Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, August 25, 2016

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I recently made this dark chocolate avocado mousse for an event I hosted and it was a huge hit! I got a lot of questions about it, so wanted to share the recipe! I first discovered the dark choco avo mousse from my friend Mady’s gorgeous IG feed (here’s her photo that sucked me into this dessert!). The photo above is hers! I adapted the original recipe, found here, and was super happy with how it turned out! You can always adjust things like # of avocadoes, dates, etc. to your liking too. Enjoy!

DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
4 small avocados
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add a little more at end too)
2 tablespoons of raw organic cocoa powder
1 bar of your favorite high quality dark chocolate, melted
4-5 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Melt the dark chocolate over the stove.

2. Add all other ingredients to the blender (I used Vitamix) and pour melted dark chocolate over.

3. Blend until creamy / fluffy

4. Let set in freezer for approx. 15-30 minutes so it’s super cold when you serve!

5. Top with raspberries and Bare Snacks coffee coconut chips!

Photo via Mady Popelka

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Posted on: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Shauna Niequist truly is my patron saint or long lost big sister or something to that effect. I’ve read all of her books several times and find myself flipping through them, over and over, to soak up more wisdom and encouragement frequently. It’s like everything she writes, I am screaming YES YES YES out loud because her words hit so close to home and really resonate with me. I also like to think we would be besties IRL, but that’s for another blog post.

I recently started reading her latest book, Present Over Perfect, and one part of the What the Lake Teaches chapter made me stop and pause. I read it again and re-read and re-read and re-read. I showed it to Eric, telling him, “this is me! This is exactly what I need to remember every day!” and he agreed (and told me to print out these words). I read it to my mom, who said something similar; that I need to keep reminding myself of these truths over and over.

This was a powerful reminder to me – an extrovert, a die-hard people pleaser, an affirmation seeker – that I need to stop craving approval and acceptance from external sources and lean into what I know to be true about myself, what God thinks about me, and who I am without all of those compliments and affirmations and heavy expectations.

Here’s the excerpt. Hope you get as much out of it as I do and I highly recommend her new book! <3

But this is what I’ve learned the hard way: what people think about you means nothing in comparison to what you believe about yourself. Essentially, my identity depended on outwards approval, which changes on a dime. So you dance and you please and you placate and you prove. You become a three-ring circus and in each ring, you’re an entirely different performing animal, anything anyone wants you to be.

The crucial journey, then, for me, has been from dependence on external expectations, down into my own self, deeper still into God’s view of me, his love for me that doesn’t change, that will not change, that defines and grounds everything.

I bet it all on busyness, achievement, being known as responsible, and escaping when those things didn’t work. What I see now is that what I really wanted was love, grace, peace, connection.

When you decide, finally, to stop running on the fuel of anxiety, desire to prove, fear, shame, deep inadequacy – when you decide to walk away from that fuel for a while, there’s nothing but confusion and silence. You’re on the side of the road, empty tank, no idea what will propel you forward. It’s disorienting, freeing, terrifying. For a while, you just sit, contentedly, and contentment is the most foreign concept you know. But you learn it, shocking as it is, day by day, hour by hour. You sit in your own skin, being just your own plain self. And it’s okay. And it’s changing everything.

After a while, though, you learn you weren’t made only for contentment; that’s only half the puzzle. The other part is meaning, calling, love. And this is a new conversation, almost like speaking a second language – faltering, tongue-twisting, exhilarating.

happy friday & lovely links!

Posted on: Friday, August 12, 2016

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Happy FriYAY! I’m in Nashville this weekend, where E and I met up with my parents and sisters for a few days. So happy to be here with them and to be in real summer weather. ;) I haven’t shared a lovely links blog post {all available HERE} in awhile, and wanted to share. Whenever I discover/read a good article, I try to save it on my phone or in a draft email so I can re-read in the future or pass along to a friend. Here’s some of the latest articles I wanted to share with you. Enjoy your weekend, friends!

My awesome friend Kelly and her boyf’s popular Greetings From Tour was recently featured on Conde Nast Traveler! // Follow @greetingstour to see if they are coming to paint an epic mural to YOUR city!

A freelancer’s guide to SF + Oakland // I contributed to this blog post and shared some of my favorite wifi + work spots in SF (more here!)

Our fiddle leaf fig plant is growing! // Here’s some tips & tricks on how to care for a fiddle leaf fig.

Pretty, Affordable Art // Awesome round-up from my friend Cait!

Doesn’t this heirloom tomato and ricotta tart look incredible?

Just bought Present Over Perfect, the just-released book from my fave author Shauna Niequist. CAN’T WAIT to dig in!

Kid Lessons from Dallas Clayton, “bite-sized life lessons to make your life and the lives of those around you better.” // He’s one of my favorite people to follow on Insta @dallasclayton

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Tropical with Wayfair

Posted on: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Hi friends! Is anyone else constantly in a state of thinking-about-vacation mode? It’s been so cold and gray in San Francisco lately and I’m craving a beach vacation – warm weather, palm trees and sand and turquoise-y blue water, fruity cocktails, no to-do lists or calendar invites. Hawaii is on my list and I’m always down to go back to Mexico or the Caribbean. Sigh.

I’ve tried to bring in some tropical and vacation-y vibes into our apartment like recently moving Eric’s teal surfboard into the living room, hanging palm tree and ocean prints in both our bedroom and the hallway and displaying ALL OF THE PINEAPPLE THINGS. Isn’t it funny (and amazing) how trendy and cool pineapples are now? How did this happen?! I love it though.

Wayfair recently asked me to curate a few of my favorite tropical-themed home decor items and I wanted to share some below with you! In the future, I would LOVE to have a patio or back porch where I could really play up the tropical theme with tiki torches, palm tree pillows and more.

Here’s some of my favorite tropical, tiki bar-inspired goodies from Wayfair! All of the items below are clickable/shoppable in case you want to add any into your home!

thank you wayfair for partnering on this post!

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