Raw Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Mousse

Facebook can get me in all kinds of trouble. DD posted a link to a perfectly sinful-looking dessert. From there, you click on another link that takes you to The Laidback Vegan’s recipe. I was distressed when I read it. I had all the ingredients and it was whispering in a loud voice (is that possible?), “Make me! Make me!”

I got everything out and decided to go with the raw version using raw cacao. I won’t bore you with displaying everything that went into it. The original post only shows the finished product umpteen times.

Here’s the pudding/mousse in the blender:

Blended

It makes for a very thick mixture with the cacao powder. I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be quite so thick with the melted chocolate. Then, again, it might be thicker because of more fat solids.

Of course, I had to sample it:

Sample

DD tells me “food displays better on a solid white dish”. Well, this one has sentimental value. Not so long ago when she was in grade school, the teacher had an incentive plan. She paid the students for good performance. They earned “funny money” which could be spent at the teacher’s little “store”. DD bought this plate and another one and brought them home to me—so you see why I like to use it.

Where'd it go?

Besides the sample on the plate (and the bit left in the blender I had to eat), I filled a two cup container and put it in the fridge for later.

The sample was a bit on the very un-sweet side so I had to correct for that. Dark chocolate almost always has some kind of sugar added but cacao powder doesn’t. Here’s my version:

Chocolate Pudding/Mousse

Ingredients
2 large avocados, pitted, flesh scooped out (I didn’t have two large ones so I used 2.5 smaller ones)
1/2 to 3/4 cup plus maple syrup (or other sweetener of your choice)
1/2 cup raw cocoa/cacao powder
3 T raw unrefined coconut oil
1/2 t balsamic (I had two different kinds so I used the one I could get open)
1/2 t. Bragg Liquid Aminos
Pinch kala namak
1 t cinnamon (or to taste)
1 t vanilla extract

Instructions

Put all ingredients into the blender container. Blend until very smooth scraping down the mixture occasionally.
Serve immediately as pudding and refrigerate the rest.

Makes four 1/2 cup servings plus some for the cook.

I have an idea that some sweetened whipped coconut cream would be wonderful with this. Of course, it would also add to the considerable calorie count.

For those who don’t indulge in chocolate, I’m sure carob would work in this.

Now, for my unbiased opinion of the dessert—it needs something but I’m not sure what. To quote the esteemed chefs I’ve been watching, “It doesn’t have depth of flavor. It’s one note.” Maybe some vanilla would help? Cinnamon? I’ll mix one or the other or maybe both into my next serving and see what happens.

The addition of more maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla did the trick!

Back during DD’s days in grade school, she made a little cookbook. After one of her personally crafted recipes, she wrote, “Eat and get fat.” Enjoy!

11 Responses to Raw Vegan Recipe: Chocolate Mousse

  1. Cheryl February 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks for trying the recipe and posting about it! To be totally honest we enjoy this dessert pretty exclusively with some Oreos in there soaking up the goodness which adds to the sweetness, but of course they are not raw! 🙂 I think of it more like a super rich chocolate mousse than a pudding, like the chocolate+water mousse I used to make. Yum!!

    • Tommie February 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

      Since I’m no longer 100% raw, I’d enjoy the Oreos with it but I don’t have any. With the snow piled into my driveway, it may be a few days before I can get out to go to the store. It so happened I had all the ingredients for this and I did enjoy making it. It isn’t often I find a recipe that’s “chuck it all in the blender and give it a whirl” type.

  2. Genese February 14, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    ….hmmm wonder if salt might be the missing component??

    • Tommie February 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

      No. The Bragg is very salty. The vanilla and cinnamon took care of it. 😀

  3. Genese February 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    That mousse was delightful, delicious, decadent, delectable, divine.

    Loved the little girls’ faces when they tried it; dark chocolate is definitely favored by adult taste buds.

    • Tommie February 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      FIVE D’s, huh? Wow!

      I knew they wouldn’t like it but they were curious. Their curiosity was satisfied and not too satisfactorily, either. 🙂 When I was their ages, I would have reacted the same way.

  4. Lila February 28, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    How about a sample next time I’m over that way. Dark chocolate is my cup of tea. Say what?

    • Tommie February 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

      I’ll make it! When will you be coming back? Before the next big snow?

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