This is what I eat every morning. Chocolate for breakfast? Absolute mon! Actually, it’s more of a chocolate pot’o creme than a mousse but no need to split semantical hairs here. Bottom line, it’s delish! And good for you, too. Loaded with antioxidants, chocolate combats the effect of subversive free radicals. It also contains phenethylamine, which releases neurochemicals like serotonin, touted as the happy hormone. I don’t know about everyone else, but I want all the “happy hormones” I can get first thing in the morning. Unlike coffee, which made me feel edgy and jittery by mid-morning, that sense of well-being from cacao stays with me all day without interfering with my sleep pattern. But I don’t recommend having a cup of it late at night because it will keep you awake.
But chocolate’s fattening, right?
Not in this format. It may taste decadently rich and creamy, but there’s a twist. Tofu. Yes, you read that right, tofu; the other white protein. Packed with phytonutrients, and isoflavones, protein, and calcium. What gives it its buttery mouthfeel is avocado—another nutrient-rich ingredient. Now you’re really scratching your head. “Tofu, avocado, and chocolate in the same sentence…?” I realize it seems counter-intuitive to combine those ingredients, but you don’t taste the avocado, it disappears under the dense chocolate flavor of the cacao powder, and tofu doesn’t have a flavor profile; it absorbs whatever you add to it. Super easy to make in the blender or a Cuisinart food processor. So go ahead, whip up a batch, and rev-up your “happy hormones!”
Recipe notes Prep time: 15-minutes. Yields 5-4oz servings. Nutrients vales based per serving
- 1-14oz pkg organic silken tofu (be sure it’s “organic” and silken; it provides the creamiest texture.
- 1-small avocado unbruised
- 1 -cup organic cacao powder
- 1/2-cup Stevia in the Raw
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1-tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2-tsp cinnamon
- pinch cayenne
- pinch Himalayan salt
- 3-oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- Place tofu in Cuisinart food processor and blend to a creamy consistency.
- Add avocado and blend till smooth and thoroughly combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
- Add cacao powder, sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt.
- Blend for a couple of minutes so that the cacao powder is fully incorporated.
- Taste test for sweetness, adding additional sweetener if needed.
- Melt semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave for 20-seconds.
- Pour melted chocolate into the mixture and pulse 2-3 times
- Spoon mousse into a container, cover, and refrigerate.
My partner made this for me, and it was delicious. But thank God he didn’t tell me what was in it beforehand, because I probably wouldn’t have eaten it…But, not only was it tasty, it gave me a natural energy boost so much so, I weeded the garden, cleaned the fish pond, trimmed the hedges, and re-organized the garage, and I am almost 73. Now, after having it every morning for a month, instead of coffee; and I used to drink6-8 cups a day, I still experience the same energy boost as I did from day one.
Wow! That is a lot of energy to expend in one day. Always nice to hear feedback. I know, the ingredients may not sound compatible, but they do work well together And yes, even as long as I’ve been having it as part of my morning routine, I still reap the same benefits without the late-afternoon crash I used to experience from coffee.