Last week our resident nutrition warrior Clare Nisbet, from Tingle & Glow, lead us through a wonderful recipe with wine pairings to bring kick-off the weekend in style. Who knew that a blitzed avocado, blended with some cocoa powder and maple syrup, would combine to create a such a delicious dessert?
We all prepared our chocolate mousses following from Clare’s brilliant guidance… she certainly gave Delia a run for her money! With effortless charm, she lead us through a variety of options of red wine, which all beautifully cut through the velvety bitter taste of the mousse. I would recommend a fruity and well-bodied Côtes Du Rhône.
Not only was the dessert delicious, you would have fooled me into thinking it was regular mousse. What therefore would normally be seen as a cheeky treat, actually had incredible health benefits. Avocado is known by many as a praised superfood and the cocoa powder gives you a great measure of antioxidants. By using maple syrup, you are keeping the sweetness hit natural and staying away from any additives and preservatives you’d find in a shop equivalent.
Aside from a new and surprisingly easy recipe many of us hadn’t come across before, the event brought us together to just relax and get to know each other. I always really enjoy our networking events but this had been the first time I had signed up for an online event, that was designed purely to get us enjoying each other’s company in a social aspect. I wondered why I had never done it before!
These times have been challenging, yet we can always discover new ways to meet more people. The energy across the call felt like we were back in that old familiar Friday night environment. So keep your eyes peeled for our next social plans and sign up for free!
One ripe medium sized avocado
½ tablespoon of cocoa powder
½ tablespoon of maple syrup (add as much or as little to taste!)
The recipe is best when made with a food processor. However, if you don’t have one to hand, a fork will do just fine for mashing and mixing.
– Mash up the avocado until it forms a smooth consistency, then add in the cocoa powder and maple syrup. Then, add the mix to the food processor and blitz until it is all well blended.
– Place the mixture into containers (you can use wine glasses, old gu containers or even shot glasses) and let it set in the fridge for about an hour…we could not wait this long and ate straight away.
– Decorate your mousse with some strawberries and raspberries for some fresh colour and enjoy!