Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse

August 20, 2014

Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse

I bought The Kinfolk Table almost a year ago and still pull it out whenever I’m lacking inspiration.
It’s a special book, because it is not your modern day cookbook.
The pages do not go between recipe and food photos.
There are people (chefs, musicians, writers, editors, bakers) sharing their stories, their houses, their food, their ideas.
The recipes are all personal, effortless and approachable.
The kind of food that goes through people’s kitchen routinely, not recipes written with the sole intention of writing recipes.
Recipes perfect for small gatherings (as the book’s title suggests), celebrating why it can be so good to sit down at a table and share a simple meal with others.
The Kinfolk Table


Bread, eggs, jams, sandwiches, cakes - simple yet all delicious food.
The pictures are stunning, almost too beautiful to believe.
Kinfolk is inspired, gorgeous and so very different.
I love it so much, I eventually decided to subscribe to Kinfolk Mag not long after I got the book.
Every three months I can have my dose of Kinfolk, which is awesome.
Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse


I've made many recipes from Kinfolk and most of them turned out very well.
One I always go back to is this spiced raw chocolate mousse.
You guys know how much I appreciate a raw chocolate mousse. This one - coming from Sarah Britton - is different from those I usually make with chia.
Sarah is a holistic nutritionist and vegetarian chef hailing from Toronto, now living in Copenhagen.
She’s also the woman behind the award-winning blog MyNewRoots, another great source of inspiration of mine.
I really appreciate Sarah’s approach to food “so much more than sustenance - it’s poetry”, as well as her deep knowledge of how food interacts, changes, and can help our bodies.
 Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse


The mousse comes together in a cinch. There is a hint of ginger and some heat from cayenne pepper. A lot of creaminess from the avocado and the banana, depth thanks to the cocoa and just the right amount of sweetness.
Raw, vegan (if you use maple syrup instead of honey) and even paleo.
It’s not about labels though. It’s only about how delicious this mousse is and how good it is for you!

Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse
Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse                                                                           Print this recipe! 
Adapted from The Kinfolk Table

The recipe was contributed to The Kinfolk Table by Sarah Britton a holistic nutritionist and vegetarian chef originally from Toronto now living in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sarah uses hemp seeds to make this chocolate mousse but gives the option to replace them with almonds, cashews or sunflower seeds.
I tried all versions and I love cashews best, all are worth trying though.

Ingredients

Serves 4

¼ cup / 1 oz / 30 grams raw cashews
2 heaping tablespoons raw cocoa
1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
1 banana, frozen
2 tablespoons raw organic honey (or maple syrup)
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of ground ginger
Pinch of fine grain sea salt

Directions

Soak cashews in water for 10 minutes, until softened. Drain and set aside.
In a food processor (or blender) combine soaked cashews, cocoa, avocado, banana, honey (or maple syrup), cayenne, ginger and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick add water, one tablespoon at a time, until reaching desired consistency (I like to use 2 tablespoons).
Serve!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 181 calories, 11 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein.

30 comments :

  1. I am bookmarking this to try right away. I am intrigued by the combination of the ground nuts, avocado and banana.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am so partial to chocolate EVERYTHING - but chocolate desserts that are healthy too - ahhh they - I adore!
    Love how thick this mousse is Mike and so much goodness!
    I clicked on your Amazon link - but The Kinfolk Table does not have a "peek inside" - I was wondering - is it all healthy recipes?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There are definitely healthy recipes, but it's not just about that. It's such a good cookbook Shashi, I can't recommend it enough!

      Delete
  3. Loving the recipe and the pictures are stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great recipe Mike, I'm a chocolate fiend, will be making this for myself!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too C, there's never enough chocolate in my life!

      Delete
  5. Am I to figure from the two glasses in the photo that this recipe is intended to serve two people? Thanks. It sounds delicious.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally forgot about serving size...just fixed it, thanks for noticing.
      This recipe serves 4 people. The mousse is rich and creamy, so it really is the kind of dessert where you don't need a big bowl full!

      Delete
  6. Yum, this looks delicious Mike! I've been playing with a raw chocolate pie lately, but mine doesn't have any spicy goodness in it. :-) For some reason, I gravitate towards old cookbooks, you know the kind that employ tons of wheat bran, dry milk powder, and nutritional yeast? It's so interesting to me to see what people ate decades ago! This book looks great too, I love recipes that 'routinely' cycle through a kitchen. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The other day I've bought an old French cookbook at a second hand bookstore here in NYC. Some of the ingredients used are so weird though (and not just because they're written in French!)

      Delete
  7. Oh my, I am smitten with this gorgeous looking mousse and now you've got me needing to find this book! The photos are drool inducing, that cacao dusted on a dark surface gets me every time.

    ReplyDelete
  8. am I right in thinking this is two serves?!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This recipe actually serves 4 people (I totally forgot to include the info - my bad!)
      The mousse is rich and creamy, so it really is the kind of dessert where you don't need a big bowl full!

      Delete
  9. i think i could live off chocolate mousse.. love how guilt free this recipe is! does this mean i can eat even more to make up for the lost calories?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's exactly it Thalia, you can have as much as you like; there's no guilt when it comes to this mousse!

      Delete
  10. I'm not sure I've ever had anything quite like this one, Mike...but it looks absolutely delicious. And healthy. Two thumbs up! #WolfpackEats

    ReplyDelete
  11. Intriguing recipe, and I shall jump to amazon for a look at the book - I need another cookbook like I need a third eye, but still.... hard to resist. Some women fall for expensive shoes.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should get the Kinfolk Table Sally, money well spent!

      Delete
    2. I got it.... (sigh)

      Thinking I should also get a pair of shoes, since it's all going downhill from here

      Delete
  12. This looks amazing Mike! I love love love chocolate mousse anything!
    Have you considered making your own cookbook? You are super talented :-)

    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great pictures - I really like the new background! I love when a recipe transcends it's labels because it's just plain amazing, (thanks for the book recommendation it's going on the must have list)!

    ReplyDelete
  14. i love chocolate pudding. this looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Yum this sounds like pudding bliss to me!

    ReplyDelete
  16. That book sounds incredible, I mean the cover itself makes me want to buy it. Ok.. need it! Do you think I can just get it on Amazon?

    Always love your recipes Mike, fresh, light, healthy, and of course the chocolate!! Every time you have a pudding/mouse it sounds awesome. I tried to make a chia pudding one time and it was a total liquid mess flop so I need to gain the courage to try something like this again. Thanks for the inspiration and gorgeous photography as always.

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can get it everywhere K, I think any bookstore carries it (B&N, etc). It's such a great cookbook, absolutely worth it!

      Delete