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Chocolate- Peppermi nt Mousse w ith Mi nt Whipped Cream

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Serves 4

For a vegan alternativ­e, swap full- fat coconut milk for the heavy cream. MOUSSE

3 large, very ripe avocados, halved and pitted

½ cup unsweetene­d cocoa powder

¾ cup heavy cream or coconut milk

2 tsp. peppermint extract

⅛ tsp. salt

¼ – ½ tsp. monk fruit extract or stevia extract, or to taste

WHIPPED CREAM

½ cup heavy whipping cream or 1 can full- fat coconut milk, refrigerat­ed overnight Monk fruit extract or stevia extract to taste

2 Tbs. very finely minced fresh mint leaves or 1 tsp. peppermint extract

1. Scoop flesh out of avocado skins into food processor. Add cocoa powder, cream or coconut milk, peppermint extract, and salt. PurŽe until smooth and creamy.

Add monk fruit or stevia extract, and purŽe again to combine. Taste, and adjust sweetener and mint extract, if desired. Divide mousse among four parfait glasses or small dessert bowls. Chill 30 minutes to 1 hour.

2. While mousse is chilling, using a standing mixer or a hand mixer, whip heavy cream on medium- high speed until peaks form, 3– 4 minutes. ( If using coconut milk, open chilled can of coconut milk, and scoop hardened cream from the top; reserve remaining coconut milk for another use.) Sweeten to taste with monk fruit or stevia extract. Gently stir in minced fresh mint leaves or peppermint extract.

3. Remove chilled mousse from refrigerat­or and top each serving dish with whipped cream; serve immediatel­y.

Per serving: 520 cal; 7g prot; 51g total fat ( 21g sat fat); 21g carb; 85mg chol; 105mg sod; 14g fiber; 3g sugar

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