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Cooking: Chocolate Mousse and Brownies

Ok, enough about cameras, spring, colours of spring, etc. We need to eat too. So here a post about some experiments in the kitchen. As I wrote before, I like the Paleo Way of cooking. Here are 2 snacks that won’t add kg’s to your body and its actually healthy too.

Let’s start with the Chocolate Mousse from avocado.

This a basic recipe and try out. Of course you can add ingredients or change some of them. This chocolate mousse is just a base for your own creativity and taste.

So  what do we need to make this lovely Paleo Chocolate Mousse ?

  1. 1 Ripe Avocado
  2. Natural Sweetener, I use date syrup. You can use others but keep in mind that some of them are concentrated (=stronger taste) and you need to taste well before adding more.
  3. Vanilla extract
  4. Cacao
  5. A little bit water

Take a medium bowl, cut the avocado in two and chop it up in small dices, add a bit of water (about 1/4 cup), add some cacao, 3 drops of vanilla extract and about 30ml of date syrup. Mix well.

 

 

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So now you got your base chocolate mouse. Next is taste the chocolate mousse. If you still taste the avocado add more cacao and a bit of your choice of natural sweetener. Mix again and taste. Keep doing this until you got the taste right for you. (of course you can add also more vanilla, but the vanilla extract is quite strong so I prefer to work only with cacao and natural sweetener).  You also can use Honey or a combo of Honey and Date syrup. If you not into honey or date syrup, use Xylite or Stevia.

To get it a bit more fluffy, you can wisk an egg white and add it.

This chocolate mousse goes very well on top of my next Paleo recipe, Brownies from cauliflower. Cauliflower ??? Yes, cauliflower 🙂

I know it sounds strange but I really made it with cauliflower. And its Paleo too. So why use cauliflower ? First of all normal wheat adds a lot calories, so we use a healthy replacement for wheat. Cauliflower is great for this. It’s high on vitamin C and have some other benefits. (check Wikipedia Cauliflower for more info about cauliflower).  Second,  when processed as wheat replacement cauliflower wheat gives the same texture to the dish. Third, instead of eating a calorie bomb, a normal brownie is…, this one isn’t.  Even topped with the chocolate mousse 🙂

 

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Here are the ingredients:

  1. 240 gr Cauliflower Wheat
  2. 120 ml  almond milk
  3. about 70 gr dark chocolate, no sugar added, 78% cacao
  4. 100 gr butter
  5. 60 gr cream cheese
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 100 gr grounded almonds
  8. 45 gr cacao
  9. 70 gr coconut wheat
  10. 100 ml date syrup or honey, this is for sweet brownies, use less when you don’t want them to sweet
  11. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  12. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

It’s all to simple to make 🙂 Really. First you make the cauliflower wheat. Chop up the cauliflower is small pieces and toss it in a food processor. Mix until fine, very fine. That’s it.

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Here’s how to prepare the brownies.

Mix the cauliflower wheat with the almond milk. In the meantime, melt the butter and chocolate in a large bowl over a pan with hot water. When done, add the eggs, cream cheese and date syrup or honey. Stir well, very well. Next add all the left over ingredients and keep stirring until you have a nice smooth mass. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees and prep a baking form with baking paper.

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Pour the mass in the baking form, spread out nicely, equally and bake for 35 min. at 180 degrees. E voila, that’s it ! When done, take out the oven, cool down and cut them in nice bite size pieces. Top with chocolate mousse and garnish with some dark chocolate. At my photos, no chocolate mousse, the wife ate it all before the brownies were done.

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