Thursday, December 27, 2012

Easy Chocolate Mousse (Vegetarian/Vegan!)

A while back, I posted about a healthier way to make chocolate pudding, as well as making it so vegetarians & vegans could enjoy it as well. Pudding is great and all, but what if you're more of a mousse person? Or, maybe you're having company and you'd like something a little fancier than just some glops of pudding in a bowl!

Regular chocolate mousse uses air bubbles to give it that airy whipped texture, and is usually made from egg whites or cream, a definite no-no for vegans (and some vegetarians!). Plus, the cream can be pretty high in fat as well, AND you have to cook the mousse, without scalding the milk or scrambling the eggs instead of tempering them and so on. 

This version uses TOFU in place of the usual egg/cream mixture; it's high in protein yet low in fat. Due to it's bland flavor, it easily absorbs other flavors, like, in this case, chocolate. Plus, no animal products, so it's vegan-friendly (note: MILK chocolate will not be vegan, but most DARK chocolates are)! 


Since chocolate mousse is all about THE CHOCOLATE, make sure you get a good-quality bittersweet or dark bar (basically, don't just grab a Hershey bar in the checkout line). You can melt the chocolate with a double boiler, or microwave it instead to keep this dish a 'no stove' recipe! 

Vegan Chocolate Mousse
adapted from Chef Michael Smith

Ingredients:
8oz dark or milk chocolate, chopped
8oz SILKEN tofu, drained*
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

*Most tofu comes in 16oz tubs, so you only need to use 1/2 of the package. 



Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave; set aside.






Puree the silken tofu with a food processor or blender until smooth. Once smooth, add the melted chocolate and vanilla; mix until completely blended.








Divide the mixture into 4 serving dishes and chill until set and firm.




2 comments:

  1. Just made it today! Can't wait until tonight to try it! It was so easy to make! Thanks for posting the recipe! :)

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    1. You're welcome, Travel Lady - hope you enjoy the mousse!

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