One of the great things I've noticed about AIP is that I'm not really hungry between meals, which I assume is from not having processed sugars and empty calories that tend to cause insulin levels to roller coaster throughout the day. But, that doesn't mean that my cravings for a taste of something sweet have gone away entirely. After dinner I find myself wanting just a taste of something sweet before bed. I'm perfectly happy for this to be 1 or 2 dates or a piece of fruit, but how much better when you can turn said fruit into a soothing creamy treat.
I'm almost embarrassed to share this recipe because it is ridiculously simple, but it was so good that I would feel bad not sharing it with you. It's quick, it's easy, it's delicious and it could be fancy enough for guests. Plus... there is a twist at the end where this mouse can easily transform into ice cream if that's what your heart desires. Two desserts in one recipe - what could be better than that???
**A note about "AIP Treats": While it is true that this mousse and other treats on this blog are made with AIP friendly ingredients, it should be noted that the AIP diet is primarily about nutrient density and healing and with that in mind treats should be reserved for special occasions. This are occasional foods, not everyday food. Treat often are higher in sugar content (even fruit) and as sugar causes inflammation for many of us following AIP, we need to make treats an occasional part of our lives.
Saffron Mango Mousse
Time - 5 minutes (plus time to chill)
Serves - 2-3 (recipe can easily be doubled)
- 1 mango - peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/2 can of good quality full fat coconut milk
- 5 dates - pitted - if they aren't soft, soak them in warm water for 5 minutes first
- a pinch of saffron threads (not necessary, but adds to the color and the tropical taste)
- a pinch of cinnamon
- other fruit for serving - blueberries, toasted coconut, chopped mango, etc.
- place all ingredients in a blender
- blend until smooth and dates are fully broken up
- mixture should be quite thick and creamy
- pour into serving dishes and place in the fridge to chill - after an hour it's thicker and even better over night
- right before serving, sprinkle with ground cinnamon and add fruit of choice.
BONUS RECIPE FOR SAFFRON MANGO ICE CREAM
After chilling, pour cream into ice cream maker of choice and follow instructions. I have one of these cool single serve ice cream bowls from 'Zoku' where you keep the bowl in the freezer and make one serving at a time. I used 1/2 cup of the mixture and in 5 minutes I had 2 scoops of "Saffron Mango Ice Cream" which I topped with toasted coconut and imagined I was in a hammock on a tropical beach enjoying the sound of the waves as I swayed in the breeze. :)
** This recipe is also shared on Phoenix Helix's AIP Recipe Roundtable this week. Check it out for more great AIP dishes.