Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse

 

Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse


If you read my previous post documenting my wedding and honeymoon, you probably had a good idea that this post was coming.

While Ben and I were on our honeymoon in Maui, we found a really fantastic Italian restaurant named Matteo’s Osteria. Matteo’s was an incredible dining find with an absolutely AMAZING variety of gluten free, dairy free and vegan menu options. Finding a restaurant that has gluten free options alone is a challenge in itself, but finding an Italian restaurant with the trifecta is absolutely insane. It is so rare, it’s almost like spotting a unicorn.

Matteo’s was so good that Ben and I went on three (yes, three!) separate occasions during our 7 day stay. The close proximity to our resort didn’t hurt, but it was the food that brought us back for more.

While I am not much of a dessert person, I was intrigued by Matteo’s Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse, especially given its’ dairy free, gluten free and vegan friendly ingredients, plus, being a food blogger and all, I have to do my research 😉  Needless to say, the Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse at Matteo’s was so good that we had it 2 out of the 3 times we visited, and we were still craving it when got back home.

While the original contains a blend of cashews, hemp hearts, maca, coconut sugar, cacao and hazelnut essence, I only had cashews, hemp hearts, maca and baking cocoa on hand, so I worked with what I had and improvised where needed.

The end result? It turned out just as good as I remember it tasting, and I may or may not have patted myself on the back for a successful re-creation of this creamy, decadent dish.


Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse


This  Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse is creamy, rich and tastes downright sinful, but its’ ingredients provide a whole host of superfoods that make this recipe a fairly healthy indulgence.

**This recipe is one you need to plan ahead on as you will need to soak your raw cashews for a minimum of 6 hours to soften. The 6 hours is listed in the prep time for the recipe, but the actually recipe only takes about 5-10 minutes to make.**

 
Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6
 

A dairy free, gluten free and vegan friendly chocolate mousse, packed full of superfoods.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw, unsalted cashew halves; soaked for at least 6 hours then drained
  • 3 Tbsp. organic coconut nectar
  • 3 Tbsp. organic baking cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil; melted
  • 4 Tbsp. So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. maca root powder
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, cover your cashews with cool water until fully submerged, and soak for at least 6 hours or until softened.
  2. When finished, drain cashews and pour into a high speed blender (I use my Vitamix).
  3. Add in coconut nectar, baking cocoa, hemp hearts, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of the coconut milk, and blend on high until ingredients are fully blended together.
  4. Turn blender to low speed if possible, and while running, add in the rest of the coconut milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Once finished, do the same with the melted coconut oil.
  6. The mousse should be turning very smooth at this point, with no visible chunks of cashews.
  7. If necessary, use a plastic spatula to remove mousse from the sides of the blender to ensure total smoothness.
  8. When mousse is completely smooth, pour mousse into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.
  9. Place mousse in the refrigerator for about an hour, or until totally chilled, removing only when you are ready to serve.

 

3 comments on Raw Superfood Chocolate Mousse

  1. dina
    August 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm (3 years ago)

    it looks delicious!

    Reply
  2. Sonal
    December 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm (2 years ago)

    i cannot believe I’m finding this recipe! I went to Matteo’s last night & was so impressed by this mouses! I’ve been frantically looking for a recipe to recreate it & then I come across your post! Ha! Serendipity! Thanks so much! Mahalo!

    Reply
    • Danielle
      Danielle
      January 2, 2015 at 4:19 pm (2 years ago)

      What an awesome coincidence! Hope you enjoy!!

      Reply

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