As you know, I am on Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s six-week weight loss plan. For the next five weeks this means no animal products, no processed foods or added sugars, hardly any grains or starchy roots, but lots of fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
You’d think that this regimen prevents you from enjoying dessert, but I found a way of sneaking in a delicious little treat that squarely fits within the guidelines of the six-week plan: chocolate mousse!
It consists of exactly two ingredients: avocado and carob powder. The avocado delivers the body and the creaminess, and the carob powder contributes a chocolate flavor that I prefer over cacao, the real building block of chocolate. Since carob is naturally sweet, there is no need to add sugar or fancy Medjool dates.
Now, you won’t be able to eat much of it, as the guidelines allow a maximum of 2 ounces of avocado per day. But that is not necessary – a small three-inch bowl filled with mousse is sufficient to give you that cared-for feeling that only dessert can impart. The great thing is that once you’ve emptied your bowl, you won’t be salivating for more as this mini dish is sugar free. That makes it the small, satisfying highlight of a meal and its perfect end point.
This carob chocolate mousse is not only for people on a diet. Fast food enthusiasts may like that it takes only
two minutes to whip up. Those interested in their health may appreciate the fact that avocado bursts with vitamins and that carob is a good source of calcium and of polyphenols – phytochemicals that prevent cell damage. Folks who simply follow their sweet tooth will love the taste of this tiny mousse.
If you live nearby a well-stocked grocery store, you will find carob powder in the baking section or wherever cacao is being kept. If it’s not there, don’t worry: you will always find it online.