Valentines is upon us and I have made the perfect dessert for you to share with a loved one (or to enjoy on your own, lets be honest)! I was very impressed with how this turned out and I will be making this recipe not just as a Valentines dessert because it is perfect for any occasion where you have company! It is a super easy recipe to make even for me who is just getting the hang of being in a kitchen and not great with sweets (ask me about my Halloween treat disaster of 2017), so this is super exciting for me. I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!!
Valentines Chocolate Mousse:
Prep Time-1 hrs/Cook Time-5 minutes/Setting Time-2 hrs/Total Time- 3hr 5 minutes
Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegan/Plant Based/Dessert/Easy
*1 cup of Cashews (Soaked in Boiled Water for 1 hr Minimum)
*1/3 Cup of Non-Dairy Milk (I used Almond Milk)
*1/4 Cup of Liquid Sweetener
*1 Bar of Dairy Free Chocolate (I used the Zazubean Nudie Bar, but you can use whatever flavor you want..the mint one would be appropriate for this recipe)
*2 Tbsp of Coca Powder
*1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
*Pinch of Salt
*Coconut Whipped Cream (Homemade or Store Bought..way easier and faster to buy, but cheaper to make yourself. Minimalist Baker has a good homemade recipe.)
*Toppings (I used Sprinkles, Vegan Candy Hearts and Coca Powder, but get as creative as you want!)
*Soak your cashews in boiling water for a minimum of 1 hour. The longer you soak them the more soft they become and less grainy they are within the mousse so if you have the time, the longer the better!!
*Break up the chocolate bar into pieces into a bowl and either microwave to melt in increments of 30 seconds, stirring between to avoid burning or place bowl over boiling water to melt, stirring frequently to keep from burning.
*Once the cashews are softened and some of the water is absorbed, drain the excess water and put the cashews into a food processor or high speed blender with the melted chocolate, dairy free milk, sweetener, coca powder, coconut oil and salt. Blend to combine. Add more milk if the mousse is still a bit grainy or too thick.
*Place mousse into whatever cute serving bowls you have, cover with saran wrap and place into fridge to set for around 2 hours or until ready to serve (I had them in the fridge for an hour and a half and they were perfect).
*Take out of the fridge and scoop the coconut whipped cream onto the top of the mousse and decorate with whatever toppings you choose, have fun with it and be creative especially if you are trying to impress your Valentine! Serve immediately and Enjoy!!
Like I said before, this was a super fun recipe to make and get creative with plus it was also super tasty! Also as I have said, you do not need to limit the mousse to just Valentines, I am already planning what I want to do with it for Easter! I hope that you enjoy this recipe and please let me know in the comments below if you try it out, I would love to hear from you! What are your plans for Valentines?
Hope that you all have a great Valentines Day whatever it is that you end up doing!