Two physicians inspired this recipe. One is my father, a retired pediatrician, who taught me how to live a healthy life by learning how to love eating delicious, healthy foods and learning how to enjoy physical activity through the love of sports. Dad was also in love with chocolate mousse. My father spent many years trying to perfect his chocolate mousse recipe. The other inspiration came from a friend of mine who made me aware of the health benefits of cinnamon. He also loves dark chocolate and has been known to enjoy licking a bowl of chocolate batter.
While the lab results are mixed, some research has found that cinnamon, may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, fight bacteria and may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. For more information on cinnamon, check out this article:
This healthy chocolate dessert has a surprise ingredient. Trust me. You won’t be able to tell what it is when you eat this chocolate mousse, but read on. You’ll quickly figure out what the surprise is.
Serving size: 6
- 11.5 oz. good quality dark chocolate chips (The Hungry Athlete prefers dark chocolate but semisweet chocolate chips maybe substituted)
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large, ripe Bacon avocado*, pitted and peeled
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract*
- 3 tablespoon agave syrup*
- pinch of salt
- 6 egg whites**
- ½ teaspoon lemon
- 6 strawberries for garnish
* NOTE: I used Bacon avocado because it has a mild flavor but a Haas avocado can be substituted. In addition, if you are on a gluten-free diet, ensure that the ingredients you are using are gluten-free.
** NOTE: If you have concerns using raw eggs, which can carry salmonella, use pasteurized egg whites which are available in supermarkets. Make sure the label states that it is pasteurized. Pasteurized egg whites may require more time to whip. Adding lemon juice (an acid) will help the pasteurized egg whites to whip up. I personally enjoy many recipes using raw or undercooked eggs such as eggs sunny side up, soft poached eggs, holladaise sauce, meringues and Caesar salad.
Melt the chocolate with the cinnamon in a double boiler over hot water and set aside.
Purée the avocado in a food processor until smooth. Add vanilla extract, agave syrup and salt and continue to puree until combined.
With the machine running, pour in the chocolate mixture. The easiest way to do this is to transfer the chocolate mixture to a measuring cup first and then pour the chocolate mixture from the measuring cup.
Using a stand mixer or whisk, beat the egg whites until they begin to form soft peaks. Add the lemon juice and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites.
Pour the mousse into 6 small serving bowls, juice cups or wineglasses and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or covered with plastic wrap overnight. Garnish with strawberries.