This month's Valentine's Day recipe features dark chocolate avocado mousse parfaits. The avocado contains healthy
Omega-3 fatty acids, and makes our mousse silky and creamy. Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants.
It is sweetened only with dates, another great source of disease-fighting antioxidants. We have chosen strawberries, oranges, and kiwi for good reason: iron absorption. Dark
chocolate is a good source of dietary iron (non-heme iron), but the body can only absorb non-heme iron
if iron-rich foods (like chocolate) are eaten with foods containing Vitamin C. Strawberry,
oranges, and kiwi are particularly rich sources of Vitamin C- so they allow the body to absorb the iron in the
chocolate mousse! Iron deficiency is a particular concern during teenage years. For a savory recipe with iron-rich
foods and Vitamin C, see our April 2012 recipe for Spinach Pesto Pepper Tarts.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse Parfaits
oz dark (70% or above)* chocolate
2 oz avocado (about ½ an avocado)
(make sure it is ripe, but not over-ripe)
3 dates stoned (or ½ cup chopped dates)
4-6 oz unsweetened almond
or rice milk*
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
Oranges, Kiwi (sliced thin)
1. Heat the chocolate with the milk, dates, and avocado (on low) until melted.
2. When ingredients are melted, place in a blender or small food processor.
3. While blending, add the vanilla and blend until smooth.
make parfaits, alternate layers between chocolate mousse and fruit.
health benefits of eating chocolate are only if you eat chocolate with 70% cocoa. Because children's taste buds are
sensitive to "bitter" tastes, you may need to start with 60% cocoa, and a greater amount of almond milk, and after
10 or more times, increase percentage of cocoa and reduce amt. of almond milk down to 4 oz.