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Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse

Spring weather is starting to creep in, which clearly calls for celebration. Chocolate mousse anyone?

Even if you’re still freezing your butt off wherever you might reside, it’s hard to say no to that question.

Chocolate mousse, for the win. Always.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse

This particular vegan variation feels like a favorable surprise. Inside lays a whole carton of tofu yet, its taste goes undetected. Instead, the tofu bestows a wonderfully silky texture, so creamy that you’d swear there was actual cream in this recipe.

But alas there is not, nor do you need any cream to make this mousse feel as rich as any of its dairy-filled counterparts.

Let’s celebrate that, too.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse

Heavenly chocolaty and smooth, this mousse is a winner. Throw it in the freezer an hour before serving, and it becomes even better. Finish it off with some fruit to lighten up its richness, and voila.

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse Phyllo Cups

Chocolate Mousse Cups

Valentine’s Day rarely contributes much normalcy to my life. One year, I ended up at a Tex Mex themed bar in the middle of the ghetto. While neon-colored margheritas were ubiquitous, not a soul was dining on any food. Regardless, my date insisted we stay for dinner. The music was so loud it was hard to object.

The next year, I went out for pizza with one of my best friends. A boy, who would later become my boyfriend, ended up joining us out. Towards the end of the dinner, my friend accidentally tipped over her cup of ice water, which then went all over the boy’s lap. It was below freezing outside, but thankfully he took it well. There were no first kisses that night.

Last Valentine’s Day, I came home to a huge package in the mail. I was given a large bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolate, and an assortment of pastries from a local bakery. All sounds fantastic, right? Sure it was fantastic, but unfortunately the friend zone conversation I had to have with my admirer didn’t go over so well. He no longer speaks to me anymore.

This year? This year I’m flying solo with no plans in mind, and I’m fairly certain it will be the most normal Valentine’s Day I’ve had yet. Although, living in a city, you never know what could happen. If Valentine’s Day does end up as just another Thursday night with a square or two of dark chocolate and a good beer to myself, and maybe a phone call with a girl friend to BS about life, I’ll be 100% okay with that. Sometimes normalcy is fine by me.

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If you are, however, looking for something a little out of the ordinary to celebrate V-day, might I suggest this recipe. Chocolate mousse is a classic, and loved by all. But this definitely isn’t your classic mousse. While it tastes every bit as rich as the real deal, here, heavy cream is swapped for silken tofu to create a much lighter version of this chocolaty treat. Scooped into phyllo cups, whether its for your best friend or your lover, these are bound to impress your date. And trust me, unless you tell them, they’ll likely never guess the secret ingredient. If you want to keep the whole recipe vegan, simply ditch the phyllo cups for a graham cracker based crust. Make mini tarts for an equally adorable treat.

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse

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Whip up something loving for not just your sweetheart, but for all living beings by making this V-Day a Vegan-Day. The following dark chocolate mousse is so ridiculously delicious, there’s no way you’ll miss the dairy that loads most chocolate desserts.

And for all the fellas out there looking for a way to whew their special valentine, well then this one’s for you. If for some reason you’ve been off living on Mars for the past how many years of your life, let me fill you in— Chocolate is one of the many keys to a woman’s heart. (This secretly hold true for a lot of guys out there too, but they just don’t like to get all giddy and show it.) So get your butt in the kitchen and surprise your lovely lady with this easy-to-make dessert. No need to trudge off to the store and spend money on something pre-made. We all know homemade is more special and often tends to taste better too. Even if you’re prone to kitchen disasters, no worries. Put on your chef’s hat anyways. You really can’t go too wrong with dark chocolate, and besides, the recipe literally has just three quick steps: Melt, blend, refrigerate. If you can’t pull that off, well, no judging, but you should really treat yourself to a few cooking lessons. But seriously, this dessert is a piece of cake…or should I say, an easy-breezy, silky, smooth spoonful of mousse.

Add some vegan whipped cream and a handful of fruit, and you’re looking at one sexy after-dinner dessert. If nothing else, you”ll at least win your lover’s taste buds with this one.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Mousse

(Serves 5)

-1 package Nasoya Creations Silken Style Dark Chocolate Tofu
-2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1/3 cup espresso coffee or strongly-brewed coffee
-1 Tbsp. maple syrup?-Vegan whipped cream
-Fruit, handful of your choice (Bananas, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, etc.)
-Shaved chocolate, optional

Melt the chocolate and coffee in a double boiler, or create your own by placing a small metal bowl atop a pan of simmering water. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat, and place in food processor along with tofu and maple syrup. Process until smooth.

Place in bowl or divide among 5 ramekins and refrigerator for at least two hours. Flavor improves upon refrigeration and consistency becomes denser. However, if you want a lighter mousse, feel free to skip the refrigeration step. Serve with sliced fruit and a dollop of whipped cream. Shave chocolate on top, if desired.