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Friday, February 11, 2011

chocolate mousse

growing up in a greek family we were always traveling somewhere to see family...and on our way we always stopped to see more family. i think i was in about second grade on this particular vacation in new york when we went to an upscale restaurant with my cousins for dinner. never being shy about ordering dessert, i decided to give this strange sounding thing, "chocolate mousse" a try. it came to me in a martini glass with dark chocolate shavings on the top. and thus, my love affair with sweet creamy desserts began. accustomed to eating desserts like my grandma's homemade pies or harvey wallbanger cakes (look it up kids!), i had never had anything like this before! the decadence! the smoothness! the chocolateyness! over the years, this bond with sweet creamy desserts would grow even deeper as i watched my dad and his greek mustache devour endless lines of gallatoboureko (a sweet creamy greek pastry) and any other sweet creams he could get his hands on. so imagine my delight the first time i tasted a nourishing raw chocolate mousse....

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

i originally found this recipe at heather pace's incredible raw blog, sweetly raw. i took her recipe and changed around a few things to suite me and this is what i got. behold...the answer to your problems. ok probably not, but this will help you think about better things for a while;)

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
1 avocado
3/4 c macadamia nuts, soaked for four hours
1/2 c water
1/2 c honey
1/3 c plus 4 tbs cocoa
1/4 c plus 1 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt

* drain and rinse the macadamia nuts. place all ingredients in the blender except for the coconut oil and blend until smooth.

*add the oil and blend again.

*pour into individual serving dishes and chill for at least an hour (this made four servings)


top your desserts with valentiney things like strawberries or chopped nuts for crunchiness. 
walnuts were heavenly;)


the texture is just how i remembered it that fateful day in second grade...creamy, smooth, slightly firm and for lack of better words, moussey.






6 comments:

  1. Oh yeah I don't mind a bit of raw chocolate mouse action myself. I make one with a little bit of orange juice or extract in it too. Pure decadence!

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  2. Beautiful, just beautiful! So decadent. Thanks for sharing.
    Peace & Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

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  3. Hey I have an idea.... u and Mel should come up with a healthy Harvey wallbanger cake, and I will be the judge if its really as good as the traditional cake!!!

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  4. These pics are gorgeous and jumping out at me! Your're right, this will solve all my problems :)

    -Melanie

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  5. im up for that harvey wallbanger challenge...it sounds glorious

    girl on raw:thanks for the tip. that sounds awesome!

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  6. That looks fabulous rawsome goddess!!! So do your cannolis!!!

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