Recipe: Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Mousse Parfait

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So, you made the decision to stay home this Valentine’s Day and cook a healthy meal with your sweetie. But what about dessert? Valentine’s Day calls for a rich, decadent dessert, and many of the healthier dessert options just don’t quite fit the bill.

No worries, we’ve got you covered! This healthified parfait will satisfy your craving for a sinful, chocolately dessert and still keep you on track with your healthy eating goals. Most chocolate mousse recipes are chock full of heavy cream and refined sugar, but our version uses a surprise healthy secret ingredient—avocados! It sounds crazy, but when ripe avocados are blended together with natural maple syrup and bold chocolate, you never taste a hint of avocados in the final dish, but you get a smooth, creamy result. I promise you could serve this to even the biggest avocado hater, and they’d tell you it was the best dessert they’d ever had!

And while the calorie count doesn’t differ much from a regular chocolate mousse, the nutrient density (good for your ingredients) skyrockets in this version. Avocados are packed with healthy fats and antioxidants that are great for you! It’s a dessert that not only satisfies your craving for something sweet, but also helps you stay on track with your nutrition goals.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dark Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Parfait

Makes: 2 Servings | Time: 10 minutes (plus chilling time)

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Ingredients

  • 2 small ripe avocados, pitted and scooped from shell
  • 1/3 cup lowfat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk (can sub in soy or nut milks)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3-2/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 ounce chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream

Directions

  1. In the carafe of a blender or the basin of a food processor, combine the avocados, Greek yogurt, milk, cocoa powder, 1/3 cup maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt. Blend or process until very, very smooth. Taste for sweetness and add more maple syrup if desired.
  2. To assemble parfaits, layer mousse with raspberries. Finish by topping with whipped cream, chopped chocolate and a single raspberry for garnish. Refrigerate until chilled before serving.

Nutrition per serving: 690 calories, 46.2g fat, 74.6g carbs, 10.2g protein

Cook’s Note: This recipe makes two large servings, which is a great way to celebrate a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, but if you want to make this an everyday kind of treat, you can easily divide it into four or more servings (think: shot glass style desserts). They’ll still satisfy your sweet tooth, without using up your entire calorie budget.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!

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