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Monday, September 12, 2011

Magnificent Mousse


I love having parties and having people over. But, the moment it gets planned I start to worry about what I am going to serve, even if its a potluck. This time I had my family coming for the Labor Day holiday and my mother said something to the effect of "well I guess we won't have dessert because you are too healthy. So, of course there won't be anything sweet and tasty". Ah, okay crazy lady. We healthy people still have dessert but we use quality ingredients. This still stings a bit coming from your mom. I had planned on making cookies, but I didn't even bother telling her that because what if my gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free cookies didn't live up to a regular cookie. Man, she stresses me out. As I was making cookies and brownies I decided I could make chocolate mousse. My family enjoys rich, dense desserts and they are fans of cheesecake and french silk pie so I decided that I could whip up a rich velvety chocolate mousse without issue, and I was right. 

This recipe was so rich and creamy that everyone actually adored it. I sent the leftovers home with my brother so that the temptation to eat any leftovers wouldn't be an option. A little sweet is all my body can handle and if it had been sitting around I don't think I would have been able to resist it. 




Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups Raw Walnuts
  • 9 Medjool Dates
  • 6 Figs
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup of Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Raw Powdered Cacao
  • Stevia (Optional)
Directions:
  1. Place dates and figs in the food process, process till smooth (if the mixture is super chunky and stuck add a little water to the batter
  2. Add walnuts and a pinch of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt, pulse till smooth
  3. Add the chocolate to the mixture, you may have to open the food processor and push the mixture back down.
  4. Add Vanilla and Cinnamon, process
  5. At this point you have raw brownie dough so you can spread the mixture in a pan and pop them in the fridge. Yum.
  6. To make this a mousse transfer the mixture to a Vita-Mix
  7. Add the coconut milk and possibly more chocolate.
  8. Make sure that the texture is firm and to your liking. Add some more chocolate or stevia to amp up the sweetness or rich chocolate goodness.

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