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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Life has been a bit scattered and frenetic since leaving my job of six-years a few months ago. Although it was the right decision, there is without a doubt an adjustment period taking place for me right now. More often than not I feel caught up in the anxiety of the unknown — uncertain what my precise next steps will be.

And then there are those rare moments when everything seems to make sense, like when I whip up the creamiest, dreamiest, most delicious chocolate avocado mousse.

It's been a while since I posted a recipe on here and for that I realize I am long over due. 

This blog, one of my highly cherished artistic outlets, has been sorely neglected as I've been buried in contracting gigs and beginning to pave the path for building my own business. While I have been cooking, I've been slacking on the posting recipes and sharing content front. (Poor blog, she needs a good makeover!)

You know how sometimes your hobbies, or the arts and crafts that bring you joy, elude you or get pushed to the side and neglected?

Well, that's been the story of my life for far too long.

The awareness of this tendency I have — to push my hobbies and artistic outlets to the side when things get overwhelming and busy — has helped me to see that I need to do a better job at marrying my "hobbies" and my "work". I want my hobbies to be my work, and vice versa.

Like most people, I thrive when my work takes a holistic form and is encompassing of the things that bring me joy, happiness and fulfillment.

We spend so much of our lives working (one third of our lives, to be exact) and so we should feel pretty content with how we spend that time.

Don't get me wrong, some people feel perfectly fine having a day job that is not their total passion or love, and filling other areas of their life outside of work with those things.

But me? I'm not that kind of person.

I don't want my work to feel like "work", in the traditional sense of the word. I want my work to be a physical manifestation of all that I love about life. As Khalil Gibran said, "work is love made visible."

For now, I'll just sit here and eat some chocolate avocado mousse. I highly recommend a dose if you're feeling uncertain about things in your life and need a little pick me up, or if you're simply looking for your daily dose of chocolate.

At least one thing is for certain, chocolate is always delicious!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

Flesh of 2 medium ripe avocados
6 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 scoops Vital Proteins grass fed collagen peptides (optional/omit for vegan)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until the mixture becomes a creamy, silky texture. Add more coconut milk if mousse is too thick, and then taste and adjust for desired sweetness. Transfer mousse into a container or 4 small containers (ramekins or mini mason jars work well), and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. Serve topped with fresh berries and coconut flakes and/or a dollop of whipped cream. Be grateful for the reliability of chocolate!

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