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Chocolate Banana Strawberry Mousse

SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY DESSERT EXTRAVAGANZA!

CHOCOLATE BANANA STRAWBERRY MOUSSE

plus a bonus recipe!

INTRODUCTION

Who needs to introduce St valentine’s day? The celebration of love and romance. If I could use 3 words to describe it, it would be aphrodisiac, chocolate and flowers! Celebrated in many countries over the world.

However, a little quiz for you…do you know how it all began?

You have to go back to 260 AD, to the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius the second who promulgated an edict that prohibited marriage between young people because he thought that soldiers fought better when not married. This happened to coincide with the time when, on the contrary, the church wanted to encourage people to marry within the Christian faith.

Father Valentine, a Roman priest, took the initiative of performing secret wedding ceremonies to marry young people, against the imperial edict; The emperor did not like it a bit. When poor Valentine was caught, he was imprisoned and tortured like any common criminal. Later he was sentenced to be beaten, stoned and decapitated. As a result he was canonized as a martyr and a saint and became a universal symbol of the power of love.

APHRODISIACS

That might be going a bit further than St Valentine would have wanted but St Valentine’s day would not be what it is without the consumption of foods that stimulate sexual desires.

I created this dessert with your sensual desires in mind (and mine), and here is a short list of what you can expect from eating this sumptuous, sensuous and healthy creation. Here are some of the claims about the aphrodisiac properties of its ingredients.

  • CHILI PEPPERS: Stimulate endorphins, speed the heart rate, and produce sweat (if being or having a sweaty lover does not turn you on, just skip it!)
  • AVOCADOS: Rich in vitamin E, they help maintain youthful vigor and energy levels. According to the theory of signature, they are beneficial in particular to stimulate ovaries
  • CHOCOLATE: Do we need to introduce it? known to bring out sensuality from its taste and aroma. It is a stimulant that spikes dopamine levels, a neurotransmitter that activates the brain's reward and pleasure centers.
  • BANANAS: The theory of signature is clear and yes, bananas are a phallic symbol.. They contain bromelain, an enzyme that triggers testosterone production, together with potassium and vitamin B that elevate energy level.
  • HONEY: pollination makes it is a symbol of procreation. “Honeymoon” possibly got its name from mead, a term designating the beverage lavishly drunk at weddings and given to the bride and groom on their first night. It is also said to regulate testosterone and estrogen, make you sweet and give you plenty of energy!.

Read Alternative View: Aphrodisiacs from a Chinese Medicine Perspective

RECIPE

(6 servings, about 5 cups)

EQUIPMENT

  • Blender
  • Measuring spoon and cup
  • Spatula
  • 6 individual serving glass or bowls

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 small avocado or 1/2 large one (ripe)
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 8 to 10 mejold dates
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup melted raw coconut oil
  • Strawberries for garnish; slice a few and keep a few whole ones for decoration
  • Cashew whipped cream (bonus recipe following)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Sift your cacao to fluff it up and make sure there are no hard lumps
  • Place all the ingredients in the blender, omitting the coconut oil; cream everything well
  • Add the coconut oil at the end and mix it in

CASHEW CREAM RECIPE (Bonus)

EQUIPMENT

  • Blender

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups soaked raw cashews (2 to 4 hours)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup almond milk or water
  • 1/2 cup of coconut nectar or maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend everything into a cream.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER (Chocolate Mousse and Cashew Cream!)

  • Slice your strawberries in thin slides (don’t forget to keep a few whole ones for decoration)
  • Layer everything starting with the mousse
  • Add a layer of sliced strawberries
  • Add a layer of cashew cream
  • Repeat the process and finish with the cashew cream.
  • Top your mousse with a few strawberries, and maybe a few cocoa nibs if available.

Happy Valentine!

NOTES

  • Berries at this season are not very sweet, so, prepare them first. After you slice them, toss them with a pinch of salt, a tsp of lemon juice and a few drops of vanilla stevia or sweetener of choice. Let them marinate while you are getting your mousse together
  • Replace strawberries with raspberries if you prefer.
  • Warning to the wise: fruit are delicious, and deserve their rightful place in our modern diet. However, keep in mind that bananas are tropical, very high on the glycemic index, very sugary and starchy. Chinese medicine considers them mucous producing. So, if you have any problem with blood sugar spikes, lung problems, allergies or candida, bananas might not be the best choice for you.
  • As an alternative, you may substitute the bananas in the recipe with another small avocado and using 1 dropperful of banana flavoring from Medicine Flower. Great natural alternative and great banana taste.  
Didier Cuzange

Chef Didier Cuzange has over 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business, with a French culinary background and extensive cooking and teaching experience; his love for food is reflected in his creation of a wholesome, healthy cuisine that is also tantalizing to the palate and senses. His new ebooks, What's for Breakfast?,Where is the Calcium?, and Spring Cooking | Liver Cleansing are now on sale!

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