Desserts don’t have to be unhealthy! You can enjoy decadent sweet treats without feeling any guilt. The key is using real food ingredients such as fresh fruits, healthy fats, natural sugars, and of course, Vitality dietary essential oils. Unite the rich flavors of dark chocolate, cinnamon bark, and avocado in this easy recipe for Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse.
As a busy wife, mom, and entrepreneur, feeding my loved ones the best tasting and purest food possible is important to me! Vitality oils are a staple in my kitchen. They work perfectly for any busy person who wants to eat healthier. You can’t go wrong using these pure and flavorful little drops!
Now as a Classically Trained French Chef, I love how Vitality essential oils provide benefits that traditional herbs, spices and flavorings cannot. They save time in the kitchen because there’s no washing, chopping or waiting for a flavor to develop.
I’ve easily adapted many of my most cherished recipes so that I can freely cook and bake with my oils, without anyone tasting the difference.
I cook and bake exclusively with Young Living Vitality Oils. They are guaranteed pure according to Young Living’s Seed to Seal Guarantee and labeled according to FDA Guidelines for Ingestion. They are also Non-GMO Project Verified and EarthKosher Certified.
Why I Love Vitality Essential Oils
Vitality oils have a long, if not indefinite shelf life (depending on the oil), making them a much more economical option than dried herbs and spices. They are also free from contaminants such as herbicides, pesticides, bacteria, and other harmful chemicals.
And as an added bonus, Vitality oils may add additional health benefits to your food. Certain essential oils like grapefruit and peppermint have been shown to support healthy weight loss.
These benefits are a big WIN in my book because one of the last things I want is my favorite dish to be “off” somehow. When my picky husband and toddler can enjoy a dish just as much with Vitality oils as they did with traditional herbs or spices, I feel like the queen of my kitchen!
History of Essential Oils in Food
As it turns out, some of the most popular commercial foods (that have been available for decades) contain essential oils as flavorings. Coke and Pepsi are just a couple of examples. In fact, these two companies are two of the world’s largest buyers of food grade essential oils.
If you read an ingredient label and it says ‘natural flavoring,’ there is a high probability it is referring to a food grade essential oil approved by the FDA for ingestion. Of course, many of the foods we eat contain their own essential oils too. If you’ve eaten a pizza lately, most of the herbs used to flavor the sauce contain essential oils. Most of us have been consuming essential oils for decades without even realizing it.
How to Cook with Essential Oils
When cooking with vitality oils, add a little at a time because they pack a BIG flavor punch. For instance, you’ll only need a few drops of Orange Vitality Oil in a recipe where you’d normally need the zest of a whole orange. You can read more about replacing extracts with vitality essential oils here.
A good rule of thumb is to substitute 1 drop of oil for 1–2 Tbsp. of dried spice or herb and 1 drop of oil for 1–2 tsp. of fresh spice. If you think the oil is too strong or the recipe calls for less than the quantities above, start with a toothpick dip instead. Taste, and add more if needed.
Healthy Eating and Beyond
Making a conscious choice to eat healthier can be challenging, and finding a flavorful way to do it can be even more challenging. Embracing this change in your kitchen can be one of the best choices you make. When you cook or bake with essential oils, you’re making a more conscious effort to do something better for you and your family.
So join me on the path to bold, clean, healthier flavor with my favorite recipe for Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Mousse. You’ll be glad you did!
- 3 large avocados peeled and pitted
- 1 1/2 C. raw unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 C. maple syrup
- 1/2 C. raw agave
- 1 15 oz. can coconut cream refrigerated overnight
- 1/2 Tsp. vanilla powder
- 4 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality essential oil (or substitute 8 drops Orange Vitality Oil)
- 1 pinch finely ground pink Himalayan salt
- Place avocados in a food processor with blade attachment and puree
- Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, agave syrup, vanilla powder, Cinnamon Bark Vitality Oil (or Orange Vitality Oil) and salt
- Mix until all ingredients are combined and smooth
- In a separate bowl whip the coconut whipping cream until fluffy
- Gently fold the chocolate mixture and whipped cream together until all chocolate mixture is incorporated
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve
If you enjoyed this dish, check out more of my recipes in my NEW cookbook Dessert First! Healthy Recipes to Justify your Sweet Tooth.
Get a kindle version of my book here, or if you would prefer a printed copy one is available for purchase here. This book would make a great gift for anyone who wants to enjoy healthy desserts, without sacrificing flavor!