My friend knows I am conscious about my health and what I eat. So she made this amazing dark chocolate mousse dessert that is cholesterol friendly and heart friendly. Imagine decadence that is good for you!It uses avocados instead of butter, oil or eggs. Sounded gross to me, but I tried it and it turns out it tasted delicious and felt silky and smooth on the tongue - fabulous!Why is this so great? Eating one avocado a day as a part of a moderate-fat diet can help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol, while improving total cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Moreover dark chocolate helps regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol, often implicated in heart disease.On top of that, it is incredibly easy to make. If your friends or family are food fussy, don't mention the avocado part. They will never notice and will think you just made them a special treat.Below is the recipe which she sent me and I tried.
Serves 2 to 4
- 1 large ripe avocado (or two small ones) (I used 2 small ones)
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate melted (at least 70%)
- At least ½ cup almond or soy milk (usually need to add more or it will be too thick!)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons (or to your taste) honey. She used Stevia (Truvia actually)
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp espresso powder or you can use instant coffee crystals or powder
- In a heatproof bowl, melt the chocolate over hot water, or in the microwave. Stir until smooth, cool slightly.
- Put remaining ingredients in a food processor bowl or in a blender, and add cooled chocolate mixture. Blend until completely smooth. If it seems too thick, add more milk to get desired consistency. It does get more solidified after you chill it.
- Spoon into dessert cups. Serve well-chilled, with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.
So how do you know if the avocado in this recipe and others are really helping your cholesterol and heart? Run your own personal experiment! If you have existing lab results for cholesterol, connect to your clinic using Hello Heart (iOS, Android) so you can review your cholesterol levels and trends on your iPhone or Android device. Start including avocados in your meal plans, like this dessert. Pay attention to your next cholesterol reading and see if the little change of incorporating avocados, has a positive impact.
Hello Heart is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment. You should always consult with your doctor about your individual care.
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