23 Oct 2013

AVOCADO CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE with GOJI BERRIES


If you like avocados and you like chocolate; you will appreciate this recipe. Its creaminess is thanks to those magical green monsters that are full of healthy fats, protein and fiber, all wrapped up in one delicious package. When I eat avocados, I like to massage the seed on my face and neck, it feels good and it simultaneously rubs the avocado meat on my skin which is great for it. Just remember to wash it off, otherwise people will think you are turning into a goblin...

But hey, maybe it's been a dream of yours to look like a goblin. In that case, you're welcome.


I was gonna make these into individual cakes but decided that I'd throw everything together in a large spring form pan just because I haven't done that in awhile and it DOES seem more impressive. Don't you agree? If not, too bad. What's done is done, buddy. And what's done is also deliciouusss. I didn't add too much sweetener to this, so the flavour of the avocado comes through and combines with the cacao powder and raisin-walnut crust to create a smooth, decadent, uber nutritious experience in your mouth. Yes, it is an EXPERIENCE.


I kinda sorta made this cake as a happy birthday present for my friend (whose name is ALSO Emily, go figure). Almost all my friends are 20 now! We be growin' up, yo. I think my soul is like 72 years old though, and I've always felt that way. These days, instead of wishing my loved ones a "happy birthday", I tend to say "happy continuation day" instead. It's a Buddhist thing. See, in Buddhism it is taught that we are all part of the universe and the universe is equally part of all of us; it has been this way for eternity. Thus, we are never really born and likewise never really die. We simply continue to be! I dig it.


And what better way to "continue to be", than with raw vegan chocolate mousse cake? No better way - this is it, people. So make this recipe, nom it down and thank the universe and your own creative spirit for the gifts of life and ability! I hope you are having an amazing week; I know I am. It's safe to say that things are going swell, even swimmingly! And you know when ANYBODY says "swimmingly", they must be feeling freaking fantastic... listening to this mix doesn't hurt either.


AVOCADO CHOCOLATE MOUSSE CAKE with GOJI BERRIES 

Crust:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins

Mousse cake:
2 avocados
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons maca powder
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
3-4 tablespoons coconut nectar or date paste
Pinch of salt

Topping:
1 tablespoon each of almond butter, cacao powder and coconut nectar
1/4 cup dried goji berries

To make the crust: pulse the walnuts into powder in a food processor, then add the raisins and process until it begins to stick together. Press into the bottom of a small spring form pan. Put in the fridge.

To make the cake: blend or process all the ingredients until smooth and thick. Spread evenly on your crust and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. 

When ready to serve: take our your cake. Make the chocolate sauce by stirring the almond butter, cacao powder and coconut nectar together until smooth. Drizzle over your cake and garnish with goji berries. Slice. Ain't it nice? Oh, I also sprinkled some chia seeds on there.

37 comments:

  1. This looks so good, might just have to make it this weekend :) Also, confession time, you're for sure my favorite blogger out there. You seem so chill, kinda wish I could meet you someday!

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    1. Aww I am so flattered :) Where do you live?

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    2. Texas :/ But I'm originally from Canada :)

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  2. Awesome! I love a good vegan dessert that doesn't cost the earth! Beautiful!

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  3. I HAVE to make this!!! And glad to hear things are going well for you :)

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  4. This looks so good, thank you Emily for this recipe AND for your wonderful blog - it has changed my life a lot. I'm feeling a bit sick today and it's raining outside, so I think making this cake will absolutely be the best way to spend the day. :)

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  5. Swimmingly is a good word. A good, sturdy English word. I dig it.

    Lovely recipe! I'm making a sorta-kinda-raw cake for my mummy tomorrow. Lots of chocolate and hazelnuts. I think you'd like it :)

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  6. DELICIOUSNESS OVERLOOOAAAD :)

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  7. Wow Em! Gorgeous gorgeous dessert! Love how simple it is. So trying the avocado pit face massage idea too!

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  8. Gorgeous photos. I like the idea of "continuation day" - I've never been a huge fan of birthdays but I really like that idea!

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  9. Oh wow! I really want to experience THIS. Delicious, beautiful AND healthy? Yes, please...

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  10. Woah, I love "happy continuation day". I totally feel you on feeling older than you really are, too.
    Anyway, this looks delicious as usual!

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  11. Hey Em, you are so funny! I love your recipes and they look beautiful (they're very photogenic ;P), good for you, and delicious! But I equally love your writing style with your wit and humour that you infuse into it. So, keep your fantastic blogging and cooking work - it's a joy to read :)
    - Felicity

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    1. *keep UP your fantastic work - F.

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  12. Hi :) when you say 'small springform pan', what size is it roughly? 6"?

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  13. This is a seriously good lookin' cake!! Love those Buddhist thoughts....stuff like that always makes me smile :-)

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  14. How do all your recipes look so delicious and amazing! I just discovered your blog and seriously want to try and make every single thing on it. Beautiful photography, beautiful food, beautiful blog :)

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  16. I have never eaten goji berries. Are they tart or sweet. By the way, great recipe, description and wonderful pics.

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    1. A bit of both! You get used to them really fast. At first I thought they tasted weird but now I LOVE them :D

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  17. I was actually going to name my blog Chocolate and Avocado but everyone thought that was weird. Obviously not so!

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  18. WOW :)

    /Evelina - Evelinas Ekologiska
    http://evelinasekologiska.blogspot.se/

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  19. I've never heard a buddhist say happy continuation day, ever. And I grew up in Japan where half the population is buddhist, as well as westernized buddhist communities in the United States and Europe. Can't stand how so many people call themselves a buddhist now because it's a buzzword and trendy; you all read one book by a buddhist monk or philosopher and suddenly you're on a path to enlightenment, or so you tell other people. I think it's great people are interested, but there's a huge difference between interest and practice. I wouldn't call myself a christian for reading a few bible phrases. It takes dedication and actual work, a steady meditation practice, retreats upon retreats to learn the stepping stones and concepts. Taking serious vows. Highly doubt I'll see you at a month long vow of silence retreat any time soon or at a ceremony taking a refuge vow.

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  20. Love the look of this, and love that there's a good amount of coconut oil going on. Habe you ever tried using actual Coconut water or Coconut meat into cakes/smoothies? I've found it works superbly. http://atsumirawcafe.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/10-reasons-why-you-cant-do-without-coconut-water/

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  21. that looks delicious! gorgeous photos....

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  22. You are beautiful! You are totally on your spirit oath darling. And what your making is SO delicious and mum,. I am so excited to create some of these goodies. Thank YOU for sharing. You're awesome. Xx

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  23. Gosh now that is a desert!! really good post!

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  24. Thanks for the recipe. Looks delicious

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  25. Just made your yummy mousse cake but my topping is not runny, almonds, cocoa and nectar came out as a thick paste so not sure how I'll drizzle it tomorrow.

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    1. Hmm, you could add water or another liquid to fix that :)

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  26. hello i made it and this was my first raw cake ever!! one tip of advice we need to know the size of the pan first and how do you make the sauce on top drizzle wihtout adding water, mine didnt. however it was really yummy!!

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  27. This looks amazing!! Loving goji + cacao at the moment!! Might have to give it a go! :)

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  28. Looks so yummy i just want to take a bite. I love chocolate cakes. It will be so healthy. Goji berries protect the liver, help eyesight, improve sexual function and fertility, strengthen the legs, boost immune function, improve circulation and promote longevity. Thanks for the nice recipe.
    Goji berry juice

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  29. Avocado and chocolate mousse has long been one of my favourite, but I shall have to try it with this base:) You massage the stone, I always rub the inside of the avocado skins into my hands to keep them soft - avocados are good for you inside and out:) Lovely blog, great photos, as ever - well done!

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