Chocolate Mousse Trio

Please don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients! These are just 3 flavour options of the same dessert. It really is a simple mousse, you just need to be sure your dates are soft. I don’t specify using medjool dates, although their consistency lends them to this type of dish they are very expensive. You can use cheap dates, you just need to soak them if they are dry and/or hard.

Each recipe makes 1 generous mousse

Mousse 1 - Thyme and sea salt

1 avocado

50g dates

1T cacao powder

1/2t fresh thyme leaves

1/4t sea salt

Soak the dates in boiling water for 5 minutes, discard the water

Blend the avocado using a hand blender till smooth

Add the dates and blend again, you may have to move the blender up and down to get a smooth consistency

Add the cacao and the thyme, blend again

Pour into a serving dish, sprinkle with the sea salt and decorate with more thyme leaves

Mousse 2 - Coffee and pistachio

1 avocado

70g dates

1T cacao powder

1t freeze dried coffee granules

1T pistachios

2 cardamom pods

Soak the dates in boiling water for 5 minutes, discard the water

Blend the avocado using a hand blender till smooth

Add the dates and blend again, you may have to move the blender up and down to get a smooth consistency

Add the cacao and the coffee, blend again

Grind the cardamom in a pestle and mortar

Add the pistachios to roughly grind them

Put 1/2t of the nuts aside for the topping

Add the rest of the nuts to the mousse and mix well

Pour into a serving dish, sprinkle with the remaining pistachio cardamom mixture

Mousse 3 - Raspberry and almond

1 avocado

50g dates

1T cacao powder

1/2t almond essence

a handful of frozen raspberries

Soak the dates in boiling water for 5 minutes, discard the water

Blend the avocado using a hand blender till smooth

Add the dates and blend again, you may have to move the blender up and down to get a smooth consistency

Add the cacao and the almond essence, blend again

Pour into a serving dish, scatter the raspberries and push them down into the pudding