I don’t really go in for the forced fun or jollity of Valentine’s Day nor do I enjoy the commercialism surrounding it, but I won’t be a spoil sport or killjoy for those who really do like to celebrate.
Often this means champagne, red roses, chocolates, sweets/candy and other treats – some ok for wls patients, some less so. Looking at the food angle there’s still much that can be enjoyed and the links below will take you to some recipes we have developed in previous years.
This year I am reviving a recipe for a chocolate mousse that featured in one of our free Bariatric Newsletters but didn’t make it to the website archive. The ingredients are probably not what you’re expecting but trust me when I say they make a smooth, rich, creamy mousse that’s guilt-free. It’s dairy-free, not too sweet and buttery smooth. It is sweetened with low-sugar syrup like agave nectar (although I used Sweet Freedom syrup) but you can sweeten with another type of articifical sweetener (or even sugar) as liked – just add to taste.
So here it is again but with quantities to serve just 2 (but can be doubled or more if liked). We shall enjoy it on Wednesday evening, with two spoons … sharing the love!
GUILT-FREE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
1 ripe avocado
70 g/¼ cup agave nectar or Sweet Freedom syrup (or other sweetener – see intro)
¾ tsp vanilla extract
20 g/¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
fresh berries to serve if liked
- Halve the avocado and remove the stone. Scoop the flesh into a food processor bowl and add the agave nectar or other sweetener, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides a few times during processing. Alternatively, place in a bowl and beat until smooth with an electric whisk.
- Spoon or pipe into small serving dishes and chill thoroughly.
- Serve chilled with fresh berries if liked.
WLS PORTION: ½-¾
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER PORTION: 233
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