Quality dark chocolate with 70 – 85% cocoa is rich in fibre and contains high amounts of manganese, copper, iron, magnesium and it also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. This makes chocolate very nutritious.
Dark chocolate is also a powerful source of antioxidants and the bioactive compounds in cocoa may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Studies have also shown a drastic reduction in heart disease risk among those who consume dark chocolate regularly. Good news, chocolate can also improve brain function by increasing blood flow to the brain.
This delicious smooth, rich and easy chocolate mousse is super quick to make. Chocolate mousse makes a great healthy chocolate snack or you can dress it up with berries and nuts to serve to guests.
- 80g of 85% dark chocolate (organic), broken into pieces
- 270ml can coconut cream, a thick brand like Ayam
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup, 100%, or to taste
- 1 1/2 Tbsp cacao raw powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (organic)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
Melt the chocolate in a double saucepan or use the defrost setting on a microwave to melt without burning the chocolate.
Add the coconut cream, maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and melted chocolate to a blender. Blend on medium speed for 10 seconds, then scrape down the sides of the jug. Blend for a further 6 – 8 seconds on high speed.
Pour evenly between 4 mini jars or glasses and place in the fridge to set.
Serve topped with berries, nuts or coconut yoghurt and add a sprinkling of grated dark chocolate on top.