A while ago I ran across this post from Oh She Glows on making Coconut Whipped Cream. I tried making it a few times with various brands of coconut milk, and discovered my favorite was Trader Joe’s Coconut Creme (although it’s not organic and does have a few additives). I was so impressed with the results that I started thinking about other things I could make this new lactose-free whipped cream creation.
About the same time I fell in love with my new favorite baking essential, Equal Exchange Cocoa Powder. Not only is their cocoa powder fair sourced from small farmers NOT using unfair child labor, but the flavor is unmatched. It’s more chocolatey, darker and richer in flavor than other brands I’ve tried.
I started playing around with the ingredients and came up with this recipe for chocolate mousse. A few simple tricks will help you get the best finished product. The most important factor is the brand of coconut milk you use. Like I mentioned before, I had the best results with the Trader Joe’s Coconut Creme. It produced a thick mousse full of tiny air bubbles, much like traditional chocolate mousse recipes. If you don’t use the ultra high-fat coconut creme you will still end up with a wonderful dessert, but depending on the fat content it may have a more pudding like texture (which my kids LOVE). You cannot use light coconut milk or coconut milks with less than 14 grams of fat per 1/3 cup serving.
Like with most things, quality matters too. For a great flavor, use great chocolate. For solid chocolate I use either Valrhona or Guittard (Both companies have statements claiming their products are free from child labor and use only fair trade practices, but lack a certification process like Equal Exchange.) The darker the solid chocolate you use, the darker the finished product. I have made this with a 60% and a 70% dark chocolate. While the kids preferred the 60%, the adults all agreed that the 70% created a dessert that was really something special.
If you’re watching calories, then this might not be your go-to chocolate mousse. While not vegan, this Cooking Light Chocolate Mousse might be more up your alley. However, if you’re either lactose-intolerant or vegan, then this is your lucky day–your chocolate dream come true. If you just like good chocolate desserts regardless if they are vegan or low-fat then make both and let me know which one you like best (oooh, time for a taste test)! The best thing about this vegan dessert is that you will not miss or care that it is vegan. It tastes like good food, not some sort of special diet. It tastes of chocolate with a rich velvety texture that will leave you wanting more. Enjoy!