nutella acorn mousse

In culinary experiments, desserts, sweet treats, vegetarian on 02.22.11 at 6:18 pm

ok, so i’m a bit of a chocoholic. (aren’t we all? ;)) well, i’m happy to have found a fantastic way to indulge in my chocoholic cravings with a low(er) calorie option. nutella acorn mousse. acorn, you ask? yes, acorn as in acorn squash. who knew that one of my fave winter veggies can serve double-duty as the main course and dessert? that, combined with the chocolate hazelnut goodness of nutella… holla!

the acorn:
– preheat oven to 400F
– lightly grease baking pan w/ light canola & sunflower oil
(tip: best not to use extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe, unless you like your dessert to taste like olives!)
– place 1 golden acorn squash (halved, seeded) in baking pan (squash side down)
– roast in oven for approx 40-45min at 400F
– set aside & allow to cool.

the chocolate:
blend & puree the following ingredients in a blender:
– 1/2 of roasted acorn squash (remove peel). reserve other 1/2 of squash for another recipe (perhaps dinner?)
– 4 heaping tbsp nutella
– 1/2 cup skim milk
– 1 tsp honey
– dash of ground nutmeg
– pour nutella-squash mixture into a tightly-sealed container and refrigerate overnight to set.

food styling:
– spoon & swirl mousse into martini glass or dessert cup
– garnish w/ fresh blackberries, strawberries or ground hazelnuts. i like the dark chocolate-covered edamame beans from trader joe’s.

  1. Ooooh what a great idea! I love chocolate too and am always looking for healthy ways to indulge! I must try making chocolate acorn squash pudding!


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