A few nights ago, in a desperate bid to get some nutritents into my fussy eater, I whipped up this chocolate avocado mousse. I had come across it on the internet quite a while ago and it was always at the back of my mind to try it. I guess I just wasn’t motivated to make it though until my toddler suddenly decided to reject a lot of the foods she used to eat.
Not pretty at all but I think calling it turd will actually make it more attractive to some toddlers!
There are many variations to this recipe but I used what I had which were two avocados. a big handful of chocolate melts, about two tablespoons of cocoa powder and maple syrup. Blend, taste, and adjust levels as necessary. Some variations also add coconut cream or banana.
In hindsight, it probably would have been a good idea to melt down the chocolate buttons first as it didn’t blend smoothly but I was in a hurry. Anyway it turned out that having chocolate bits in there was actually quite nice. After blitzing it all until it resembled chocolate mousse, I spooned it into four Ikea plastic cups and chucked it into the fridge to chill for about an hour.
When I served it to Miss A, I just called it “chocolate mousse” and her eyes lit up at the sight and mention of the word “chocolate”. It definitely helped that she has not actually had chocolate mousse before so she doesn’t know what the normal version is meant to taste like. She has had avocado though and usually will only eat it under some kind of duress so I was concerned she would be able to pick out the taste. Don’t believe the internet when they tell you you won’t be able to taste the avocado! Lies! All lies! The chocolate definitely does not fully mask the taste of the avocado but the question is whether your child will be able to figure it out if you don’t tell them it’s in there.
“What do you think?” I asked nervously with bated breath as she took her first spoon.
She paused for a moment, then smiled and declared, “It’s yummy!”
Cue evil laughter MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
So successful was my trickery that she ended up polishing her cup clean with her hands (which worked out to be half an avocado)…and I was rubbing my hands all night like an evil villain. My husband, on the other hand, pulled a bit of a face when he tasted it but ate it “because it’s healthy”.
Can’t win them all!