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The Grass Is Green Where You Water It + Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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When I was in my early teens, I used to envision what life would be like as an 18 or 20 year old. I thought about how different life would be, how I would be so grown up and doing all the things I thought I wanted to do. Now that I’m in my early to mid-twenties, it’s crazy to think about how different my teen visions were compared to how my life actually is. Sometimes I get the same nagging feeling, and I wonder how my life will be like in five to ten years. Many of the people in my life are beginning to get married, and it’s strange to think that I know quite a few people who’ve already started having kids. While I don’t feel ready for that kind of settling down yet, it’s hard not to wonder and to want what others have, especially when the path ahead is so unclear. I’m young and I want a career, to accomplish goals I’ve set for myself, to travel the world, but I also want stability.

In my weak moments, I’ve begun to remind myself that the grass isn’t greener on the other side—it’s green where you water it. In five to ten years, I don’t want to look back and think about how much time I spent wanting the future instead of focusing on the present. I want to look back and think about how much fun I had, marvel at all the opportunities I took, and laugh at all the crazy things I did. In the meantime, I’ll continue doing what I do best: making good food, creating beautiful memories with my friends, and maybe trying to convince one of my dear friends that she should make her wedding cake a carrot cake. Oh, and going to crazy bachelorette parties that involve poles and vertical navigation.

raw vegan chocolate mousse // gratitude and greens // #raw #vegan #plantbased #desserts #recipepin it

raw vegan chocolate mousse // gratitude and greens // #raw #vegan #plantbased #desserts #recipepin it

raw vegan chocolate mousse // gratitude and greens // #raw #vegan #plantbased #desserts #recipepin it

I originally shared this recipe for raw vegan chocolate mousse two years ago (!!!) but decided to share it again, as the post got lost when I was switching platforms. I created a separate page for it, but both the photographs and the recipes needed sprucing up, so here we are. Avocado mousse has been on the rise in the past few years and recipes for it are everywhere, but it’s one of my favourite desserts and I just can’t imagine my blog without a recipe for it. It’s a great snack and a wonderful way to end a meal, but it is also perfect for when you feel like having dessert for breakfast. All you need is a few ingredients and a food processor to transport you to pure chocolate mousse bliss.

Fats, Fabulous Fats!
There are few things that upset me more than seeing or hearing someone demonize fats (and carbohydrates!), a macronutrient essential for optimum health. We need fats to function- we just need to choose the right kinds of fats. A few reasons why fats are fabulous:

  • They are a great source of energy!
  • They help build maintain cell structure and stability.
  • Many vitamins are fat-soluble, including vitamins A, D, E, and K. Without fats, our body is unable to convert certain compounds found in food into vitamins that our body can absorb.
  • HOWEVER: *While fats are great, I would not recommend just eating high fat foods all day- only because our bodies need other nutrients, too! Moderation is key!

Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fats, which alleviate arthritis pain and reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease. They also help to keep your blood sugar levels stable by slowing down the absorption of glucose after eating.

raw vegan chocolate mousse // gratitude and greens // #raw #vegan #plantbased #desserts #recipepin it

RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
Yields 2 servings.
INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 ripe large banana
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 4-5 tablespoons maple syrup, more if you’d like
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped or 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • toppings! some ideas:
    • fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, pomegranate
    • nuts: chopped almonds, walnuts, pistachios
    • seeds: hemp, chia
    • cacao nibs
    • shredded coconut

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Scoop the flesh of the avocados into a food processor with the bananas. Purée.
2. Add the cacao powder, vanilla bean, and maple syrup.
3. Garnish with your toppings of choice.

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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  • ahhh this looks so heavenly! love that you added both avocado and banana! Raw chocolate mousse is the best mousse!ReplyCancel

  • Fats are wonderful when eaten correctly…like in this beautiful mousse 😉ReplyCancel

  • This looks so delicious!! Leftovers?ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Francesca! I had a jar leftover in the fridge that I took to work. So yummy and it was just the perfect mid-day treat! xoReplyCancel

  • Is there anything that can substitute for the banana?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Judy! You could maybe use a few tablespoons of coconut milk or coconut cream. Let me know how it goes :)ReplyCancel

  • I love the line “the grass is green where you water it”! It’s so true. My teenage self thought that I would be a lawyer, but that definitely hasn’t been the case. Instead of mulling over the past, we definitely need to move forward.

    This vegan chocolate mousse looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Lisa !’The grass is green where you water it’ is something I’ve been repeating to myself a lot recently- especially when I doubt my decisions. It always reminds me to just trust and see where things will go, which is exactly what I need :) xoReplyCancel

  • Oh G, these look lovely! I do a similar recipe as a thick smoothie mix. Love your blog, so happy to have found it. Keep rockin it!

    Sus x – http://www.roughmeasures.comReplyCancel

    • Thank you Sus! That smoothie you make sounds delicious- can’t wait to check out your blog! xoReplyCancel

  • I love that quote – the grass is greener where you water it – and I find it is such a good reminder for becoming more present and intentional in my current life (rather than getting stuck in the future – I totally play the “five year plan” game too). As someone closer to the end of her twenties than the beginning, I feel so strongly that these years are a time to set yourself up for the path you want to take in life but also to really, really enjoy these years. On a less serious note, this looks amazing and you’ve just reminded me of how much I really love avocado pudding!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Christine! I am trying to live life at the fullest right now, despite being so busy with work and blogging and everything else in between! I love it when I have a quiet moment to just sit down with myself and something yummy, like this mousse! xoReplyCancel

  • Love your way of quoting, Gen! It makes us realize that we should be more aware of what we have and what we could get if we want to! Your posts are always a meditation for me, thank you, Gen!
    This recipe is gorgeous, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful post! And this chocolate mousse looks so decadent. Love that you used avocado – I still haven’t used avocado in anything sweet and this just may change things. Pinning!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Jenny! You definitely should try avocado in something sweet. This is the perfect recipe for it! I hope you like it :) xoReplyCancel

  • Loved this post so much, you made chocolate mousse healthy for us 😀ReplyCancel

  • Whoaaaa now! This combo would have me licking the bowl and then hunting down the ingredients again so I could make more! 😉ReplyCancel

  • This is so my kind of recipe! Love all the richness from the avocado, banana and raw cacoa powder! Yum- just pinned!ReplyCancel

  • Your mousse looks divine! I’m so glad you decided to repost it. I loved the sentiment at the beginning of your post, it was beautifully stated and such an important reminded to us all :)ReplyCancel

  • This looks divine. And so simple! I’ve been adding avocado to my smoothies for a while now because of all of the health benefits, but I love the texture it gives too! I’ll have to try this sometime soon!ReplyCancel

  • Hey there! I loved reading this post. I’m now in my early 30’s and when I was in my mid-20’s, I was in the same boat you are in! The one thing that continually amazes me is how everything in life happens in perfect time – if you let it. I was just married this past summer at 31…no kids yet, but hopefully soon. :) I still have many, many career goals along with ‘blog’ goals to accomplish. Everything happens for a reason and the pieces will all fit one day. :)

    Oh and the recipe…looks amazing! I’ve never tried nor have I made avocado mousse. I’m going to try making it!ReplyCancel

  • Totally agree on the watering part :) Have you ever read the Hua Hu Ching? It’s one of my favorite Taoist books — short and sweet and full of wisdom. There’s a beautiful quote from there that just came to mind:

    “Each moment is fragile and fleeting. The moment of the past cannot be kept, however beautiful. The moment of the present cannot be held, however enjoyable. The moment of the future cannot be caught, however desirable. But the mind is desperate to fix the river in place:
    Possessed by ideas of the past, preoccupied with images of the future, it overlooks the plain truth of the moment. The one who can dissolve her mind will suddenly discover the Tao at her feet, and clarity at hand.”

    P.S. chocolate avocado mousse is THE BESTEST! :)ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful quote and it rings true on many levels – the grass really is greener where you water it.ReplyCancel

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