When I first discovered aquafaba (chickpea water) I couldn’t believe it had so many uses. Something I had been pouring down the sink for years, could be used to make the easiest and most delicious vegan desserts I had ever seen!
My own take on this popular dessert uses sugar, as personally I have a sweet tooth, but for a healthier mousse you can skip adding the sugar completely, and just have the richness of the chocolate. You can also use other flavourings than vanilla to get a different taste, I’ve tried both orange and mint flavourings and both are amazing.
Total time: 30 minutes.
Yield: 4 servings
A 400g tin of chickpeas
150g Vegan dark chocolate
A good splash of almond milk (any milk substitute will do)
60g icing sugar (optional)
1tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Fresh fruit to garnish (optional)
1.) Break your chocolate up and gently melt in a bowl over a pan of hot water on a low heat. Adding your almond milk here will stop the mix becoming too stiff, and will aid melting. Once melted, move to one side and allow to cool. This is when you should mix in your vanilla extract and your icing sugar.
2.) Drain your chickpeas over a bowl (its the liquid from the tin you want, rather than the chickpeas themselves.) and then using either a free standing mixer or an electric hand whisk, whisk the aquafaba until it forms large white peaks. This will take around 5-8 minutes with a standing mixer, but longer with a hand whisk. The good thing about aquafaba is that that (unlike egg) you cannot over whisk.
3.) Your aquafaba should be light and firm, and you should be able to hold the bowl upside down without it moving at all. At this point you want to check your chocolate has cooled enough, if your chocolate is too warm, it may cause your mouse to deflate.
4.) Fold your chocolate mix into your aquafaba, trying to keep as much air in as possible. Don’t worry if your mix deflates slightly, this is normal.
5.) Once combined, either spoon or pipe your mix into glasses, and garnish with extra chocolate and fruit. Simply fridge until ready to serve!
Still craving a chocolate fix? why not try my quick and easy vegan chocolate cupcakes recipe. All you need is cake mix and… a can of coke?