Chocolate-Sweet Potato Mousse

Sweet potatoes and chocolate are a surprisingly delicious combination. I am always experimenting with different ingredients in the blender, looking for the next, best, treat. This chocolate mousse is simple and healthy, but the best part about it is the thick texture. I’ve used avocados in chocolate mousse before, even cashews or coconut, but the sweet potato works beautifully. You could also use yams of any variety in this recipe, as I’ve found that the Japanese yams also work great. I think these orange/purple roots are worth talking about, and worth eating as often as you can. They are a true superfood with incredible versatility, low in calories, high in fiber, gluten free, and host an impressive nutrient profile.

While potatoes are starchy carbohydrates, sweet potatoes are much lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, and they have a lot more health benefits. Native to South America, they are packed with vitamin A, C, B6, and potassium. In fact, they are the richest vitamin A food in the world. Studies have shown them to be helpful for weight loss, cancer prevention, prostate health, and cholesterol management. Sweet potatoes also contain special polyphenols and proteins which studies have found can stop the growth and progression of many tumors and types of cancer, mainly prostate. Flavonoids in purple sweet potatoes are especially helpful for cognitive functions, and can stop and reverse various brain dysfunctions and degeneration. Not to be confused with yams, sweet potatoes are lower in calories and higher in antioxidants, while yams have much more potassium.

Chocolate-Sweet Potato Mousse

Chocolate-Sweet Potato Mousse

Yields: 1-2 servings

  • 1 large steamed and skinned sweet potato
  • 2-3 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Medjool dates, remove pits first (if they are firm to hard soak them in warm water for 5 minutes until soft. The fresh ones with pits will be soft)
  • 2 tbsp agave, maple syrup, coconut, or cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-4 tbsp almond, coconut, or cashew milk, if needed
  • optional; banana
  • pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients.

Depending on your blender and how moist your sweet potato is, you may or may not need to add the almond milk. If you need it, start small until you get it to start blending, as you want this to be a thick whip. You may even need a few tablespoons more.

  • Total time: 5 minutes

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