Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse
I’m in love…
With this recipe. I was skeptical about the idea at first (take a look at the ingredients), but I’m completely sold now. It’s one of those freaky sneaky recipes that tastes so scrumptious no one will ever be able to tell it’s vegan and almost guilt-free! I served this mousse to my boyfriend and sneakily waited until he finished eating to tell him it had tofu in it. He looked at me in shock. While eating the mousse he said something along the lines of “I wish I could fill a pool with this and swim in it.” He had no idea this mousse was made from tofu. No one will. Promise.
By the way – to make this dessert 100% vegan be sure to use vegan chocolate wafer cookies (or chocolate graham crackers if you can’t find wafers) when making your cookie crumbs. If you’ve never purchased tofu before, I found it in the alternative refrigerator section of my grocery store – where all the dairy-free and vegan butters and other soy products are.
Taste: The marriage of chocolate and orange is blissful. Fresh yet rich in a way that makes your mouth smile and your eyes close to savor the taste.
Texture: Lusciously thick and smooth, you’d never guess tofu provides the base for this mousse.
Ease: Super easy, way easier than traditional mousse.
Appearance: I love the garnish of extra cookie crumbs and orange zest. This is the perfect chance to use any pretty little glass serving dishes you might have. Mine are miniature trifle dishes from Sur la Table.
Pros: Easy, healthy, wonderfully delicious. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Would I make this again? 100% yes.
Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse
*Note: To make chocolate wafer crumbs, place chocolate wafer cookies (or chocolate graham crackers) in a zip-top bag and crush until fine crumbs form using a rolling pin or mallet. Alternatively, crush in a food processor.
Yield: 5 servings
1 (12.3-ounce) package reduced-fat silken tofu (1 1/2 cups)
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest, plus more for garnish
2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
2/3 cup chocolate wafer crumbs (about 3 ounces)
Puree tofu in a food processor, scraping down the sides as needed, until completely smooth.
In a small bowl combine the chocolate and cocoa powder. Pour boiling water over mixture and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla extract and orange zest. Add the sugar, a little at a time, stirring until completely incorporated and smooth.
Add chocolate mixture to tofu in food processor. Pulse mixture until smooth and completely combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
Layer chocolate mousse and cookie crumbs in dessert dishes. Garnish with a final sprinkle of cookie crumbs and orange zest. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.