Chocolate Mousse…it is one of those rich and delicious desserts that I adore. Unfortunately, it is also full of sugar and we all know that processed sugar is not something that we should be consuming on a daily basis. I love to enjoy a sweet treat more than once a week so I have created a yummy dessert that is creamy, indulgent and tasty.
I am all about enjoying food and not restricting yourself when it comes to eating. I spent most of my life binge eating and then going through the cycle of regret and punishment through intense workouts only to do it again the next day.
These days I view food, my relationship with it and my relationship with my body in a healthy and positive way.
First, I want to go through some of the health benefits in my healthy chocolate mousse.
A lot of people are scared of eating fat in their diets but coconut cream contains MCFA’s (Medium-Chain Fatty Acids) which supply a quick dose of energy to your cells and provide them with the fat burning power they need.
This isn’t to be confused with the maple flavoured syrup, I am talking about pure maple syrup. You might be surprised to learn that maple syrup contains antioxidants that help fight against free radical damage in your body. I prefer to use it in my sweet recipes because I prefer the sweetness and the taste of it.
Cacao is the raw unprocessed form of the cacao bean. I often get asked what the difference is between cacao powder and cocoa powder and it comes down to how processed it is. Cocoa powder is processed which strips it of all the nutrient and antioxidant properties and in some cases sugar and flavours can be added to give it a sweeter taste.
Cacao is high in antioxidants, is great for your skin (anti-ageing) and can aid in weight loss by helping your digestive system. Cacao is not sweet at all, in fact the other day I was making bliss balls with my son and he was keen to try a raw cacao chip. The look on his face was priceless.
Natural Vanilla Extract
Again, you get what you pay for when it comes to health foods. I used to use vanilla flavoured extracts all the time but now I only use the natural one because it is again packed with antioxidants and there is no alcohol added to it.
•2 cans of coconut cream
•¼ cup of maple syrup
•¼ cup of cacao powder (you can use less but I love the rich chocolatey look)
•1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Chill your coconut cream in the fridge for a few hours, this will help the cream part of it set.
You only need the cream part for this recipe so a great tip is to store the liquid in a container in the fridge and use it for another recipe, or a smoothie.
Once you have the cream in a bowl add the remaining ingredients
Beat everything together with an electric mixer until it is all mixed together and looks creamy.
I like to store this in the fridge for a few days as a evening treat with my hubby. He loves it as it is not sickly sweet like a traditional mousse and has a really nice texture.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this recipe