VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE // Recipe


Mousses traditionally use whipped egg whites, caster sugar whisked with egg yolks, chocolate and whipped cream, so it’s easy to see why this is such a delicious well loved dessert.However, this recipe manages to replicate that airy, smooth perfection using just three ingredients – silken tofu, cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

Silken tofu has less water pressed out of it then the traditional tofu that you would use in stir fries etc, but it’s still a great source of protein as well as have an almost neutral taste making it perfect to add with other flavours.

You can also custom the basic mousse with any flavours you like;

black forest – stewed black cherries with shaved dark chocolate

chocolate orange – add zest of 1 orange and decorate with candied orange peel

matchmakers – add 1/4tsp of mint extracts and decorate with crystallized mint leaves

  

 

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 15minutes + 1 hour chilling
  • Difficulty: easy
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A light, airy, yet luxurious mousse completely egg, cream and milk free.

Ingredients

350g silken tofu

4level tbsp cocoa powder (or 2tbsp cacao)

50g dark chocolate, 70% +, melted and cooled slightly

50g raspberries

30g hazlenuts

Directions

  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of simmer water, or in the microwave in 20 second blasts, until smooth and glossy, then leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the liquid from the silken tofu.
  3. Add to the blender (or nutribullet) with the cocoa and melted chocolate.
  4. Divide between the two glasses or bowls, leave to set for 1 hour.
  5. Decorate as you wish (I toasted some hazelnuts in an oven for 15minutes at 180C, then chopped them and sprinkled them over with some raspberries).

This will keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE COVERED MARZIPAN // Recipe

 Marzipan is definitely a love or hate it kinda thing, but these tiny little treats are more popular then the thick strip everyone picks off from their Christmas cake. I made these using the left over ready to roll marzipan from decorating our own cake, but you can make your own if you’re feeling really adventurous. 

  

Ingredients:

200g marzipan

50g chocolate of choice (I used a mix of 70% dark and dark orange chocolate)

Handful of icing sugar 

Decorations of choice (eg. Holly leaves, red balls, sprinkles)

If you’re using flavored chocolate, you may want to decorate them to reflect this (e.g. Orange zest as I did, crushed candy canes for mint chocolate, chopped dried cherry for cherry chocolate) 

 Dust a clean working surface with icing sugar, then roll out the marzipan to about 2mm thin, ensuring you regularly turn it and dust the pin as well so nothing sticks.

Using a variety of cooking cutters, cut out the shapes, place them on a tray of grease proof paper and gather up the left over and re roll it until you have used up as much as you can. 

Leave them to harden up slightly for ten minutes in the fridge while you get the chocolate and decorations ready.

Break the chocolate into small pieces, then melt it over a ban Mari or microwave in 20 seconds bursts, stirring between each so it doesn’t burn.

Using a spoon, paint the melted choocate on the shapes in whatever fashion you wish (I went for the ‘half dip’ style, and rustic drizzle). After each one, sprinkle or place the decorations of your choice before the chocolate sets.

Leave them all on the tray to harden for around 1 hour back in the fridge, then you can layer them up and keep them in the fridge for up to one month!

These are great to tie up with ribbon and give as edible gifts, and you just even pierce holes in the top of them and hang them on the Christmas tree! (Although I would recommend using cooking chocolate if so, as this hardens better).

  

I also used the left over chocolate to dip some nuts and dried fruit in; equally delicious and quite pretty in pictures.
 

Norwich Chocolate Festival and Travel Snacks // Weekend Buys

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This weekend Norwich held it’s first Chocolate Festival. I don’t think any questions need to be asked about whether or not I attended – and my fridge would certainly confirm it. After a delicious bunless falafel burger from GBK, a few friends and I headed on over to the Old Fire Station. There was bunting hung up around, and on walking in crowds of happy chocolate eaters were hoarding the hall along with stands of chocolate.booja booja

After about 4 rounds of (essential) sampling, my personal favourites were:

Booja Booja – chocolate hazelnut truffles are ridiculously creamy (but 100% vegan?!)

Gnaw – peanut butter chocolate was salty, sweet, rich and not too sickly all in one

Sheringtons – your favourite chocolate bars, raw, refined sugar free and just £1!

sherringtons

Also on offer were a range of coffees (obviously only an almond milk 70% cacao mocha was the way to go), sweet treats, and hot foods. I also saw a chocolate chilli and nachos which looked AMAZING.

Much to my (pleasant) surprise, it turns out the general Norwich Food and Drink Festival was on as well, so about an hour before it completely closed at 6 I managed to knab some free crackers and chutney at Chapelfield Gardens

Leave a comment saying if you went and what your favourite chocolates were! And if you didn’t (or a planning a return like me) keep an eye out for the next one on their website, and check out the chocolates mentioned.

Love Vic x

http://www.norwichchocolatefestival.com/

http://boojabooja.com/

http://www.gnawfolkchocolate.co.uk/

http://sheringtons.com/

Valentine Day Dessert Ideas!

Whether you love it or loath it, there’s no getting away from Valentines Day. It’s practically in every shop, advert, and branding since the end of Christmas, so even if you’re not celebrating it with ‘the one’ you might as well make a day of it! Hopefully I’ll be doing a ‘Follow Me Around’ kinda style post for Saturday, which should include a girly brunch out followed by a homemade meal with the family. I’ve been searching for some great recipes to make, and thought I might as well share with you delicious (healthy of course) desserts I’ve found.

double chocolate cheesecake brownie

Double Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

raw banoffee pie

Raw Banoffee Pie

magic mousse

Chocolate Mousse

strwaberry shortcake skillets

Strawberry Shortcake Skillets

chocolat hazelnut tarts

Chocolate Hazelnut Tart

raspberry vanilla coffee cake

Raspberry Vanilla Coffee Cake

raw brownie cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Cake

cinnamon sugar apple cake

Cinnamon Apple Sugar Cake

raw-millionaires-shortbread-3

Raw Millionaires Shortbread

banana almond cake

Banana Almond Chocolate Cake

Let me know if you find any good recipes below, or if you try any of the above how they go!

Love Vic x