I tried out a few vegan chocolate mousse recipes before settling on this as my favourite. I posted up some of my early successes onto social media and had a flurry of friends asking for the recipe, so I thought it was important to do my research and get this right before blogging my official version. The ingredients are simple, and there is no waste as they are commonly sold in these quantities. (in the UK anyway) I have gotten rid of the added refined sugar, and I love the way the brandy and maple syrup compliment each other. Some recipes called for extra cocoa powder, which to me made the mousse far too intense (what with the brandy too) so this one is a bit lighter.
This recipe is infinitely adaptable. By using good quality flavoured chocolate and a variety of liqueurs: such as Green and Blacks Maya Gold with cointreau, for a spicy orange warmth; or Montezuma’s Sea Dog with vodka(!?) for a sharp citrus tang; or Divine dark chocolate with raspberries and creme de cassis, for a deep ‘black forest’ berry flavour – you can easily make a unique flavoured chocolate mousse – but the classic combination of dark chocolate and brandy is my all time favourite.
300g silken tofu (£1.85)
100g of dark chocolate (£2)
2 tbsp of plant milk (2p)
2 tbsp of brandy (50p)
2 tbsp of maple syrup (50p)
Simply melt the chocolate in a bowl over boiling water, with the milk, brandy and maple syrup. Once the chocolate is liquid, remove it from the heat, add the whole block of tofu and process with a stick blender, scraping the dark chocolate from the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula. Once it’s combined, continue to blend it for another minute or so, to get a light airy texture, then pour it into ramekins or teacups and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours to set. That’s it!
This is so easy to make, it takes only 5 minutes to put together and a little will power while it’s setting in the fridge. The resulting texture is light and creamy and luxurious to eat, just as a good chocolate mousse should be. And even with the best organic ingredients, each portion only comes to £1.21.