Avocado Chocolate Mousse Bars

I love using avocados in smoothies and chocolate pudding. They add such wonderful creaminess and are full of healthy fat, potassium, Vitamin E, and B-vitamins.

Check out Barb at A Life in Balance for my newest recipe. It’s a scrumptious no bake dessert bar fit for a special occasion.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Bars

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Bars

Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter

Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter

Homemade Chocolate Nut Butter

1 cup almonds

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Pinch of salt

3 tbsp. natural cacao powder

2 tbsp. coconut nectar

3 to 4 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds  on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden.  Let cool.

Pour  roasted nuts and seeds into food processor. Process for 10 to 15 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Scrape sides of processor during mixing if necessary.

Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth and well combined. Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

Notes:

Honey or maple syrup can be substituted for the coconut nectar if desired.

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Pineapple-Pecan Loaf

Pineapple-Pecan Loaf

Pineapple-Pecan Loaf

Yield: 3 mini loaf pans (3 x 6 in.)

Cook: 35 to 40 minutes

½ cup almond meal (I grind my own from whole almonds)

½ cup buckwheat flour

1/3 cup arrowroot starch

½ cup ground gluten-free oats

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking powder

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tbsp. chia seeds, ground

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks, pureed in blender

¼ cup maple syrup

1/8 cup coconut sugar

1 ½ tsp. vanilla

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

2 to 3 tbsp.water

1 cup fine unsweetened coconut

½ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 3 mini loaf pans with parchment paper.

Mix 2 tbsp. ground chia seeds plus 6 tbsp. hot water and set aside for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together almond meal, buckwheat flour, arrowroot starch, ground oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

In another bowl, combine chia seed/hot water mixture, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, water and melted coconut oil. Add pureed pineapple, coconut and pecans.

Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and stir lightly, just until moistened.

Spoon mixture into prepared pans. Fill to the top and smooth batter with a spatula.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove from pans and place on wire rack to cool.

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