Try this healthier dessert – creamy avocado mousse sweetened with medjool dates and served with spiced oranges.
100g pitted medjool dates
2 large ripe avocados
1/3 cup (35g) NESTLÉ BAKERS’ CHOICE Cocoa
Cocoa nibs (optional – see note), to serve
Chopped pistachios, to serve
1/2 cup (175g) raw honey (see note)
2 cinnamon quills
6 cardamom pods, bruised
3 whole cloves
Soak dates in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, then drain and roughly chop. Set aside.
Meanwhile, peel and segment oranges, then squeeze the juice from the remaining flesh. Transfer segments and juice to a small saucepan over medium-high heat with honey cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and 2 tbs water. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 12-15 minutes until syrup has thickened and reduced. Strain syrup through a sieve and set aside to cool completely. Reserve orange segments and discard any remaining solids.
Whiz the avocado, cocoa powder, and reserved dates and syrup in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Spoon into four 125ml serving glasses and chill for at least 1 hour to firm up.
Serve mousse chilled, topped with orange segments, pistachios and cocoa nibs, if using.