Some trends—say, high fashion and Tough Mudders—go together like oil and water. Others—like cat cafes and napping—seem like they were made for each other.
When it comes to the skyrocketing popularity of avocados and chocolate, these two trends definitely fall into the latter category.
Avocados have been all the rage for the past few years, while chocolate has been en vogue for centuries. Put the two together, and you’ve got the makings for some unbelievably scrumptious (and relatively healthy) treats. Need convincing? Just give any of these six recipes a try.
Most of us don’t eat mousse for its phytonutrients, but you’ll get plenty of those in this avocado chocolate mousse recipe. You’ll also get a decadent, chocoholic-approved dessert—and in only five minutes, at that! Simply combine avocados with chocolate discs or cocoa powder, the milk of your choice, vanilla extract, a bit of salt, and a pinch of Stevia or another natural sweetener. The recipe provides plenty of options for customizing the mousse to your taste, so experiment to find the version that most appeals to your sweet tooth.
Creamy, cool, and packed with nutritious ingredients: This paleo smoothie will satisfy a sweet tooth, cool you down on a hot day, or provide you with a midday pick-me-up. And at only 15 minutes of prep time, it’s super quick and simple to make. Simply blend strawberries, avocado, cocoa powder, almond or coconut milk, vanilla extract, and raw honey in a blender and top with grated dark chocolate for a delicious, healthified treat.
We’ve all heard that avocado toast is the downfall of millennials—and this recipe is liable to prove all the hand wringers right. You might have some doubts about whether “chocolate mint avocado toast” will actually taste good. All we can say is: Let this recipe speak for itself before you knock it. In just 10 minutes, you can enjoy a delectable, nutrient-packed breakfast or snack thanks to avocado, cocoa powder, sprigs of mint, and other tasty ingredients.
This recipe draws on ripe avocados, unsweetened cocoa, and cacao nibs to create a rich brownie base that can then be customized in a number of ways. Add an extra egg for a more cake-like texture; swap in almond flour to make them gluten free; use flax eggs instead of whole eggs to make them vegan; and/or experiment with different toppings such as nuts, dried fruit, or shredded coconut. However you make them, these brownies are all but guaranteed to be delicious.
These remarkably easy-to-make cookies call for only six ingredients: avocados, coconut sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and baking soda. You’re also welcome to experiment with vegan swaps or different add-ins such as mint, cacao nibs, or peanut butter cups. The result? Surprisingly fudgy, soft, and airy chocolate cookies. For the best eating experience, serve cold after storing them in the fridge overnight.
This rich chocolate cake will appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth; its vegan ingredients are simply a bonus. The cake draws on dark cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla extract to create its rich, chocolatey flavor, and you can swap in avocados in place of the recipe’s oil if you’re craving some extra healthy fats. But you’ll get those in the icing, too: It’s made from avocado, more cocoa powder, and a touch of sugar, agave syrup, and vanilla extract for extra sweetness and flavor. Garnish with raspberries for a striking visual presentation.
As these recipes prove, avocados and chocolate are a match made in heaven—or, more accurately, in your kitchen.