Fancy something that feels decadent but is good for your gut health? Enter this amazing recipe for a healthy chocolate mousse from Dr Joan Ransley, created for Love Your Gut www.loveyourgut.com.
This recipe combines just four key ingredients – ripe bananas, avocados, almond butter and cocoa powder. When these ingredients are whisked together their natural textures and flavours form a delicious light and velvety chocolate mousse.
Bananas contain dietary fibre that helps nutrients move through the gut. They also contain complex carbohydrates known as fructo-oligosaccharides, that help healthy gut bacteria to thrive. Almonds are rich in prebiotics including dietary fibre which is metabolised by bacteria in the gut and play an important part in keeping us healthy. Cocoa powder is rich in polyphenols, which the gut bacteria can metabolise into bioactive compounds which have a number of positive effects in the body including helping the immune system function well.
Healthy Chocolate Mousse
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