CBD-Infused Avocado Chocolate Mousse

CBD-Infused Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Indulge in a decadent and nourishing dessert with this CBD-infused avocado chocolate mousse recipe. Creamy avocados provide a silky texture and a healthy alternative to dairy. Infused with CBD oil, this dessert can help you to unwind after a long day. Plus, it's vegan, gluten-free, and packed with healthy fats and antioxidants. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 cup or 20 grams of unsweetened cacao¬†powder
  • 1/4 cup or 60 ml¬†of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup or 60 ml of coconut milk (or any plant-based milk of choice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon¬†of¬†CBD oil (adjust according to your preference and the potency of your CBD oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional toppings: shaved dark chocolate, berries, coconut flakes, mint.

Approximately four servings.

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the ripe avocados, cacao powder, maple syrup, coconut milk, CBD oil, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.

  2. Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor as needed to ensure everything is well combined.

  3. Taste the mousse and adjust the sweetness or CBD oil amount if needed, depending on your preference.

  4. Once the mousse reaches your desired consistency and taste, transfer it to serving bowls or glasses.

  5. Cover the bowls or glasses with an air tight lid and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours to chill and allow the flavours to meld together.

  6. Before serving, garnish the mousse with shaved dark chocolate, fresh berries, mint or coconut flakes, if desired, for an extra touch of flavour and texture.

  7. Enjoy this indulgent CBD-infused avocado chocolate mousse as a delicious dessert or snack. Savour each spoonful and appreciate the nourishing ingredients that not only provide a tasty dessert but also support your overall wellbeing - see below for more details on the benefits of each ingredient.

Notes:

  • Make sure to use ripe avocados for the creamiest texture.
  • Choose a high-quality CBD oil (our 5% CBD Oil is perfect for this recipe!)¬†and follow the recommended dosage instructions.
  • Store any leftover mousse in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

 

The Benefits of Avocados

Avocados are not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious, offering a wide range of health benefits:
  1. Rich in Healthy Fats: Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, particularly oleic acid, which is linked to heart health. These healthy fats can help lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL) while increasing good cholesterol levels (HDL), thus reducing the risk of heart disease.

  2. High in Nutrients: Avocados are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, and they also contain vitamins C, E, K, and B-vitamins, as well as folate, magnesium, and manganese.

  3. Loaded with Fibre: Fibre is essential for digestive health and can help promote regular bowel movements, prevent constipation, and support a healthy gut microbiome. Avocados are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, which can aid in weight management and reduce the risk of certain diseases like diabetes.

  4. May Aid Weight Loss: Despite being calorie-dense, avocados can be beneficial for weight management. The combination of healthy fats, fibre, and water content in avocados can help increase feelings of fullness and satiety, leading to reduced calorie intake throughout the day.

  5. Support Eye Health: Avocados contain antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important for eye health. These compounds help protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, reducing the risk of vision loss and maintaining overall eye health.

  6. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Avocados contain various phytochemicals and antioxidants, including vitamin E and carotenoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming avocados regularly may help reduce inflammation in the body, which is associated with chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.

  7. Promote Skin Health: The healthy fats and antioxidants in avocados can nourish the skin from within, promoting elasticity, hydration, and a youthful appearance. Additionally, applying avocado oil topically may help soothe dry skin, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing.

  8. May Support Brain Health: Avocados are rich in nutrients that are important for brain health, including vitamin E, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients can help support cognitive function, memory, and mood, while also reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline.

 

The Benefits of Cacao

Incorporating cacao into your diet, whether in the form of dark chocolate, raw cacao powder, or cacao nibs, can provide a range of health benefits:

  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, particularly flavonoids and polyphenols. These compounds help protect cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders.

  2. Heart Health: The antioxidants found in cacao, especially flavonoids like epicatechin, have been shown to improve heart health by increasing blood flow, lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and improving cholesterol levels. Regular consumption of cacao may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

  3. Mood Enhancement: Cacao contains several compounds that can positively affect mood and mental well-being. It stimulates the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins, which are known as "feel-good" hormones. Additionally, cacao contains phenylethylamine (PEA), a compound associated with feelings of euphoria and pleasure.

  4. Brain Function: The flavonoids and other compounds in cacao may also support brain health and cognitive function. Research suggests that cacao consumption may improve memory, focus, and overall cognitive performance. Additionally, the antioxidants in cacao help protect brain cells from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline.

  5. Improved Digestion: Cacao is rich in dietary fibre, which supports healthy digestion and promotes regular bowel movements. Fibre helps to prevent constipation, and supports a healthy gut microbiome by feeding beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

  6. Energy Boost: Cacao contains natural stimulants such as caffeine and theobromine, which can provide a temporary energy boost. These compounds stimulate the central nervous system, increase alertness, and improve concentration. However, unlike caffeine from coffee, the effects of cacao are often milder and less likely to cause jitteriness or anxiety.

  7. Mineral Content: Cacao is a good source of essential minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Magnesium is particularly important for muscle and nerve function, energy production, and bone health. Iron is essential for oxygen transport in the blood, while potassium helps regulate blood pressure and fluid balance in the body.

  8. Skin Health: Some studies suggest that the antioxidants in cacao may help protect the skin from UV damage, improve blood flow to the skin, and promote hydration and elasticity. Consuming cacao or applying cacao-based products topically may help reduce signs of aging, improve skin texture, and promote a healthy complexion.

 

Benefits of Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a natural sweetener made from the sap of maple trees, primarily found in North America. Beyond its lovely taste, maple syrup offers various health benefits, making it an excellent alternative to refined sugars:

  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Maple syrup contains several antioxidants, including polyphenols and flavonoids, which help neutralise free radicals in the body. These antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

  2. Provides Essential Nutrients: While maple syrup is primarily composed of sugar, it also contains small amounts of essential nutrients, including manganese, zinc, calcium, and potassium. Manganese is important for energy metabolism and antioxidant defence, while zinc supports immune function and wound healing.

  3. Natural Energy Source: Maple syrup is a source of carbohydrates, which provide a quick and easily accessible source of energy for the body. Unlike refined sugars, maple syrup contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall energy production and metabolism.

  4. Supports Digestive Health: Maple syrup contains prebiotics, which are types of fibre that serve as food for beneficial bacteria in the gut. By promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria, maple syrup may support digestive health, improve bowel regularity, and enhance nutrient absorption.

  5. May Help Regulate Blood Sugar: Despite being a sweetener, maple syrup has a lower glycemic index compared to refined sugars, meaning it causes a slower and more gradual increase in blood sugar levels. This can help prevent spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels, making maple syrup a preferable option for individuals managing insulin resistance.

  6. Promotes Heart Health: Some studies suggest that maple syrup may have beneficial effects on heart health. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds found in maple syrup may help reduce LDL cholesterol levels, improve blood flow, and support overall cardiovascular function.

  7. Natural Sweetener Alternative: Maple syrup is a natural and unprocessed sweetener, unlike refined sugars that undergo extensive processing. Choosing maple syrup over refined sugars can help reduce the intake of added sugars and promote a healthier diet overall.

  8. Versatile Ingredient: Maple syrup can be used in a variety of dishes, from breakfast foods like pancakes and oatmeal to marinades, salad dressings, and desserts. Its unique flavour adds depth and complexity to dishes, making it a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savoury recipes.

 

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