Designed by: Chef Megan Lambert, Senior Instructor at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC.
- 2 ripe avocados, mashed, about 1 1/2 cups
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 2 tbsp. special dark cocoa powder
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place avocados, apple juice and cocoa powder in a blender together until smooth.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler until melted, but not too hot.
- Pour half of the avocado mixture into the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Add the other half of the avocado mixture.
- Chill the chocolate mixture until very cold, at least two hours, or overnight.
- Place the chocolate mixture into a stand mixer and whip until fluffy. Pipe or scoop into cups or tart shells for service. This mixture also works well piped into molds and frozen for popsicles!
One-fifth of a medium avocado has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds to the diet, including 8% of the daily value for fiber and 4% of the daily value of potassium.
More than 75% of the fat in avocados is “good fat” and avocados have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving; moreover, they have the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fresh fruit.
Research shows that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats is associated with reduced blood levels of total cholesterol and of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol). Additionally, replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats is associated with a reduced risk of CVD events (heart attacks) and CVD-related deaths.