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.
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.
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.
Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse
A vegan alternative for mousse au chocolat!
- 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
- Drain the chickpeas from its water and you will get the Aquafaba.
- With an electric mixer beat the Aquafaba water until whipped and stiff peaks form.
- This should take around 7-10 minutes. Make sure you really beat it that long, otherwise the the mousse will not last long.
- Add the sweetener of your choice (Xylit or Erythrit).
- 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.
- 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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