I’m so excited to partner with AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate to share my Low Carb Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe, a free family baking guide plus the opportunity to win some of my favorite baking chocolate. See details at the bottom of this post.

This week marked a significant milestone in the Schmidt house hold. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that after having anywhere between 8 – 12 people quarantined here for the last five, yes, let me repeat that, nearly five months, we are down to the elite three. (My hubby, myself and our baby. Our baby may be 5’9” now and 17 years old, but she’s still my baby.) Our older kids moved back to their city life and our two college aged kids started last week. (We will see how long that lasts.)

It’s quiet. Too quiet. During this challenging season, I often wished for time to myself, but I knew I’d miss them all once they left and I do. So much.

These months have knitted our hearts together in such unexpected ways and I know when they all look back on this unique time, they’ll remember the hours and hours of time shared around the table.  The hilarious stories and laughter, the feisty debates and disagreements, the opinions and yes, even opposition, but we’ve listened and learned and whole heartedly loved on each other through so much transition.  What a blessing.

I’ve often reiterated that it’s in the kitchen where the warmth of shared memories, laughter and life create a recipe that spans the generations. This time together was marked with so many wonderful times cooking, feasting, snacking, and experimenting with different recipes.

And dancing. Lots of dancing in the kitchen (Check my instagram highlights. 🙂

Full disclosure. Meal time was also filled with chaos and stress for me because feeding everyone was CRAZY. We had six – twenty something year old guys to feed. That’s a lot of food, plus there was a mixture of special dietary needs which makes serving treats a challenge. A few were doing keto, one was gluten-free and the rest begged for comfort foods 24/7 so we brainstormed ideas that would make everyone happy.

*****I found lots of fun recipes and baking inspiration that all our kids loved in this free AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate family baking guide right here.

And guess what foods won nearly every day? Avocados (in every single form namely guac) and dark chocolate. AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate to be exact. And we decided to put the two together.  This baking chocolate is much lower in carbs and sugar than traditional chocolate and our family has become one of their biggest fans since we were introduced to it six years ago on our trip to Monticello. (Previously you could only buy it at historical sites, but now you can get it online).  

It’s based upon authentic recipes from the 1750s when early American chocolate makers used eight spices including vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon to flavor chocolate. Spices from around the world would have been blended directly into the cocoa, giving chocolate a wonderful and unique flavor. When I bake with it, the depth of flavor profile that it gives to my baked goods is unbelievable.Their Finely Grated Baking Chocolate is so versatile, it can be used 1-to-1 in any recipe that calls for semisweet baking chocolate.

But today I’m sharing this low carb, gluten-free and vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse recipe that always feels like we are indulging, even though we aren’t. Since I’m eating low carb right now, it’s perfect for my sweet cravings and it’s  become one of my go-to recipes for when we have people over. It’s so easy to whip together, yet offers a decadent treat for nearly all dietary needs.

The recipe is versatile, so if you don’t like chia seeds, omit them (although they’re super healthy.) If you don’t have canned coconut milk, I’ve also used almond milk too, so there’s flexibility. Freeze it for a few hours and you’ll have a delicious frozen treat, but please trust me about the avocado.

No one will know it’s in there. It’s a perfect, healthy and creamy substitute. I’ve even used them in a brownie recipe now. I’m a believer.

I was inspired to try the Chocolate Mouse from the AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Family Baking Guide and I’m slowly making my way through all the recipes. Grab yours here.

Instagram Giveaway:  One fortunate reader will win three bags of American Heritage Finely Grated Baking Chocolate. Woohoo!

I’m hosting this giveaway over on instagram, so follow me there and let me know your favorite chocolate recipe. I love new ideas. If you don’t have an instagram account, feel free to leave your dessert ideas in the blog comments and I’ll make sure that your name is entered as well.

I can’t wait for you to try it. You’ll never go back. It’s my favorite baking chocolate. My brownies made with this is unreal.  It is already grated, melts incredibly easily and smoothly and can be substituted 1-to-1 in any recipe that calls for semi-sweet baking chocolate. You can eat, drink and bake with AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate Products.

P.S. Since you’re home with your kids and we all want to make history more interesting for our
children, why don’t you take a little twirl through Colonial History with them and enjoy my past
visit to Old Salem, Monticello , Mount Vernon and Washington DC’s National Archives . Enjoy
making history come alive as you combine learning a little about the history of chocolate, while
eating some delicious treats that you made together.