This is seriously healthy chocolate mousse with no nasty artificial sweetners just lots of natural, healthy ingredients. You could honestly eat it for breakfast, and indeed I have.
1 serve has only 152 calories, and the serve isn’t modest, but the taste, well… K got his fingers into the bowl to get every last drop.
There are a thousand recipes for healthier chocolate mousse out there, but I think this one might take the cake (figuratively speaking only of course!). The reason this mousse ended up so healthy was somewhat accidental. Many of the recipes I was looking at called for coconut oil which was used to thicken the mix, but K doesn’t like coconut so he suggested agar agar, genius! So he has learnt at least one thing from me in nearly six years.
The result is swapping coconut oil of a few hundred calories to practically none! Overall the whole bowl is 625 calories, but this serves four. This mousse has a third less calories than K’s favourite blueberry yoghurt, so he’s off now for a second helping.
Healthy Chocolate Mousse
Serves 4, 15 minutes
300g silken firm tofu
4 tbs cocoa powder (unsweetened)
4 tbs agave (or sugar)
1 tsp vanilla essence
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp of agar agar powder (available at Asian grocers)
½ cup of water
½ cup of milk (almond, cow, soy, whichever you like)
Place the tofu, cocoa powder, agave, vanilla essence and salt in a bowl (to use a stick blender) or normal blender.
If using a stick blender, carefully mix by hand until the cocoa powder is incorporated or you will get a cloud of cocoa throughout your kitchen. Blend until smooth and there are no remaining lumps of tofu.
To make your agar agar mix, sprinkle the agar agar over half a cup of water, let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir well. Microwave for around a minute to two minutes watching constantly, as soon as it bubbles stop the microwave and stir the mix well to make sure the agar agar is fully dissolved in the water. Slowly mix the agar agar mix into the chocolate mousse, it will start to form some bubbles on top.
Once the agar agar is mixed through the chocolate, incorporate half a cup of milk, or if you want to nearly double the calories you can use cream, which tastes a little better, but not drastically better. You could add liquor, orange rind or some espresso coffee at this point if you like.
Chill the mix which will set the agar agar, then serve.