So if you remember the cookbook review I did last year, October is National Cookbook Month! I cooked four recipes from A Taste of Greece, although only two (this and this) managed to make it on the blog since I failed to take photos of the other two. This year I’m reviewing The Love and Lemons Cookbook, and this decadent dark chocolate avocado mousse is the first recipe to try!
When I began my search for a cookbook to review, I wanted to choose a relatively new cookbook, as well as one that had a lot of veggie-centric recipes. Being pregnant, I’m trying to be more mindful about eating nutritious meals. I only realized after the cookbook arrived that it was created by a fellow food blogger. Jeanine’s blog, Love and Lemons, focuses on vegetarian recipes that use seasonal whole foods. I love that the table of contents is organized by vegetable, and each recipe comes with a gorgeous photo!
For my first recipe review, I chose the dark chocolate avocado mousse. I was going to a dinner and as always, was asked to bring dessert. These would be portable if I served them in jars, and I’ve always been curious/skeptical of avocado desserts.
This recipe comes together very quickly. Basically, throw all the ingredients into a blender, blend, pour into individual containers and refrigerate for an hour. Perfect for a sleepy pregnant lady on a lazy Saturday!
After an hour, whip up some chilled coconut cream with powdered sugar to make some whipped cream. Although the coconut whipped cream is optional, I find the extra sweetness necessary as I don’t enjoy dark chocolate as much I did before I got pregnant.
The cookbook recommends fresh raspberries as a garnish, but my local store was out of raspberries. I grated a pistachio instead but I think the juiciness of raspberries or strawberries would pair much better.
I’ll be honest, the dark chocolate avocado mousse itself definitely has an avocado flavor. It’s delicious, but you can tell there’s something in it that’s usually not in a chocolate mousse. The texture is also not airy and mousse-like. I think these are more of a chocolate pudding than a mousse.
That being said, these dark chocolate avocado mousses were delicious and I’ll definitely make these again! Next time I’d like to make them with a mixture of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Unless of course, I go back to enjoying dark chocolate again. I would also make these for my kid as a treat instead of storebought pudding!