Best healthy food in Cape Town – vegan & vegetarian

best healthy food in cape town

Are you looking for the best healthy food in Cape Town while visiting this beautiful city? I summarized my favorite healthy food options, including everything from raw vegan cafés to fitness food restaurants. Have fun with my selection of clean eating places in Cape Town! 

So to start off, South Africa is not really known for it’s cuisine and after having lived here for a couple of months I still have troubles finding traditional restaurants and dishes because there is so much influence here from so many different countries. Healthy food in Cape Town is also still not as established as in other big cities around the world and there are only a handful of restaurants and cafés that I would recommend. One thing I noticed that is really big here are freshly pressed juices! You will find them in almost all restaurants and cafés and its just so healthy and wonderful! 

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As a full time fitness food blogger I sampled my way through the cities restaurant sphere and picked my favorite places to include them for you here in this blog post:

Poke Co.

A new healthy place that is getting more and more popular is Poke Co. They just opened their third location on Kloof Street and I had probably the best Poke Bowl of my life there! I actually built my own Poke bowl, but you can also choose some of the especially designed variations on the menu. You will find stylish interior and surfer vibes at every location. If you are looking for healthy food in Cape Town this is definitely a place you should visit. We spent quite some time talking to Andrew, the owner, who is a very friendly and welcoming guy. At Poke Co you can also get healthy smoothie bowls and delicious fresh pressed juice! They are also on Uber Eats – so if you are too lazy to go there yourself you can also order yourself a healthy poke bowl straight to your apartment. 

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Wildsprout

This concept store is located a bit outside the bustling city center. It is a gluten free, wholefoods Cafè situated in the heart of the suburbs! Wildsprout includes a healthy food store in their restaurant. All the ingredients are locally sourced and partially grown on their own farm outside of Cape Town. This is really a top foodie choice for healthy food in Cape Town. I had the quinoa bowl, which I probably would not order again since it was a bit too bland for my taste. We tried a variety of desserts when we were there and the carrot cake was so delicious!

Wildsprout healthy food cape town

If you are looking for a quiet café away from the noise that is really focused on whole ingredients and sustainable sourcing you should definitely go to Wildsprout. They are really focused on the health aspect and all the meals are wholesome and good for your body! However, solely judging by the taste of the food I would prefer the other places in this blog post. But this is definitely the healthiest one of all!Wildsprout healthy food cape town

Nourish’d

If you are looking for Bali vibes go to Nourish’d. Walking in reminded me of sitting in my favorite beach Café in Canggu. There are a lot of tropical plants all around and the interior gives you so many good picture spots! It has such a nice, chilled atmosphere and you pretty much only see cool, hip and young people walking in and out of that place. 

Nourish'd Cape town healthy
There are two different locations. The one at observatory is much bigger and has a bigger menu choice. I can really recommend you try the rainbow flapjacks. Its a super yummy and fudgy pancake tower. You can also buy raw, vegan Ferrero Rocher balls at Nourish’d, which are mind-blowingly awesome! I actually decided to go for the french toast filled with decadent homemade hazelnut spread. Also very delicious, but very calorie rich at the same time. 

Nourish'd Cape town healthy

Raw and Roxy

This vegan healthy café is pretty new in the city of Cape Town. It offers delicious vegan food, tea creations, fresh juices and smoothies. I was there on a day where I didn’t feel very well I was unfortunately not able to try any of their food. But I enjoyed the warm matcha latte – which was a special creation with mint – and got a big beetroot kickass juice to go! The interior is really nice and I loved the flower arrangement everywhere. It’s quite big and a lovely spot to spend a couple hours chatting over coffee. Speaking of coffee – make sure to try their raw coffee. It’s a blend of different spices and superfoods and simply so dense and delicious.

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I was actually positively surprised because I looked the place up on Instagram before and was a little underwhelmed by the pictures and account in general. So I actually wasn’t sure to expect of it, but was positively surprised when I got there. Its a really nice café and probably one of my favorite spots for healthy food in Cape Town. 

Scheckters Raw 

If you are looking for healthy food in Cape Town going to Scheckters Raw is a must. They are based in Seapoint and have a really nice, chill restaurant. You can choose from a lot of different things on the the menu. I for example ordered zucchini pasta! They are famous for their healthy, vegan pumpkin based donuts. I obviously had to try it and they are really a yummy. Scheckters also has a stand at the Oranjezecht Farmers market at the Waterfront. So you can try their food at the market on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday as well. 

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Just like the other superfood places in Cape Town, they have a big selection of freshly pressed juice! 

The Strangers Club

The Strangers Club is probably my favorite healthy food place in Capetown. It is owned by a 23 year old entrepreneur called Adam, who started with his first business when he was 18. He opened Strangers Club giving local designers a voice and offering them to showcase their products at the restaurant. Its a very cool concept store and the setting is just lovely. It is so hidden I walked by 2 times when I went there the first time. The menu is short but sweet and everything is made fresh. The Nutty smoothie bowl is supposed to be the best in Cape Town! 

Avocado Toast strangers club
Poached Egg on Avocado Toast with Cinnamon Chia Pudding in the background

This was the first café I noticed people coming in with their laptops doing some work from the café. The place was packed and it had a good mix of tourists and locals. Definitely check it out when you are in Capetown. 

More food guides

I really hope you enjoyed this guide on best healthy food in Capetown. There are not as many healthy food places as in other cities, but you can tell they are up and coming. Clean food, vegan options and raw desserts definitely still seems to be quite new to Capetown, but the few places they have a really great! 

Check out my other city food guides for more healthy eateries abroad:

I hope you enjoyed this guide for healthy food in Cape Town!

xoxo, 

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Valentine’s day cookies – love letter recipe

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Adorable Valentine’s day cookies for your sweetheart. These stunning little love letters are the perfect gift for your loved one! It’s a thoughtful token of appreciation on this special day. 

Valentine’s day cookies made out of shortcrust pastry with a twist

If you are a regular visitor of my blog you surely know how much I love easy and fast recipes. This one is especially simple. I used my grandma’s Austrian „Mürbteig“ recipe, which is German for shortcrust pastry. Since I am a fitness food blogger I always try to substitute unhealthy ingredients in recipes with better options. This recipe made it a bit hard for me because the original literally consists of butter, flour and sugar. Basically my worst fitness food enemies all combined in one recipe 😀 

Valentine's day cookies

However, I found a solution to substitute at least parts of this recipe with healthier options. Did you know that there is a calorie free sugar alternative to icing sugar? Have you ever worked with powdered Erythrit? It actually looks like sugar and you can use it exactly the same way without the calories though! Amazing right?! This is the brand I use. Erythrit does not affect your blood sugar levels and therefore is also suitable for diabetics. 

You can substitute the white flour with wholemeal spelt flour or just use the regular one if you want bright cookies. There is unfortunately not really an alternative for the butter in the Valentine’s day cookies recipe. We need it for the consistency. 

Valentine's day cookies

How to make love letter cookies

It is actually very simple once you have the dough. It’s best if you have a big square shaped cookie cutter or you make yourself a template out of paper. Cut a square (about 5cm each side) out of white paper and place it over the dough before cutting. Once you have your square shaped pieces of dough you can look for bottle cap to place in the middle of the dough. Fold the left edge of the square and the right side together over the cap in the middle then place the bottom edge on top of it. Now you should already see the letter shape. If you have a tiny heart cookie cutter you can now cut out a little heart at the top or where the edges in the middle come together. 

Now you can bake them in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. When you take them out immediately remove the bottle cap from the cookie before it cools down. 

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How to fill the Valentine cookies

For the filling I recommend you use red berry jam. I love the color red for Valentines Day. Try to find a jam that has a really red/pinkish color. There are some strawberry jams that look quite brown, which is not the best option for this kind of cookie. You can also fill this cookie with protein cream, nutella or whatever else comes to your mind! Put some more of the powdered Erythrit over it before you serve it and enjoy! 

If you are into cookies you might also want to check out my healthy protein cookie skillet recipe over here

Full recipe recap

Here is the print out recipe for these lovely Valentine’s day cookies for you: 

Valentine's Day Cookies Love Letters

Cute tokens of appreciation for your loved ones!
Gericht Dessert
Keyword valentine cookies, valentine's day
Zubereitungszeit 30 Minuten
Resting Time 30 Minuten
Portionen 12 Love Letters

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Dough

  • 300 g Flour
  • 200 g Butter
  • 100 g Powdered Erythrit Icing Sugar
  • 1 Ei

Filling

  • Red berry jam

Anleitungen

  1. Press a well into the middle of the flour and add the egg and icing sugar/ powdered Erythrit.
  2. Cut the cold butter into small pieces. Knead the cold butter into the mixture until you get a smooth dough.
  3. Form a big ball of dough and wrap in saran wrap before you place it for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  4. Roll the dough out till about 0.5cm thick.
  5. Place a 5x5cm square template or square shaped cookie cutter over the dough and cut squares out of the mass.
  6. Place them on a baking sheet with baking paper. Find a bottle cap to place in the middle of the cookie.
  7. Fold the left and the right edge together in the middle over the bottle cap. (not plastic!! - glass, metal or aluminium)
  8. Fold the bottom edge up over the middle.
  9. If you have a little heart cookie cutter, cut a small heart out in the top edge.
  10. Bake at 180 degrees for 10 minutes and immediate remove the cap.
  11. Once cold fill with red berry jam and sprinkle with more powdered sugar.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. By the way it if you want to add a little spice to it you can check out this CBD hemp version of the recipe – for the extra Valentine mood. 

Valentine cookies

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Cashew cheesecake with pink pitaya

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Take a moment and think of biting into smooth and creamy cashew cream in the shades of baby pink with a crunchy crust. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Yes? Well then, I recommend you go and make this raw vegan cashew cheesecake to experience the deliciousness of this plant-based dessert yourself!

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Natural food coloring – pink pitaya

I think by now we all know how amazing pink pitaya or the “dragon fruit” is. It is such a powerful natural food coloring and is filled with vitamin C and antioxidants. It is the only thing I use now to color my food and tint it into the most wonderful shades of pink.

The first time I discovered dragon fruit was actually on my travels through Indonesia 12 years ago with my family. We took a boat trip with a local guide and for lunch on the water he brought some of these vibrant pink fruits, cut them open for us and I remember just being so amazed and astonished by the vivid color of the flesh of the fruit. That was in 2008 when the term “superfood” was still unheard of and a lot of tropical fruit not yet sold in Austrian supermarkets.

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Last year I came back to Indonesia and spent 2 months working and living in Bali, where I got to explore the local food scene in much greater detail this time. Pink Pitaya was still used in almost every restaurant and sold on every market. So I started to make a lot of recipes with it myself, like this raw vegan cheesecake that I am sharing with you now!

By itself pink pitaya is actually very neutral tasting. Don’t try making pink pitaya shakes just out of the dragon fruit itself – it won’t taste great. It doesn’t have a lot of flavor on its own, which is also awesome as it simply lends its color to the meals you add it to. The more you use of it the deeper pink to almost purple it will get. If you only use a bit you will get soft shades of baby pink! Be careful not to get it into your clothes though. The color is quite hard to get out.

There is also a white dragon fruit. It obviously has less qualities as food coloring and tastes very neutral as well. However, it looks great if you use it for decoration. I love to cut little stars or hearts out and put them as a topping on my nicecream bowls. A guaranteed wow effect!

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Healthy raw vegan cashew cheesecake

The pink cashew cheesecake is probably one of the easiest recipes you will ever make. It is raw – which means you don’t even have to bake this cake, so no need for an oven.

This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients, but a little waiting time. Dates and cashews need to soak and the finished cake needs to set in the freezer. This raw vegan cheesecake with pink pitaya is made up of two layer. The date and almond crust and the pink cashew cream filling.

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I like to substitute sugar for Erythrit as it is a natural sugar alternative without calories. If you don’t have this at home feel free to use whatever sweetener you prefer or fits your dietary needs.

So lets have a more detailed look at the recipe and what you need for this raw vegan cheesecake:

Cashew Cream Cheesecake

Smooth pink cashew cream with a crunchy crust!
Gericht Dessert
Keyword pink pitaya cheesecake, raw vegan cheesecake
Zubereitungszeit 45 Minuten
Resting time 7 Stunden
Portionen 8

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Filling

  • 200 g cashews
  • 1 / 2 tbsp pink pitaya alternatively powder is also possible
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp xylitol

Crust

  • 100 g dates
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 80 g oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp xylitol

Anleitungen

  1. Cover the dates and the cashews in two different bowls with water overnight and let them soak.
  2. Strain the next day and drain.
  3. Mix all ingredients well for the crust and press on the bottom of a small round silicone mold.

  4. The crust should be about 1/2 cm thick and can go a bit further up at the edge.

  5. Puree the cashews with the pink pitaya, coconut milk and sweetener for the filling.
  6. The mass should be as fine as possible. If you use pink pitaya powder you will probably need a little more coconut milk.
  7. Put the filling on the crust and then best freeze the silicone mold.

  8. Before slicing, flip the cake out of the mold and wait 10 minutes until you can cut it perfectly into pieces.

  9. It should then be eaten relatively quickly because it collapses when exposed to room temperature for a long time.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

Once you take it out of the freezer and let it thaw you should serve it quite quickly.

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More recipes for the raw, vegan fans out there

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Healthy avocado brownies – sugar-free, no flour or butter

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Healthy chocolate brownies made out of avocado! Who would have thought to put avocado in brownies? Well, if you haven’t tried it yet you should give this avocado brownies a go. Each bite is super fudgy, comforting and yummy. This recipe doesn’t use any sugar, flour or butter, which makes it a true fitness recipe! 

Avocado is a true superfood

With avocados you would probably not immediately think of brownies, but whoever will try this brilliant combination is guaranteed to become a fan of it. Avocado is usually known for its savory dishes such as salad bowls, spreads or guacamole. However, avocado is actually very neutral regarding its taste and therefore can be also used for desserts.  Avocado mousse is particularly popular, but it can also be used for decadent chocolate avocado brownies, like in my recipe. The avocado is a true super fruit and contains a lot of healthy, unsaturated fatty acids and delivers the body a good amount of energy. 

Fun fact: Did you know that the perennial avocado tree belongs to the laurel family and thus its fruits are assigned to the berries? So basically it means that the avocado is not a vegetable, as many might thing, but rather a fruit! So why not make a yummy dessert with it?

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According to my research scientific research even proves the health effects of avocados. They are known to very nutritious and have a crazy amount of nutrients like vitamins, potassium and folate. Avocados are high in fiber which can help with weight loss and metabolic health. Their antioxidants are said to be able to support eye protection and last but not least I have found out that avocados can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body, which your blood levels can benefit from. If all of this is 100% true I am not an expert enough to say, but I believe that incorporating fresh fruit and veggies into your daily diet is definitely a good thing! 🙂 

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The inspiration for this recipe

Last year I traveled through Panama for a whole month. A country full of avocados and cocoa plantations. I wanted to implement this recipe for a long time because it simply combines both ingredients perfectly into chocolatey fitness brownies. I actually get a lot of inspiration for my healthy fitness recipes while traveling. Exploring new cultures and different cuisines always sparks my interest in new foods and I like to try new innovative recipes with local ingredients. 

Check out these unique recipes I created due to my travels abroad: 

Avocado brownies recipe

Now let’s jump into the recipe. It is actually fairly easy. You simply mix all the wet ingredients together first and then add the dry ingredients. Regarding equipment you will need a blender and baking mold. 

Fudgy brownies with no added sugar

I always try to keep my recipes as simply as possible and this one will only take you a couple of minutes to prepare and 25 minutes in the oven. I try to make my recipes as healthy as possible and didn’t use any regular flour, butter or sugar for this one. If you like you can add an extra scoop of protein to make the macros of this recipe even better! 

The recipe is leaning towards a low carb and keto brownie recipe since we are not using traditional flour and sugar. You can make it even more low carb/keto, by exchanging the honey with Erythrit. 

Healthy avocado brownies

Fudgy brownies with a very special ingredient!
Gericht Dessert
Keyword avocado brownies, healthy brownies, low carb brownies
Vorbereitungszeit 15 Minuten
Baking time 25 Minuten
Portionen 10

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  • 1 tbsp large avocado
  • 2 tbsp eggs
  • 30 g coconut blossom sugar
  • 50 g honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 30 g raw cocoa powder
  • 70 g almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 140 g dark chocolate

Anleitungen

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, stir the eggs with the coconut blossom sugar and honey until creamy.
  3. Puree the avocado together with the peanut butter using a hand blender. Now add the coconut oil and egg to the mixture.

  4. Mix together almond flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder in a second bowl.
  5. Now fold the dry ingredients slowly into the moist mass.
  6. Roughly chop two bars of dark chocolate and stir into the mixture.
  7. Transfer the dough into a silicone baking dish and bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes.
  8. Only cut into pieces when the brownies have cooled down.

Rezept-Anmerkungen

At best, eat the brownies as soon as possible, because they will dry out fairly quick!

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Jackfruit pulled pork from scratch – vegan

vegan Jackfruit pulled pork wrap

The first time I tried jackfruit pulled pork was in Indonesia. During my two months in Bali, which is probably the food capital of the world, I learnt to love this amazing vegan meat substitute. The consistency is so authentic and you can barely tell a difference in taste. Just looking at it without knowing would be hard to tell wether its real meat or not. It really fascinated me since it was so delicious and so I decided to try it myself.

Making pulled jackfruit from scratch

When making pulled jackfruit there are a couple very important things to know. I had to make this recipe a couple of times in order to really get it right.

Here is my quick jackfruit story:

Here in Bali are so many jackfruit trees and I kept seeing them on the markets and on trees. So, one day I decided to buy a package of jackfruit and wanted to make pulled jackfruit wraps at home for dinner. What I didn’t know is that you are only supposed to use green, young jackfruit for this kind of recipe. I had bought the sweet, ripe fruit in the supermarket. After two bites of my wrap I had to put it aside as it simply tasted so sweet and did not really match the taste of the other ingredients.I didn’t want to give up on the project just yet though! So I talked to our Indonesian house keepers and they started laughing and told me that I used the wrong kind of jackfruit. It’s like using green banana for banana bread – just the opposite way around! 

Green jackfruit & Oil

They showed me a jackfruit tree right outside of our apartment and were kind enough to cut a small, young one down for me. Here I was again with my green jackfruit on a mission to make my vegan pulled pork yet again! I was told to put oil on the knife when cutting the jackfruit open, which obviously I forgot to do and ended up with super sticky fingers and a sticky knife. The jackfruit produces some kind of natural glue and it is so hard to get off. In the end I had to wash my hands with sunflower oil to get the glue off. 

Once you managed to cut the huge fruit open you need to cut off the peel and chop it into smaller pieces. Then cook them for about 30 minutes. After that you can finally pull the strings from the fruit and end up with your jackfruit pulled meat! 

vegan Jackfruit pulled pork

Where to buy green jackfruit?

So you see it was quite a journey to get to the final product. Therefore, if you want to make your life a whole lot easier I recently just found out that you can also buy cooked green jackfruit in Asian supermarkets and also online! But in this blog post I wanted to teach you how it is done by scratch with your own real jackfruit. It is a fun experiment and if you ever get the chance to try it, totally go for it!

The taste of jackfruit meat

Once you have it everything becomes much easier. You might want to know what does jackfruit meat taste like? The jackfruit „meat“ itself tastes very neutral and will absorb just any flavor you put on it. That is why marinating the jackfruit is the most important part. You will want to make sure to use it with a tasty salsa or sauce. And please make sure you are working with a young, green jackfruit.

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Marinated jackfruit vs. plain jackfruit

Most people use it for vegan bbq jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches or burritos. For this blog post I made wraps with some leftover veggies I still had at home. But no matter what you use it for as long as you marinate it really well it will taste amazing on everything. Here in Bali I have seen it as a topping on Poke Bowls, in burgers and on salads. 

Pulled jackfruit wraps

Below you find the recipe for making pulled jackfruit from scratch and marinating the fake meat. 

Pulled jackfruit wraps

The perfect vegan alternative for pulled pork.

Gericht Main Course
Keyword jackfruit pulled pork, pulled jackfruit, vegan meat
Vorbereitungszeit 1 Stunde
Zubereitungszeit 15 Minuten
Portionen 6 Personen
Autor Carina Berry

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Pulled jackfruit

  • 1 small young, green jackfruit or 1 can green jackfruit in water
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 dash of salt and pepper

For the wraps

  • 6 pcs tortilla wraps
  • 1 small can sweet corn
  • 2 pcs tomato
  • 200 g of Hokaido pumpkin
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro
  • 50 g chopped cashews

Anleitungen

  1. Put oil on a knife and cut the young, green jackfruit in half. Use more oil to cut off the peel and into smaller pieces.

  2. Boil the jackfruit until tender. This should take around 30 minutes.

  3. Rinse with cold water and shred with your fingers or a fork. This is where you also start the recipe using canned jackfruit.

  4. In a pan let the jackfruit meat simmer together with the coconut milk, chopped garlic and spices. Stir for 5 minutes occasionally.

  5. In the meantime you can chop the tomatoes, cilantro and pumpkin for the filling.

  6. Fry the pumpkin pieces until well done and put them together with the pulled jackfruit and the other ingredients as a filling in the wrap.

If you make this recipe….

I am really curious to hear what you guys think of this recipe. In case you try making jackfruit pulled pork yourself, please come back here and share your experience in the comments with me. 

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The best healthy vegan chocolate mousse (with Aquafaba)

Aquafaba vegan chocolate mousse

Looking for a healthy alternative to regular mousse au chocolat? Why not try this healthy vegan chocolate mousse then! It is made with Aquafaba – the new trend in the vegan cuisine and besides being vegan it will also safe you a lot of calories as well! Add a dash of cinnamon and you will have your perfect Christmas dessert!

What is Aquafaba?

Who would have ever thought that you can turn the thick leftover water from beans or chickpeas into a vegan form of egg whites ?! Ever since I’ve tried it though, I’m a big fan of it. It’s so incredibly easy, vegan, raw, gluten-free and low in calories. Like this you will never need to throw away the cooking water in the cans again, but rather use it for amazing mousse au chocolat! 

In vegan circles Aquafaba is handled as a protein substitute. When cooking the legumes, the starch and the soluble proteins and other substances pass into the cooking water. For this reason, when whisking the cooking water of legumes like beans or chickpeas, it gets a similar fluffy and foamy consistency as egg white. 

Aquafaba vegan chocolate mousse

Tips for preparation

  • When I tried to make Aquafaba Mousse for the first time, I made the mistake of only whipping the liquid for 2-4 minutes. At first glance, everything looked very firm, but then quickly collapsed and became liquid again. It is important that you whip the mousse for at least 10 minutes. Best if you do it with a food processor. It is really not possible to  „overmix“ it, like with egg whites.
  • For the best result, you can let the vegan chocolate mousse rest in the fridge for a few hours. Then you can decorate it wonderfully as the surface will be hard enough to put toppings on it. 
  • Chocolate: the darker the chocolate the less carbs and sugar it will have. I love to use anything above 70% for this vegan chocolate mousse.

Aquafaba vegan chocolate mousse

Aquafaba Variations

The simplest and most basic Aquafaba recipe is just whisking the boiling water of beans / chickpeas and then adding some kind of sweetener. Instead of sugar, I like to use xylitol or erythitol, because I can save some extra calories that way. After that you can decide for yourself which flavor you want to give your mousse. Fruity, sweet or chocolaty?

Since I am writing this blog post at the end of November and Christmas season is coming up, why not add a dash of gingerbread spice or at least some cinnamon to the vegan chocolate mousse to make it more christmassy? Yes, its that easy! 🙂 

In the summer time you can make this recipe with fresh raspberries or blackberries. It gives the mousse a beautiful bright pink and purple color. Check out my berry mousse here

Does it taste like chickpeas?

There are certainly some of you wondering now whether the finished dessert tastes like chickpeas or beans since we used the draining water of them to make the mousse. Personally, I do not think so. If you wouldn’t know, you would probably think it’s just like any other delicious dessert mousse.
Of course, the Aquafaba mousse has a slightly different taste than 100% neutral egg whites, but by no means a negative one. It just tastes a little different. That’s why it’s important that you sweeten the mousse and add a different flavor through the chocolate.

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Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse

A vegan alternative for mousse au chocolat!

Gericht Dessert
Zubereitungszeit 10 Minuten
Portionen 6

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  • 240 ml Aqufaba chickpea water - the leftover water when draining chick peas from a can
  • 120 g dark vegan chocolate 80%
  • 3 tbsp Xylit or Erythrit
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Anleitungen

  1. Drain the chickpeas from its water and you will get the Aquafaba.
  2. With an electric mixer beat the Aquafaba water until whipped and stiff peaks form.
  3. This should take around 7-10 minutes. Make sure you really beat it that long, otherwise the the mousse will not last long.
  4. Add the sweetener of your choice (Xylit or Erythrit).
  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and whisk with a small spoon until all the chunks have fully dissolved. Add the cinnamon. Mix the chocolate into the mousse and fill into small glasses. Allow the mousse to set for 3 hours in the fridge.
  6. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles and enjoy!

In case you speak German you can also check out my Aquafaba berry mousse, which is pretty similar to this recipe, just with berries instead of chocolate. If you are looking for more vegan recipes head over to my favorite vegan and raw caramel slices

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