I hope that this week has gone well for you. Mine has been good just tiring w/my daughter's late practices. It's cool. After this weekend, all will be back to normal.
I was talking with a friend of mine regarding her Valentine's Day plans and discovered she has somewhat of a dilemma. See, she has a new beau who is vegan (she's not) and is a little stumped as to what to prepare for him in place of the regular chocolate covered strawberries that she likes to whip up. I am writing this post to hopefully give her a solution or at least steer her in a good direction.
During the raw foods class that I took, Chef Jenya demonstrated how to prepare Chocolate Mousse. It was actually a raw foods version, using Cacao. Cacao is simply raw chocolate. Unprocessed, unadulterated raw chocolate. Ooh, so sexy! (lol) It is truly full of the antioxidants that you always hear/read about chocolate having. With processed chocolate, all of the good-for-you stuff has been cooked out.
Anyhoo, I wanted to share this recipe for my friend and anyone else who may want to try it. If you're a fan of chocolate, I promise you it is absolutely delicious.
* 3 avocados, peeled and seeded
* 7 1/2 T. raw cacao powder (1/2 C)
* 1/2 C vanilla agave
* 1 T. raw, fermented Coconut butter (optional)
* 1 T. vanilla extract
* Pinch of mineral salt
* 1 tsp cinnamon
Place the avocados, cacao powder, agave, coconut butter, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in a food processor and process until smooth.
Serve at room temperature or chill. Can store in a sealed container in the fridge. Chocolate Mousse will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator and 2 weeks in the freezer.
For Fudgesicles: Freeze the Chocolate Mousse in ice cube trays. Thaw for 5 minutes before serving.
This is by itself or served as a fondue with fresh strawberries or bananas.
I also want to include a link to another recipe for Cacao Mousse. The above photo was taken from the rawmazing site. In this recipe, I see that they added dates which I would imagine makes it a bit sweeter. Also, if you've never tried cacao keep in mind that it is chocolate so it's taste is bitter. If you're looking for a milk chocolate flavor, you may want to try carob.
If you have any vegan recipes that can make for a romantic dinner, lunch or treat please share.