Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chocolate for your Sweet...




Hi Beautifuls!

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.

Chocolate Mousse
* 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.

3 comments:

  1. Hmmm, I have no vegan dessert recipes because I'm still pretty basic, lol.

    For a simple, quick, and yummy vegan dinner:

    *1 box penne pasta (or similar pasta)
    *2 Boca Chick'n patties
    *8 cloves garlic
    *Broccoli (I do the lazy steam-in-a-bag broccoli)
    *3 tbsp. olive oil
    *1 tsp. red pepper
    *parsley
    *season salt or other seasoning as needed

    -Boil the pasta
    -Put the Boca patties in a skillet for 10 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes.
    -Cook broccoli
    -Heat olive oil in a small pan, adding garlic and red pepper
    -Drain pasta and combine all ingredients
    -Eat!

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  2. mmmm... this sounds delicious! I never thought to use avocado... If it's ok with you, I'll be posting this article on RawPeople... I like to share my finds with others looking for vegan and raw ways to eat their food.

    http://www.rawpeople.com/?utm_source=A&utm_medium=B&utm_campaign=C

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  3. Ooh Gem, that sounds delish!

    Anonymous, I don't mind at all. As I see it, we are all here to help eachother.

    Peace to you all.

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