Anyone have a sweet tooth, especially for chocolate? Then you know the struggle trying to tame that urge sometimes, right? I’ve been there myself. Chocolate is one of my all-time favorite flavors and on most days, I do have a little bit…usually about one ounce of 70% cacao content or higher dark chocolate.
At my clinic job, I remind my patients that it’s not about completely restricting yourself from occasionally enjoying sweets now and then. I love my desserts and do allow myself to have them, in small amounts and only a few times a week. It also helps to refrain from labeling foods as “good” or “bad” in order to stress less about food in general. Sweets can be eaten within reason but not by overindulging – what matters most is how your overall pattern of eating is over time. When we tip the balance to where we overeat foods that are not as nourishing for our bodies as others, before long, health issues can develop.
Speaking of chocolate, many foods made with chocolate tend to be loaded with excess sugar, fat and/or calories, e.g. cake, cookies, donuts, or shakes. No one denies that chocolate flavored goodies may be a sweet tooth satisfier, but be careful not to over indulge consuming more calories than your body needs along with spiking your blood sugar frequently throughout the day. Keep sweets within reason but make them a small part of your overall diet…the majority of your food choices each day should focused on emphasizing eating plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils, low fat dairy, fish, and lean meat.
That’s why here’s a super-decadent chocolate dessert with health benefits you can feel good about. Packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber both good for heart health, thanks to the avocados, this sweet treat is a winner. And with a touch of honey for sweetness, this dessert reminds us that our sweet tooth can still be satisfied without excess sugar. Feel free to lower fat and sugar content even further by reducing both the dark chocolate chips and honey to 1/8 cup each.
So, are you ready to make this simple, nutritious dish that looks and tastes like a million bucks? Then it’s your turn to enjoy this rich, smooth, delightfully sweet yet healthy treat!
Honey Sweetened Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse – serving size, ½ cup, makes 4 servings
Nutrition per serving: Calories – 222; Total Fat – 10 grams; Protein – 3 grams; Carbohydrates – 30 grams; Fiber – 6 grams; Sodium – 15 milligrams
¼ cup dark chocolate chips – at least 60% cacao content
2 very ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup lowfat milk
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Place chocolate chips in a small, microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Puree until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon mousse into dessert cups and chill for at least 1 hour.
- If desired, top mousse with fresh berries such as raspberries, sliced almonds or chopped walnuts, or chopped/shaved dark chocolate