Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chocolate Tofu Mousse Cake

To celebrate my 30 days of being vegan I made myself a cake!

Tofu? In a cake? Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but who cares when it tastes great. And I don't have to feel bad about fulfilling my chocolate addiction.  My next challenge should probably be a month without chocolate, now that would be a tough one.

3/4 c Oats, 1/2 c Flour (I use spelt), 1/4 c Applesauce, 1 tsp Baking powder, 1 c Water

These are the ingredients for the crust.  I wanted to the crust to be as calorie/fat free as possible so instead of using 1 1/4 cup flour, I grinded up oats.  I also replaced oil with applesauce, but you could definitely use coconut oil or vegetable oil instead. Instead of 1 cup of water you could use 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk.

Pour the crust into a pan. I used a springform pan, but that's not necessary.

Bake the crust in an UNpreheated oven at 420 degrees for about 20-25 min.

In the meantime you can prepare the mousse ingredients.

1 package firm tofu, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tbsp almond milk, pinch of salt, 3/4 truvia, 1 tsp vanilla.

The almond milk is from yesterday's post :)
This is also my first time using truvia, decided to buy it instead of agave syrup.  It's a natural sugar alcohol with zero calories and doesn't affect blood sugar levels.  Plus, you only need a pinch of it to sweeten foods.

Melt the chocolate chips. Add to broken up tofu and the rest of the ingredients.

I just melted the chocolate chips in the microwave by using 30 second intervals with mixing in-between.

By now your crust should be done and out of the oven, so spread your mousse on top.

Sweet. Now stick it in the fridge to harden up.
I left mine in overnight. (That's what he said?)

Next day.

Cut yourself a piece of healthy mousse.

Feel free to top with coconut flakes, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, etc.  I didn't feel like getting fancy.
Honestly, the only healthy tasting part about this was the crust...but then again, I didn't use oil.
I could easily eat a bowl of the mousse, but then that may defeat the purpose of it being healthy right?

If I make this for a crowd I'd use a regular pie crust and then surprise people when they find out that the main ingredient is tofu.

Credit goes to ChocolateCoveredKatie for the mousse part.  I adapted her recipe by cutting out some chocolate chips and adding more cocoa powder to lower the calorie count.

8 servings = 180 calories/slice
16 servings = 90 calories/slice