sweets week: avocado peppermint chocolate mousse
Howdy, friends and welcome to Sweets Week!
For those of you just entering this red, heart-shaped box of fun, fourteen other romantic food bloggers and I are dedicating an entire week to nothing but sweets! Yes sirree! We are baking, melting, and whipping up treats for you and your sweet for Valentine’s Day.
We have sweets of every shape, color, and size! From red velvet cupcakes to s’mores on a stick to mini chocolate mousse pies. If you thought Mr. Russell Stover was the king of Valentine’s Day treats, think again.
No more pre-packaged chocolates. No more hokey pre-written cards. No more giant sized bears that give you the creeps. No more edible fruit bouquets because nothing says I love you like strawberries and cantaloupe on a stick. That’s why Sweets Week was formed. As romantics at heart, we felt it was our duty to make treats with the utmost kitchen love that will melt the heart of someone you hold dear.
Okay, before I forget, I probably should tell y’all about my sweet treat. This treat doesn’t exactly scream Valentine’s Day. Mr. B and I typically celebrate this lovey-dovey holiday lounging by the fire in our pj’s while eating pizza and drinking wine. We occasionally break down and buy each other cards because I’m a sucker for those Papyrus cards at Target. Dang, they are too cute even if they are $7 for a card.
Anyways, this treat is full of avocados covered in chocolate with a dash of peppermint extract. I realize some of you may not fancy the avocado, if that’s the case, make these mini chocolate pop rock tarts. You won’t regret it. But if you’re willing to branch out from the typical raspberry and chocolate section, this mousse will be your new best friend. Not only is it easier to make than pushing the channel up button on the TV remote, it tastes great and won’t break the bank. Now that’s what I call a Cupid’s bulls-eye!
If you need more inspiration on what to make your sweet for the big day, make sure and check some of the other ladies of sweet week!
Red Velvet and Vanilla Marble Cupcakes– Kirsten @ Comfortably Domestic
Retro Raspberry Divinity and an awesome sweet baking-themed giveaway – Jeanne @ Inside NanaBreads Head
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies – Beka @ Kvetchin’ Kitchen
Mini Meringue Strawberry Pie – Katie @ The Hill Country Cook
Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti – Madeline @ Munching in the Mitten
Samoa Crack Dip – Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama
Avocado Peppermint Chocolate Mousse –Yours Truly
Cherry Garcia Chocolate Bark – Megan @ Wanna Be A Country Cleaver
S’Mores on a Stick – Kat @ Tenaciously Yours
White Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting – Mads @ La Petite Pancake
‘Pucker Up’ Lemon Marshmallows – Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World
Mini Chocolate Mousse Pies – Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama
Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie & a Giveaway – Anne @ From My Sweet Heart
Avocado Peppermint Chocolate Mousse
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 large super ripe avocados, pitted, removed from skin
2 teaspoons peppermint extract (use more or less depending on how peppermint-y you want it to taste)
dash of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup agave nectar
Fresh mint, garnish
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips. Once melted, set aside to cool.
In a handy-dandy food processor, combine avocado, salt, cocoa powder, agave nectar, milk, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and cooled melted chocolate. Blend until smooth. Place chocolate avocado mixture into a Ziploc bag. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill. Once chilled, cut a small corner of the Ziploc bag and pipe avocado mixture equally among four dishes. Serve with fresh mint.
adapted from Giada de LaurentiisAll images and text ©
Love love love this!!!! This is my kind of Valentine’s day treat!
Thanks, Liz! You’re the best!
This is the best thing I’ve seen all week. Seriously LOVE it.
Whoo-hoo! Three cheers for chocolate and avocados!
Avocado? Peppermint? Chocolate?? All my favorite things in one dessert! SWOON.
It made me swoon as well! Who knew chocolate, avocado, and peppermint could play nice together? Cheers friend!
Lauren, this sounds so tasty! I must try it soon, I’m intrigued by the use of avocado!
Madeline – If you like avocados this mousse will be your new bff! Plus, it’s so easy to whip up you gotta give it a try:)
Sweet week! What a brilliant week! Although I’d willingly eat strawberries and cantaloupe off a stick, this is definitely an unacceptable “dessert”. Chocolate mousse is one of my all time favorites and I LOVE that you made yours with avocado!! Healthy fats…antioxidants…and pure looooove! Have a happy VDay tomorrow!!
I guess I shouldn’t say fruit isn’t worthy of gift giving because I love me some chocolate covered strawberries! And happy VDay to you!!!
I’m totally a fan of sweets week! and this chocolate avocado mouse is screaming my name! Love this idea!
Thanks, friend! Chocolate and avocado really need to get together more often!
This looks so good you’d never know it was so healthy! So sorry I haven’t had a chance to stop over since we met. Love your site. Happy Valentine’s Day!!! 🙂
Hi, Christy! It’s so good to hear from you! No worries, girl. That’s called life. Are you going to BlogHer Food in Austin? And happy VDAy to you!!
OMG I was just searching Avocado mousse on Pinterest yesterday!! It’s all Paleo and all! I MUST TRY THIS!!!
DEWWWWWW IT! And then go chop some broccoli 🙂
oh!! i saw this on one of giada’s episodes and i’ve been dying to try it ever since..it looks so luxurious and silky amazing!
You’ll love it! Btw….totally agree with you about Giada getting a nose job! And I swear her shirts keep getting lower.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Lauren…this stuff looks sooooo luscious! I love avocado but have never worked with it in baking or dessert making. But I am dying to try it. So happy to have a great recipe to follow! Your pictures are beautiful and very enticing! : )
Anne, you totally need to jump on the avocado/chocolate bandwagon. You would love it!
The avocado is calling my name, Sister! I can’t wait to sneak this past my men-folk and let them think they’re getting away with something by eating it. (insert maniacal laughter here)
Oh, yes! So scandalous. I love it! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I’ve been wanting to try the chocolate/avocado combination for ages and this post is basically shouting at me and telling me I need to go and make it NOW!
Yes.you.do! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Just made it! going to give to the hubs and not tell him…. he heee hehehehe