At least once a week, someone tells me that they’d like to adopt a plant-based diet but can’t imagine how it’s possible to live without dairy. A few years ago, in response to this, I set-out to create recipes that provide fabulous alternatives to dairy. One of the most popular has been a Chocolate Mousse. It is a simple to prepare, non-dairy dessert. It offers all of the familiar creamy mouth feel of its dairy alternative without compromising on nutrition or flavor. My family and friends consisting of both vegans and non-vegans love it! You can watch me preparing the mousse on my YouTube channel here.
It is made with just five ingredient: plant-based milk, non-dairy chocolate chips, maple syrup, vanilla extract and silken tofu. Do a Google search to find which one of your local supermarkets carries this tofu. It took me a while to find it in Whole Foods. It is not in the refrigerator section with the other tofu products, but in the Asian section with soy sauces and curries. This is what it looks like:
Here is where it gets interesting…for me, anyway. Let’s consider two common myths: 1) It’s hard to get protein from a vegan diet and 2) it is necessary to consume dairy to obtain calcium. Notice from the chart below that not only is the vegan mousse lower in calories than a traditional mousse but it is also completely devoid of cholesterol and higher in protein too. And, while a traditional chocolate mousse contains a substantial amount of dairy, they each tally an almost equivalent amount of calcium. None of this is surprising. A vegan diet contains zero cholesterol…ever! That’s right, plants do not contain cholesterol. And tofu is a great source of protein and, along with almond milk, is an excellent source of calcium. Check nutrition labels as some products contain more calcium than others.
|Vegan Mousse||Traditional Mousse*|
* Recipe available on Food.Com
And here’s the recipe: