Orange Chocolate Mousse with a Kick (Dine in the Dark for Culture Night)

Photograph credit Richard Roberts

Photograph credit Richard Roberts


This is a decadent way to get good fats from avocado. You would never even know it was in there. I also love to add cayenne pepper to foods it works well with, as it has a large number of health benefits.


115g chopped dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar   (add more or less to suit your taste)

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 large ripe avocado

Zest of ½ orange

Pinch of cayenne pepper to taste

Add an orange segment and or chopped nuts to garnish



1.    Melt the chocolate, coconut oil and sugar in a double boiler and add the vanilla

2.    Blend the avocado and orange zest in a food processor and add the chocolate mixture. Keep blending until smooth.

3.    Add enough cayenne pepper to give it a kick, but be careful, it should not be spicy.

4.    Garnish as you wish.

Serves 2

Best eaten straight away, but can be kept for later 

Recipe by Nicky Halliday