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Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Posted by MelissaE Jul 15, 2011

I feel like I owe a double dose of recipe knowledge today since I haven't been around for a while. Here's a good one I tried last week. It's for a  dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free chocolate mousse. Although the avocados might seem a peculiar ingredient here, do not be fooled. They add the perfect texture to this delicious treat. Enjoy as a dessert or a breakfast with lots of fruit and nuts.


  • 4 ripe avocados
  • Sweetner (I used a combo of 2 pinches of stevia + 3/4 cup of maple syrup, but you can use honey, agave, etc...)
  • 2 tbsn pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw, unsweetened cacao powder
  • Mint or strawberry garnish


Blend all together. Add fresh mint leaves on top or enjoy with fresh berries.

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Beet, Watermelon, Mint Smoothie

Posted by MelissaE Jul 15, 2011

I'm back. The two and a half-year hiatus I took from my blog does not mean I haven't been cooking...The past couple of years I've been experimenting with an even healthier diet, including lots of raw food and nearly nothing processed or packaged.


Last year, I found out that I am intolerant to soy, so all of my forthcoming posts will now be soy-free. When I first learned this, I was pretty disappointed...I've never been a huge consumer of soy products, but I used to enjoy soy milk and tofu at times. since I stopped eating soy, I've never felt better...and since soy is such a processed food, I am happy to leave it behind.


For the past week or so, I've been babysitting a Vitamix. If you don't know what those are: they are pretty much supercharged blenders that can blend nearly anything. An entire apple? No problem. A whole beet? Easy. I hear it can even handle an avocado pit, although I have not yet put this to the test.


So here's my first recipe of the year (ahem, decade...). It's nothing but a simple smoothie that sounds strange but is chock full of nutrition and actually quite delicious and refreshing.


One word of caution: If you don't own a high-performance blender, like the Vitamix, you might want to chop up some of the ingredients before they enter the blender. I don't want to be responsible for breaking your kitchen appliances...


  • 1 small-medium beet
  • 3-4 cups cubed watermelon (seeds are fine)
  • 3-4 leaves swiss chard or kale
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 6-10 large mint leaves (depends how minty you want it)
  • 1 small orange
  • water (approx 1 cup water, might need more depending on your blender)
  • 1 pinch of stevia or tbsn of honey


Blend, Enjoy. Invite a friend over...this should make 3 servings.

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