Avocado Chocolate Mousse

1 large avocado
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
65ml (¼ cup) almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 tsp pure maple syrup or honey
¼ tsp vanilla extract
8-10 toasted almonds or hazelnuts, chopped, to garnish

Place the avocado, cacao powder, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe will make a thicker mousse. Add another 2-3 tbsp milk for a thinner creamier mousse. Spoon the mousse into serving jars and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Garnish with the chopped almonds and enjoy. If you’d like to try some other ways to garnish this amazing dessert, then I also recommend using sliced banana, fresh raspberries or blueberries. You could also sprinkle cacoa nibs and coconut flakes on top!

© Carly Seager

Chocolate Almond Bliss Balls

200g almonds (1 cup)

400g medjool dates (2 cups)

4 tablespoons raw cacao powder

2 ½ tablespoons almond butter / peanut butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Begin by placing the almonds in the food processor and pulsing until they are nicely crushed. Add the medjool dates and coconut oil and pulse until it’s fully mixed. Add the almond butter and cacao and then mix again in the food processor. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue doing this until the mixture has finished. Place the rolled balls into the freezer for around 1 hour, then remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

© Carly Seager

Bran Muffins

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (250ml)

1½ cups oat bran

⅓ cup coconut oil/ canola oil or butter (melted)

1 egg or 3 if using coconut flour

½ cup sucralose/stevia powdered sweetener (canderel) avail at dischem

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup blanched almond flour (or ¼ cup coconut flour)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners. Mix together oat bran and almond milk; let stand for 10 minutes. Beat together oil, egg, sweetener and vanilla and add to bran mixture. Sift together almond or coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into bran mixture, until just blended. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

© Carly Seager