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[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] L[/dropcap]ast October I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Problogger Event in Melbourne. As expected I got to meet loads of great people who happen to be bloggers. I also got to hear Chris Guillebeau, one of my favourite blogging inspirations speak. But the surprise highlight for me was the keynote talk by fellow food blogger Sarah Wilson.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to actually meet Sarah at the event but as soon as I got home I picked up copies of both her ebooks. I loved Sarah’s story and her approach to healthy eating, which while being focused on cutting out sugar, is also quite similar to mine.
So I connected with her via a mutual friend over email. One thing led to another and she agreed to record a quick chat for you. And here it is!
Listen to the audio interview and you’ll discover…
:: Why Sarah finally decided to ‘quit’ sugar.
:: How she got her new habit to stick.
:: The particular sugar that is the ‘real enemy’ and why it’s a good idea to avoid it.
:: Why the whole ‘low fat’ health message is flawed and how eating fat can actually help your waistline.
:: The easiest way for YOU to get started…
Sarah’s Chocolate & Avocado Mousse
Takes about 5 minutes + chilling time
From the I Quit Sugar Cookbook by Sarah Wilson
As much as I adore avocado, it hadn’t ever occurred to me to use it in a sweet treat. Actually, truth be told it took me a while to get my head around this one.
But really all it took was giving it a try. Once it’s made you’d never guess there was avocado involved.
Sarah uses raw cocoa powder for her mousse but I prefer to use a good quality ‘dutch process’ (also called ‘alkalised’) cocoa powder because I find they tend to have better flavour and colour. Either way the flavour of your mousse is really depending on your cocoa powder so it’s worthwhile seeking out a good quality one.
Enough for 2:
1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut cream, chilled
3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder (see note above)
1 tablespoon chia seeds, optional
1-2 teaspoons liquid stevia
1. Halve avocado and scoop flesh into a food processor.
2. Add coconut cream, cocoa powder, chia seeds if using and stevia.
3. Whizz for a minute or until smooth.
4. Taste and adjust the flavour with extra cocoa powder and/or stevia if needed.
5. Divide between 2 pretty glasses or tea cups and chill until ready to serve.
no food processor? – just use a blender or mash everything together with a fork.
smooth texture – leave out the chia seeds.
no stevia? – sweeten to taste with your favourite sweetener instead. If you’re using sugar, best to use icing or powdered sugar so your texture stays smooth.
granular stevia? – whizz in a spice grinder first so it’s powdered and doesn’t leave your mousse with a gritty texture.
dairy-lovers – replace coconut cream with double cream or whipping cream.
5-Ingredients, 10-Minutes Print Version
In case you missed it last week, my new print book is now available to PRE-ORDER from amazon.co.uk and bookdepository.co.uk (my favourite book supplier because they have FREE shipping anywhere in the world!).
ps. Do you like audio interviews? Love to hear whether you enjoy them or not in the comments.