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Academy Awards Dessert: Chocolate Mousse for Two with a Healthy Twist

The Academy Awards are this coming Sunday night (February 28). Of course, most of us will be watching for the “best-dressed” list, who walks the Red Carpet with whom, and wondering what the social and political gaffes will be when the stars accept an Oscar.

Chocolate Mousse with a Healthy Twist

Chocolate Mousse with a Healthy Twist

But my mind also automatically goes to “what should we eat?” While Wolfgang Puck prepares his marvelous feasts for the Hollywood elite, we can prepare something special at home. I plan to make this special Chocolate Mousse for two people (hubby and me). It can be made ahead of time and chilled so I’m not torn away from the TV screen at a critical moment to serve it. It waits patiently in the fridge until we’re ready for dessert.

And, it is guilt-free with healthy fats from avocado, protein from the tofu, and it is only moderately sweetened. It is not only gluten-free…it’s free of grain, dairy, and eggs, as well. I topped it whipped topping and nuts, but use whatever you like to adorn it.

Chocolate Mousse with a Healthy Twist
Recipe by Carol Fenster©

Serve this super-easy dessert anytime, but it’s perfect for Academy Awards night.

1/2 medium ripe avocado, pitted and cubed
3/4 cup soft silken tofu, drained and cut in 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup milk of choice
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (either natural or Dutch-process)
1 tablespoon coffee or chocolate liqueur or milk of choice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/16 teaspoon salt
Garnishes of choice (whipped topping, chopped nuts, vanilla yogurt, fresh berries, mint, etc.)

[1] Place all ingredients in a blender (I use a mini-blender called a bullet) or a mini-food processor and whirl until smooth and thoroughly blended, scraping down the sides at least once. Add more milk, a tablespoon at a time, if you want a thinner mousse.

[2] Divide between two dessert bowls or wine goblets. Chill for at least 1 hour. Serve plain or garnished as you wish. Makes 2 servings (a generous ½ cup each)

Per serving: 285 calories; 9g protein; 14g total fat; 4g fiber; 33g carbohydrates; 2mg cholesterol; 124mg sodium