Sunday, December 4, 2011

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse for Everyone!

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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!

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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.



foodfeud said...

YAH wild ingredients. As if gelatine leaves, eggs, and 6 different things to make for one recipe weren't bad enough, the measuring is all wacky too! ;)
I'll take your mousse.

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

I know! Totally bananas! :)

Esen said...

This looks delicious Jennifer! Glad you're back!


Penny said...

I love avocado chocolate mousse, so good.

Adriano Zumbo had his own 6-part tv show too, which aired recently, called Zumbo. All his desserts are ridiculously complicated and just a bit whackadoodle, but I really admire his creative process for his complex little cakes, it's definitely worth watching if you can find!

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Raw chocolate mousse is awesome! And yours looks really well made! The many ingredient cake is probably pretty good, too, but give me simple and vegan any day :)

tweal said...

One of my favourites! I use it on pancakes and sometimes as icing on cupcakes too. It's also really good with a bit of cinnamon added.

Katherine - Urban Girl said...

this looks great! I sometimes buy the chocolate mousse at Market Organics but now I want to try and make my own!

Mother of Science said...

His bakery is a 10 minute walk from where we live. We've had some of his products - delicious. Your's looks and sounds great.

Alison McElwain said...

Hi Jen, Rob and I had your mousse tonight and we are stuffed. It's a meal! So delicious. Our daughter Annabelle oddly refused to eat it. This has me a little worried about the potential of us eating it all tonight - a real possibility.

Hope you're well. We're alive and kicking it in Peterborough with our two kids, two cats and one giant dog.

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Alison! So nice to hear from you. Glad you liked the recipe and so glad to hear that everything is going well in Peterborough. Now that Rob and I are friends on FB, hopefully I'll be able to keep up with your adventures.