Rich, creamy vegan chocolate mousse is a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day when chocolate dominates sweet treats. I love Valentine’s Day; I always have ever since elementary school when we dressed up, wrote those little barbie paper cards to each classmate, and ate chalky candy hearts and grocery-store cupcakes with frosting so sweet it would tickle your throat. Fast forward to awkward, giant, white teddy bear deliveries to Jr. High classrooms and too-serious high school dates where expectations ran high and ultimately disappointed. It wasn’t like the movies. One of my favorite all-time Valentine’s was in college when we had a girls night, making dinner and exchanging gifts. Now my husband and I usually take a bottle of champagne to a BYOB Pho restaurant and enjoy a casual dinner away from the crowds.
This year we’re having a dinner party and I needed a rich dessert to pair with a lavish meal. Wanting something a little lighter, I decided to use silken tofu as the base for this vegan chocolate mousse. Full of antioxidants, packed with protein, and a rich consistency that whips up perfectly, soft tofu is a wonderful foundation. (Make sure to read my friend Grateful Grazer’s update on the safety of soy if you have any questions about using tofu in the kitchen).
Pure cocoa powder, vanilla extract and vanilla non-dairy milk (I used almond milk) blend right up, adding a depth in flavor to this chocolaty dessert. No one would ever know that this is a vegan dessert but it is perfect for anyone with food allergies, so long as they are ok with soy. Another pleasant surprise; I only needed a very small amount of maple syrup to sweeten up this treat so it’s not as sugary as many other desserts you may have for Valentines Day.
I whipped this vegan chocolate mousse up in my Ninja blender in a matter of minutes. It’s one of the most simple desserts you could make. Serve it in ramekins, small decorative bowls or martini glasses. I used my mini mason jars. Garnish with whatever you prefer: chopped nuts, sprinkles, berries, coconut, cocoa powder, etc.
I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day celebrating in any way that speaks to you!
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