourable, and pour onto mini brownie bites.
Chill until solid, then peel and enjoy!
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Avocado Chocolate Mousse Cups
- Insert 8 mini paper cups in a mini-cupcake pan. Soak 6 Medjool dates either in boiling water for a few minutes or overnight refrigerated. Rinse and pit them.
Make Brownie bottom
- Melt the chips in the microwave in a pyrex measuring cup for 45 seconds. In a food processor, blend up dates, walnuts, cocoa, maca, vanilla and salt.
- Add more walnuts if batter feels too sticky; add a touch of water if the batter seems too dry. Variations occur depending on residual moisture and size of your dates. You want a crumbly sticky texture that you can press into the bottom of the cupcake papers.Refrigerate while you prepare the truffle top.
Make the Truffle top
- Melt the chips in the microwave in a pyrex measuring cup for 45 seconds. In a food processor, blend up the melted chocolate chips, avocado, cocoa powder, milk, maple syrup, and salt.
- You want the mousse to be a thick, but pourable batter for these bites. Add milk if it doesn't seem pourable, like pancake batter.
Put it together
- Pour the mousse on top of the brownie bases in the cupcake cups. Fill so there is a dome-top. Refrigerate for an hour or so and eat. If you want to be able to remove the papers, you'll have to freeze the bites, remove the papers, and refrigerate them. I cut mine just defrosted with a hot knife.