Chocolate Avocado Mousse Tart

by Kiran on May 10, 2013 · 92 comments

in Baking, Desserts, Tarts

There are times I’m unsure where and how I get the ideas for recipe testing. But the uncertainty is definitely not a deterrent when I decided that this recipe is going to top my list of all time favorite, for three very important reasons:

1- It turned out so good at first try!! I’m already giddy with excitement!!!

2- I FREAKING LOVE BAKING WITH AVOCADOS!!!

3- I have more faith on my baking skills!!! (hopefully, I don’t jinx it all)

With the amount of exclamation points, need I say more? ;)

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Not to forget the luscious, creaminess and velvety texture that avocado adds — which by the way is so healthy — to create a mousse like filling. Heck, I could just spoon it on everything!

Oh my.

You can’t put a price on that, can you? :D

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I used a cookie cutter to make those pretty cookie florets, using the very little leftover dough from rolling out the tart shell. A very last minute idea, but might worth a pat or two on the shoulder.

Well, that was not included in the initial recipe testing plan, so I’m cool with how everything turned out. Eventually.

I suggest getting your hands dirty in the kitchen this weekend. Cook or bake something special for your loved ones. Whether it’s a family recipe or a creative thought — put it to work and have fun doing it :)

And while you are at it, spoon in an avocado or two.

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Ingredients:

For crust:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp cold butter, diced
  • 1/4 cup (+ 2 tbsp) icy cold water

Chocolate avocado mousse filling:

  • 5 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 5 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 2 small and very ripe avocados
  • 1 meyer lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 tsp fresh espresso, cooled
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Sift whole wheat pastry flour, almond meal, salt and sugar into a food processor.
  2. Add cold butter and gently pulse until flour resembles course crumbs. Do not over-pulse.
  3. Gradually add icy cold water and pulse until dough comes together into a ball.
  4. Lightly knead dough to form a rectangular disk, cover with a cling-wrap and chill dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F. I used a rectangular tart pan which measures 13 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″.
  6. Turn dough between two large cling-wraps. Roll the dough out to fit tart pan. Do this quick to avoid melting butter and overworking the dough.
  7. Remove the top cling-wrap. Lightly flour rolling pin to pick up the rolled dough and gently lay it into a tart pan.
  8. Gently mold the dough to the shape of  the tart pan and trim any excess dough.
  9. Prick small holes onto tart shell with a fork. Cover/line dough with parchment paper and add dried beans to blind-bake tart shell for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove tart shell from the oven. Discard parchment with dried beans and return tart shell to bake for another 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  11. Tart shell must be completely cooled before adding the filling.
  12. While tart shell cools, prepare filling by melting chocolate using microwave or a double-boiler. If using microwave, use the 15 seconds interval in between to stir chocolate.
  13. Scoop out avocado flesh into a food processor and add rest of the ingredients for the filling. Drizzle in melted chocolate and pulse everything until completely smooth.
  14. Fill cooled tart shell with chocolate avocado mousse. Serve it immediately or refrigerate for later.

 

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Happy Mothers Day to all mommies out there! Sleep in, don’t worry about the laundry or to-do list. Let it go and allow other’s to pamper you on this special day :)

Have you baked with avocados before? Love it or dislike? 

 

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1 Rosa May 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

A lovely tart! I really have to start baking with avocados…

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Kiran May 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Rosa — thank you and it’s a must try :)

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3 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb May 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Wow they look incredible Kiran! Can’t wait to try them out for myself. Have a nice weekend :)

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4 Kiran May 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Helene — thank you so much! It’s definitely worth a try :)

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5 dishesfrommykitchen May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Wow they look absolutely yuuuuuuuuuuumm :) Guilt free dessert and Any chocoholic person like me instantly fall in love with this.. too good Kiran.

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6 Kiran May 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Pavithra — thank you so so much for such sweet comments, my dear friend :D

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7 Cindie May 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

That looks heavenly!

My avocado usage thus far has only been for guacamole, I really need to start baking with it.
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8 Kiran May 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Cindie — thank you and ditto on that :)

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9 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) May 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Kiran that filling sounds fantastic!!!
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10 Kiran May 14, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Alyssa — thank you!

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11 The Squishy Monster May 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

You’ve completely convinced me to bake with avocados more…YUM!
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12 Kiran May 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM

TSM — I’m so glad :)

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13 CCU May 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

This tart looks awesome, what a great idea to mix avocado and chocolate :D

Cheers
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14 Kiran May 14, 2013 at 11:59 PM

CCU — thank you so much, sweet friend :)

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15 Lail | With A Spin May 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Never baked with avocado but you’ve inspired me now, Kiran. Have a fabulous weekend.

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16 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Lail — thank you and I’m glad to share the inspiration :)

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Beautiful tart, I can only imagine how rich and silky the mousse filling is!
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18 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Laura — thank you so much!

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19 Ashley - Baker by Nature May 10, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I can’t even begin to describe how badly I want to dive into this tart!!!
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20 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Ashley — make sure you dive in, head first ;)

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21 Charul Ajmera May 11, 2013 at 3:30 AM

I just have one question.. Do you need any help finishing it? Shall I mail you my address? Oh fish! those were two. Anyway, you got the point, right! :P
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22 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Charul — totally :D

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23 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ May 11, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Chocolate and avocado… so good! Tried just once in my life. Time for a second tasting :)
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24 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Daniela — go for it :D

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25 Ina gawne May 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Kiran – this recipe looks and sounds divine! I love the almonds in the crust – it would add so much flavor. And you can not go wrong with chocolate and avocados – yummmm.
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26 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Ina — thank you my dear. And yes, can’t go wrong with chocolate and avocados :)

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27 laurasmess May 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Oh wow, Kiran!!! That tart looks incredible… and it’s so healthy with the beautiful avocado filling (well, “healthier” than normal cream fillings… but I still think it would qualify as a breakfast food!). Love the flowers. Great idea for using up pastry cut-offs :)
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28 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Laura — thank you so much and yes, I’d categorize this tart as breakfast food in a heartbeat ;)

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29 Reem May 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Kiran your tart sounds so yum… You know I have never tried baking with avocado it is just one of those things where you are always thinking should or should not. But I think I have to give this one a try!

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30 Kiran May 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Reem — thank you my dear. And trying would definitely confirm any doubts you have, baking with avocados. So give it a shot!

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31 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I’d give you a pat on the shoulder for this tart. It sounds amazing and looks beautiful.
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32 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Maureen — thanks my friend :)

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33 Mary @ Fit and Fed May 12, 2013 at 12:42 AM

I’ve never baked with avocados but I’ll have to give it a try, especially if it involves chocolate! Thanks for brightening my day with your photography, I just love the dark and light patterning of the chocolate brown tart with the little cutout cookie on top and the light crust and cutting board below (and the rough-textured chocolate shavings on top). You are a master!
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34 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Mary — thank you so so much! Your sweet and detailed compliments definitely made my day :)

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35 john@kitchenriffs May 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

One of these days I definitely need to try baking with avocados. I see so many recipes that use them, and they all look interesting. Like yours! Really nice – thanks so much.
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36 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:31 AM

John — a must try for sure. thank you!

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37 rebecca May 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM

wow this looks divine first class
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38 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:34 AM

Rebecca — thanks my dear :)

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39 Viviane Bauquet Farre- Food and Style May 12, 2013 at 11:37 PM

So lovely, Kiran!
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40 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Viviane — thank you so much!!

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41 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com May 13, 2013 at 3:20 AM

Chocolate avocado mousse does sound very healthy! I’d love to try this! Can you taste avocados in it? Or is it just pure chocolate? Pinning!
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42 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Julia — thanks for pinning!! With all the chocolate, espresso, lemon and vanilla extract, you won’t be able to taste the avocados. Let me know how it tastes!

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43 Kathryn May 13, 2013 at 4:13 AM

This looks wonderful! Love the idea of that rich avocado filling with the hearty pastry. And so pretty with those little cut out flowers on top!
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44 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Kathryn — thank you so much, friend :)

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45 Raymund May 13, 2013 at 4:44 AM

I’ve seen a lot of avocado and chocolate combination lately and they all look amazing like thus recipe. I got to try this combination someday
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46 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Raymund — thank you and give it a try someday!

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47 Angie@Angie's Recipes May 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

A wonderful tart! I love the add of avocado.
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48 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Angie — thank you, friend :)

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49 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I love avocadoes in cooking! For a moment I thought that you actually baked the avocado but I see you just chilled it which is the way I’ve done it. It makes it so creamy doesn’t it? :)
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50 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Lorraine — ditto :D

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51 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 13, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Your tart looks SO gorgeous! I’ve made simple raw mousses with chocolate and avocado, but I’ve never thought of adding it to something like this – I think I will be trying it now!
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52 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Rosie — thank you SO much!! let me know how it tastes, if you try this recipe :)

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53 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 13, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Confession: I have never baked with avocados! That’s about to change with this gorgeous, scrumptious looking tart though. It looks irresistible, Kiran!
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54 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Georgia — no way!! you must make it someday :)

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55 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies May 13, 2013 at 7:20 PM

These are so pretty and the flower on top just makes me think of spring. :) I wish I had a slice right now!
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56 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Kiersten — thank you, dear friend :)

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57 Coffee and Crumpets May 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I’ve never baked with avocados but I am seeing them used more and more and of course now I am curious! I can see why they would be perfect because they are so naturally creamy and smooth. This tart is perfect inspiration to get some avocados and get baking! Looks absolutely divine!

Nazneen
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58 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Nazneen — thank you so so much. give avocados a try in baked goods. so naturally yummy and healthy too :)

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59 Shumaila May 13, 2013 at 9:21 PM

This sounds perfect. Have baked once with avocado when I made avocado lemon cupcakes and they turned out better than I thought they would. Love the cookie florets and yes, definitely worth a pat on the shoulder!
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60 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Shumaila — thank you. i love when kitchen experiments gives wonderful results :)

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61 Maria May 14, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Kiran loved your avocado tart wanna have a bite of it… looks yummy :)
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62 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Maria — thank you :D

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63 Katerina May 14, 2013 at 8:11 AM

This is a very unusual combination of flavors and this is one reason I would love to try these bars!
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64 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Katerina — thank you my friend. let me know how it tastes, if you try this recipe :)

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65 Radhika Vasanth May 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I haven’t tried baking with Avocado yet but this tart is inspiring me. And you should add a price tag to it. It looks like a Tart I saw in the bakery.
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66 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Radhika — aww, thanks a lot for the sweet compliments my friend. How much would you be willing to pay for this? :D

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67 Mr. & Mrs. P May 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Beautiful!!! Looks like such a creamy and rich tart!
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68 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Mr. & Mrs P — thanks! and healthy too :)

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69 easyfoodsmith May 15, 2013 at 6:25 AM

I am sold out! Bookmarked this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)
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70 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Easyfoodsmith — lol, thanks and i hope you’ll report back once you’ve tried this recipe :)

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71 Hannah May 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I love that you baked with avocodos, Kiran! I haven’t done so yet, but given how creamy and delicious avocados are I can imagine they are fabulous in this chocolate mousse! What a pretty tart you made!!

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72 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Hannah — thanks my dear. you must give avocados a try in the baking department :)

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73 Nik@ABrownTable May 15, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Another delicious avocado baking recipe from you! This looks gorgeous and divine.
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74 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Nik — thank you my friend :)

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75 lizzie - strayed from the table May 15, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Thanks for giving me a little push to make something with avocado in it, I have been wanting to experiment myself with avo and chocolate for a while. Will have to give this a go. looks really delish.
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76 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Lizzie — you are welcome and do let me know how it tastes, if you try this recipe :)

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77 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You May 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM

A lovely and healthy tart indeed!!! I also love to combine avocado in sweet preparations. Actually, this is the staple in my home country, Brazil. It really adds an extra creamy touch to the dessert.
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78 Kiran May 16, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Denise — i never knew about avocado’s in desserts being a staple in Brazil. Thanks for sharing :)

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79 amy @ fearless homemaker May 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Oh wow, this turned out so perfectly! I actually just made a chocolate-avocado dessert for the first time last week + was so pleased with the results, too. They pair wonderfully together!

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80 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Amy — thank you sweet friend and hope you are doing great! Congrats on the little bundle of joy!! :)

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81 Deb May 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I have not tried baking with avocados but after seeing your lush Chocolate Tart I must give it a try! What a gorgeous tart!

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82 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Deb — thank you and please do give avocado a chance in the dessert department. it’s hellavu good :)

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83 Nami | Just One Cookbook May 17, 2013 at 3:25 AM

Such a cute tart, Kiran! I’ve seen many baked goods and sweets with avocado and I’m very tempted to taste and try on my own! Chocolate and avocado, yes definitely! Love your styling (as always). :)
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84 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Nami — thanks my dear. and since you love avocados, you must try it in the dessert department. so so good :)

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85 Sophie May 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

A lovely fantasticly chocolate avocado mousse tart! I was just creating something similar, my dear Kiran! You beat me to it! :)

I will post my recipe soon, I promise! The 1st time, my recipe didn’t work though,…I am fixing it though! ;)

Georgous to look at too! I love that lovely flower dough on top! I knew that you would make something so beautiful as this deliciously looking tart like real art! :) xxx
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86 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Sophie — awww, thanks so much sweetie. Off to check if you manage to get the recipe on the dot! :)

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87 EA-The Spicy RD May 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Pure chocolate heaven! I haven’t done as much baking with avocados as I would like to, but THIS is going to spur me on! I’m imagining a pure almond flour crust to make it gluten free. Divine!
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88 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

EA — I’ve been on an avocado fix for desserts for a while now. So good and nutritious :)

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89 Manju @ Manju'sEatingDelights May 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I have avocados in my fridge this very moment….can’t wait to try this out. And could we use whole wheat flour for whole wheat pastry flour?
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90 Kiran June 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Manju — so sorry but i missed this comment! you can definitely use whole wheat flour but remember to NOT overmix. The dough would end up being tough.

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