Creamy Carob Mousse
Thick and creamy pudding that's rich, wholesome, and chocolate-like. This pudding has been a go-to recipe for years because it never fails to impress in little parfait glasses and is dairy free, paleo (aip), gluten free, and vegan. This recipe comes together in 5 minutes in the blender (no cooking required) with a few simple ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 6 parfaits
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/4 cup carob powder cocoa works too
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 tbsp refined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut toasted, for garnish
- berries or nuts for garnish
Cut avocados in half and remove seeds. Use the peel as a handle to squeeze the avocado into a blender, food processor, or bowl (if using an immersion blender).
Add carob, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and oil and blend on high until extremely creamy. You may need to use a spatula to scrape the sides. Once the pudding is lump free and uniform in color, transfer to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days. It will firm up a bit because of the coconut oil.
To serve, pipe or spoon into parfait glasses and top with toasted coconut or nuts and fresh berries. Best served cold.
How to Toast Coconut:
You can buy shredded, unsweetened coconut and toast it yourself in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stir and watch closely to prevent burning. Within 2-3 minutes, the coconut will turn golden in color and release a nutty aroma. Remove promptly from the heat and store at room temperature for up to 1 week in a bag.
Sugar Free? No Problem.
If you are ditching sugar in your life, you can still enjoy this pudding. I love using whole dates (pits removed) as a sugar substitute. You can start with 8. Taste and adjust the sweetness from there.
Recipe Adapted from The Natural Gourmet Institute, my friend and mentor: Chef Hideyo Yamada.
Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg