Okay guys, we have officially jumped on the aquafaba chocolate mousse train and there is no going back!
What is aquafaba, you ask? Well, buckle up, because it’s about to get a bit weird. You know the slightly gelatinous, murky liquid that comes inside a can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)? Yep, that’s aquafaba. And yep, we’re using it in our chocolate mousse.
Before you close this browser tab in disgust, please trust us that it’s actually a magical, relatively tasteless substance that transforms into a near exact replica of egg whites, making it a fantastic vegan egg alternative! Don’t just trust us – do a quick google search about aquafaba and you’ll see thousands of recipes and testimonials regarding aquafaba’s magical superpowers. Alternatively, check out the photo below, which is what aquafaba looks like after being beat in a stand mixer for about 10 minutes. Just like egg whites, right?! It’s wild. You can use this to make vegan meringue, pavlova, super fluffy pancakes and waffles, and the best vegan chocolate mousse you’ve ever had.
We’ve made vegan avocado mousse before and don’t get me wrong – it’s surprisingly delicious – but the texture is much more similar to pudding than mousse. Aquafaba, like egg whites, is light and airy, which makes for a spectacular mousse texture. And in case you’re wondering – no, it doesn’t taste anything like beans.
The recipe is surprisingly simple – just 6 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, plus some vegan whipped cream, shaved chocolate and fresh raspberries for topping. You’ll need either a stand mixer or a good hand mixer + lots of patience to make this perfect, but it’s well worth the effort. This is by far the best dessert you could make for your Valentine!
Salt really brings out the flavor of the chocolate, and we absolutely love salty/sweet desserts. If you’d prefer something more traditional, bring the salt down to 1/4 tsp.
Crushed, dried rose petals are a lovely addition for Valentine’s Day, but totally optional. Aren’t they pretty, though?
We truly hope you enjoy this as much as we did. As always, tag us on Instagram @crowded_kitchen or #crowdedkitchen if you make it – we love to see your recreations!Print
This beautiful, luscious vegan chocolate mousse is surprisingly simple – you just need six ingredients (one of which is aquafaba!).
- 1 cup aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup caster sugar (or fine cane sugar)
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 13 oz dark chocolate, melted
- Topping: Vegan whipped cream, shaved chocolate, raspberries, rose petals
- Chop dark chocolate and transfer to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring well between each interval, until completely melted. Set aside to cool.
- Add aquafaba to a stand mixer and start beating on high. After about 5 minutes, add cream of tartar and continue beating until stiff peaks form (total, this takes about 10 minutes). Add sugar, salt and vanilla bean paste and continue beating until well incorporated.
- Gently fold in cooled dark chocolate using a spatula. Don’t over-mix, otherwise it will start to deflate. Transfer mousse to serving vessels and refrigerate 1-2 hours – until set.
- Garnish as desired with vegan whipped cream, shaved chocolate, raspberries and rose petals (optional). Enjoy!