05 January 2011

Sin-Free Chocolate Mousse

An indulgent chocolate mousse that is sneakily healthy as well as divinely chocolatey. The perfect treat for January after all the indulgences of Christmas and new year. The perfect treat for kids too. They'll never figure out it's super healthy. www.tinnedtomatoes.com

It's rich, creamy and ever so chocolatey.

The healthy bit

It's low fat and has very little sugar (just natural sugar in fruit). It's also very good for you. High in protein, B vitamins, calcium, iron and antioxidants. Sounds too good to be true doesn't it? It's also gluten-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Only 126 calories per portion if you skip the agave or honey which I don't usually add. The banana makes it sweet enough, although my husband has a very sweet tooth.

What better way to start the New Year than by throwing together this quick and easy dessert. Healthy and delicious!

Where did I find such a sumptuous looking dish you may ask?

It's a mousse I make for my wee one. I starting experimenting with it when I was weaning him. I have always given him dessert as part of a meal. There is no bargaining with it in this house. That just backs up the impression that a main meal is a chore to be worked through and dessert is a treat. It's a bad road to go down. Best to accept sometimes wee ones aren't hungry and to remember that they actually have small stomachs, something we sometimes forget.

For adults?

This chocolate mousse is simplicity itself. Bananas, silken tofu and dark cocoa powder all blended up into a heavenly dessert which you can top with whipped cream or coconut cream and sprinkles for a glorious finish, I usually just grate a square of really dark chocolate over it. It's a great dinner party dessert for adults, but kids love it too.


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Sin-Free Chocolate Mousse
An indulgent chocolate mousse that is sneakily healthy as well as divinely chocolatey. The perfect treat for January after all the indulgences of Christmas and new year. The perfect treat for kids too. They'll never figure out it's super healthy.

Ingredients
  • 249g box Silken Tofu
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • a generous squirt agave nectar or squeezy honey (optional)
Instructions

1. Drain the tofu and pop into a blender.
2. Peel the bananas and pop them into the blender too with the cocoa powder and agave.
3. Whizz until smooth. 
4. Pour into 4 small glassses or dessert jars and chill until needed.
5. Top with grated chocolate or whipped cream (dairy or coconut milk for a dairy free option)
6. Enjoy!

Details
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Yield: Makes 4 chocolate mousse





This chocolate mousse is suitable from 10 months to adults.

How to make coconut cream

Pop a tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. The solids and liquids will separate. Pour out the liquid and whisk the remaining coconut cream with a hand blender until you have the consistency of thick double cream. It can be sweetened by adding some icing sugar while whisking.

30 comments:

  1. OH YUM Jacqueline. Don't mind if I do!

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  2. Oh, this is almost exactly a recipe I use -- I have done it in a graham cracker crust (digestive biscuits are close enough) and I've also played with silken tofu and coconut milk... yum. (Of course, it gets progressively LESS healthy once you start adding all of that. Um! Back to bananas, then, yes?)

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  3. Me too Sarah, I have to check and make sure it is just right before giving it to Cooper. hehe :D

    Oh, nice ideas Tanita, coconut sounds lovely, in fact it would be good sprinkled over this mousse. Will have to get my thinking cap on for more ideas :)

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  4. OH WOW....how can you not make this!!

    Grogeous.... and I have all the ingredients in the cupboard...bye!!

    Sue xx

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  5. It's the right time of year for sin-free Chele, after the Christmas indulgencies, isn't it?

    Hope you enjoy it Sue:)

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  6. What an interesting recipe! I love chocolate and banana together so would be sure to love it even if designed for someone a little younger!

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  7. This sounds interesting - I'm sure Rory would like...and mummy too

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  8. Sounds wonderful. But where do you get hold of silken tofu, I've never managed to find it?

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  9. Now, if we can move you on to the solid form of Tofu. Just you wait....

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  10. I'm going to try this with my little granddaughter. (Actually, the granddaughter is just an excuse. ;] )

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  11. Think this recipe will launch my relationship with tofu!!!

    Thanks :-}

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  12. I think it is ageless Antonia :)

    I am sure he would Beth :)

    I can't remember where I picked it up Choclette, but we have a Chinese supermarket that stocks a huge range of tofu, so it might have been there, although I have a funny feeling it was Tesco.

    Hey, I have it now and again in a stir fry David, I am better than I used to be x

    I can just imagine her chocolatey smile right now Andrea. She is so cute, she can carry it off :)

    Yay Brownieville Girl, hope you enjoy it :)

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  13. A am all for being sin-free:D Looks delish Jacqueline!

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  14. now this is very tempting - wish I had had this recipe when I bought that banana that Sylvia refused last week! I am sure she would love it as much as me - I try to keep her away from chocolate but when she gets near it nothing gets between her and chocolate! Sounds like an excellent book - glad cooper is a fan of your cooking

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  15. What a relief that this is "sin free." I adore chocolate mousse, but indulge in it rarely. Now I can! I can't belive the ingredient list..very unsual. It looks perfect though

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  16. wow...a mouse made with tofu and bananas! sounds amazing and sure is guilt free. i could feed this to my 14 moth old too..!

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  17. Wow, sinful and egg less too! Love the chocolaty flavor.

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  18. I love this.

    You can do something similar with avocado too.

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  19. This really is an inspired recipe! I've seen choc-tofu mousse before, but never with banana. I bet the fruit adds just the right amount of sweetness and creamy texture--I feel as if I could eat a big bowl of this right now (but will refrain) ;)

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  20. I have a sinful mousse recipe that is a big hit but I am ready to go sin-free!! It can't get easier than this to satisfy that sweet tooth!

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  21. That looks astonishingly good, I can't believe it's a baby recipe. Lucky child!

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  22. This is DEFINITELY going on the to-make list. Especially as I have all of the ingredients on hand. I could also see whizzing this up with a few ice cubes - kinda smoothie style.

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  23. A lovely chocolately mousse! Looks indeed fantastic!

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  24. after reading what's not in this mousse I was scratching my head pondering what ingredients were left. What a surprise. Sounds like a brilliant book. Thanks for sharing :o)

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  25. Love the sound of this recipe! I've been meaning to try a tofu chocolate mousse.

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  27. This sounds fabulous. I don't often use tofu but it's a genius idea to use the silken version in a mousse. I feel lots of experimenting coming on - thanks for this great tip! :-)

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  28. This is lovely! I don't really cook with tofu as my husband's not a fan, but I saw this on your blog and thought it would be a great pudding for my one year old, without worrying it had loads of sugar in it. She's a massive fan of bananas so I'm hoping it goes down well. My husband, on the other hand, doesn't like bananas either! Is there a substitute for the bananas as I reckon I could get the tofu past him on this one!?

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