Food Friday!

Chocolate Walnut Mousse Squares

Super moist and decadent, these Chocolate Walnut Mousse Squares are sure
to be a hit! A healthy take on a decadent dessert, with some secret
ingredients you won't be expecting!

I decided to add a few ingredients after taking this pic. 
Ingredients for Squares:

- 1 cup sweet potato puree (pre-bake a large sweet potato and when cooled, peel and puree until smooth)
-  1 ripe avocado (peel, pit and puree)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/4 cup date paste (instructions on How to Make Date Paste)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup oat flour (make your own by grinding quick oats in the food processor)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup Stevia
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted walnuts (coarsely chopped)

Sweet potato puree. Do the same with the avocado.
Directions for Squares:

- pre-heat oven to 375〫
- prepare an 8" x 8" baking pan by spraying with Pam and lining with parchment paper.
- in the food processor, blend the wet ingredients (sweet potato puree, avocado puree, apple sauce, date paste, eggs, vanilla) until smooth.
- in a medium sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (oat flour, almond flour, cocoa, Stevia, baking powder, sea salt).

- use a spatula to evenly combine the wet mixture into the dry mixture.
- fold in the chopped walnuts.
- pour into the prepared baking pan. Bang the pan on the counter to help even out the batter, use a spatula to smooth the top.
- bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when poked into the center of the batter.
- remove from oven and allow to completely cool on a cooling rack still in the pan.
- pulling the parchment paper, remove the entire cooked cake from the pan and onto a cutting board or plate.
- using a butter knife, loosen the edges and bottom of the parchment paper from the cake.
- carefully slide the cake off the parchment paper, it's delicate and soft.

I would recommend doing the icing after sliding the cake
from the parchment paper.
Ingredients for Icing:

- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (only using the thick cream on the top of the can)
- 1/4 cup date paste
- 1/4 cup natural nut butter (I used peanut butter)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 scoops of plain protein powder
- 2 tbsp Stevia

Directions for Icing:

- in a large glass bowl combine all the ingredients.
- using an electric beater or whisk, blend until completely smooth.
- using a knife or spatula, ice the large uncut cake to desired thickness.
- chill the cake in the fridge until the icing has set.
- using a large knife, cut evenly into squares.
- store in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

- makes 16 squares.

Another Food Friday recipe, Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal, a hearty healthy breakfast option!

This recipe was adapted from Sonia! The Healthy Foodie.



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