This is a really easy and healthy recipe that tastes very decadent, and if nobody told you, you would never guess the ingredients!
I first had a version of it on a raw food course I did several years ago, and it’s something I make often when avocados are in season (they’re just coming back here in South Africa now).
It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare but some pre-planning is needed as it’s best to use ripe bananas and avocados. It also takes a couple of hours to set so you need to allow for that too, although you can try to speed the process by putting it in the freezer for a while.
Once it’s set, the texture comes out kind of like a light mousse, but if you’d prefer it a bit firmer, just add some more coconut oil.
Personally I like mine quite chocolatey and not very sweet. Feel free to vary the quantity of cocoa and honey according to your preference though, tasting as you go as the bananas already add some sweetness.
You can choose to serve it as a mousse, either in individual bowls or one big one, or as a kind of tart with a crust. If you don’t mind reducing the health factor a bit, by all means use crushed digestive biscuits mixed with some melted butter as the base. To go a bit more healthy (by which I mean avoiding the wheat in the biscuits), as I have in the big version here, use dessicated coconut, ground nuts and honey instead, stuck together either with melted butter or coconut oil.
Serve it as is, with a little whipped or poured cream, or with fresh berries like strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. However you eat it, it’s delicious and you can enjoy it knowing it’s good for you!
Ingredients for mousse
- 4 ripe bananas
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 – 4t honey
- 2 – 3T cocoa powder (or even better, raw cocoa if you have it)
- 2T coconut oil, melted to liquid form (just put the closed jar in some warm water)
Ingredients for base (if using)
- ½ a packet of digestive biscuits, crushed
- 2T melted butter or coconut oil
- ½c dessicated coconut
- ½c ground nuts
- ±1T honey (to taste)
- ±2T melted butter or coconut oil
If you’re doing a base, make that first. Mix the biscuits or coconut, nuts and honey with the melted butter or coconut oil. Taste and add a bit more honey if you like, and if the mix still seems a bit dry, add a bit more coconut oil or butter.
Press the mix into a pie dish and put it into the freezer to set slightly while you make the filling.
Peel the bananas and avocados (removing the stones from the avos), and place them in a bowl.
Blend until completely smooth – don’t worry if it goes through a lumpy phase.
Add 2T of the cocoa powder and 2t of the honey and blend again.
Taste to see what you think, and add more cocoa powder and/or more honey if you like. When you have the taste right, add the melted coconut oil and blend again.
Pour into small individual bowls or one bigger one (on top of the base if you made one).
Leave to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving (or put in the freezer to speed the process).
Serve as is, or with whipped or poured cream and/or fresh berries.
© Alexandra Lawrence and Inspired Nourishment, 2015