Chocolate mousse is sexy. But in this made over recipe from wellness retreat The Oaks at Ojai, chocolate mousse goes seriously aphrodisiac. Why? Because this is a Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse.
How to make a chocolate mousse dairy-free
This recipe not only cuts out dairy but it replaces it with protein-rich tofu. Your body needs protein for sustained energy. This is, of course, important for performing everyday tasks but without enough energy, you’ll never be able to finish your day with the ultimate happy ending.
But tofu makes our list of the 10 Best Foods for Women for additional reasons than just protein. Tofu is a source of several nutrients important to maintaining sexual health. There’s also some thought that phytonutrients in tofu may benefit women’s health in a number of other ways. That’s a lot to offer from a delicious, chocolate dessert. But of course, tofu isn’t the only ingredient in dark chocolate mousse that has something to offer to your health.
The benefits of dark chocolate
Part of what sets this recipe apart from your average chocolate mousse is the use of dark chocolate. Did you know that the darker the chocolate, the higher its aphrodisiac potential? Why? Because the darker the chocolate, the higher the proportion cacao. (There’s also less sugar and dairy in dark chocolate than you’ll find in a creamy bar of milk chocolate.) Incidentally, like tofu, dark chocolate makes our list of the 10 Best Foods for Women.
But many of the benefits of chocolate are great for both men and women. For example, chocolate can cause the body to produce natural opiates in the brain. That’s right, it can actually relax you and potentially improve your mood! Learn more about the aphrodisiac properties of chocolate for both men and women.
The addition of coffee
Lastly, this dark chocolate mousse recipe calls for a kiss of coffee. Coffee is another aphrodisiac ingredient that is known for its ability to elevate mood. And, of course, it adds to the intensity of flavor in this unique dark chocolate mousse recipe. The chef does say that you can modify with decaf, should you happen to be trying to avoid caffeine. But decaf won’t give you the aphrodisiac benefits so I say just go for it. I mean, you’re making a dessert. This isn’t exactly a time to be virtuous. Enjoy!
Recipe for Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse
- 12 oz silken tofu
- 4 oz dark chocolate
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1/2 cup coffee (or decaf)
- 2 tbsp agave
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- fresh berries (optional)
- In a food processor or blender, puree the tofu until smooth.
- Place the chopped chocolate cocoa powder, and coffee in a saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until melted and smooth.
- Remove from heat and mix in the agave and the vanilla. Stir until smooth.
- Add chocolate mixture to tofu and puree until well blended.
- Put in bowl and chill at least two hours.
- To serve, scoop 1/4 cup onto a serving plate or in a sorbet cup and surround with your favorite berries, (optional).
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