Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Having friends over for dinner is one of life’s great pleasures. There’s nothing like sitting around over a leisurely meal of great food with wonderful friends. It can be tough to find recipes that suit a variety of dietary restrictions – from paleo to gluten-free to vegan to no added sugar. This can be especially hard for dessert. You can always put out a plate of fresh fruit, but whenever possible, I like to serve my guests dishes I have prepared.
I was thrilled when I discovered a chocolate mousse that could be made with a coconut base. This recipe for chocolate mousse is super easy to make and a palette pleaser for even the most finicky eaters. The trick is to use coconut cream, which is quite rich. Unlike coconut milk, the cream has a higher fat content and is solid. My particular favorite is Native Forest Organic Premium Coconut Cream. In addition to being organic, this coconut cream is also unsweetened. (Note: The coconut cream does need to be refrigerated and the water drained in order to get an aerated mousse consistency. If you forget to drain it, you’ll have a watery mess on your hands.)
To get exceptionally smooth mousse, remember to blend the dates really well. And if you like a really chocolaty mousse, just add more cacao (We’re fans of the Sunfood brand). If you love coconut, then take a few minutes and make a side coconut whipped cream, which simply entails whipping coconut cream into creamy peaks. Personally, I also like to serve the mousse with fresh strawberries to help balance the richness.
This mousse has an airy lightness and looks very pretty in ramekins with a few berries on top. And even though it’s easy to make, this dessert never fails to get lots of oohs and aaahs.
Ok, so it’s easy, delicious, and beautiful, but is it healthy? Yep, it is! As you are well aware from reading our recipes, dates are loaded with vitamins such as A and K, niacin, and riboflavin as well as essential minerals, including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
Coconut cream offers a variety of additional health benefits. It contains fatty acids that effectively fight a range of viruses and bacteria. Don’t let the term ‘fatty acid’ scare you off. About 60% of the fatty acids in coconut cream belong to the fat-burning medium-chain group which supplies quick energy to cells, stepping up metabolism.
More than 90% of the fatty acids in coconut cream are saturated fat, a natural antioxidant. And, if all this wasn’t enough, coconut also helps to rehydrate the body with electrolytes.
Now you and your guests can feel good about having dessert and eating it too!
Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Makes 4 Servings
2 cans coconut cream (full fat)
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
2 cups Fruit Bliss dates
2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Refrigerate cans of coconut milk overnight. Open from bottom of can and drain liquid. Blend Fruit Bliss dates and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk until smooth. Take date paste and strain and combine with remaining ingredients in mixing bowl. Whisk for 2 minutes on high. Pour into ramekins and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Serve with fresh strawberries and whipped coconut cream.