This easy chocolate mousse recipe with raspberries is dairy-free and uses raw cacao, cashews, and avocados to get a rich, smooth and delicious texture.
Chocolate is a good source of magnesium, sulfur, potassium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, chromium, vitamin C, and some B vitamins. Sulfur helps detoxify the liver and promotes healthy nails, hair, and skin.
Magnesium is important for building bone and also relaxing muscles, which contributes to a feeling of calm and stress relief.
Raw and dark chocolate rank higher in antioxidants than prunes, pomegranates, strawberries and even blueberries. Chocolate has twice the antioxidants of red wine and three times those found in green tea.
One of the biggest benefits of dark chocolate is its ability to regulate endorphin production. That can induce feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Cocoa beans also contain serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.
It also contains a stimulant called theobromine, which boosts energy, as well as a small amount of caffeine, which we all know is a stimulant for the body and the brain. It has also been found to decrease the sensation of pain.
Dark chocolate, also called bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate,
contains the health benefits, but milk chocolate and white chocolate do
In order for chocolate to have positive health benefits, it must contain at least 70% cocoa solids.
The first step to making this easy chocolate mousse is to prepare the vanilla cream. You'll need to plan ahead because the cashews have to soak for several hours.
Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender like a Vitamix. Blend to a fine sheen. Set aside to thicken.
Combine all ingredients - except the cacao powder and the fruit - in a high speed blender like a Vitamix. Pour into a bowl and fold in cacao powder.
In individual parfait or dessert glasses, layer vanilla cream, ½ cup raspberries (or strawberries) and chocolate mousse, in any order you like. Chill before serving.
Makes 6 servings.