Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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I first saw this recipe made by a YouTuber I follow called Leyla. I have shown one of her other recipes on here before that was the Thai Mango Salad. She just makes a lot of amazing vegan recipes that I have to try myself. This recipe for chocolate mousse is one I have been wanting to try for a long time because of the strange ingredients. I could not believe that a mousse that is made with avocado would taste anything like chocolate. But I made it and it actually tastes nothing like avocado and has the same consistency as traditional mousse.

Ingredients

4 Ripe Avocados

4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 Tablespoons honey or agave syrup (I used honey)

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 Cup almond or coconut milk (I actually used dark chocolate almond milk because I forgot to buy the regular milk)

Making this is really simple and quick. You just have to cut up the avocado first and then add all the ingredients into a blender or food processor. A food processor is ideal but I only have a blender so I had to blend it for quite a while. I also put in the avocados like I’ve shown below and next time I would definitely cut them up into small pieces so that my blender doesn’t experience a complete meltdown.

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It’s amazing that with such few and simple ingredients you can create a really delicious chocolate mousse that is also healthy. Since I used dark chocolate almond milk mine ended up tasting very much like dark chocolate. You can also adjust this recipe to make it much sweeter. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth so I actually like the combination of ingredients I used. I also added some toffee almond granola to mine, honestly more for decoration purposes. Overall I am really surprised at how decent this was and how it didn’t taste anything like avocado. The fact that it’s healthy is definitely a bonus too!

For the original recipe check out RealLeyla’s channel at http://youtube.com/realleyla

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Cumin Pork with Avocado Salsa

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I found this recipe on one of the major recipe sites. I can’t remember which one, but so many have this recipe. I don’t make it exactly as they describe because I am terrible when it comes to reading instructions. I just borrowed my mother-in-law’s sewing machine and skimmed over the instructions. After messing with it for an hour I got fed up with it not working and put it aside. In comes my husband who is all for technicalities and reads the manual. He figures it out immediately and gets it working. It’s just one of my downfalls…What was I thinking going into accounting when I clearly have NO eye for detail?

Anyway, once again I like this because it’s so easy. Pork cooks really quickly, and only needs about 10 minutes on the pan. I am also all for recipes that use such few ingredients. I don’t have the patience or desire to go out and find 50 different ingredients, especially when some require going to exotic stores.

Ingredients

Pork Chops/Tenderloins

Whole or ground Cumin

Salt

Olive Oil

Sauce

1 avocado

1 Cup Salsa Verde

I may be wrong but I feel like using whole cumin that you ground up brings out more flavor, especially during the cooking process.

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All you have to do is add some salt to the pork, and then sprinkle cumin over both sides. I then add a small amount ( about 1 Tblsp) Olive Oil to the pan, and then cooking the pork on medium to high heat for about 5-10 minutes on each side. For the sauce you just cut up one avocado into small cubes and then combine it with the salsa. It is very hard to make this sauce look appetizing, but I assure you it is really good.

IMG_3064Now you just pour the sauce over the pork and serve it with whatever you like. I usually serve it with salad or corn. The flavor of the avocado salsa mixed with the cumin pork just works so well together. I’m sure that if you try this you will add it to your dinner rotation. It’s also really healthy, and the sauce makes it very filling!

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