Tofu chocolate mousse? Say what? If you need a quick dessert fix, it doesn’t get any easier than this! At its simplest, this is a 2 ingredient recipe. But with all basic recipes, there are so many variations to take it up a notch. Typically, chocolate mousse is made from cream, which is high in both total fat and saturated fat. Replacing cream with tofu reduces the total calories and fat content of this decadent dessert.
Tofu or beancurd is a well-loved protein in many Asian countries. Its subtle flavour makes tofu incredibly versatile. Nutritionally, tofu is an excellent source of protein particularly for vegetarians. Not only is it high in protein and iron, it is a great source of calcium too! Firm tofu tends to have higher calcium content as compared to silken tofu. However, this tofu chocolate mousse recipe calls for silken tofu to achieve the light and smooth texture of a mousse.
Ah chocolate, how can we resist?! There are a whole heap of chocolate varieties out there, some including different flavours or ingredients like nuts, dried fruit or caramel. The 3 main types include white, milk and dark chocolate. Within the dark chocolate family, you would often see the percentage of cocoa solids labelled on the packaging (eg. 50%, 70% or 90%). Generally, the higher the cocoa percentage, the lower the sugar content. There are also some health benefits of eating chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. As with all other foods, moderation is still important.
Tofu Chocolate Mousse
Serves: 3 Time: 10 mins
- 1 box of extra smooth silken tofu
- 90g good quality dark chocolate
- Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds until melted (varies depending on microwave power), allow to cool for 5 mins.
- Remove tofu from the fridge and place at room temperature for 5 minutes (this prevents the chocolate from solidifying during the blending process).
- Place tofu and melted chocolate in a food processor/blender and blend till smooth.
- Refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes to achieve mousse-like consistency. Serve within the same day itself (leaving it in the fridge for more than one day may mean the liquid may start seeping out).
Variations to try:
- Substitute half of the silken tofu with low fat vanilla bean yogurt to reap the benefits of probiotics
- For a rich chocolate flavour, add 1 tablespoon of pure cocoa powder
- Add toasted oats, wholegrain cereals or crushed nuts as a healthy crunchy topping
- Blend in one medium ripe banana with the tofu and chocolate for added fibre, potassium and yummy banana flavour
- Add in 3 teaspoons of chia seeds while blending mousse together for an extra boost of omega-3 fats and fibre. Chia seeds also help to thicken the mousse
Per serving: 200 calories; 12 g fat; 16 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein
Carbohydrate Servings: 1