HELLO everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic Friday and are ready for some R&R this weekend. I Have TWO things to tell you tonight.
1.) If you don’t know or haven’t heard of Katrina and Karena from Tone It Up, they two AMAZINGLY talented girls, both nutritionists and certified personal trainers, known to be be the “New Face of Fitness.” On their website and Youtube channel, you can find quick workout routines, health advice, recipes, motivational tips, and contests/giveaways! If you want to get beach bikini ready this summer, check out Katrina and Karena from Tone It Up (take one look at their banging bods and you’ll be motivated)!
Anyways, I have some exciting news to share with you! The girls from Tone It Up have offered to feature a recipe of mine every friday for their “We Love Food Fridays!” Today was my first featured recipe and you can find it here! Every Friday from here on out, you will be able to find a recipe of mine on Tone It Up’s recipe page, but I will also be posting my recipe every Friday here, on my blog.
[Right to Left]: Katrina from Tone It Up, Me, Chriselle fashion guru (and my sister), Karena from Tone It Up.
2.) I posted my FIRST youtube tutorial this afternoon. You can click here to view.
And now for my first “We Love Food Fridays” Recipe…
Decadent, rich, and creamy, this is one of those desserts that that will make you question why you’d ever opt for a treat full of empty calories and artificial sugars. Loaded with healthy fats and fiber, this treat will not only satisfy you, but it will keep you feeling full for quite some time! I know what you all may be thinking, “avocado in chocolate mousse? Ewww!” Though using avocados as a dessert base may sound odd and maybe even off-putting, they provide a decadent creamy texture with just a hint of nuttiness. Very similar to my chocomole pudding recipe (with a change of a few ingredients), this mousse sits on top of a dense, walnut-maple crust. These vegan chocolate mouse tarts are fantastic to bring dinner parties, birthday parties, baby showers, or just to enjoy at home! I can already tell that I will be putting this dessert into regular rotation!
Nutritious Benefits of Ingredients:
- Avocado: packed heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which is proven to lower cholesterol, aid in cardiovascular health, promote blood sugar regulation, and protect women against breast cancer.
- Raw Walnuts: when eating raw walnuts with the skin, are often called “brain food,” because of their high concentration of omega-3 fats.
- Medjool Dates: GREAT source of dietary fiber. Also proven to provide natural energy (I often eat one date right before a run).
Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tarts
Walnut Tart Crust
- 1 ½ cups raw walnuts
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 4 ripe avocados
- 10 very soft Medjool dates
- 4 tbsp raw agave nectar
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder (carob or cocoa powder could work too)
- Place walnuts in a food processor and pulse until chunky. Add the maple syrup and pulse until the mixture is well-combined.
- In a non-stick (or greased) muffin tin, scoop a couple tablespoons of the walnut mixture into each muffin cup (you should be able to fill about ~8 cups). Press them each firmly to the bottom of the cup so that they are very compact.
- Place the muffin tin into the fridge and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, Finely chop the dates and cut avocado into slices.
- Clean out the food processor and add in all ingredients for the mouse (avocados, dates, agave, and cacao powder). Blend until well-incorporated and no chunks are left.
- Remove the muffin tin for the fridge. With a thin knife, gently run the blade around the outside of each crust to loosen them from the tin. Carefully lift each crust out of the mold. *If the crust break, simply press it back together with your fingers.
- Spoon a large dollop of avocado mouse on top of the crust base.
- Top with whatever you like (i.e. fresh berries, shredded coconut, powdered sugar)!