Do you love Alligator Pears? :)

I REALLY, REALLY love avos. They are so rich and yummy, and if finances allowed it, I would eat about 2 a day.

A few interesting things about Avocados:

  • They are also known as alligator pears (what a funky name!)
  • Brazillians mix avocado with ice-cream to make a popular dessert.
  • Filipinos puree avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink

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If you are not eating avos as much as I do, here is why you should:

  • It contains in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Avocado is high in fat content, but it is mostly the monounsaturated fat which is a healthy fat variety. (Great for heart health)
  • The lower cholesterol! Avocados are rich in a compound called beta-sitosterol which has been shown to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels.
  • The potassium in avocado help regulate your blood pressure levels.
  • They have the highest fibre content of any fruit!

As you may remember, I did a blogpost about the yummy health benefits of dark chocolate. Here is a recipe that combines the two to make a super-healthy (yes, I said HEALTHY!) chocolate mousse.

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Ingredients

Serves 6

354ml good quality dark chocolate, chopped

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp chili powder

1 large, ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled

3/4 cup light brown sugar

6 egg whites

 Directions

Melt the chocolate with the cinnamon and chili powder in a double boiler over hot water and set aside. Purée the avocado and brown sugar in a food processor until smooth. With the machine running, pour in the chocolate mixture. Using a stand mixer or whisk, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites. Pour the mousse into 6 small serving bowls or wine glasses and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or covered overnight.

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