Friday, February 12, 2016

Vegan Valentine--Chocolate Coconut Mousse

No, I'm not a vegan. But I have deep, passionate feelings for coconut cream/milk. What better inspiration for Valentine's Day than some good food love. If you are vegan or just a lover of creamy coconut, then this is the perfect food for you on the day of love and chocolate (or any other day).

This mousse is also super simple and comes together extremely quickly.

Chocolate Coconut Mousse
adapted from Cafe Delights
Makes 4 small (shot sized) servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Coconut milk: 1.90, sugar: .05, cocoa: .10, dark chocolate: .45

Note: You'll notice there's a big range with the amount of sugar for these. The original recipe called for the small amount. This leaves you with a mousse that has barely any sweetness at all. That totally works for some people--they just want the creamy, coconuty flavor of this mousse. However, if you're expecting/wanting the more traditional sweetness of a more traditional mousse, then you'll need to use more sugar. So mix in and taste as you go, then decide how sweet you want it. The chocolate shavings will add a bit of sweetness, but not a significant amount.

1 can coconut cream or coconut milk (just the thick creamy parts)
1-4 Tbsp powdered sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 oz dark chocolate, chopped or shaved (optional)

Whip the coconut cream (or the thick part of your coconut milk) in a bowl. Add the cocoa powder, then the milk.

Chop your dark chocolate and then fold it in.


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