I created this tofu chocolate mousse recipe when I was pregnant with my first child. I wanted chocolate and I wanted something really sweet and I wanted it in lieu of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But as anyone who has been pregnant (and anyone with common sense) knows, nutrition is of utmost importance when you’re eating for two.
An (almost) healthy cure for chocolate cravings
So rather than shoveling cookies to feed my seemingly endless appetite, I worked on a recipe that offered at least a semblance of nutrition. This creamy, rich, dairy-free mousse recipe was the answer.
It’s since become one of my favorite chocolatey treats because of its smooth, creamy texture and satisfyingly rich, chocolate flavor. A balanced dessert, it’s not too sweet. But the addition of protein-rich tofu, one of our 10 Best Foods for Women, makes it practically a health food. (At least, it is in my mind!)
Firm tofu dessert recipes
For this dessert recipe, I use firm tofu as opposed to silken.
Firm block tofu is the type you commonly find in savory recipes. It is a durable tofu, easy to cube and to stir fry. But it is less commonly used in desserts. (The Kitchn has an interesting guide to the types of tofu if you’re interested in learning more.)
But silken tofu has a silky texture and more moisture. It is about as fragile as a poached egg and it falls apart easily. Although I sometimes use it to make a chocolate tofu pudding, I do not like using for a mousse because I find this style of tofu makes the mixture too soft and wet.
I love the thick, substantive texture the firm tofu gives the mousse to help showcase the faintly bitter richness of dark chocolate. (And it should go without saying that chocolate is one of the world’ s greatest aphrodisiacs. Here’s some information on why chocolate is an effective aphrodisiac food.)
This mousse recipe doesn’t have the etherial quality of a cream-based mousse but it feels fluffier than pudding. However, it does get stiff when you refrigerate it.
If you don’t like your chocolate mousse quite this thick, you can try firm silken tofu instead.
Equipment needed to make this dairy-free chocolate mousse
My chocolate mousse recipe calls for a couple of pieces of equipment you probably already have. But you’ll want to double check before you start.
- Food processor or good blender
- Double boiler
I usually use my Vitamix to blend this dark chocolate tofu mousse. But you can also use a food processor.
If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a metal bowl set into a saucepan. Just make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water in the pan.
Tofu chocolate mousse serving tips
I recommend letting this dark chocolate tofu mousse warm up to room temperature before serving for the optimal, creamy and sensual texture.
And if you appreciate a textural contrast, try serving the mousse with about half a cup of your favorite berries per serving dish.
Top this tofu mousse with berries
I like to serve with this dark chocolate mousse with raspberries. But the mousse’s rich chocolate flavor also compliments the mild sweetness of strawberries and the bright, tart punch of blackberries.
For even more layers of texture, top with a small dollop of fresh whipped cream, or your favorite dairy-free alternative.
To make a vegan chocolate mousse
It’s easy to make a vegan version of this Chocolate Mousse recipe.
Everything else in this chocolate mousse recipe is vegan. So enjoy.
Easy Dark Chocolate Tofu Mousse
- 1 14 oz package firm tofu drained
- 4 oz roughly chopped dark chocolate I like Trader Joe’s 72% blocks
- 4 oz roughly chopped milk chocolate again, I love Trader Joe's
- 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- In a food processor, mix the tofu until completely smooth (I use my vitamix).
- In a double boiler, gently heat the chocolate until completely melted, then remove from heat.
- Warm the soy milk slightly and stir in the cocoa. Add it to the melted chocolate and stir to mix.
- Combine the chocolate mixture with the pureed tofu in the food processor and process for about 2 minutes, until completely combined and light in texture.
- Store in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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