Sunday, December 4, 2011
Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse for Everyone!
My parents who, as you all know, I live with now (temporarily) are quite addicted to Masterchef Australia. They watch an episode or two every night. There is one featured chef in particular, Adriano Zumbo, who brings in the most ridiculously complicated recipes for the contestants to try to make. I was wandering through the living room on Friday when my mom and dad were watching an episode that featured him and I instantly got sucked in, mostly because I wanted to see what impossible recipe he'd brought along. It ended up being a "simple" chocolate mousse cake. Here is a link to the recipe. Do me a favour and click on over to look at the list of ingredients. This is a whole other world of cooking than I am used to. It is insane.
Nonetheless, it got me thinking about chocolate mousse. And how I've never really made a successful vegan version. I decided to tackle a basic, non-Zumbo version of chocolate mousse for tonight's dessert. The catch was, on Saturday I'd eaten a bunch of food that was delicious but kind of made me feel like crap. Tacos, popcorn, Diet Coke (yes! gross! I know!), and vegan pizza. The last thing I felt like was a sugary, nutritionally vapid dessert. So this version is raw, sweetened with agave, and made mostly of avocados. That's what I said. Avocados.
I was skeptical myself when I started looking at reference recipes, but really, you can't taste the avocado at all. I served this to the Man of Science and my parents after dinner tonight and didn't tell them about the avocados until they were halfway through their portions. Everyone was surprised, but the eating went on, unabated. Chalk one up for fatty fruit. Another plus is that this is really easy to make. Just dump everything in your food processor, chill, and eat eat eat.
4 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and quartered
2/3 cup raw cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder if that's what you've got)
1/3 cup agave nectar (adjust for taste, depending on how sweet you like your mousse)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
Place all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and blend until very smooth.
Taste and adjust flavours accordingly.
Pour into fancy, dessert-type receptacles and chill for half an hour before serving. I topped mine with raspberries and raw cocoa nibs. You could do all kinds of things to make it even prettier- cashew cream, coconut, strawberries, etc- use your imagination!
It's nice to remember that desserts don't have to take a long time to make in order to be a good treat at the end of a meal.