I wanted to share this recipe for a long time because it's one of our favorite healthy go-to breakfast. When I was experimenting with this recipe, I was looking for the perfect sweetness (obviously I didn't want it to be too sweet so we could eat it in the morning) and texture (not sticky or too thick) and thankfully I think I got it right! But feel free to play around with the recipe if the balance (sweetness) isn't right for you. I've said it before, our family doesn't have a very sweet tooth.
This "morning" chocolate mousse is sweetened with dates, bananas (refined sugar free!) and the secret ingredient that makes it silky, rich and creamy: avocados! For us it isn’t weird at all to have avocados for breakfast, but I can understand it can be for others. Don't worry, you can't really taste the avocado! If you do, try reducing the amount of avocado you add in this recipe while you get use to the idea of eating this fruit with chocolate. I also add oats, almond butter (or other nut or seed butter) and chia seeds. This breakfast recipe is a great way to get essential healthy fats, proteins and fiber. Plus it is dairy, egg, gluten and soy free. It can easily be nut free too if you use soy butter or sunflower seeds butter.
A few other facts about this recipe :
- This jar is really at its best served with tart/sour/not-too-sweet fruit so the final result is pleasant to eat in the morning. I like mine with a mix of fresh berries during summer, but I also like stone fruits (nectarine, peaches, plum), pomegranate, pears, pineapples, etc. Bananas might be too sweet on top of this chocolate mousse for breakfast.
- You can also add granola (recipe here) on top for a crunchy touch.
- Try using hazelnut butter instead of almond butter... it's one of my favorite version!
- For a layered jar, we also like to serve this mousse on top of a classic vanilla chia pudding (see my basic recipe here) with fresh strawberries on top or roasted nuts.
- If you're a coffee fan (or the famous tiramisù cake!), you might want to try adding a small amount of expresso coffee with the rest of the ingredients and serve the mousse layered with vanilla greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt for vegans), cacao powder and cacao nibs on top.
- Note that you can also use frozen bananas if you're a fan of "nanaicecream" for breakfast (ice cream made from frozen bananas).
- As for overnight oats (recipe here and here) or chia pudding (recipe here and here), you can prepare this recipe the night before and grab your jar in the morning!
This energy-boosting combination is all natural goodness! My son always licks his jar every time I put this meal in front of him... :)
Healthy chocolate mousse for breakfast
Yield : 4 servings
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free oats if you're on a strict diet) - See note
- 4-5 pitted Medjool dates - See note
- 3-4 tablespoons of almond butter (I also like using hazelnut butter, but any other nut or seed butter would work too)
- 3/4 cup (up to 1 cup depending on what nut butter you're using) of almond milk (or other milk of your choice)
- 1/4 cup cacao (I use raw cacao) or more (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- Pinch sea salt
- Fresh berries or other seasonal fruit for garnish
- Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender (or quality blender) until you reach a smooth and creamy texture (the texture is supposed to be similar to a pudding or a mousse). If necessary, you may add a little bit more milk.
- Serve with fresh seasonal fruits and granola on top or your favorite toppings.
You can use soaked buckwheat groats instead of the oats
If your dates aren't soft enough for your blender, you might need to soaked them into hot water for a few minutes or until soften.