This delicious chocolatey goodness comes from combining many other vegan chocolate mousse recipes. Over time, this is what I came up with! This mousse is easy to prepare, totally decadent, and has some amazing health benefits!
Some insights on nourishment in this yummy mousse:
The use of dates in this recipe as an unrefined natural sweetener is a decadent alternative to traditional refined sugars and the coconut cream replaces the dairy without sacrificing any richness. It's really just so good.
The unsweetened cacao/cocoa powder elevates this divine dessert by providing an excellent source of magnesium and a good source of non-heme (plant-based) iron (1), (2). Magnesium is involved in something like 300 functions for optimal health including muscle and nerve function, blood pressure regulation and heart health, building proteins in the body, blood sugar management, and strong bones (3). Iron is vital for blood health, helps supply oxygen to the body, and supports tissue and muscle health. Adequate iron intake is imperative for preventing anemia and fatigue, promoting physical growth, and neurological development (4). In addition, cacao powder also contains flavanols which are antioxidants associated with improved cardiovascular health (5), (6).
Here, I have used organic cacao powder. However, it will also work with regular cocoa powder (unsweetened). Cinnamon is also a wonderful addition adding aroma, a warming flavor, and may help lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity (7), (8).
Number of servings: 8-9
Serving size: 1/4 - 1/2 cup
Optional Toppings ideas:
*Cacao vs. Cocoa powder: Both products start out from the same bean and are dried and fermented. However, cocoa gets roasted and often sugar and fat are added to make chocolate. Alternatively, cacao receives no additional heat processing, is cold-pressed preserving enzymes, and is typically left unsweetened. Cacao is thus minimally processed and commonly referred to as “raw”. You may also hear this product referred to as “vegan chocolate” (9), (10). Here are 2 cacao brands to try: NOW Foods & Navitas organic cacao powder.
1. Nutritionvalue.org - Cocoa - unsweetened.
2. Navitas Organic Cacao Powder.
3. National Institutes of Health - Office of Dietary Supplements - Magnesium.
4. National Institutes of Health - Office of Dietary Supplements - Iron.
5. Katz, David L., Doughty, Kim, and Ali, Ather. (2011, November). Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease.
6. Keen, Carl, Holt, Roberta R., Oteiza, Patricia I., Fraga, Cesar, and Schmitz, Harold H. (2005, January). Cocoa antioxidants and cardiovascular health.
7. Khan, Alam, PHD, Safdar, Mahpara, MS, Khan, Mohammad Muzaffar Ali, MS, PHD, Khattak, Khan Nawaz, MS, and Anderson, Richard A, PHD. (2003, December). Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes.
8. Diabetes.co.uk Editor. (2019, January). Cinnamon and Diabetes.
9. Murray, Jennifer. (2019, September). The Spruce Eats. The Difference between Cocoa and Cacao.
10. Murray, Jennifer (2018, September) The Spruce Eats. What is Raw Cacao?
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